Self-care is NOT Selfish!

Self-care is NOT Selfish!

Now that we’re well into the New Year and busy with work, kids’ activities, home life and everything else in between, do you feel like self-care is the LAST thing on your list (or even non-existent)? 

If your answer is YES, we have a problem!  It’s time to prioritize and really re-evaluate your lifestyle your busy schedule so there is more YOU time!  You’ve probably heard this before, but if you can’t take care of your own health and well-being, it’s impossible to give your BEST self to others. 

Here are 10 tips on how to give yourself some extra self-care during busy days:

  1. Wake up early and start the day with a few minutes of mindfulness or meditation.
  2. Set aside a specific time each day for self-care, such as reading a book, taking a bath or going for a short walk.
  3. Take short breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply and recenter yourself.
  4. Prioritize sleep and make sure to get enough rest each night.
  5. Plan your meals in advance and make sure to eat health and nourishing foods throughout the day.
  6. Schedule regular exercise during your day.  Block time out on your calendar (like you would for a meeting) and never cancel on yourself!
  7. Make time for regular hobbies and interests that bring you joy.
  8. Set boundaries with your work and personal life to avoid burnout (I know we’re all guilty of this one).
  9. Get outside and spend time with nature whenever possible!
  10.  Practice gratitude and focus on the positive aspects of your life.

It’s important to remember that self-care is not selfish, but necessary in order to take care of yourself so you can take care of others and perform at your best.

I’d love to hear self care habits you have for yourself!  Leave a comment on this post to share.

In good health,

~Ally

In-Person Perinatal Fitness Class

In-Person Perinatal Fitness Class

It has been a crazy past couple years!  As you all know, I mainly have been teaching classes remotely.  As we are all emerging from our home bubbles, I am also excited to start getting back out into the world and teaching in-person classes. 

I am very excited to announce that I’ll be doing a special in-person class next month!  I have partnered with Music Together of Decatur to host a Perinatal Fitness class at their location on Monday, August 15 at 11:30AM.  Class is catered to pregnant and newly postpartum moms looking to build overall strength and stamina, with a focus on strengthening their core and pelvic floor muscles.  Exercises are safe and effective to do during pregnancy and up to 6 months postpartum. All you need to bring is a mat.  Babies are also welcome and encouraged to attend!  If you are local in the Atlanta area, please join in on the fun and bring your littles!

Space is LIMITED!  Register HERE

Speaking of music, have you taken your little ones to a class yet? If not, check out Music Together!  I took Apollo to music classes when he was a baby and toddler age and he LOVED it! Every week in the music classes at Music Together of Decatur babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them come together to play musically. Little ones love playing along in class, and caregivers love being a part of their children’s growth into confident music-makers. 

Check out the schedule and register HERE

Mom & Babies Music class at Music Together of Decatur

Stuck in a rut?

Stuck in a rut?

As humans, we are creatures of habit.  When it comes to workout routines, we also tend to stick with what we know and stay in our comfort zone.  As a result, we see less physical changes in our bodies.  Whether it’s lifting the same amount of weight in each strength session or running the same speed on the treadmill, the body tends to adapt after as little as 4-6 weeks of doing the same fitness routine.    

Let’s say you’re brand new to working out.  Here’s a brief overview of what’s happening to your body over the course of a couple months. 

Week 1

After the first week of consistent exercise, your body is already beginning to change physiologically and mentally.  Your body is already able to produce MORE energy and have a boost of endorphins and self-confidence.  I highly suggest wearing a heart rate monitor or use a smart device to track your HR.  You’re goal during cardio workouts is to be somewhere between 55-65% of your max (beginners) and build up to 75-85% as your endurance and stamina increases!

Weeks 2-3

After 2-3 weeks of consistent exercise (and healthy eating), your body is getting fitter and increasing in stamina!  You may even notice physical changes like in your weight (whether your goal is to lose or gain weight) and measurable improvements on strength.

Weeks 4-5

More physical health changes are occurring, and your everyday life is positively impacted like being more productive at work, feeling less tired, more positive mood, less sick days, etc.  Having a long-term adaptation to exercise has so many great benefits like increased endurance, maintaining blood sugar and body weight, reducing chances of high blood pressures and heart disease and so much more!

