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Balancing Work and Fitness

Balancing Work and Fitness

To be honest, life has felt chaotic over the last few weeks. I returned from vacation, started a new job, returned from another trip, and am preparing for more travel later this month. To be clear, I’m not complaining about being busy. Instead, I feel like I was organizing the cards in my hand, when someone threw the rest of the deck in the air. It’s been an adventure to pick up those cards and reorganize them. New schedule, new faces, new goals. I’m learning that you can’t get attached to routine. I’m also learning a lot about the importance of mono-tasking and getting enough sleep.

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When GapFit Factory approached me to trial their latest activewear and show how the pieces work from studio to street, I got to thinking about how fitness has recently fit into my life. In short, it was a blessing in disguise that I decided to change my Brooklyn Half goal and then forego the race altogether. If this is news to you, I shared in this post that I chose to attend an exciting trip with my new work team over running Brooklyn. It’s bittersweet, but the lack of commitment to a training plan has been best over the last three weeks. I’ve been training for one race or another over the last 9 months and have appreciated the lack of structure during a time of transition.

Balancing Work and Fitness

In the past, I routinely trained 6 days per week. Since adjusting to the schedule at my new job, I’ve been training 4-5 days per week. Before, I would have felt guilty and pushed myself to sacrifice rest for another workout or two. These days, I’ve been better about self care and making the most of the workouts that do happen. I’ve been visiting Mile High Run Club twice per week, running outside once or twice per week, and practicing yoga once per week. I’ll gradually increase the intensity of my workouts leading up to New York City Marathon training, which will begin around July 4. Until then, I’ll be traveling to San Francisco (for work) and spending weekends at the beach in New Jersey during June. And, finally, moving to Brooklyn in late June.

Balancing Work and Fitness

As always, one of the ways I stay motivated to train is by trying out new activewear. With the rapid growth of the activewear space, I feel like women are quick to assume that more expensive products will always be higher quality. While this is often true, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of GapFit Factory products. With a discount code from the website, I paid $80 for the five pieces you see in these photos. I was most impressed by the wicking, four-way-stretch fabric used for the two tanks and crops (Performance Tank, Seamless Racer Tank, and Mesh Panel Leggings). Not to mention the vivid colors. I also tested the Woven Shorts, which are great for running, and the Triblend Graphic Hoodie. I’m a sucker for tops with fun phrases on them. You can check out these pieces, as well as other new additions, on the website or in Gap Factory stores.

I’d love to know how you’ve dealt with maintaining fitness in times of transition.
And who’s training for a race right now?

 Balancing Work and Fitness

Balancing Work and Fitness

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of GapFit Factory. All opinions are 100% mine.

Photography by Laurel Creative

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  • Reply Sam Emrich

    Love this post. Ironically, I wrote a post last night about transitions (on the mat and off) that I’ll be sharing this week. Great minds, my friend ;)

    You look gorg!

    May 16, 2016 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Alyssa

    I, too, am in a period of transition with my workouts. I’m glad you are in a good place. Love those shorts! How FUN!

    May 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I used to be a 6-7/week exerciser. Heck, sometimes I’d even take two group fitness classes in one day.

    Over the past six months, my life has definitely gotten more chaotic and my schedule less flexible, so I also now typically exercise only 4-5 times per week. And I’m fine with it!

    May 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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