WE HAVE BESS TODAY….WAHOO!!! This girl knows what she is talking about when it comes to fitness and health! You will love her blog as she blogs about her workouts, eats, coolest dog ever, great recipes, life and fashion!!

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Hey Hey Hungry Runner Girl readers!! My name is Bess and I blog at Bess Be Fit.  I am SO EXCITED to be guest posting for Janae today…I check her blog multiple times a day and love it!  As we all know she is just so cute and funny and inspiring!  She also makes me crave Froyo 24/7.  It’s cool though.  (Janae speaking, “I secretly own Yogurtland and I am using subliminal messaging through the blog to make you go there more often)

Today I just want to touch on EXERCISE.  I know a lot of people in the blog world are runners or yogis.  Lots do Body Pump (I want to try so bad!).  All of those are amazing ways to get in your exercise and stay healthy and in shape.

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An important aspect of exercise, for me at least, is to keep it fun.  I personally get bored easily with the same routine over and over.  I go through phases where I’m totally into running or I’m totally not.  I also don’t believe that every day you exercise it has to be super intense…it doesn’t.  Your body doesn’t need super intense exercise every day to get into good shape.  In fact, it can hinder your progress if you don’t give your body proper rest.  After 4 years of getting beat up in college soccer, I know how to listen to my body and give it a rest when it needs it!

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Rest is also so important because it allows your body not only to recuperate but also for the muscles you work to GROW!  After a rest day you can feel ready to get back into your workouts full force instead of slacking if you are tired or burnt out.  Sometimes I even take 2 or 3 rest days if my body needs it.  I like to do “active rest” where I will just go on walks with my dog, Maverick.  That way I am still moving but not putting my body through strenuous exercise.  I have a couple of lingering/nagging injuries from soccer so I don’t want to make them any worse!  This is the best way to manage them.  It’s about finding what is best for YOUR body and I know I LOVE going on walks and its good to get out and move around.  Maverick likes it too!

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IMG 1760 I encourage you to find new ways to exercise if you are feeling like you are in a rut or bored.  Use a different exercise machine at the gym or do interval workouts on a cardio machine to keep it interesting.  If you don’t have access to a gym or don’t feel like going, there are many different websites that have workouts you can watch and follow along.  I personally like the Tone It Up workouts (www.toneitup.com) because the workouts are fun and the girls are super motivating.  Also, for those people who have OnDemand on their TV’s, there is an exercise channel with tons of exercise videos ready that you can use.  I also LOVE my Nike Training Club app on my iPhone.  It is a free application and has so many challenging workouts.  You can also pick up one of your favorite magazines (Shape, Oxygen, Women’s Health, etc) and do any of the workouts that they put in there or on their websites.

Go out and move!  Find fun things to do that will keep your attention and will motivate you to continue to exercise and stay healthy.  Because, after all, that’s what its all about…being HEALTHY and HAPPY!

I’m off for a bike ride!!!

What is your favorite place to find new exercises to do?  Websites/Magazines/DVDs??

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Great post!! I’m addicted to the Tone It Up Girls video’s, they truly are as motivational, as you mention! Can’t wait to check out your website.

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I love Tone It Up too! I just recently found them but it is awesome to have access to it pretty much everywhere. And they show you different routines to keep it different.

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Yay Janae! Thanks for having meeeee :)

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Have fun on the bike ride!! I love finding new workouts on blogs or mags :)

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Now that I’m living here in Trinidad – I can’t just try out all the hottest new stuff like I could in Houston. I have been trying out a bunch of video’s though and am currently loving physique 57 – holey moley – a killer leg/butt workout for sure!
Heading over to check out Bess Be Fit now…
xoxo from Trinidad

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I have to keep things interesting because I get really bored, really quickly. I like interval training and circuits because they totally kick your butt and keep you on your toes the whole time!

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I just finished the Insanity workouts for 60 days and I loved them! They are like bootcamps but they are intense and for the first month not too long. For me, working out in my house was so convenient. I know some people can’t get it done in their own house though.

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BESS, why are we not already friends? I’m changing that now. We both have black labs. It’s meant to be. BFFs.

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So happy for this guest post because now I know about Tone It Up, I feel like I must have been living under a rock to not know about it.

Recently I’ve been doing Jackie Warner’s Xtreme time saving workout. It’s 30 minutes of strength and cardio and it feels awesome. If I want to switch it up I’ll do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.

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I love the Tone It Up girls they’re so so fun!!! and their protein pancakes!

Other than that I love Jillian DVDs… they kick my butt.

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Great post! I definitely needed the reminder that rest days okay and that our bodies actually benefit from them. I have a hard time taking rest days and it is good to be reminded of there importance.

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i am not going to lie, i think the girl in the first picture is way too skinny and not a healthy example!

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I can’t wait to try Tone It Up! I am always looking for new workouts to mix it up! Also love Nike Training Club!

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When I create workouts for my classes I always check turnstep.com. I love looking at Self, Shape, Fitsugar, and Fitness too!!

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I’ve never heard of Tone It Up but I’m gunna check it out! My favorite places to find new exercises are BLOGS, Mens Health magazine, and my Making the Cut book by Jillian Michaels. I definetly get bored with the same old workouts too so I try to change up my lifting every week. Keeps things interesting :D

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I just discussed rest days on my blog! I’ve never liked taking rest days because I saw them as a step back in training, but now I embrace them. They really do recharge my body and I get better workouts because of them.

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SOCCERRRR!!!! Yeah. I’m that craxy soccer mom. Is that you #4 in the photo?!? My baby (11 years old) is an avid soccer player and she wears #4 too! Great number, great sport! Good to meet you…..I’m off to check out your blog now…. :0)

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So I just checked out your blog and apparently I’m an idiot?! You are #22 in the photo. Still a good number and still a great sport! Great blog! I’ll be back!

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i love OnDemand workouts and the Nike Training App, thanks for sharing :)

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I LOVE BESS!!!!!!!! she is the best!!!!
and you are SO SO RIGHT about rest days—after months of injury i am finally understanding that my body needs some variety…and some days of just rest and recovery!

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great guest post!! i run a lot…to say the least. i, too, like the quick but fast paced work outs, though i’m not good at doing them as much as i should.

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Great post. Very helpful. Was that a Carolina shirt I saw? Go Tarheels! I am loving this week. Missing Janie but glad she is sharing some friends with us all. I have been adding everyone to my ‘follow’ list.

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So I have to tell you that last night I dreamed that my brother and I and you and Billy went to a sub shop, ate a ginormous sub, then went to Yogurtland, but you and I were a bit upset because we’d both forgotten our cameras!!! Haha!!!

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Bess! I just checked out your blog! I love it! I can’t wait to read more!!

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I thought you might know already, but Molly is a singer now: http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/422707/so-she-thinks-she-can-sing-sytycd-alum-mollee-gray-makes-a-music-video/

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AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH KAY….you just made my day, I had NO idea!

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Whoa! Is that you in the first pic? You look SUPER FIT!! :) :) I love finding new workouts online and on dvds. I also am constantly talking about it with friends to the point where my family will start to roll their eyes. Like, Corrie, there are other things to talk about besides fitness. :)

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Rest days are definitely important!! I often have “scheduled” rest days, but sometimes I change my mind and make unscheduled days my rest days because it’s obviously my body needs it. Great post! :)

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Great post…I can’t wait to check out your blog!

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