Time to Get Back in Shape (Plus Armband for Samsung Galaxy S5 Review)

title My husband and I have enjoyed the evolution of our smart phones over the years but our Samsung Galxy S5’s posed a bit of a challenge in the armband department. My husband likes being able to wear his phone on his arm and listen to music while he runs. This Armband for Samsung Galaxy S5 , S4, S3, iPhone 6 (4.7), HTC One & More not only keeps my phone and ID snuggly nearby, it has a slit that can hold a key making it an overall great accessory while out on a run or walk. I do wish the band was a little longer so it would fit around a bigger arm a little easier, but the hook and loop is very strong and it is easy to hand wash and air dry. There are slits to easily access the ear bud inputs and you can’t beat the price at just $7.99. collage Unfortunately, I have been slacking big time in the working out department and really need to get more active again. When I was home, if I wasn’t taking the girls on a hike somewhere, I was taking them and our dog on an afternoon walk. Nowadays, we alternate taking an evening stroll and just letting the girls run around in the yard. I also have a painful case of plantar fasciitis that is finally starting to feel better so my foot isn’t hurting so bad on a regular basis. Looking for a little motivation to get back into a work out routine, I reached out to a friend of the family that is Team Beachbody Coach. I have been watching Krystina transform herself over the past year or so and start Project G. She is a bubbly, talented triple threat (dancer, singer, actor) that works as a performer in Orlando, FL by day and is a living Pinterest board by night. 10941854_791850177552545_3635517697862368487_n I asked her for a few quick tips on getting back into a work out routine and here is what she said:

  1. Plan ahead! Actually sit down with your schedule or planner, look at your week coming up, and pencil in your half hour or hour that you will devote to getting your workout in. If it’s actually in ink, you’re more likely to stick to it. But it’s up to you to make that a priority and not schedule anything else on top of it. Treat it like an important meeting- this time it’s just with yourself. What could be more important than that?
  2. Reward yourself for starting! We love a little incentive to get us going. Whether its finding a new fitness app, downloading some new music or finding a fun new pandora/spotify station, or actually treating ourselves to a new workout top, headband, or armband – if we associate starting the something new with fun, we’re more likely to jump in with the positivity we need to be successful.
  3. Find some accountability! Whether it’s a partner in crime or finding an accountability group online, having to check in daily that you are in fact sticking to your new routine does amazing things for getting you going. It’s not just you at home putting it off. There’s someone or even a group out there that’s waiting to see if you’ve gotten it done, to cheer you on, and keep you motivated! Plus, they can commiserate with you when you’re having a tough work out day. I guarantee that even on a bad day, they’ll push you to stick with it and you’ll be glad you did!

If you need help with the #3, I would recommend visiting Krystina’s Project G page and signing up for one of her challenges. Added bonus: you’ll get to see pictures of her cute puppy and vicariously plan a wedding (she’s getting hitched!). I need to work on #1, scheduling it in and making work out time a priority. I am horrible about making the time to go for a walk or get to the gym. I did, however, pick up a Groupon for some yoga classes this summer, so hopefully I can get back on track. Wish me luck! **I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.**


6 thoughts on “Time to Get Back in Shape (Plus Armband for Samsung Galaxy S5 Review)

  1. Rachel says:

    I think the tip of planning ahead might help me. I tend to exercise in the morning but then sometimes I don’t get up in time and never make time to fit it in later.

  2. Amber Ludwig says:

    Love the reward idea!! Can you reward yourself with ice cream?!?! Or is that counterproductive 😉 I have a hard time getting motivated too!! Thanks for the great tips!!

  3. LIz Ticona says:

    I love the “reward yourself” tip you give, we are so hard on ourselves sometimes that we forget that we deserve to be rewarded too once in a while! I’ll definitely be following these tips very soon as I’m due with my 2nd baby boy any day now and I’d like to go back into shape after my dr. gives me the ok to do so. 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    I would second the reach out to Krystina. I only run marathons so I can marathon eat. She’s the whole package 🙂

  5. Wow! This is too…I don’t know the word, except “weird”. I just posted on another blog where the gal was really feeling overwhelmed and needed tips or suggestions on how to make a change in her life. I suggested along the lines of your friend Krystina’s #1 and #3 advice. And I’m a Teambeachbody coach too. lol Strange!

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