We don’t talk enough about the power of good tools, but tools help us work magic. Using the right tool at the right time can take you far. For example, people think it is silly that I invest so much into my workout clothes, but it matters. A heavy material can weigh you down while running, and that can make it nearly impossible to capture your progress. This can make a world of difference to a novice or someone who is trying to build their confidence. I like to hike in long sleeve shirts year round. When I discovered hiking shirts with ventilation, it made my 2 hour hikes in mid-July much more enjoyable. My all-over face mask helps make walking in cooler temps more bearable.

If you didn’t know, the Peloton app, guide, bike, rower and treadmill are all tools I use daily. They have changed my lifestyle for the better. Here are 5 tricks that helped me lose 50 pounds and counting. 

I know y’all get sick of me mentioning Peloton… So here are some other really cool tools I use. 

Tricks to stay motivated: Apple Watch + Health App 

Aside from keeping the time and controlling my music, my Apple Watch also tracks my heart rate during my workouts. The ‘Move, Exercise, and Stand’ feature is a daily reminder to work toward my goals. It sends me notifications to get going or to congratulate me on my progress. I enjoy the challenges. Each month you get a personal fitness challenge based on your performance the month before, but weekly you can challenge other friends who own a watch. The info is stored in the Health App.

I love the health app! It is the most comprehensive data I have about my daily health. Some of the data points I pay close attention to are my VO2Max, daily steps, daily cycle miles, active calories, resting heart rate, and both my stand and exercise minutes. These metrics have helped me to strategize and improve my weight, fitness, and overall well-being. 

A trick for the pain: Go to the chiropractor 

Hiking, lifting, cycling, rowing and jogging daily is intense. It’s important to keep things in alignment. When I first started jogging, my back felt unreliable AF. I went to Dr. Daniels and Dr. Travis weekly. They took turns adjusting me and would offer additional treatments to help me and my body adjust to my new lifestyle. My monthly appointment is vital. Visit The Plug’s website for more info.

A trick for swelling: Compression

When I decided to change my life I actually went to see the doctor. I was desperate for a change, and I knew I couldn’t do it alone. When Dr. Byrd said I needed to be in compression as much as possible. I was big mad, but my legs were full of fluid, swollen, and hurting. I needed them, but I wasn’t exactly feeling them aesthetically. Once I wore them for a few weeks, I noticed how much better I felt. Most days I wear medical compression during my workout, and I spend the rest of the day in over-the-counter compression. Wearing even over-the-counter compression helps to increase blood flow and oxygen. This helps us to exercise more efficiently and to recover quicker. 

An energy trick: Pre-Workout

When I began working out, I wasn’t sure how it would be sustainable. I was not just tired, I was exhausted after walking an hour. I could barely stay awake past dinner. My work suffered, but my husband suffered more because I couldn’t even watch a movie or finish basic chores. Just as I was about to give up, I discovered Pre-Workout. I’ve tried a couple of brands, but my go to is Alani Nu Cosmic Stardust. It tastes good and feels great. 

A no-fuss cooking trick: Ninja Foodie Grill

People often ask about my workout, but the truth is 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen. The Ninja Foodie Grill was a game changer for me. It’s an air fryer, a grill, and a host of other functions I don’t even use. Grilled Salmon with grill marks in 10 minutes. No oil air fryer chicken in 20 minutes. Pure perfection. Easily my best purchase this year. 

I don’t think you have to spend a lot of money to lose weight or get healthy. I am just sharing my favorite tools. Reach out if you have any questions.