I'm a PRO at this by now [Healthy Travel Series #3]

Have you ever felt anxious about a trip because you weren’t sure IF or WHEN you’d find the time to work out?

Workout anxiety used to be SO REAL for me, especially when I was traveling. I remember being so unhappy during points of my 4 week Thailand trip because I couldn’t stick to my regular run and yoga schedule.

Luckily I’ve learned a lot since that trip and today I’m sharing how you can workout while traveling, while still enjoying your trip.

Here’s how to easily work your workout into your travel:

  • Be prepared - Bring workout clothes (I love finding cute “athleisure” pieces that I can work out in but can double as everyday clothes too!), running or walking shoes. I also ALWAYS travel with this travel yoga mat - it’s super lightweight and folds up making it easy to carry with you wherever you are going.
  • Bring movement into your adventure - Rent a bike, go for a walking tour, meet a friend for a yoga date. I’ve also done running tours which are a super fun way to see a city!
  • Have a few portable workout options - The wonderful world of online workouts has been a lifesaver for me while traveling because I can still take class when it works with my schedule. My favorites are FORTE Fit (yoga, HIIT, barre and MORE! + my own yoga classes!), YogaGlo (biggest library of online yoga classes), and Superhuman Fitness (going to be sharing more about this soon but it’s my newest fave full body workout that’s good for EVERY body and fitness level).
  • Be realistic - Think ahead and plan your workout and rest days accordingly. During my time on the Big Island of Hawaii, I had a few really early mornings and so I planned my rest days around these because I knew I wasn’t going to want to wake up even earlier to get a run in.

My biggest tip? Relax. Do your best to move your body because it makes you feel good, but don’t stress if your travel workout routine looks very, very different from your regular plan. Your beloved yoga class or early morning gym time will be there for you when you get back home, and likely you’ll appreciate it even more after taking a break :)

What are your tricks and tips for staying active when you are traveling? Leave a comment below and let me know. I love hearing from you!

Birthday Gifts!

It's my birthday!!

I'm celebrating by sharing a few special opportunities {gifts!} for YOU!   You guys allow me to do what I do, and I'm forever grateful for that. 

>>25% off tuition for the IIN's Health Coach Training Program - Mention my name for 25% (!!) off tuition when you enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program this week only! Two years ago I graduated from this program and now I wake up every day EXCITED to work (even on my birthday!), and my work includes things that I love like blogging about wellness trends, creating recipes, visiting health foods stores, teaching yoga, and more. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is my life. I share a little more about my experience with the IIN program + my transition away from my corporate job in this video: My IIN Story.

>>*FREE* 30 Day Yoga Challenge [NYC only] - Join me for the second annual #30daysoftangerine yoga challenge at Tangerine Hot Power Yoga! If you've been looking to jumpstart a yoga practice, or simply want to re-commit to a regular routine, this is the perfect start! Every day for 30 days you'll receive an email with inspiration, recipes and MORE, plus we have awesome prizes from some of my favorite companies like Pressed Juicery and Manduka yoga. Sign up here! 

>> A FULL YEAR of Online Workouts for just $50 - You can now take my class from ANYWHERE (the comfort of your own home, your hotel room or gym) on FORTE Fit. What's FORTE? Think Netflix for boutique fitness classes. Through FORTE, you can take some of the BEST workout classes NYC has to offer: there's yoga and barre, HIIT and boxing workouts, and MORE! Classes are available via livestream (i.e. you take the class in real time! so fun!) but you also have access to the HUGE library of past classes (including my yoga classes!). Learn more here!

Again, THANK YOU. I'm so so thankful for each and every one of you.

How to create an exercise routine that sticks

"I NEED to exercise but for some reason it just doesn't happen."
"I want to get into running but it's hard to get my butt out the door."
"I know I should go to yoga, but honestly I'm kind of intimidated."

Any of these lines sound familiar? 

We all know exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but with our busy lives, this is often the piece of the equation that gets left out. Let me be real with you - to be your healthiest self, to feel energized and inspired, to be confident in your body - you MUST exercise, or move your body in some way on a regular basis.

I know this may sound intense but hear me out.

Why is exercise so important?

  • It's energizing - Moving your cells wakes them up! Plus physical exercise also requires us to use motor skills and parts of our brain that we don't use most of the day (because most of us work on the computer).

