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Why support during your fitness journey is more important than you think

Why support during your fitness journey is more important than you think

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Ever since I started going to college, I joined the world of fitness and exercise to support my healthy lifestyle. I'll let you in on one little secret: I was terrified of going to the gym by myself. It was a difficult habit to pick up because exercise was completely new for me. Fortunately for me, I had (and still have) a group of friends that I can always rely on to exercise with me. All of us began at the same level: this was important because it provided an additional layer of support and understanding. Although each one of us has different goals, that doesn't come between us. Rather, we encourage and help each other to attain these goals every time we're at the gym.

My fitness journey before college: zero support

Having somebody who supports you when you have a goal is crucial. It can make the difference between you taking the initiative to go to the gym, or deciding to forego exercise.

Before college, I tried and tried to stick to a consistent workout regimen. These attempts all resulted in failure and I didn't know what I was lacking. I thought I was motivated enough but unfortunately, I was wrong. I went running by myself when I had the time, and I even tried to set up a running routine with friends in my hometown, but we ended up giving up not only because of the bad weather, but also because we were at different stages in our fitness journeys. I thought I would never be able to exercise properly, so I felt completely discouraged.

My fitness journey during college: tons of support

Once college began, I found what I was looking for: a cheery group of good friends who eventually became my workout partners. I even persuaded some of them to create PumpUp accounts with me! (@cristononstop and @pau_am2)

We plan to meet in our residence's gym a few days a week and do PumpUp workouts as well as a bit of extra cardio. We have been doing this since September 2014 and we've already noticed palpable changes: not only do we feel happier overall, but we're also more active in general because we keep each other accountable.

I can't stress enough how important good company is when it comes to finding motivation. If you think that you're lacking something in your workout routine but you don't know what it is, you might consider finding a bunch of good friends to do exercise with. They'll support you as you #MarchToYourDream and they'll make you feel ready to pursue a healthier lifestyle with confidence.

This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

Heart Shaped Falafel Patties

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This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

This month I prepared an easy recipe that is perfect to share with someone you love. I ended up eating it with a close friend of mine who taught me how to make this dish! It consists of two heart-shaped spicy falafel patties on top of some fresh salad.

Heart shaped falafel patties

  • 4 cups of raw chickpeas
  • 1/2 scallion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Parsley
  • Black pepper
  • Curry
  • Hot paprika
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. concentrated tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce

First, stir fry the previously diced scallion and garlic on a frying pan with little olive oil. Once the scallion is translucent and the garlic is a little bit toasted, put the raw chickpeas, the parsley, the garlic and the scallion into a blender and blend it until it has a thick consistency. Now add black pepper, curry and hot paprika as desired and pour the soy sauce and concentrated tomato sauce (do not add more than 3 tablespoons because we don’t want the mixture to be too liquid or else it won’t hold its shape). Blend the mixture again for a few seconds and place the paste on a tray. Make as many heart-shaped patties as you can and place them in the fridge for a few hours. (You can skip this step if you are in a hurry, but they will not hold their shape so well). 

After that, preheat in a frying pan 1 glass of olive oil and once it is hot, fry both sides of the patties until they’re brown. Take them out of the frying pan and lay them on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. (Against frying? Bake them in the oven at 375F, turning them over halfway through).

What I did after that was preparing a salad with lettuce, tomato, carrot and sweet corn.

This dish is very fun to make, it is really tasty, vegan friendly and very filling. It is also packed with nutrients such as slow-burning carbohydrates, vitamin B, C, E and K, and has a great amount of fiber, so it will make you feel full much more easily. I genuinely loved it and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy it too.

I hope you like this idea! Let me know!

Cheers,

Sara

Why university catalyzed my health and wellness journey - Transformation Story

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This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

'Eureka' moments only occur once in a blue moon. Mine began with this simple, sudden, and striking realization: I can do anything.can change my lifestyle. Magic happens when you believe in yourself.

This wasn’t always the case. When I was in high school, had trouble with anxiety due to several contributing factors: social pressure, lower marks, bullying, and so on. As a result, I would stress-eat and lacked the energy and motivation to perform any type of physical exercise. The burden of anxiety constantly consumed me, and I couldn’t think properly because I was filled with pools of negativity. I wasn’t technically overweight but I didn’t feel healthy. Later on, I found out that at the age of 19, I had very high levels of cholesterol. I knew I had gone too far. 

Although I knew what I had to do deep down inside of me, I waited until university to make the transition towards a healthier lifestyle. This new chapter in my life became a great opportunity for a great change, and a chance to adopt good habits. 

It was at this point in my life that I joined the PumpUp community. Now that I live by myself, I am able to have more control over what I eat. I only purchase what is healthiest for me and am more careful over the composition and timing of my meals.  When I decided that I wanted to change my lifestyle, I introduced the PumpUp app to a few of my friends and now we keep each other accountable. We schedule our gym visits and work out together. It may not seem worth it, but I swear that the feeling after you workout and the changes that you and others begin to see will be worth the sweat and hardship. Giving up at this point will mean that you’d be giving up on your life, stepping backwards and harming yourself.

My advice to those who think that they will not make it, to those who have not noticed changes yet, to those who doubt whether it is worth it or not, and to those who think they do not have time and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle is: ”Just try. It is possible. Just because you are trying means that inside of you there’s a little ‘something’ that knows that you need a change. Do not ignore it, because it will reward you with unexpected feelings of well-being and self-esteem”

In my case, I waited for my moment to come. Then I did what I knew I had to do. But some people have the chance to begin a new lifestyle every day, so I would tell them to listen to that ‘something’ now and take advantage of that, since people with more difficulties have already accomplished their goals. Regardless of the situation, everybody is able to feel proud and satisfied with her or his body.

So this month I encourage you to #SpreadPositivity all over PumpUp and in your daily life!  Get your new healthy lifestyle started now