AHHH yes, my fitness routine, which is bomb by all means. For me, working out is not only good for my body, but also good for my brain. I currently workout at Dogpound gym. Dogpound is a very safe space where I always feel at home. I absolutely love it there; the team of trainers are so nice, but when training they definitely kick my bum!

For me, working out is an hour of time for myself and an opportunity to step away from my phone. On a typical day, I probably spend around 6-8 hours staring at a screen, which I know is horrible for me. A hard workout provides me an escape for one hour during my day, where I can let my mind be free of social media.

Here is a little back story on my relationship with fitness. Growing up, I ran track for seven years and water skied for about nine years. Both of these sports were very intense. Since I was focused on sports and a pretty active kid, I was never a “let’s go to the gym” type of gal. You would normally catch me running on the boardwalk in my hometown or rollerblading by the beach (with my helmet on, of course). When running track, I had workouts six days a week and weight room workouts four days a week. This was pretty intense on my body growing up.

Let’s talk about the present now. When I work out in the gym, I like to focus mainly on abs, arms and back. I have been training those muscles the most because I personally love seeing women that have good upper body strength. Kirk, my trainer, has me do variations of curl-ups and sit-ups for around 30 minutes. Then the other 30 we have a mixture of weights and machines for the arms, back and legs.

I drink protein drinks 2-3 times a week after my workouts. I personally believe they help a lot with getting my muscles toned. Speaking of a healthy diet, I also make sure to eat a lot of fruit throughout the week. Fruit has so many good sugars and hydration components in them. Acai bowls are a super smart way to get in tons of fruit at once. In Açaí bowls you can add peanut butter and all types of nuts/seeds to make it even more beneficial. Another super important tip that I could give would be eating a good breakfast every day. What you feed your body is SUPER IMPORTANT, and that starts in the morning. I like to pack my breakfast with healthy protein and greens. Sneaking spinach into a smoothie or into eggs is an insanely easy way to add in greens. I also love making an egg bagel with cream cheese in the morning. In the eggs you can add any veggies you like -- spinach, onions, mushrooms, peppers, whatever you desire.

I hope this helps with your fitness journey! You can follow my socials @olivia.ponton for more tips and tricks.

-XOXO, OP ❤