Week 6+

It’s time to mix up your regular routine with some new exercises, weights and or formats!  If you’ve been doing, for example, the elliptical machine for 30 minutes at level 5 for the past month, you don’t have to give up this type of workout…just mix it up!  Trying to go for a shorter amount of time (like 20 minutes) at a higher level and cadence.  Incorporate strength training with cardio to make it more interval style! Asides from mixing up your fitness routine, here are some other tips to shake it up:

  • Set new fitness goals– Did you achieve your short-term goal?  Set a new goal to reach within the next month!
  • Find a workout buddy– Workouts are much more enjoyable if you have someone to workout with AND to help keep each other accountable.
  • Plan your workouts– Write out your routine for the week ahead of time so there’s no guessing what do in each workout.  Also set out your workout clothes the night before so it reminds you to not skip your workout! 
  • Sign up for a fitness challenge or race– I know these can be intimidating, but what a great way to help you hit a goal!  Start small like 1-mile race or a two week fitness challenge designed by your favorite trainer or gym.  It’s amazing how completing a physical challenge can boost confidence and maybe motivate you to do more!
  • Try a BRAND NEW workout– Get out of your comfort zone and try a fitness class or workout you’ve never done before!  You never know if you’re going to like it until you try!

Shake up your routine and JOIN my fitness channel!

If you’re not yet aware, I have recently started a NEW fitness channel on Kuula! A monthly subscription gives you access to LIVE fitness classes as well as an ever growing On-demand (full-length) workout videos AND fitness challenges!

What does a Subscription include? 

Subscribing is the way to go because it includes EVERYTHING at one low price!  To celebrate this new chapter, I am offering an EARLY BIRD rate of only $15/month!  This includes: UNLIMITED LIVE virtual classes, an On-demand full length library, pre-recorded live classes, fitness and nutrition challenges and programs, accountability & support!

Subscribe HERE

The LIVE class schedule is currently Total Body Conditioning on Wednesdays at 6PM EST (perfect for ALL fitness levels!) and Perinatal Fitness on Saturdays at 10AM EST (Pre-natal/Postpartum/Beginner level are welcome). 

Check out the class schedule HERE

Moral of the story is, keep your workouts interesting and fun and you’ll see positive changes inside and out.

Xo,

Ally

Workout with me LIVE and On-Demand!

Workout with me LIVE and On-Demand!

What a crazy past two years it has been!  Between a pandemic, gyms and businesses closing and transitioning to being home 24/7 it’s been a whirlwind.  When I look back on it, this time made me open my eyes to everything I talked about wanting to do and then actually DOING IT! 

I am so grateful for YOUR support over the years between social media, YouTube and participating in live virtual classes.      

With that, I am so thrilled to announce my NEW fitness channel on Sudor! On this new platform, I am bundling LIVE classes, on-demand full length workouts AND offering fitness challenges/programs all in one subscription! What’s even better is that the live classes will be pre-recorded so if you miss a class, you can stream it within 48 hours! The website is super easy to navigate and is where you’ll access the ever growing on-demand library, pre-recorded classes and reserve your spot for live virtual classes. 

The class schedule is currently Total Body Conditioning on Wednesdays at 6PM EST and Perinatal Fitness (prenatal & postpartum) on Saturdays at 10AM EST.  I am open to class suggestions so please feel free to reach out and let me know your thoughts!

What does a Subscription include? 

Subscribing is the way to go because it includes EVERYTHING at one low price!  This includes: UNLIMITED LIVE virtual classes, an On-demand full length library, pre-recorded live classes, fitness and nutrition challenges and programs, accountability & support as well as prizes and incentives! Download the Sudor app through the Apple app store or Google Play for FREE!

Subscribe HERE

Day Pass

Not feeling a subscription?  No problem! Drop in for a day pass for only $5! You’ll get access to all the features in my digital studio including a live class!
Purchase Classes HERE

If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me! I am so excited to workout with you and hope to see you very soon!

