5 Fitness Tips to Start Today {+ a Big Giveaway from Amy Dixon & Propel!}

Hey guys! Happy Thursday!

So before we get to the “meat and potatoes” of today’s post, if you will, I just want to address something real quick. You’ve probably noticed lately that there’s been a pretty good amount of sponsored posts and/or content around here the past few weeks, and I just want to say that I know it’s sort of lame that they’ve seemed to all pile up right around each other. (Yes I have another one today…but I promise, it’s an awesome giveaway!)

I realize that sponsored posts aren’t for everyone, and it can be kind of a drag to see a bunch of them one right after the other. I totally get it. I usually try my best to space things out as much as possible, but sometimes it’s out of my control and I have deadlines to follow (and sometimes, I suddenly realize that it’s just me that’s totally forgotten about something…I’ll definitely take ownership of that!). I’m trying to be very mindful of this moving forward.

But because I enjoy working with different brands and trying out new things, there will still be sponsored content around here from time to time. The truth is, they do help support this blog, and I am forever appreciative for those of you who continue to come back and read. But I hope you all know that I will only continue to work with and promote different brands and companies that I absolutely love (or, if I’m reviewing, really interested in trying out).

So if sponsored posts aren’t your thing, again, I totally get it. Feel free to skip right along and hopefully we’ll see you for the next post! Thanks for listening, friends. =)


You may remember when I was doing my recap post from IDEA World that I had the opportunity to interview the one and only Amy Dixon.


Amy and I have stayed in touch a bit since, and because we really just sort of chit-chatted back and forth while we were together, I decided to ask her if she’d be willing to share five of her absolute BEST fitness tips so that I could then share them with all of you. Winking smile

So here are Amy’s Top 5 Fitness Tips…suitable for the experienced, newbies, and everyone in between!

Amy’s Top 5 Fitness Tips


1. Intensity is everything.

Anytime you work out, have a clear goal in mind when it comes to intensity.  How you feel is everything.  If it doesn’t feel hard, it isn’t! And what doesn’t challenge you won’t change you. (<—I love this!)

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2. Never fall for the all or nothing rule.

Amy said she sees a lot of people that choose not to workout unless they have 60 minutes. (Oh gosh, would I be screwed). It’s important to remember that ANY exercise is better than ZERO exercise.  So choose to move even if it is only for 10 minutes.

Some of my favorite quickie workouts that may be of interest to you!…

3. Rest.

After you finish your workout, your body undergoes a repair process to help you gain more endurance and strength.  If you really want to reap the rewards of your workouts, you need to rest your muscles.  Add at least 1-2 rest days per week.

4. Everything in moderation.

Constant restriction of all things will inevitably lead to you “falling off the wagon.”  To avoid the constant guilt cycle, allow yourself to “splurge” now and then, you will definitely reap the rewards of truly letting go once and a while, which is a huge mental victory. (I totally agree with this, and I’d also add to this that I often love the phrase “everything in moderation…including moderation!).


5. Strength training is the fountain of youth.       

From strengthening your bones to benefiting your heart and improving your balance, no other single activity has more of a positive impact on your mind and body then strength training.

Amy Dixon & Propel Giveaway!


Of course, when I was talking with Amy, I had to ask her if she’d be willing to “share the wealth” a bit with all of my favorite readers. Thankfully, she was totally on board! So then I decided to reach out to Propel (since they’re the ones that gave me the opportunity to meet Amy in the first place, thanks to their Add Flavor Challenge) and asked them if they’d contribute to the giveaway as well. Good news…they’re ALL on board!

So today, I’ve got the chance for 3 lucky readers to win a huge prize pack, including:

  • Breathless Body DVD: The Ultimate Calorie Burn
  • Breathless Body 2 DVD: The Edge
  • Breathless Body 3 DVD: HIIT IT BIG!
  • Breathless Body Tank Top
  • Propel products & goodies (including a yoga mat, towel, and some other surprises!)

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To enter, check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below! There’s only one mandatory entry (to leave a comment on this post!), but you’ve got a few other ways to enter as well.

