It's that time of year again: making yet another seemingly impossible New Year's Resolution. Last year, my doctor told me my blood sugar levels had gone up and I was teetering on being pre-diabetic. This was hard to hear. I realized I needed to take my health more seriously and make it a priority. In the past, I'd always set overambitious health goals (like waking up at the crack of dawn to go to the gym) and expected huge changes overnight, only to lose steam a few months in. I was looking for a way to hold myself accountable and that's when I discovered Aaptiv, an app that helps keep me motivated with their guided workouts. I was hoping this would set me up for success—and it did.
Aaptiv offers guided audio workouts through their app, so you can build your own workout routine that best matches your personal goals and resolutions. They have hundreds of classes to choose from with a wide variety of exercises from running to strength training to yoga, and even elliptical and treadmill workouts for the gym. Each class is set to an amazing playlist that helps keep you focused. You can choose your class based on workout, trainer, music genre, class length, or level of difficulty. My goal was to incorporate exercise into my week and with so many options, Aaptiv seemed like the perfect way to do just that.
I never used to be consistent about working out. Not only would I call it quits too early, I wasn't pushing myself as hard as I could, doing the same set of weights and the same treadmill run every time I went to the gym. Once I started working out with Aaptiv, this all changed. The convenience of the app helped take my workouts to the next level. I could do classes at the gym, or in front of the TV while binge watching The Office.
Having a personal trainer in my ear has helped me stay focused during each workout. Trainers like Meghan push me to go harder and faster through stretches of interval training so I can earn that minute or two of rest before going through the next cycle. It's surprising how much it's helped to have someone count down the time left in a set. My favorite part is that the app keeps track of how many classes I've completed and the number of minutes I've worked out, making me feel accomplished and determined to increase those numbers.
By integrating small changes into my routine and improving gradually each day, Aaptiv has proven to be exactly the kind of push I needed to prioritize my health. While the changes didn't happen overnight, you can definitely see a difference between where I was last year and where I am now. At my most recent doctor's visit, my blood sugar levels had gone back down to normal which makes me feel very proud (and relieved!). I truly feel like I'm changing my lifestyle for the better, because I'm able to integrate workouts seamlessly into my day. My new goal for this year is to keep getting stronger and healthier with Aaptiv. Setting New Year's resolutions is about becoming your best self, and with Aaptiv, I'm becoming a better me every single day.
Update 12/24/17: For a limited time only, Aaptiv is extending a special New Year's offer to our readers! Follow this link to receive an additional 25% off your first year of membership.