XO,

Ally

Ally’s Holiday Fitness Gift Guide 2021

Ally’s Holiday Fitness Gift Guide 2021

Can you believe we are in the thicket of holiday season already? The holidays can be stressful, especially on your wallet. With all the talks of inflation, shipping delays and shortage of products, it is even MORE crucial to knock out your holiday shopping early and take advantage of extra discounts when you can get them!

I’m going to make it simple for you and share some of my FAVORITE fitness and wellness products to give to your friends and loved ones or add to your own holiday wish list this year.  I PROMISE that I only share and rep products that I absolutely love and want to pass along the extra savings to you:-)

Fitness Toys:

Terra-core & Terra-Glide

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I absolutely LOVE my Terra-core and Terra-glide! These two super versatile pieces of equipment complete my home gym and has been a lifesaver during the pandemic.  The Terra-core weighs 28lbs. and has a dome shaped surface to challenge your regular step moves to become more dynamic (which means burning more calories and fat during your workouts!).  The Terra-Glide is a little lighter at 15lbs and has a smaller surface area as well as pop out handles and wheels to challenge you even more! 

Check out their website for more information as well as gift bundles which includes the power long loop bands.  Also, if you want to workout with me and other Master Terra-core Trainers, download the ON DEMAND app!

Use my discount code to save 25% off your total purchase (including bundles):  ALLYFIT

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Hope Fitness Gear Bands

The PERFECT fitness travel companion! If you follow my Instagram account and have seen my travel workouts, you know that I don’t go on any trips without my Hope Fitness Gear mini loop bands!  They are lightweight, compact and such a versatile piece of fitness equipment! 

Save 20% off with my promo code:  ALLYFIT

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Jade Yoga Mat

I finally caved a couple years ago and purchased the BEST YOGA MAT I’ve ever owned!  I was buying cheap mats before (not thinking what a difference it really makes) and after getting this mat, I’ll never go back!  The Jade Travel Yoga Mat is super durable, non-slip and made of high quality materials.  Check out the description and reviews on Amazon and give your Yogi friend (or non-Yogi like myself) the perfect gift! I don’t have a discount code for this, but I believe it’s worth the extra $$ for an incredible mat!

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Gorilla Mat

You’ve seen this mat in pretty much every fitness video I’ve made and that’s for a reason….it’s AWESOME!  I have an up close and detailed review on YouTube that you can check out about the Gorilla Mat.  https://youtu.be/NRBfmBE__0w

Between the large size (which you have many to choose from), durability and non-slip factor, this is a MUST HAVE if for your home gym!  The best part is that there is a lifetime warrantee on all the mats. 

Save 10% off with my Promo Code:  ALLYFIT

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The Bootykicker

For all your Barre and Ballet friends, the Bootykicker is the perfect at-home piece of equipment they need to tone, stretch and lengthen! This portable bar can be taken and set up anywhere. It also holds up to 3 pairs of dumbbells and newest version can also hold an iPad to stream in your fav workouts!

Use my link to save $20 off your next purchase AND receive a FREE Bender Ball:

https://booty-kicker.com/pages/bb?ref=allisonaslaksen1

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Tidal Tank

You’ve probably seen my Tidal Tank workouts on Instagram and Youtube and it is no joke!  Don’t be deceived by the water weight…it will test your strength, balance and core stability.  The Tidal Tank comes in a variety of weights and sizes (my fav is the Slim fit design).  Use my link and code to save 10% off your next purchase: ALLYFIT

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Health & Wellness Products

The Lumen

I recently got the Lumen this past summer and my husband and I have been hooked ever since! This is little device takes biohacking to the next level.  All you do is download the Lumen app and connect it to your device.  Once some basic information is entered, you can begin tracking your metabolic flexibility all in one breath!  The app will also give meal suggestions based on your reading and adjusts accordingly each day.  I highly suggest testing first thing in the morning, before and after working out.  After using the Lumen for a few months, I’ve noticed a huge change in my food choices.  Check out their website for more information and my Instagram video for my review. 

