Life Happens…Here’s How To Stay Afloat


By Hilary Kelley

Life is full of inconveniences, even when they’re good – like when the boy you like finally asks you out to dinner, only for you to be on day 2 of your 3-day juice cleanse.

There’s never going to be a time when you get to do everything you want to do, eat only your favorite foods or the foods that follow your diet du jour and really, who gets 8-9 hours of sleep ever night? Yea, me either.

Like me, you have to travel for work without anyone worrying about whether you are getting in a workout or eating an appropriate amount of veggies. You may be dealing with an injury, the holidays, a new partner, a cold or life in a new city. As someone who has dealt with all of these “life inconveniences”, I am here to tell you that you can still maintain your fitness without the sometimes frustrating fitness magazine tips that include you needing a yoga mat and kettle ball…wait, what if I didn’t pack either one of those things.

With all of that in mind, I present you with my tips on handling life, all while keeping your sanity and fitness.

• If you’re injured, mask it with colorfulness. I mean you’re hurt, the least you can do is make it pretty. I have taken to wearing neon compression socks pretty often, and while it isn’t solely responsible for making the pain go away – rest is to credit, too – it has done a wonderful job of colorfully hiding some pain and showing off my love of neon.

• If you’re homesick, having a fat day or dealing with personal stress, call your friends. They really are ok with you talking about any issue you are having. Then, after they’ve made you laugh, let you cry and told you how amazing you are, hit the road or gym. By the time the NYC marathon came around last fall, I was outwardly, loudly, (though my amazing friends and family would never say it) annoyingly, panicking about my shin injury. No one ever said I was being annoying. And guess who was and continues to be on the front line cheerleading my recovery…those same friends.

• I spent a week in Las Vegas, working long days, entertaining clients late into night as well as taking advantage of a few Las Vegas-y things. 2 out of the 3 days I hit the gym or went for a run. Nothing crazy, but I did it. I laced up and took time to sweat. I either finished the workout or started my day with a few toning movements. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

• Whatever the situation may be, one of the coolest things you can do to discover a new place or find your legs after a long flight or long day of meetings is break a sweat. Use this time to scope out the local whole foods and stock your hotel room with fruits and snackable veggies, peanut butter and your favorite in-a-pinch protein bar.

• Hotel gyms are rarely raved about but you can still get a great work out without the lavender towels or other personal touches your home gym might have. Please note: my home gym doesn’t have lavender towels, but I was in a gym once that did. If anything, working out in a less-than-stellar gym will make you feel like a gritty athlete.

Life happens. It happens to all of us, and the sooner you learn to cut yourself some slack and know you do the best you can, the better off you will be. You’re awesome, we all think so. You should think so too.

Now is your time to brag. In the comments below tell us your proudest moment of overcoming obstacles to break a sweat!