Fast Fitness Fixes

Oh hi, coffee.

It’s nice to see you this morning… afternoon.


Just a half-caf, but has already put a little pep in my step, along with a kinda weird but really delicious breakfast.

oat cereal

I wanted oats and cereal, so I just combined them along with some almond milk, Sun Warrior and blueberries.

Things are slowly getting into a groove over here, and it was so nice to spend yesterday at home with the our little family and sleep in our own bed.

My brother brought the Pilot some pizza after work,

cuddled the little mouse on the couch

baby and kyle

and I enjoyed some Renee’s Organic Oven delivery while we watched the Bama game (roll tide!).

Hummus, goat cheese and veggie GF sandwich


avocado salad


While my workouts currently involve lifting an 8 lb 6 oz bundle of love, I know that many of you may have already started working towards your new year’s fitness goals. [Winter Shape Up starts Monday if you’re waiting until then to join in the fun!]

As a trainer, I’ve definitely seen a few things at the gym that are easy to fix as far as effectiveness goes. Of course, if you’re at the gym, you’re already a step ahead of most people, but it’s always a great idea to get the most out of it while you’re there.  Here are some of my fast fitness fixes to consider while you’re changing up your workout plans:

1) Change something every day. It’s so easy to get comfortable in your routine and stick with the same things that you know and love. I’ve definitely been guilty of this one in the past- I’ll get crazy excited about something new and then only do that for a while, see results from it which eventually plateau (the body is a smart machine and gets used to its demands), and then onto the next thing. The best fitness plans are ones that include strength, cardio, flexibility and modes that you enjoy. [For more help with this, check out this post on rut-busting]

2) Rest. Contrary to what would be expected, change happens when the body can rest, recover and repair. If you continue to break it down, you’re not only more susceptible to injury, you won’t be able to see the results you’re looking for. Include at least one day of active rest each week.

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(Walking Bell = my favorite active rest)

3) Consider intensity. Vary intensities every day- there’s no need to go balls to the wall with every single workout. You’ll actually see diminishing returns from pushing too hard every day, and like I’ve said before, your heart is a very important muscle- it needs rest, too. Even if you’re working out moderately every day, try pushing yourself a little harder at the end of your workout to see how it feels. Don’t let yourself do the same cardio or weights set that you did yesterday.

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4) Strength train! Don’t be afraid of pumping iron. One thing I often see is when people are trying to lose weight or body fat, they try to focus solely on cardio and neglect strength training. Lifting weights will promote lean muscle growth and the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn, even at rest. If you need help setting up a weight training plan, check out this post on Weight Training 101.

5) Have fun with it. Remember to keep your workouts new, exciting and something you enjoy. If you put too much pressure on yourself or set up a crazy fitness plan, it will just end up leading to dread and burnout. Workout with a friend, take some new classes, and take it easy on yourself <3

What changes have you made to your fitness plan lately?

Anything you used to do that you now know wasn’t working for ya?

When I first started working out, I wanted my arms and abs to look great so I worked them every single day. Not the best way to do it, and I wasted so much time doing crunches and bicep curls.

Hope you are having a great day! <3

See ya later with a Family post.



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  1. Whitney from quillandcouture on January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back!

    My biggest tip = Change your workout playlist every 2 weeks!

    x to the ohhh, Little mouse = Presh Face.

  2. Sarah @ See Sarah Eat on January 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I totally agree about strength training. I tried to lose weight for years and everything finally started going the right direction when I combined healthy eating + cardio + regular strength training. I see the most results when I incorporate the weights 😉 Even if you aren’t losing weight per se, it can change the shape and tone of your body.

  3. mi-an d. on January 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    i totally agree with changing up the routine everyday. confuse those muscles! also rest… so they can recover.
    p.s.your baby’s so cuute!squisshh!!

  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling good and that all is well at home with the new family member! I did the same thing as you with the arms and abs. This year, I’m focusing on incorporating more ‘fun’ fitness into my routine, and so far I’m loving the way it makes me feel. I am totally fresh for my harder workouts, and feel less stressed out when I’m just doing my every-day tasks. Change is a good, good thing!