Save 10% off your next purchase with code: ALLYFITATL

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Fré Skincare

My new skincare obsession! If you have sensitive skin like I do and sweat most days with your workouts, this is the skincare product for you! The amazing part about all the products is that it won’t clog pores, is hypoallergenic, is vegan and paraben-free and is made from natural ingredients.  Plus, for every one set of facial products sold, an Argan tree is planted in Morocco. 

Save 10% off your next purchase with Promo Code: ALLYFITATL

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Motiv8 Performance Health Products

Give the gift of health and wellness with Motiv8 Performance! Products range from aiding energy, weight loss, sleep, nutrition, protein and more! All Motiv8 health supplements are all natural, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, sugar-free and has no artificial colors. On top of all that, they taste AMAZING! My favorite is the dessert protein powder in Blueberry Cheesecake flavor!

Save 15% off PLUS Free Shipping with promo code: ALLYFIT

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Goli Gummies

The perfect stocking stuffer!  Goli gummies known for their delicious tasting apple cider gummies but also offer Superfruits, Ashwa, Super Greens and Chocolatey Bites (multi-vitamin).  All of the vitamins are gluten-free, plant-based, kosher and have no artificial colors flavors or preservatives. 

Save 10% off with my Promo Code: ALLYFIT

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FitTrack Dara Smart Scale

If you know me, you know that I’m not someone that weighs myself everyday and gets focused on the lbs.  Having the FitTrack Smart Scale gives so much more information about your body aside from just the weight number!  After pairing with the free app, get personalized insights like your body fat percentage, body water mass, bone mass, muscle mass, BMR and more!  You can even track your daily nutrition and take part in fitness programs all through the app. Check out the FitTrack website for more info and bundle options and use my promo code to save even more! 

20% off Promo Code: ALLISON20

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Ice Shaker Premium Drinkware

My new favorite insulated water bottle! As seen on Shark Tank, Ice Shaker water bottles are premium quality, double wall vacuum insulated bottles that hold ice for over 40 hours!  All the bottles are BPA free, leak proof and dishwasher safe. I also love all the different styles and colors they come in!  This is an awesome stocking stuffer to give your friends and loved ones. Check out all the products on the website and use my promo code to save $5 off your next order!

$5 off Promo code: ALLISON

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Just for Fun

Carbon38

Y’all know I sport A LOT of Carbon38 outfits in my videos.  It’s so hard not to just want everything on the website!  Carbon38 has their own brands as well as a ton of other big name brands like Adidas, Beyond Yoga, Nike, Beach Riot, Reebok and more! There’s everything from workout and casual clothes, shoes and accessories. Use my affiliate link and discount code to save 15% off your first two purchases.

Save 15% off your first TWO purchases! Promo code:  ALLISONLEEA20

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

OK, this one is a SPLURGE but totally worth it especially if you have thick hair like I do.  If you are looking for salon quality blowouts, you NEED this blow dryer!  This super compact, ultra-fast dryer has everything you need for a quicker blowout.  It also includes magnetic attachments, Dyson smoothing nozzle, styling concentrator, and diffuser. 

Purchase on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3rbl8HY

Amazon

Check out my Amazon Shop for more holiday gift ideas!

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I hope this guide can help you find the PERFECT gift for your friends and loved ones this year!  Happy holidays from my family to yours!

XOXO,

Ally

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Back to School, Back on Schedule!

Back to School, Back on Schedule!

If you’ve been following along with me in my Instagram stories, you know that I’ve had a crazy busy and transitional summer! We moved homes in May, went through (what seemed like) endless renovations in our new house and my son Apollo started his second-grade year at a new school this past week.  Apollo was with me almost 100% of the time during summer aside from a few short camps, which means we were all out of a regular routine for the past few months.

Now that the new school year has begun, we are all finally getting back into a more consistent routine and healthier habits. Who’s with me????

