Holly Rilinger: 5 Tips For Staying Fit Physically and Mentally Year ‘Round

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Today celebrity trainer, Flywheel Master Instructor, and all around badass babe Holly Rilinger shares some of her tips to help you stay strong and fit both physically and emotionally – regardless of the season.

In the last week, the temperatures have dropped drastically in NYC. It went from being a beautiful, mild autumn to what feels like winter. It was emotionally jarring for me to have to dig up my winter coat. And I, for one, am one of those people who refuses to wear her winter coat until it’s absolutely necessary.

The cold never bothers me, but it’s the lack of sun that I dread. Sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, and a Vitamin D deficiency can lead to mood changes and irritability, depression, weight gain, fatigue, low immunity, and general weakness.

So check out Holly’s tips for staying fit physically and mentally year ’round.

Holly Riling Tips To Stay Physically Fit

Holly Rilinger: Start your morning by throwing on your ear buds to get up and move. Music is a proven mood booster so the good vibes will set you up for a good day.

LGC: The song that’s currently on repeat for me is “This Town” by former-1Der Niall Horan.

Holly Rilinger: According to the BIC Soleil Real Life Optimism Survey, a close shave makes women feel optimistic about their day. BIC Soleil Shine razors deliver a clean, close shave, which makes me feel excited about the day ahead.

LGC: I admit that I don’t shave as diligently in the fall and winter. Nor do I get pedicures as regularly. But there’s something really empowering about pampering and taking care of yourself. It’s an instant mood-booster for me.

Holly Rilinger: Having a buddy system is a great way to stick to a fitness routine. Pick a friend and select a workout schedule together. That way, you can keep each other motivated to work hard – and it passes the time more quickly!

LGC: Couldn’t agree more, Holly. On my last long run, my husband rode his bike behind me while I ran 16 miles. It pushed me to run faster, and not take as many walking breaks.

Holly Rilinger: Set achievable goals for yourself. You’re not going to turn into an all-star athlete overnight and that is PERFECTLY okay! Set short-term goals throughout the day or week and you’ll feel more optimistic about achieving your goals long-term!

LGC: My short term goal is to add an extra serving of vegetables into my daily diet. My long term goal is to be able to do a hand stand.

Holly Rilinger: Find 5-10 minutes each day to practice mindfulness by closing your eyes, focusing on your breath and finding yourself in the present moment. When we become mindful and present, we renew optimism into all parts of our life.

LGC: I try to incorporate a daily quiet-time for myself in the morning. However, I’ll work on stepping away from my desk and going for a 5-10 minute walk during the day.