  5. Julia on January 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Omg, how cute is this onesie?! My heart is melting…

  6. Jenn D. on January 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Gina,
    Without a doubt the CUTEST mouse I’ve ever seen! So glad you’re well and getting your groove back on! I am looking forward to your Winter Shape Up, I’ve backtracked a bit and started the one from 2011 plus my P57 which kicks my butt. LOVE IT! I’ve done many different w/o’s but so far Physique 57 and weight training seem to be a good fit since I can no longer run. Looking forward to future posts and more pics of your sweet Olivia, as I mentioned previously my Olivia is now 11…they grow fast but soooooo worth it! Enjoy your time.

    Jenn D. “Fit Mama over 40”.

  7. Krystina (Organically Me) on January 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Look at her in her sweet little animal print! How precious. <3

  8. Jessica on January 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Omg, she is beautiful! Can’t wait for a family post, hope it has tons of pictures.
    If I had a healthy takeout place like that near me, I might never cook again.
    I finally started working out regularly and am very excited to see and feel changes. What wasn’t working for me- inconsistency in diet and exercise. I plan to make diet and exercise consistently awesome in 2012!

  9. Juliane @ C'est moi à Paris on January 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I am prone to over-training since I love HIIT. I really had to learn it the hard way that I have to rest after such hard workouts. On the other hand, my body has never looked so good since I started Bodyrock! But I can only do those workouts 2-3 times a week.

    She is so gorgeous!!! Congratulations!

  10. Sheri on January 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I can’t believe how quickly you are returning to normal posting. Beyond impressive! I don’t comment very often, but I read all of your posts. Your new family is so sweet and can’t wait to hear more about it. What an exciting life change!!!!

  11. Amelia on January 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    It is so important to change things up! Not only does it keep your body guessing, but it really does help the mind with not getting bored with the same old thing. I really have to make an effort to switch things up at the gym because it gets so easy to do the same routine or same classes each week. I also think it is important to switch up your daily eats too. Routine meals are an easy go-to, but just like workouts, I think our metabolisms can get stuck when we choose the same foods everyday.

    Your little bundle of love is so darling. 🙂

  12. Hillary on January 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I have a really, really bad habit of only focusing on cardio. I know strength training is great for me, and I do strength train a few times a week, but I definitely don’t devote as much time to it as I should. It’s actually one of my New Year’s Resolutions!

  13. Laury on January 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Pink and leopard. My absolute most favorite combination in the world and my most favorite thing to see little baby gurls sporting 🙂

    I hope you are resting, missy!!!!

    Fitness changes…I am always switching it up. The past few months I am loving power yoga She heatts the room and the workouts are never ever the same. It’s always so challenging! I rarely do cardio anymore.. I used to be a junkie. Guess what..all teh HIT cardio and strength has been SO much better for my bod! You know how that goes though!

    Nice to hear from you..but again…hope you’re resting a lot!! Olivia is a beauty! I can’t get over her olive complexion!!!

  14. Laury on January 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    ^wow…holy typos….sorry 🙁

  15. britt on January 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i just recently moved to a small town and lost my gym membership and apartment gym. i miss cardio but it’s so cold outside! but my jogging stroller is ready to go! i have been doing a lot of at-home, indoor workouts using my 16 month old son as my weights. he weighs 24ish lbs so it helps me and keeps him entertained. i used to do yoga when he was immobile, both at home and a mommy and me class. once he started crawling around it got difficult but i just recently started handing him over to my husband after he gets home from work a couple of times a week and doing a short session from yoga download. best gift to myself!! oh, and i’m loving the pictures of the little one. so sweet!!

  16. Krystle {Fierce|Fabulous|Fit} on January 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Great Post!! I especially liked “change something everyday.” I feel like that keeps people from burning out when they don’t try everything at once!! 🙂

    And little Olivia sure is beautiful!! WOW!!

