My Latest Workout Obsessions

It seems like every couple years a new type of workout craze takes over and we all want to see what the fuss is about. Fitness isn’t something that has ever been totally easy for me – every time I head to the gym I really push myself. By being open to new types of exercises (remember my spinning obsession?) I’m able to explore what works for me – and leave behind what doesn’t. This has worked wonders for my health, strength and happiness! It has even meant going back to some tried-and-true methods like my current favorite workouts below:

Tamera Mowry Workout Obsessions

Zumba. If you’ve ever walked by the private classrooms at your gym and seen a big group of people that look like they’re dancing to super loud, upbeat music – you may have come across Zumba! It made waves in the US several years ago and there’s a reason it’s still taught at gyms nationwide today – it really works, and it’s tons of fun. With Zumba, you follow your instructor’s mix of high and low intensity dance and aerobic exercises. This way, you actually get a really well-rounded workout without realizing it. With Zumba, there are tons of different exercises and separate dance moves incorporated to one in a fast paced session that’s not as tough to lock down as you’d think! This type of workout is my go-to when I want to burn calories, fast. It’s also a great choice if you’re dreading exercise. When you’re focused on the instructor, music and moves you will absolutely lose track of time.

Pilates. Another classic that I swear by is Pilates, which is a type of exercise dedicated to your body’s core. This is a perfect workout for those who have had injuries in the past or fear they’ll get one by other workouts (it was actually invented to help with injuries). Similarly to yoga, it’s based off of an expansive series of moves that require you to breathe, focus and control your body’s movements. Because of this, you’ll not only be strengthening your body, but improving your posture and flexibility. When you go to a class, you might use a Reformer to complete your exercises, but there are a lot of Pilates moves you can do at home too. Pilates is hard work, but it’s made me so much stronger and has really helped me tone my muscles.

Yoga. When I injured my back, yoga was something I had to incorporate out of necessity. I needed to take time to slow down, stretch and pay attention to every muscle. I love yoga because you can do every level of intensity from simple stretches to incredibly advanced moves that challenge your whole body. One of the biggest benefits I’ve found with yoga is stress relief. That alone makes it worth giving a try but there’s so much else it does too. A lot of people think all yoga does is increase your flexibility (and it does) but it also can strengthen and tone, assist your body in healing itself, increase your mindfulness and even aid in weight loss.

The best thing about each of these practices is that everyone can do them – no matter your strength or expertise. If you’re new to them, sign up for a beginner’s class (even if you plan to do them from home sometimes) so you can learn safe practices and proper form, or ask your doctor if they think it’s right for you. Once you take the time to explore different workouts, you’ll be so much more confident when gym day rolls around!

What’s your favorite workout at the moment?

Xx,
Tamera

How to Start an Exercise Regimen

You know what they say: the hardest part of anything is getting started. But it’s even harder when you don’t know how or where to start. If it’s been awhile since you worked out regularly or you’re new to the game, you probably have a lot of ideas swirling around your head about what a fitness routine looks like. (Any stereotypes coming to mind right now?) But once you get over the mental hurdle of what you think you can or can’t do and know that you’re capable of starting and sticking to a routine, you’ll be ready to dive in.

How to Start an Exercise Regimen - Tamera Mowry

So, where to begin? In starting an exercise regimen, there’s a few things to consider:

What are your goals? Write down why you’re starting a regimen and what’s important to you. Be specific; instead of saying “to be stronger” you might say “to be able to lift my child” etc. These will help when you choose the type of regimen!

 What types of activity do you like? Don’t think strictly workout, but what kinds of actions you’ve always enjoyed, like hiking, walking, sports, etc. You can translate this into a real regimen soon.

How much time + money can you commit? Think about how often you’ll realistically commit to a workout, such as 30 minutes a day or an hour three times a week. Also think about whether you can afford a gym membership, fitness classes, or personal training sessions. If they’re not in the budget right now, that’s totally okay—there are plenty of free ways to get active.

Now that you’ve sorted out your “musts”, you can begin exploring regimens. I won’t go into crazy detail here, but I definitely suggest taking all of the above into account. If you like outdoor activity, for example, consider jogging in your neighborhood or morning hikes as an option—especially if you’re looking for free ways to get in shape. Or, if you have a budget and want to learn a very specific type of exercise, research classes you can take to build your skills.

Lastly, here are three more tips for when you’re ready to begin:

Talk to a pro. Consult a doctor, personal trainer, teacher, or even just the friendly faces that greet you at the gym—so you can begin with confidence. If you’re a generally active person, you may not think it necessary, but remember that they’re trained to know all the ins and outs. Even simply taking the introductory tour at a gym can put you at ease when it comes time to climb on those machines.