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A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, September 2nd. Thanks for entering, thanks so much for reading, and good luck! Smile


  1. Jen says

    I love tips #1 and #5… When I was just starting out trying to get fit, those would have scared me, but now that I’ve built up the habits, I realize how much I am enjoying pushing myself and becoming stronger!

  2. Anne says

    Losing that all or nothing attitude has been pivotal for me in diet and exercise. Not that I just do my best, whether that be 100%, 80% or 40%, I am finally making progress. I don’t let a bad day ruin my entire plan anymore. Great tips!

  3. Krystan says

    I used to be one of those 60 mins in the gym people, and I have been amazed at the results of 20mins of strength training! I feel more fit than I have in my whole life!

  4. Rachel S. says

    I read the berry.com and one of the daily motivations fits perfectly with what Amy says. It reads Tip #1 A healthy diet has balance, variety, and moderation!
    Great give away!

  5. Ashley says

    This was the perfect post for me to see today. I needed some motivation and to hear that it is ok to do a short work out as long as I am moving!

  6. says

    My positive thought for the day is that it’s my Friday! I definitely agree with the “everything in moderation” mantra. I’d go crazy if I had to be perfect all of the time!

  7. Kate says

    Oh Propel…my go to drink!!! I would buy it by the cases if I could !!! Haven’t done many home DVD’s these look interesting and very generous of her!!! AND YOU!!!! Great post and opportunity, Always looking out for us……love it!!!!

  8. Hannah says

    I love your blog! On sponsored posts, I think you always do a great job of detailing exactly what you like about a product and seem to use and enjoy everything that you feature. That’s something I really appreciate!

  9. Brittany says

    I, for one, don’t mind sponsored posts so much — as long as there is regualr content, too :) My big pet peeve are the “it’s obvious I’m on vacation/out of town and I set this up to blog in my stead.” :)

    As for the dvds, those would be GREAT for my mom, I’d really love to give her something to boost her at home workouts… (I don’t have a DVD player or tv hehe)

  10. Maggie says

    I’m excited for my fiancé and mine first 5k together! I’ve always been a runner but he decided to train and actually run a race with me! So excited!!

  11. Jennifer says

    What great tips! I definitely needed to hear those this morning.
    Would love to win the fantastic giveaway!

  12. Charlotte says

    I love all the tips! I try and take that into mind with all of my workouts but it is great to have a reminder!

  13. says

    I love tip number 1 and 2! I used to run a mile or two just to say I did some type of cardio when in reality I wasn’t even breaking a sweat! Now I try to make my workout as intense as possible even if it isn’t going to be a long one! Might as well get the most bang for your buck right?! :)

  14. says

    It’s funny you mention doing something is better then nothing. I just had that same thought yesterday while riding my horse! I didn’t have time to get in a good ride on her but didn’t want to not ride. My exact thought was “It’s better to ride her for 30 mins then not to ride her at all. Even if it’s just walking that’s more then her just standing in the pasture.”
    Ashley recently posted..Wasn’t Feelin’ It This Summer

  15. Courtney says

    I’m in need of some new dvd’s to add to my routine! Feeling positive about the change I’m seeing in myself with a new healthy eating and fitness oriented lifestyle!!

  16. says

    I really enjoy sponsored posts when it’s a product that interests me but I have yet to try it out myself. When it’s not something of value to me, I simply skip over it and let it be. You do a great job of setting up the sponsored posts! I’d love to try out these DVDs. I’m always looking for new ones to add to my home workout collection :-)

  17. sarah h says

    i’m feeling positive about my bowl of cereal and banana bread coffee this morning! haha. working from home once in a while is so nice!

  18. Laura says

    I’m a soon-to-be new mama, and I keep reminding myself that even 20 minutes of exercise when life gets crazy will make me feel so much better — thanks for the quickie workout links!

  19. Jessica Lane says

    Love Amy Dixon – she’ll kick your butt for sure!

    Re sponsored posts – I’m just glad you only put up ones of things you actually use :)

  20. Jennifer says

    I think your sponsored posts are a great way for me to learn about products bc as a stay at home mom I am behind on things usually :) thanks for the knowledge and I would love to add some new DVDs to my slim collection.