  17. Katie on January 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Lately I’ve changed my outlook on fitness. My fitness goal is to stay healthy (for the heart, brain, mood, and bones), so now I don’t focus on one part of my body, but instead do things I enjoy. And right now the only two things I really look forward to doing are walking and Zumba. Two things with intensity’s that I can alter as I age. 🙂

  18. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on January 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I have recently practiced more yoga! I feel like it has helped me look leaner and longer! 🙂

  19. KariLynne10 on January 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Cutest little mouse ever! Look at that hair!! Welcome back!

  20. Pinky on January 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    A good friend of mine was looking for smoothie recipies so I sent her your ‘food’ page, and the girl is hooked!!! Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

    BTW my best friend had her little girl on Sunday and I went to see her yesterday. GOLLY newborns are SO TINY! Sending you love and best wishes!


  21. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on January 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, you’re still posting… totally awesome, though also get some rest! I’ve moved away from my gym, so I’ve changed up my routine by breaking up my workout (video in the AM, short run in the PM after work if the video wasn’t too tough). I’ve definitely noticed changes!

  22. Julie on January 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Great post! I’m just getting back into working out this year, and i’ve been trying to follow a consistent schedule. I put 7 days of working out on my schedule, but two of those days can be super easy things, like taking a walk or doing yoga. I guess my goal is to try and build a habit to make me more active overall. So, no not everyday is running 10 miles, but overall i’d like to get outside and walk or do some stretching with yoga!

    Enjoy your little one!! 🙂

  23. danielle on January 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Great tips! Thanks!

    Welcome back and Congratulations!!!

  24. kathleen @ the daily crumb on January 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    omg that picture on the couch is ridiculously cute! what a fabulous little outfit 🙂

    can’t believe you’re already back to your normal life!

  25. Mara @ what's for dinner? on January 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I just love seeing her in the outside world!!!
    <3 you friend!

  26. Nori on January 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    She is so cute!!

    I change up what I do at the gym everyday. since I get bored fast it really works.

  27. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life on January 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Oh my goodness your little mouse is so adorable in that outfit!!!!!!! LOVE IT!

  28. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on January 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I talked about this a bit in a post the other day, but I’m really going to try this year to take my ‘easy’ days much easier than I have before. It will be a bit of a struggle, but I want to help my body get stronger and not just continue to push push push!

    I’m trying to schedule Tuesdays as my “yoga” day so that I plan to go to a specific hot yoga or flow class and otherwise try to keep it simple and low key. It takes some adjusting, but it’s helpful to read posts like this and have that reminder that I WILL get stronger if I take it back a notch in between hard workouts.

  29. Kelly on January 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Dying here with that cute mouse outfit!!

  30. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on January 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    After focusing on running for about a month, I’ve started re-incorporating weights again. Talk about a difference! I’m looking forward to working out again 🙂 Olivia is soooooooooooo cute!

  31. Ali on January 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    AAAWWWW! Your little Olivia is just precious! So so so cute. Thank you for the awesome tips! I have decided to do an insanity/chalean extreme combo for the next 2-3 months. Mixed in with some yoga, and we will see how things go! I love the feeling of pushing myself that happens when you do intense cardio or lift heavy. Yay! You rock

  32. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Gina, she is so adorable. I mean, that little mouse outfit…beyond cute. I am so happy for you!

    I can’t believe you’re posting again, on schedule, with fitness as usual. Girl, you haven’t missed a beat…but promise us all that you are spending tons of time with her and taking care of yourself and not spending too much time on your blogging stuff…I wish you all nothing but baby snuggles and happy times 🙂

  33. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on January 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    great tips!! i just recently started taking a cardio-strength circuit class at my gym that i am LOVING! it challenges me because our instructor makes us do things i probably would never make myself do on my own. it’s also a ton of fun.

    love your little mouse – so cute! 🙂

  34. Stephanie @ on January 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I was always doing the same workouts and getting super bored. I’ve been trying to switch it up and branch out, trying new classes and exploring new ways to workout. Although new classes can be intimidating, I’ve really found some new ways I love to workout (ZUMBA!!), and am hoping to keep trying new classes.