Find a buddy—if you want. Some people like working out solo to clear their heads and focus inward, but if that’s not you (or something you want to work up to), that’s fine! Recruit a friend who will encourage and motivate. If that’s not an option, consider group activities such as Pilates or Spin class—though they’re completed individually, the energy from the group setting will inspire you.

Take it slow. Working out is all about working up. There are plenty of areas in life where you can just dive in and see what works, but when it comes to physical health, you want to do it right—trust me, it’s not worth an injury! Find a balance between pushing yourself and knowing your limits and you’ll find it easy to make this lifestyle change truly stick.

Once you figure these things out, you can narrow it down and tailor your regimen. Click here to read my tips on finding the right fitness routine for you.

What’s your workout regimen?

Xx,
Tamera

Mommy Makeover: The Best Ways to Stay Motivated

All throughout my mommy makeover journey, I’ve had to stay on top of my motivation. It’s so easy to get discouraged when you’re not up to a certain challenge or not feeling so fabulous at the gym, but I find that if I can keep up the motivation, I can power through these doubtful moments. And once you complete that workout or get to the next checkpoint, all doubts fade away. It really is worth it in the end to reach the health and fitness goals you set, so here’s how I’m keeping my mind in check along the way.

Workout Motivation

Don’t just weigh yourself.
Well, let’s back up. Don’t weigh yourself before you’re ready. This goes for any weight loss regimen, sometimes you really need to get going before even looking in the scale’s direction. But when you’re ready to track results, don’t just step on the scale. I’ll be the first to tell you! When you make big changes to your health and fitness, you’ll see your body change in lots of ways. You’ll often see those results reflected in measurements, not weight. Right now it’s about increasing endurance and regaining strength. I’m seeing results each time I measure my arms, legs, waist, etc. – with a new fitness plan, you’ll even see it in your neck. If I were only looking on the scale, I would easily lose motivation.

Build a foundation.
This is tough to learn – and re-learn – time and time again. You have to realize that once you have a foundation, everything will be easier. If you’ve recently had a baby, you can’t go straight into what you did before the past 9 months! So build that foundation just by showing up everyday and powering through whatever level you’re on at the moment, and know that once you do, you’ll be able to conquer anything.

Switch it up.
When I wrote about my best workout methods I talked about how insanely important it has been for me to switch up my workouts. There is nothing worse than feeling chained to the treadmill! Especially when you are working yourself up to levels you’ve been at before or really hope to be. Getting stuck in the same routine is not only how you get bored, but you start to get in your head about what you should be doing how fast you should be doing it. When you’re distracted by learning new workouts, it goes by faster and the results come with it.

Treat yourself to new gear.
I can’t explain what a HUGE difference this TINY change makes. Going through this process, I’ve caught myself filling up with doubts and just feeling less than confident every now and then. I don’t need the added pressure of not feeling good in my own clothes! Simply by investing in a new pair of shoes – which makes you more comfortable when working out anyway – an awesome new sports bra or some killer yoga pants, you’ll feel ready to take on these challenges. Plus, if going to the gym or walking in your neighborhood intimidates you, this will make all the difference. It’s almost like a mind trick – once you feel better in the clothes, it’s easier to work out, and easier to make real change beyond those clothes.

What do you do when you feel unmotivated to work out? I’ll add your tips to my list!

Xx,
Tamera

Wear It: Workout Fashion Essentials

One of the most motivating things you can do when you get serious about working out is treat yourself to some new clothes. First off, this will increase your confidence and desire to get started. That alone makes it worth the investment (especially when navigating post-pregnancy body changes). But you also want your active wear to do its job – be comfy and fitting, not invasive, and definitely not distracting to your workout. Fitness clothing can be an investment, and you don’t need to choose all name brands – however if there’s any type of clothing that truly requires quality, it’s this! Here’s a handy checklist I created to help you get started:

Wear It: Workout Fashion Essentials | Tamera Mowry

1. UA women’s tech v-neck / 2. Nike dri-fit run crop / 3. FTP yoga shorts / 4. Racerback sports bra / 5. Twist tank top / 6. Fleece hoodie jacket / 7. Pullover hoodie / 8. Sport headbands / 9. Asics /

Tops & sports bras. Some women are more comfortable just working out in a big T and others want a more fitted, moisture wicking top. Whatever you do, make sure it’s one that you can sweat in and that either offers support or fits with a sports bra underneath. If you workout at the gym or by running on the street, make sure your tops, tanks and sports bras are pieces you feel confident and comfortable in!

Pants. Pants are an area you don’t want to skimp on. With so many see-through leggings marketed as yoga pants, it’s easy to end up with something that tears easily or worse, is see-through! Having a pair of spandex shorts handy is good for the at home yoga sesh or super hot days.

Long sleeve. It’s nice to have long sleeve tops, especially if you do any exercising outdoors. Zip hoodies are also good for post-workout wear, so you can just throw it on if you have run an errand… And let’s be honest, this WILL make an appearance in your everyday wardrobe too. 