  21. Morgan says

    Physically I feel better today then I’ve felt in the pat 48 hours – by a landslide. It’s amazing what some rest can do for the body :)

  22. tara says

    I had an awesome run this morning! I’d love to incorporate more strength training moves into my workouts – and try out the DVD’s!

  23. Erin says

    Love this giveaway! We just moved into a house and I’m struggling to get back into it. Would love the DVD’s! Great post!

  24. Brittany @ read, run, repeat says

    I’d love to try out those DVDs… It’s always nice to add to my at-home workouts since I can get bored with what I have :)

  25. Ginny says

    Thanks so much for this! It’s great to know from a fitness professional that everything counts! I keep reminding myself that even walking the dog for 20 minutes is better than nothing :)

  26. Michelle says

    Great fitness tips! The “never fall for the all or nothing rule” is something that I’ve had to learn. I used to have time to workout 60-90 minutes a day and when I didn’t have that kind of time, I started to think ‘well, I guess I can’t workout!’ I’ve been learning even 10-15 minutes is better than nothing!

  27. Jenna says

    Our first baby is due in just a few weeks. After a difficult pregnancy in which my doctor advised no exercise, I would love the DVD workouts to get me started once the baby arrives and I’m able to safely exercise again.

  28. says

    I think this is an awesome giveaway! I LOVE propel and with me starting my #GYSTS14 challenge in September any extra ways to work out will be wonderful!!
    Jacquie recently posted..Moved

  29. says

    I absolutely LOVE Amy Dixon work-outs. I have all of her “Give Me 10” work-outs and use them regularly (with 1-2 off days, of course). I would be THRILLED to win this give-away.

  30. Catherine Cormier says

    Great tips from Amy! Here’s hoping that I get picked for the giveaway. I have done various Amy Dixon workouts and have been interested in purchasing more of her DVDs so this couldn’t have come at a better time :)

  31. Lisa says

    I would love to win these…working from home, these DVDs would be great motivation to get moving on my lunch break!!

  32. says

    Love these tips, especially the strength training… I really need to up my game there! Right now I get in my exercise where I can… and that means walking on my lunch breaks at work. It’s low impact but it’s moving my body, gets me away from my desk, fresh air, and music in my ears… such a perk to my day!
    Erin @ She’s a big star recently posted..Ryan’s 1st Day of School

  33. Karleen says

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. And btw, I don’t think you do a lot of sponsor posts or at least they’re not annoying!

  34. Becky Henderson says

    I’m feeling positive today because I have a bulged disc and some muscle tearing in my back but the medicine is kicking in and I see a light at the end of the pain tunnel! I would love to win this package so that I can get back on the fitness train when healed!

  35. says

    I’m feeling pretty positive about my outfit today 😉 First time I’ve worn this combination. These tips come at a perfect time… I’ve really been neglecting my workouts and allowing excuses to become acceptable.

  36. shannon w. says

    These DVD’s would be so great when you really are crunched for time! Especially for morning workouts! I love the idea of high intensity with less time!

  37. Jessica says

    I recently started my weight loss/getting fit journey and so far, I’m down 18 lbs. I still have quite a bit more to go and am looking for new ways to challenge myself so this stuff would be great!!

  38. Ashlie says

    Such great workout tips…especially the one about rest. Honestly I am an exercise fanatic, so it is hard for me to take rest days, but it is something that I need to remember to do because I body needs in!! Thanks for opening my eyes this morning and reminding me of what I should be doing rather than what I want to be doing!

  39. Lauren E says

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for posting the great tips. Hard to have long workouts with a newborn home!! But any time working out always makes me feel better.

  40. ErikaMC says

    I’m feeling positive about needing nap and getting to bed early tonight :)

    I’ve been wanting to try Amy Dixon for so long now but haven’t yet. Everything I read about her is awesome.

  41. Tara says

    Love workout DVDs! They have been a life saver while working full time and taking care of my toddler:) Would love to try these out!