    New music and new workout clothes always help too 🙂

  35. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on January 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Glad to hear you are all doing well. What a sweet picture! 😀

  36. natalie @ southern fit foodie on January 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    So glad you are back in the comfort of your own home – and how cute is Olivia??? Ohh my goodness that picture is one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen.

    I started the Bodyrock 30 day challenge last week, and I can already see results. It’s funny because I’ve done the majority of those moves before, but never changed it up as much as they do. I love it!

  37. Stacey on January 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I appreciate the post and the helpful hints but most of all I LOVE THE WEE MOUSE!!! She is darn cute, happy homecoming and blog coming! oooooo Olivia!! …Gina, you gave me baby fever LOL

  38. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    It’s so hard to change things up when you like your routine! I constantly have to remind myself.

    Olivia is SO adorable 😀

  39. ash on January 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    great ideas for fitness and super cute baby outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. vânia on January 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I have not seen your blog for some time now, so here it goes; Congrats and i wish you all the best. you will be great parents i am sure. your baby is the cutest.

  41. Rebecca on January 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t get over how adorable Olivia is! I’m curious…does she have a middle name? Can’t wait to see more pics and hear about her birth story–that is, if you choose to share. 😀

  42. Jen on January 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The biggest change most people need to make involves nutrition…which is often the hardest thing to let go of. In my experience most people would rather run an extra mile, take an extra class or get fewer hours of sleep than cut out the second glass of wine or dessert. If you’re working your butt off at the gym and you aren’t seeing any changes, examine your eating habits.

    My favorite past time is no longer feasible: heavy weight lifting. I’m running a 1/2 at the end of January and I can’t do squats AND run 5-12 miles every other day. Rest days are more important than ever.

  43. Jenny@HealthyMOChick on January 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    OMG I want to kiss the cute little mouse cheeks!! I love running now, though with the weight taking it’s time coming off it’s hard to get where I would like to be because it’s killing my knees. Other than that I love strength training and do it two times a week with my trainer.

  44. Brittany on January 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Olivia is such a cutie. I couldn’t focus on anything in this post except the photo of her in your bro’s arms!! 🙂

  45. Laura@mypurposefullife on January 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for all the great tips! I always love a reminder on how to optimize workouts. I’ve definitely been guilty of doing abs every day and focusing too much on cardio, not enough on strength training.

  46. Run.Learn.Repeat on January 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I used to only run. I loved running and thought that I could be fit with just that for exercise. Now I know that wasn’t working for me. I love strength training and cross training, and it improves my running as well.

  47. Sara on January 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Gah! EARS! … it’s like a mix of baby human and baby animal = double cute.

    The fun factor is a big thing for me with workouts and also convenience. I set up a home gym with a few simple things just because it was so much easier… no fashion decision, no driving/parking, no waiting for a machine. Eventually I cancelled my membership.

    Also, letting go of what I was ‘supposed’ to be doing was a good thing (“I’m ‘supposed’ to be doing a weights workout today so that I maintain my muscle mass, but I ‘want’ to do something dancy”… rather than get into a state of just going neither, it’s better to break out the zumba and have fun with it. So far, my biceps have not gone into atrophy..).

  48. Chelsa on January 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    That outfit is so cute. I don’t think it gets much cuter than that!!!

    I love your fitness tips. I needed the reminder to take the intensity down a notch. I think tomorrow I’ll do a very low intensity cardio session like speed walking and light jogging.

  49. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I just started doing kickboxing which I absolutely love. Before I was pretty much a low-intensity pilates person, but I’ve found that I really do enjoy the more hardcore workouts. Plus kicking and punching is fun! lol

    The little mouse is adorable, btw 🙂

  50. Brittany @Little b's healthy habits on January 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Cardio… If I only knew! Now I strength train 6 days a week and do very limited cardio. Love it!

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