Here are four quick tips to get the back into a healthy routine again:

  1. Go to bed earlier– If you’re like me, we are transitioning back to going to bed earlier and setting the alarm clock to wake up at 6AM. This is probably one of the most challenging for my family since my husband and son are both night owls.  Make a commitment as a family (not just the kids) to do this and in the end, everyone will feel less groggy and tired in the AMs. If you can, keep this routine going on the weekends as well!
  2. Meal Prep– I’ve talked about this in previous posts, but it is so important to plan family meals ahead of time!  As a family, we did stay on track this summer with “meal prep Sunday” and grilled chicken and veggies every Sunday to have ready-to-eat during the weekdays. This takes so much time and pressure off deciding what to each each day! For the kiddos, pack lunches the night before and take the pressure off trying to get this done in the early mornings while running out the door! Make sure to include whole-grains, healthy fats and protein with each meal. For more meal-prep ideas, check out my “Healthy Eating at Home” blog HERE.
  3. Re-organize and plan your daily calendar– I am a calendar kind of girl! I’ll be the first to admit that I am super dependent on my e-mail and phone calendar to help keep me on task every day.  From appointments, workouts, meal prep, carpool times, grocery shopping, etc, EVERYTHING is on there and gives alerts me so I don’t forget!  If you’re not doing this, try it for a week and let me know in the comments if it works for you. 
  4. Make exercise a PRIORITY– I know I probably sound like a broken record with this one, but it’s true!  If you make exercise a priority and dedicate at least 20-30 minutes each day to move, you will feel better and MORE productive the rest of the day! Put it on your calendar and make it a must-do PRIORITY!  If you can’t get a workout in yourself, make it a family activity each day after school and on the weekends.  You won’t even realize you’re working out!

Need quick workouts to follow along with? Subscribe to my YouTube channel and make sure to tap the BELL to stay notified with the latest fitness videos HERE.

Who’s ready for fall, y’all?

XOXO,

Ally

Spot Reducing: Fact or Myth?

Spot Reducing: Fact or Myth?

Think reducing fat in a certain area when training is possible? Read on to learn more…

I get questions all the time like “How can I lose fat in my arms?”, “If I do a lot of sit-ups, will I get get rid of the muffin top?”, “Will doing chest exercises make my chest smaller?”.   Let’s just strip off the band aid and make it clear that spot reducing is a MYTH!

According to ACE Fitness, targeting “trouble areas” through isolated exercises is false and ineffective.  The key to achieving a healthy and strong body is by eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep in order to increase your metabolism.  What is metabolism?  “Metabolism is the complex chemical processes your body uses for normal functioning and sustaining life, including breaking down food and drink to energy and building or repairing your body.”  Basically, the higher your metabolism, the more calories and fat you burn at rest (doing absolutely nothing!).  The more muscle mass you have, the higher your BMR (basal metabolic rate) is.  OK, no more scientific stuff….

Here are some quick tips on how to get MORE fit and increase your metabolism:

  • Change up your Workout Routine– Do you find yourself doing the same routine day after day and not seeing results?  Change it up by incorporating more interval/HIIT sessions, increase your weights or slow down your pace when lifting.  Think about working BIGGER muscle groups for high calorie burn (like squats, lat pull-downs, bench press, etc.) Check out my Circuit and HIIT workouts on Youtube HERE.
  • Eat Healthier– Without going into too much detail, eat a well-balanced meal plan (I HATE the word “diet”) is a huge factor in losing weight, gaining muscle and increasing your RMR.  Try using a food tracker like MyFitnessPal or Calorie Counter to keep track of macros (carbs, protein and fats)
  • Know your Metabolic Rate– The higher your metabolic, rate, the more calories your body burns during exercise and at rest!  Get to you know your metabolic rate to better train more efficiently.  Recently, I have been using an at-home metabolic tracking device called Lumen! This has changed the game for me and tells me when I’m using carbs or fat for energy.  I’ll post more about this in my Instagram stories and highlights soon!  In the meantime, learn more at: www.lumen.me  Use my discount code to save 10% off purchases:  ALLYFITATL
  • Get more SLEEP– We can all probably use this!  Not getting enough sleep can totally affect your weight and fitness level.  Aside from putting your brain in a funk, sleep deprived individuals make poorer food choices, and experience lower energy levels which can negatively affect your workouts.  The average adult should aim for 7-9 hours of shut eye per night.

To conclude, is spot reducing possible? And the answer is NO!

XOXO,

Ally