A couple of great tips and life-hacks I’ve learned through our (AWESOME) blogger tribe recently:
-Using Snapchat is actually pretty useful for bloggers – Ange wrote a great tutorial called, “What the Eff is Snapchat” if you’re still on the fence about signing up. Initially, I didn’t see the point – I’m already on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and felt like I’d reached my social media limit. I had a change of heart once I realized Snapchat is a great way to ‘fill the gaps’ in my brand/blog with content I don’t necessarily want to share on Instagram.
For example, I prefer keeping my Instagram content relevant to my mountain photography and adventures with one or two *higher quality* pictures per day. Snapchat is better suited at sharing life updates without annoying people: what I’m cooking and eating, workouts, products and brands I love, random scenes from throughout my day, etc. Plus it’s cool to get a peek into my friends lives and see what they’re up to! (I need to fix my Snapchat selfie – why does it take 500 pics, btw?)
Rachel nails her running shots by taking a video THEN a screen shot. Genius! It’s saved me so much time and frustration while trying to perfectly time my ‘action shots’… that are actually pretend action shots, unless someone happens to be running with me. This is also a good way to analyze your running form, too!
-By utilizing social media, it’s a lot easier to make new friends and connections than ever before. On the surface, it seems a little strange and I’m confident older generations are rolling their eyes and thinking, “Unreal! Back in my day, we didn’t have smartphones and met people face to face! What’s wrong with society?”
Of course, social media isn’t intended to replace genuine, in-person connections, but rather as a way to bridge the gap and make it EASIER to find your true love homies.
Examples of cool people I’ve met:
-My good friend/mountain soul sister, Lauren
-A boy that I love very much
-Alberta/BC blends and readers. Brianne and I have been “Insta-friends” for a few years and we finally met up on Friday night for a hike. My coworker-friend, Carlos joined us too!
-Have you ever thought about what you’d buy if you won the lottery? Without hesitation, one of the first things I’d do is build myself a fitness closet like Khloe Kardashian’s. OH MY GOODNESS. This is what my dreams are made of.
Screw designer shoes, give me 200 pairs of Mizunos and Nikes. That fridge would be stocked with green juice, kombucha and Kevita, too!
On Sunday morning, I took a compressed 30 minute Bodypump class. We did squat, chest and back tracks, but I was still in the mood to keep going so I stuck around for CXWORKS, a 30 minute core-training workout. I am TERRIBLE at incorporating core strength into my at-home/unsupervised workouts. It’s something I should do a better job of prioritizing, but figure all of the hiking and running I do is “enough”. Oh, and I’ve been doing a weekly TRX/Bosu Ball bootcamp. Forgot about that one. We did these crazy suspended oblique crunches at last week’s class that made me feel like my guts were exploding.
I’m not sure why I’ve shied away from trying other classes offered by GoodLife. I suppose it’s easy to fall into the habit out of sticking with what you know and like. I’m already looking forward to my next CXWORKS class next time I’m in the city – BLOGGER DATE, ANYONE? I especially loved that the class flew by in no time (it seriously felt like 10 minutes) and although it was challenging, didn’t leave me feeling completely dead or rigormortis-y. <– Don’t you love making up new words?
I hope you have a great week, friends!
What is your favorite fitness class? When is the last time you stepped out of your exercise comfort zone? I really want to try Orange Theory next!
If you won the lottery, what kinds of cool stuff would you put in your house?
Tell me your latest life-hack/game-changer:
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program
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