  42. Liz says

    Wow!!! What an awesome give away. My positive today is that I’m really looking forward to my strength training/stretching workout tonight. Maybe I’ll try one Amy’s workout via FitnessGlo :)

  43. says

    That’s a pretty cool giveaway, Courtney. :) Today I’m feeling positive because I feel the difference in being more intentional and consistent with my devotions in the morning. Sometimes it’s any time of the day but I feel so refreshed starting off that way more often!!!

  44. Taran says

    What doesn’t challenge you won’t change you – Love that! Great giveaway! I’m feeling positive today because I have been more intentional at eating right at also getting more exercise in during the week and it feels goooood!!!

  45. Amy says

    I totally agree with Amy’s Top 5 Fitness Tips. So true and a good reminder. I would LOVE to win this Breathless Body DVD set and the Propel! ALL of it looks awesome! I don’t have any really good fitness DVD’s, so these would be great!

  46. Marissa D. says

    I’m feeling awesome today crushed a run this morning! I would love to win because it would be great to add more strength training to my routine. :)

  47. Jennifer says

    I feel positive today because there’s a bit of a crisp in the air. The humidity no longer makes it feel like you’re swimming through air! This makes working out a whole lot more enjoyable :)

  48. Erica says

    I love all the tips and would love to win this package! I’m feeling happy today because I wasn’t able to get in a typical workout but did do a ton of housework instead. Building muscle while caring for my home!

  49. Kaitlin G says

    I’ve never tried work out DVDs before… but I’d love to try one out the next time I have one of those days where making it to the gym just is NOT happening!

  50. Kari F says

    I am with you Courtney, if I didn’t squeeze in a workout when I can, I’d be screwed! I just try to make the shorter ones more effective.

  51. BitsyBet says

    Amy Dixon is my favorite workout instructor. She really motivates you to want to workout with her style and encouragement.

  52. Elle says

    I would love to win this prize. I am always looking to try new exercise videos to shake things up and I love Propel.

  53. Jenna says

    I am totally guilty of not working out if I have less than an hour; it’s awful. I also love the suggestion to do every workout with intensity–I’ll have to keep this in mind every time I think I’ll just “take it easy.”

  54. Kristin Q says

    These tips were just what I needed today. Trying to get back into the rhythm of exercising continuously. Have a great day!

  55. Bri says

    Hi Courtney! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and I actually LOVE reading your sponsored posts. It’s great getting your take on products :) Keep em coming! Also, number 5 on Amy’s list is SO on point! I’ve recently gotten into strength training and it’s changed the way I look at fitness. Thanks for sharing her tips and for this awesome giveaway! Hope you’re having a beautiful Thursday.

  56. Michele says

    My mom has one of her videos that I always do when I’m at my parents house. It is KILLER! I’d love to have some of my own.

  57. Madeline says

    I’ve been a big fan of Amy Dixon and her workouts which is why I’d love the chance to win some of her DVDs!! I’ve also been feeling pretty positive about the things going on in my life right now and trying to appreciative the little things :)

  58. sue says

    feeling happy b/c the weather was sooo perfect today! little things like the sun being out really affects my mood!

  59. Allison AT&T says

    GREAT tips and some fun new workouts! I especially love the office circuit. I can totally do that on my lunch break.

  60. Kaleigh says

    This is awesome! Who has 60 minutes?! I have a 5 month old and gone are the days of hours at the gym. Now it’s more like squats with a baby while dodging puke.

  61. Meagan says

    I would love to win since we just set up a new home gym in our basement! :) Great giveaway!

    And my positive item of the day would have to be completing 30 assisted pull-ups today at the gym.

  62. Tracey Malone says

    I love the short work out ideas. I am getting ready to travel on business for a week and this is a great idea.

  63. Karen says

    Wow, so glad I saw this post from loving Amy on facebook! I have many of her workouts and love her! She is so genuine! I agree with those 5 hints and I agree…anything is better than nothing, and everything in moderation…life is too short. I eat my potato chips, my dessert and have a beer or wine almost daily. I also workout…..almost daily. Love cardio, HiiT, tabata, but heavy weights…my fav!
    Enjoyed reading your post!

