My favorite workout pants + 5 apps that help me stay fit

February 28, 2017

Sweater: Banana Republic, love this one, Bottoms: Old Navy, Sneakers: Nike c/o Nordstrom, Ring: Some random store in Barcelona, Earrings: Chloe + Isabel

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you my favorite workout pants and 5 apps that are helping me stay in shape. I just turned 26 yesterday and let's just say I've been celebrating the last couple of days with lots of food and drinks so thank God for these apps that have been SO helpful.

First of all let me say that petite active wear is hard to find. Yes, you'd think that active wear especially leggings/yoga pants and anything of the like would be like one size fits all or at least more available to petites but it's not! There are a few brands that have petite items and Old Navy has been my new favorite place to shop for these items. I have found my HOLY GRAIL workout pants, yep, I'm saying it. These will totally be my go-to pants from now on. I have these in so many colors and various sizes. I'm totally obsessed with them. They have various styles from capri, high-waisted, and straight leg I find them to be very comfortable, easy to wash, and really affordable. I'm loving these purple pair at the moment and for today only Old Navy is giving you 30% off your purchase with code MARDI!

It's hard for me to workout without my phone. I know some say I'm addicted to my phone, but for good reason. Lately I've been loving apps that help me track my health and fitness. When I made the new year's resolution to be more active, I researched tools that would keep me on the path to healthy living. After asking around and trying different apps myself I found these 5 that are my favorites.

MyFitnessPal - A free app that many say is very similar to the Weight Watchers app. It's an app that tracks your steps along with the food that you eat. You can easily put in what you eat for breakfast lunch and dinner and it tells you how many calories are in each item, and helps you track your total calories for the day. There is an option to purchase the premium version of the app that breaks down your macros and micros and gives you further details about your eating habits if you're interested! I find this app to be incredibly helpful and I feel like it's a game, I'm constantly pushing myself to take more steps and to stay within my desired calorie intake.

5K Runner  - I've never enjoyed running. Literally never, but I wanted to give it a proper shot. I wanted to inculde more cardio in my workout routine and really push myself to do something new. So I asked around for running apps, or runnings exercise for beginner's and was introduced to 5K runner. Essentially it's for the couch potatoes like yours truly that want to start running. It's an app basically helps you train for a 5K, while I have no desire to do one this app has helped me get comfortable with running, and actually enjoy it without burning myself out.

Nike+ Training App - This is my favorite app for home workouts! There are times when I'm running late from work or can't make it to the gym but want to get in a quick workout at home, this app creates personalize workouts just for you! You can put in what areas you want to work on and it creates custom exercises that can be done with our without weights and/or machinery. It's perfect for those who don't have gym memberships.

Aaptiv - This app is for those of you that are huge fans of workout classes, (soulcycle, class pass, etc.) If you're looking for an app that gives you unlimited access to all your favorite fitness classes then Apptiv is for you. For $9.99 a month you can get access to classes and routines for yoga, 10K training, cycling, outdoor running, treadmill and much more. As much as I love soulcycle, it can get pretty expensive so this app is a cheaper alternative and lots of fun.

Yummly - While living in NYC for the past year I've ordered more food off of seamless then I ever could imagine. I made it a resolution to cook more but it certainly hasn't been easy. Pizza from Sapore d' Italia in Bushwick will always be bae but Yummly has helped me cook on my own! It's such a fun app that has countless recipes for you to discover. You can save and share your favorites, very similar to Pinterest, but my favorite part is that helps you customize them based on how many people you're cooking for. I find it so difficult to cook for just myself especially when many recipes are created for 4-6 people. I end up with leftovers for days and days, I get bored with eating the same thing or it'll go bad in the fridge. Yummly is so easy and fun, you can create a profile, save your favorite cuisines, create recipe lists that match your taste and find recipes you can make right now with what you have on hand.

Hope you have a great week!


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