The Fit Blog NYC Meet and Tweet was an amazing experience. I wish I could take off work every Thursday and head to New York City to spend the day with awesome health and fitness bloggers, listen to inspiring speakers, eat delicious and healthy meals, and get super sweet swag!
But since that’s not going to happen, I will do my best to recap the day in this post…
The morning started off at 6:50 AM when I hoped on the bus from Pennsylvania into New York City. I was running late so was sans coffee and then we got stuck in traffic and were an hour late to arrive in the city.
Lucky, I saw Kayla and Elyse on the bus, which was not only great because they are amazing people and bloggers, but they also both used to live in NYC so they were all business and booked it (in the rain) to the Mercedes Club. If I was on my own, that mile walk totally would have taken me twice as long! New Yorkers are so fast!
Once we got to the Mercedes Club, Fitness Magazine had a spread of fresh fruit and breakfast scones and muffins, and, most importantly, coffee! We checked in and got some breakfast, and then made our way to a few seats just in time for the first guest speaker.
I did my best to eat my scone, drink my coffee, listen to Holly Rillinger, tweet about #FitBlogNYC, and not drop everything all over the place! On more than one occasion on this trip, I needed an extra hand or two!
Holly talked about how she has made a dream board ever since she was young, and still does so as an adult, as a way to keep keep focused on all the goals and dreams she hopes to achieve. She talked about how fitness is the new going out and that there are so many options today for people to make fit happen. She said if someone does not like training with her, that is OK! One size does not fit all and people need to find what works for them. She also stressed the importance of doing more pull movements versus push movements with clients. People spend a lot of their time sitting and hunched over and, therefore, their chest muscles get tight so it is important to stretch the chest muscles and strengthen the back mouth muscles with pulling movements.
The next speaker was Marci Goolsby, MD, who spoke about how to stay healthy and the importance of eating, training, and resting properly when pushing the body to the limit. While I will never be a marathoner runner and I do not plan my workouts much at all, I really do agree with the point that Marci made about listening to your body. She said it is OK to skip a workout or change your training plan deepening on how your body is feeling. If you planned to run 3 miles today but are really tired, take a rest day. If you just did a killer workout yesterday and planned to rest today but feel great, then go ahead and get your fitness on!
I always tell people that they know their body best and it is so important to listen to your body. Our bodies do an amazing job of overcoming stress and working to maintain homeostasis.
The next guest speaker was Carla Hall from The Chew. I don’t really watch The Chew and did not know who she was, but let me tell you, this lady was funny! And now I know who she is! In fact, I just saw her on the news the other morning promoting her new restaurant. Isn’t it funny like that, once you see someone one time, then they pop up everywhere!
Carla talked about following her heart, doing what she enjoys, trying and failing in her career path, living healthy, and cooking with love.
Before I knew it, it was time for lunch and networking with sponsors and fellow bloggers! This was probably the most fun. I met up with Rachael (Diapers and Dumbbells) and we made our way around the sponsor tables, tried on shoes, and even did a plank challenge.
After all the sponsor fun, we grabbed some lunch. Everything was sooo good… fresh green smoothies, creative salads, and a Greek style chicken dish (I love anything with olives!)
The final activity of the day was a run down by the waterfront. I have never ran in NYC, so I figured I had to! The run was led by the Hoka One One crew and the editors of Fitness Magazine. Despite it raining in the morning, it turned out to be a really warm day, perfect for a little 3 mile run!
After the run, they gave us an amazing goodie bag that was filled to the top with all sorts of gifts… Reebok shoes, face lotions and cleansers, healthy bars and snacks, bracelets, and so much more!
Before I started my mile trek back to the bus station with my huge bag, I had to go charge my phone because all the tweeting really took a toll on my battery! And I was glad I did because I got the chance to talk with Annmarie (The Fit Foodie Mama), Nicole (Fitful Focus), and Lindsay (Lindsay Weighs In). We also go a picture rockin’ our matching Hoka One shoes!
Once I lugged my bag back to the Port Authority, stopping every block to switch hands, I had just enough time for a cupcake at the Cake Boss before boarding the bus and heading back home to Pennsylvania.
It was a wonderful experience and I am very thankful to Fitness Magazine for the opportunity. I think the best part of the whole day was meeting so many great people who share a passion for health and fitness. Everyone from the bloggers to the editors to the sponsors were so nice, and while all the gifts they gave us were so wonderful, the opportunity to meet so many great people and the relationships I made were truly priceless!
Thank you Fitness Magazine! :)