  64. Ilene says

    My husband and I started hiking three months ago”..we’re both 56…I feel really positive about how much I’ve improved in these three months. I didn’t think it would happen. Plus, I love being outdoors so much in this wonderful weather we are having in the northeast.

  65. Carla S says

    I love the items in the giveaway! I’m feeling positive because I ate a clean breakfast instead of junk food.

  66. Betsy says

    I used to be all cardio, call the time. I’m so glad I got into strength training this year, I’m a convert for sure!

  67. Crystal D. says

    I would love to check out her DVD’s! Even if I don’t win I will probably check them out. I need some new DVD’s for working out!

  68. Rachel Rothschild says

    What an awesome giveaway. I completely agree with the some exercise is better than zero exercise. There are days when all I have time to fit in is a 12 minute HIIT routine, it gets my heart rate up and sets a positive tone for the rest of the day!

  69. Mallory says

    I’d love to win because I’m getting married in 10 months. I’ve started getting back to the gym and I’d love some new fitness routines to try out!

  70. Emily S. says

    I’m feeling positive because after months of flux, graduating, moving 3000 miles away, etc… things are coming together in a beautiful way! I would love this, because in all of this flux, my fitness has truly suffered.

  71. Lauren says

    I’ve been a big fan of workout DVDs for a long time–they really make it easy to fit in a quick workout when I’m short on time! I’ve heard amazing things about Amy Dixon’s DVDs but haven’t tried one yet (and its about time I changed up my workout routine!)

  72. Tanya says

    I had a gym membership and really enjoyed all of the classes and the motivation. Because of work slowing down for my husband I have cancelled the gym membership and am trying to build my workout dvd collection. I love to workout so I am going to continue to do my favorite classes at home.

  73. Laura Kicklighter says

    I love Amy Dixon’s DVDs! I’d love to win pretty much any of this (except I already have Breathless Body Vol 1). I especially appreciate the reminder that a little exercise is better than none. I tend to think a workout is not going to be worth it if I don’t have an hour to devote. Amy’s Give Me 10 is great to fit in a workout in whatever time I HAVE!

  74. Lindsey says

    I would love to win these DVD’s because I am a fulltime online student so I cannot get to the gym the majority of the time nor do I have the money for it : (

  75. marie says

    I’d love to win this because it’d be fun to have some new workout DVDs to try.

    My positive thing is that I’m happy to be going out for chopstick food with my DH tonight.

  76. Rachel says

    Something positive: I am feeling more positive just from reading Amy’s tips. She’s a great trainer. I think the area I want to work on is intensity. Also, I’ve been in a bit of a slump fitness wise and getting back to it–remembering that it’s not all or nothing–is a priority. I’d love to win the cute tank and Propel products and I’m interested in the HIIT workouts since they combine intensity (which I need) and length that works for my busy schedule as a working mom.

  77. Christi says

    I am so tired of the few workout videos I have and I would love to win some new ones. I had never heard of this particular trainer until you met you met her so I would like to mix up my workouts some.

  78. Mona Elwy says

    Amy Dixon such an inspiration. I learned a lot from her classes at Idea world convention. What a chance to win one of her DVDS

  79. Amy says

    I just had my ten week ultrasound today and baby looks good! That’s something I’m feeling great about today!

  80. Erin says

    I just got done taking a workout class so it would be great to have some workout videos at home since I’m no longer going to the class.

  81. Andrea says

    I would love to win this! I have an Amy Dixon DVD and I love it. I’ve been eyeing these new ones on amazon for a while!

  82. Sarah Whipkey says

    I would love to win this. I’m a big fan of Amy Dixon and would love to add to my DVD collection of hers.

  83. Carissa says

    Love that she refutes the “all or nothing” rule. It’s an easy one to fall into with food and with fitness, but every little bit makes a difference!

  84. Jen Lyle says

    I’d love to try those DVD workouts! I’m always looking for something new to add to my exercise routine

  85. says

    I love the tip about getting some type of workout in is better than nothing, even if it’s 15 minutes while I’m waiting for dinner to come out of the oven!


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