Hair. I think I speak for everyone when I say that there is nothing worse than bouncing up and down on the elliptical with a head full of hair bouncing with you. Might as well buy a pack of hair ties or headbands now, and save yourself the headache…Lol.

Shoes. Last but not least, shopping for fitness shoes isn’t quite as thrilling as looking for a great pair of pumps, but you really can’t do a single workout without ‘em! When your shoes are getting worn and just not cutting it anymore, this is the first thing to upgrade.

The great news is that you don’t need an entire closet full of clothes for this – a couple outfits will do the trick. Any workout gear you swear by to get the job done?

Xx,
Tamera

Mommy Makeover Motivation

While I continued to exercise throughout each trimester of my pregnancy so that I could not only maintain my fitness but remain strong and healthy for all my mommy-of-two duties, I’m now on the journey to getting my pre-pregnancy body back. One of the things that help me be a positive momma for my little ones is being healthy and feeling great. Thus began my mommy makeover journey!

Mommy Makeover Motivation

I’ve started the challenge of getting my body back, as well as decided to get inspired by beauty and fashion. You know how much I love my personal style to reflect ME, and even though I have an overwhelming amount of things to take up time in my family and career, I want to continue to show off my personality through beauty and fashion and inspire others to do the same.

When embarking on a journey like this, it can be so hard to know where to start! That’s why during the last days of my pregnancy, I created a mood board to log all my inspirations. I combed my favorite magazines for inspiration in three categories: beauty, fashion, fitness. From natural hair goals to fit-spiration, this collage has been a place to document everything that makes me smile.

Now as I work out, do my makeup, and put together outfits, I can take all the things that inspire me and put my own personal spin on them. The goal isn’t to look like the models in the photos, but remind myself that I have what it takes to reach my goals in my own way. Having a visual representation is an amazing way to keep yourself accountable to your goals as well – and these images symbolize that. Whenever I’m overwhelmed and catch myself thinking that I can’t or don’t have time to focus on myself, my inspiration board is a reminder of that initial thought – that being happy and true to myself is the best way I can be a good mother, wife and professional.

Do you guys have visual reminders of goals or inspiration boards? If you are on a journey yourself of any kind, let me know! We can all inspire one another.

Xx,
Tamera

4 Reasons to Love Spinning Classes

Spinning has been one of the trendier workouts for awhile now, and I personally love it. There are so many benefits of taking a spin class that I think it’s a routine that will be around for years to come. It being less-than-ideal workout weather in much of the country right now, it seems a great time to share how a spin class can really change up your exercise game!

YAS-Venice-Spin-Room-580x320For those who haven’t tried it, “spinning” is a specific type of instructor-led cycling workout. While you may ride the stationary bike at your gym, doing it with others in a group setting can mean a more intense and fulfilling work out. What really makes the class is the people around you, all working their hardest, ultimately keeping your momentum up. The fact that you burn calories at a higher rate than many workouts (roughly 500 or 600 per class) and that it can be very motivating are just two reasons I love spin, but it’s much more than that:

Perfect for winter workouts

Like I said, this is a great way for those of us who enjoy exercising outside to still get a workout in when that’s not an option. Winter is also a notoriously ‘bad’ workout season, as the cold weather and holidays can mean a huge detour from our healthier springs and summers. Just signing up for the class signifies a commitment, and it’s much harder to justify skipping it when you know it’s going to take an hour or less of your time – just perfect for squeezing in among other tasks during the holiday season!

Gets you out of your workout rut

Even if you do push yourself your hardest during every workout sesh, you may eventually get board of your fave machines or find your routine isn’t challenging anymore. Enter: spin! With music to get you pumped up and an instructor who pushes you, just a few classes are sure to shift how you feel about working out. Maybe you’ll find that this is definitely you’re ‘thing’ or maybe you’ll have a new appreciation for the elliptical… Either way, it’s a win.

A great intro to fitness classes

If you’ve peeked in on fitness classes at your gym but never really felt comfortable enough to actually join your peers in attempting coordinated dance routines, this is the perfect foray into fitness classes. You get the group setting – and all the support and encouragement that come with it – without as many potential disasters. It’s a mostly solo effort that just so happens to take place in a group. Some spin classes even take place in the dark! Lol.

It’s a workout for all levels

One of the reasons spin has become so popular is because it really is a workout for everyone. Both the athlete and the person who has never taken a class before will benefit. A single class often operates in intervals, so you aren’t likely to find one person who thinks it’s a total breeze and another who can’t push the pedal. Plus, you are ultimately in control of the bike’s settings, so if something becomes too much, you won’t need to quit, just adjust accordingly.

Still aren’t sure if spin is your thing? Read this post to find out which fitness routine is right for you!

Xx,
Tamera

Photo: YAS fitness centers in Venice, CA