I woke up way to early for a Saturday this morning with my mind running all over the place. I hate when that happens! I’m just so excited about launching Core and helping all of you get out there and be active.
So keeping with the Holiday Hottie theme I’ve started on the blog, let’s talk about being prepared. Whether it’s focusing on your workouts, your nutrition, or your even your schedule it’s all about being prepared and ready.
If I had a dollar every time I heard someone tell me that “I’m too busy to exercise” I would never have to worry about money again! I get it. We’re all busy, but with all of the amazing benefits of even the smallest amount of exercise, it should be part of your schedule. Period. There is always time, even if you have to sneak it in.
- Preparation. Have your gym bag packed and ready for you. When I have to be up really early I lay out my clothes the night before just to save a few precious minutes in the morning.
- Schedule it. Life is about priorities. We all have to find a way to make time to get everything done. I’m not saying it’s easy, but we just have to find what works. You don’t always have to go to the gym and sometimes things happen so you can’t make a class. Working out from home eliminates all of those excuses. Squeeze in 20 minutes either first thing in the AM, while the baby naps, or right when you get home from work.
- Choose something. Something is better than nothing. An effective workout does not have to take an hour. Short workouts can do wonders for the mind and body. Roll out your yoga mat and do a few postures to re energize and stretch your body.
- Squeeze it in. I tell clients all the time that they can do squats while brushing their teeth, push ups while the water is heating up for the shower, or lunges down the hall. Have a dance party while cooking.
Nutrition is so crucial to achieving any healthy living goal, and it’s so easy to get off track, especially when life is busy. Staying on track in busy times can be done, it may just take a little extra effort.
- Preparation. It all comes back to preparation. Make sure you have your meals picked out when you go to the store. Cook enough for leftovers to be packed for lunch the next day. Cook grains in bulk at the beginning of the week, and use them throughout the week.
- Use your Crockpot. If you don’t enjoy cooking or you’re coming home a little bit later, use your crockpot . There’s nothing like coming home after a long day to the smell of food that has slowly cooked all day.
- Keep healthy food on hand. If you only have healthy options in the house it’s harder to eat the junk. Think about it, once you’re home do you really want to go back out just to get whatever you think you should eat?
- Relax. Trying to eat healthy, stay on a budget, and plan out the week isn’t always a good time. You don’t have to be a professional chef at every meal. Sometimes the simplest things can be really healthy and taste amazing. Think clean, simple, lean, and of course throw in some green.
I will be adding some of my favorite recipes to the blog, more workouts, nutrition tips, and active living tips. Check back often.