How To Reach Your Fitness and Health Goals

Summer has always been my favorite time to set new goals when it comes to health and fitness! I have way more time to head to the gym or go for a run and since most of my favorite fruits and veggies are in season, it’s the perfect time to start snackin’ smart and healthy.

how to reach your fitness and health goals

I decided to put together a little guide today with some unique tips on how to get moving and start eating a healthier diet! (Not just saying “look up inspirational quotes” or “use smaller plates”!) And at the end, I’m doing a Q&A so be sure you read till the end.

Buy a cute water bottle

A few days ago I noticed I wasn’t drinking as much water as I normally did. I tend to drink almost a gallon each day and I’ve been doing so for over a year now! I had been drinking out of pretty much any old cup or glass I could find in the house, but I switched it up and started putting my water in a cute, photogenic tumblr. I don’t know what it is, but it worked! I guzzled for the rest of the week and felt so energized.

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Get a class package

If you’re one of those people who really need a good reason to work out, why don’t you put some money down on yourself? This may sound a little dangerous, but here me out: I really recommend trying some kind of boutique style workout. (Pure Barre and yoga are my favorites!) For the first class, just pay for the single class. (It’s normally $15-$25) If you enjoyed your experience, go ahead and see if they have a new member deal. I did 5 classes for $40 at Pure Barre a couple years ago and since I had to go to all my classes within 2 weeks, it really got my booty in gear!

Make a new friend

When I first started trying to live a more active lifestyle, I went to the fitness classes at my school’s rec center by myself. After a few weeks, I hated dying during my workout without anyone to laugh with about how red my face was, so I started introducing myself to people I normally stood by in class. I remember swapping life stories with a girl named Emily who always stood next to me at Zumba! I was more motivated to go to class after that because I knew I had a friend there who would totally give me crap if I skipped a class, haha.

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Healthy breakfast, always

Eating healthy used to really stress me out. I mean, it’s pretty unpredictable what I’m going to be able to eat each day. Who knows if my family is going to want to hit up the buffet for lunch? Or what if Cam wants to get tacos for dinner? I found that if I started each day with a healthy breakfast, I was giving myself leeway to have a little treat later on in the day. I typically have oatmeal with banana and cinnamon!

Find an exercise in disguise activity

At the beginning of my fitness journey, I loved going to the gym. It was so new to me that I looked forward to going, but after a couple months, the newness wore off and it became so much of a chore. To cope, I started finding ways to workout that felt more like fun so that I could do those activities a couple times a week instead of always going to the gym! I loved going for long walks with Cam around town when we lived in Fayetteville. Now that I’m home for the summer, I love swimming around in the pool with my sisters. It’s good exercise, but it feels more like fun than anything!

Now I asked you guys on Instagram if you had any questions for me so let’s cut to the Q&A portion of this post! 🙂 

Thanks for chatting about fitness and health with me today! How do you reach your health goals?





  • Great post! Could you do a post on more healthy breakfast ideas that are quick and easy? And maybe quick and easy snack ideas too. I can never think of those! 🙂

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    • cristina

      That’s such a great idea! Thanks 🙂

  • These are great tips for living a healthy lifestyle. I definitely think classes like pure barre or pilates are great motivation for switching up a gym routine. I also love incorporating healthy activities that don’t feel like a workout when I really can’t get myself motivated for the gym (like hiking).

    • cristina

      Yes!! I definitely want to do more hiking. There’s not a ton of spots near me, but when I travel somewhere that has a good spot for hiking I always go!

  • Great post and great tip about eating a healthy breakfast! It’s super important to start the day off right.

    • cristina

      Thanks so much! Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal 🙂

  • Tamara

    Class packages are the best, they keep you motivate especially if you do it with a friend!


    Tamara –

  • I need a gym buddy! haha I’m finally jumping back on the wagon tonight but sometimes it’s hard to go without another person helping that motivation.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Classes are such a great way to get motivated. There’s just something about being around other people that can be so inspiring. (Definitely helps keep you moving!)

    Sara Kate Styling

  • Great post!! Definitely motivated me to come up with a fitness routine, especially when I leave for college in the fall. XO, Nicole //

  • These are such great tips! I just got back on the road to getting in shape!

    • cristina

      YGG!! That’s so awesome 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Awesome post lovely lady!!! I love your video its so cute and gave me a lot of facts!!

    • cristina

      Aw thank you so much, Bella!

  • Finding a friend is so helpful! I love accountability partners.

  • Great post Cristina! I am more motivated to hit the gym if I am wearing cute gear and then once I get home, I always feel SO guilty eating any junk food so that helps a lot!

    Rachel /

    • cristina

      YES! I totally make better choices when I’ve had a workout 🙂

  • My Fitbit is a huuuuge source of motivation. I always want to met/beat my goal!

    Alix |

    • cristina

      Gotta love Fitbits!!

  • Ashley

    Girl, these are fab tips! I really need to look into implementing some of these so I am more motivated to workout!

    xo Ashley

    • cristina

      Thank you so much Ashley!!

  • Amy

    Such awesome tips! Always love watching your videos and seeing your personality. Also agree with starting the morning off with a healthy breakfast, I mean, it is the most important meal of the day!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • cristina

      Aw, thank you so much Amy!!

  • Once I figure out my summer work schedule I really want to buy a fitness class pass or something to get back into things- I was so good at school this year but after graduation my motivation went away ha!

    xoxo A

  • Just watched your Q&A video and loved the advice you gave about being lucky enough to have the ability to change your own body, so motivating!! Great post Cristina, makes me want to start running again, haha!


  • Elana

    This post is so helpful! I have to charge up my FitBit and start using it again.

  • What a great post! Eating clean and getting your body moving each day is so important! Xoxo Mindy

  • Totally favoriting and referring back to this – I’ve been having a tough time reaching my fitness goals!