  • It stimulates body’s natural detox functions - Sweating, breathing and elimination (pooping!) are all ways that your body "takes out the trash" and you want that to be happening regularly. No one wants to live in a house filled with trash, do they?? Exercise pretty obviously stimulates your breathing and sweat functions, but it also helps move things along in your digestive system.

  • Movement OUTSIDE creates movement INSIDE - Different exercise types inspire different moods and energies in our bodies. For example...

    > Running and cardio = endurance, stamina, feeling of moving forward
    > Yoga, dance, stretching = flexibility, calm, sense of peace
    > Strength training or high intensity training (HIIT) = strength, energy

What type of exercise should I do?

Every body needs a little something different, but most research shows that we need to do a combination of things for optimal energy and well-being.

If you always do the elliptical, why not try weights one day instead? Or perhaps you strictly go to yoga - maybe skip a class for a long walk.

How do I make it happen?

Here are a few ways to make sure that pilates class or HIIT workout or short jog actually happen:

Buy some special workout clothes/shoes/gear that you LOVE - Being excited to spend time in your workout clothing can make all the difference between getting to the gym or staying on your couch. 

Put your workouts in your calendar. Literally. Block off the time, set a reminder, and don’t accept other commitments during those times. Treat this as if you had a meeting or date with someone - you wouldn’t cancel last minute on someone else, so why do it with yourself? I find it helps to workout at the same time each day (I’m a morning girl), but do what works for you.

Find an activity that you actually enjoy. There are SO many different workouts out there now - you don’t have to spend time doing something you hate (because life is meant to be enjoyed, right??!). If you actually enjoy your workout, you are WAY more likely to stick with it.

Here are some resources for exploring different workouts (without breaking the bank!):

ClassPass - One membership that gets you into all sorts of different workouts - yoga, cardio, dance, high intensity, sports, etc. 

New student specials - Most studios/gyms have some sort of free trial period, or discount for new students. Take advantage of this!

The growing world of online workouts - There are so many inspiring teachers on YouTube or membership-type services so you’ll never get bored! Many of them are free or offer a low subscription fee. Here are some that I love:

  • FORTE Fit - You can now take my yoga classes online (!!!) as well as some of the top workouts in NYC via FORTE Fit's online platform. Use the code 'EMILYFORTE' and receive a FULL YEAR membership for just $50!
  • YogaGlo - A great library of yoga videos with something for everyone. I love that you can sort by body part, mood, duration and instructor.
  • Bikini Body Guide - A printable guide with targeted HIIT workouts.

Okay here's your homework for this week: make a workout plan! This can be ONE new thing you are going to try this week, or ONE tip you are going to take away from this post. Leave a comment below and let me know how you are going to MOVE IT this week.

Livestream my yoga classes!



Pretty much every week I get a message or email asking WHEN I'm going to make yoga videos for my friends who can't wake up for my early AM classes, for my friends who travel regularly, and for all of you who don't live in NYC!

Well, the day is here.

You can now take class with me online on FORTE Fit.

See why I was jumping out of my seat??? You can now take my yoga classes from ANYWHERE (the comfort of your own home, your hotel room or gym) on FORTE Fit.

What is FORTE?

Think Netflix for boutique fitness classes. Through FORTE, you can take some of the BEST workout classes NYC has to offer: yoga, barre, HIIT, boxing and MORE! Classes are available via livestream (i.e. you take the class in real time! so fun!) but you also have access to a HUGE library of past classes, including mine!

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FORTE is the future of fitness and has received some RAVE early reviews:

Here's the best part: you can sign up for just $50 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR! That's less than taking 2 classes here in NYC, so what are you waiting for? Use the code 'EmilyFORTE' to take advantage of this sweet deal :)

Not sure if FORTE is for you? Click here to sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial. I KNOW you are going to love it.

Do it today! I'm teaching my next class on FORTE this Saturday (February 18th) at 4PM and I'd LOVE for you to be there. Use the code EMILYFORTE when you sign up, or click the link below.

Join FORTE Fit today for just $50 for a FULL year.

Once you've signed up, I want to hear from you: what kinds of classes do you want to see me teach? Do you want more short and sweet sequences or longer flows? Want me to focus on core work or breathing techniques? Poses for runners? Tell me!

Let me know what you want in the comments below!