3 Bad Habits We All Need To Break

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Like most people, I'm always thinking of new ways to improve my life.

My current obsession is drinking more water, and I have successfully drank more water this week than ever before! It was only by purchasing an enormous water bottle that I was able to make drinking water more convenient.

But even though I always try to have the best intentions, I still somehow manage to pick up some bad habits.

Here are 3 bad habits I plan to quit and how you can, too:

Stop Putting Off Exercise

I've tried joining a gym, thinking it would motivate me to exercise, but it never worked - I think I only went 3 times. The thought of exercising in public is intimidating. I never knew where to start when it comes to the gym.

This time around, I plan to start using Aaptiv to help me exercise at home in my own time, after a friend recommended it to me.

Aaptiv is an audio and video exercise app with a variety of fitness classes designed and taught by certified personal trainers and set to curated playlists. Classes range from a quick stretch under 10 minutes, to running, strength training, elliptical, and yoga workouts. I'm going to start strength training, and when I get more comfortable with the workouts, I plan to start taking them to the gym.

Stop Overspending

Looking at my finances, I've spent far too much money on unnecessary things (Lattes are my weakness). So, my plan is to get a coffee machine in my apartment to use instead of going to Starbucks daily. Plus, I plan to start making my own lunches for work instead of buying lunch every day. This will save me money and hopefully help me eat healthier, too.

Less Work Stress

My job can get pretty busy and stressful at times. My problem is, I take the stress with me after my day ends. I've done some research and looked into ways to wind down and de-stress, and one thing that keeps coming up is meditation.

My friend meditates daily and says it has reduced her stress levels dramatically. I've wanted to try it for a while but had no idea how to do it or where to start. When I discovered Aaptiv also has meditation classes, I was delighted I would finally be able to try it.

With some help from Aaptiv, I'll hopefully be able to break these habits and reach my fitness goals and be a little less stressed this year. Luckily, Aaptiv has classes for complete beginners and pros, so it's accessible for everyone.

Each class has a carefully curated playlist to match the rhythm and intensity of the workout – genres include dance/electronic, pop, alternative, classic rock, and hip hop. It's only $14.99 a month or $99 annually, plus it's super easy to cancel. Also, for a limited time they are offering their yearly membership for 70% off (just $29.99!!).

I've already checked out Aaptiv, and the classes are fantastic, so fun and so clear. I'd recommend Aaptiv to anyone who wants to start exercising at their own pace and wants to start the new year off with some positive changes.

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Raise your hand if your New Year's Resolution is to work out more? Me too. See, the thing is, I actually don't hate working out once I'm actually doing it.

The hardest part for me is getting to the gym. It's about a 25 minute drive from my home, so wasting 50 minutes of my day just getting there, not even working out, is daunting. I'm not gonna wake up early enough, and I'm certainly not going to go after a long day of work, so I decided to try some at-home workouts. I bought a couple of workout DVDs, but I found them boring, outdated, and not at all motivating.

I knew I actually stood a chance at keeping my New Years Resolution if I could somehow transform that 50 minute time frame into a workout. After scouring the internet and reading a few workout blogs, I found Aaptiv. The fitness app helps you maximize your at-home and outdoor workouts by having certified trainers in your ear, motivating you to complete a class.

They offer tons of different workouts - everything from strength training, to elliptical, to indoor and outdoor running, and even yoga and guided meditation (thank goodness - my other resolution is to be less stressed). There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, so there's something for everyone.

I wasn't sure that I would be able to motivate myself to complete the classes, but after checking out the Aaptiv site and reviewing some of their workouts, I really loved how fun the playlists were. Plus, all of the Aaptiv trainers are really positive and upbeat, and the workouts are designed to push you harder, right when you might be feeling ready to give up. Annnnd, they even offer a free trial, so I really had nothing to lose (except those holiday lbs!).

I really enjoyed the holiday season and it didn't stop myself from indulging, so when January rolled around, I felt ready to start my new workout routine. I started off with a beginners' outdoor running class because it was a mild day. It was just the right amount of challenging without being too hard. Right, when I felt like I wanted to stop, the music got faster, and my trainer, Jamie, was giving me positive reinforcement in my ear.

I finished off my workout with one of the no gym strength training classes. I love that it doesn't require any equipment, and there are also short videos you can watch if you're unsure if your form is correct. The whole workout took me 40 minutes - less time than I would spend just getting myself to and from the gym!

For a limited time, Aaptiv is offering their yearly subscription for just $49.99 (normally $99.99). It has completely overhauled my workouts and the app is so easy to use - I love being able to switch up my workouts depending on how I feel, or how much time I have.

Even if I only have 15 minutes to spare, there's a class to accommodate that. It's helped me keep up regular workouts, and their yoga and meditation classes have also made relaxing after a stressful day so easy.

So whether you're new to working out, a total pro, or just don't have a lot of spare time, Aaptiv is for you. You can literally take the workouts with you anywhere you go. It's made sticking to my goal a lot more manageable, and I'm already starting to see my body change. Now I can finally say that I actually stuck to a New Years Resolution!

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