While I focus a lot on food and absolutely love to do so, there is more to health and wellness then just food and nutrition, shocking I know! There is sleep, stress, and other lifestyle factors we need to take into account but today I want to focus on fitness and exercise.
As a former competitive swimmer and Division 1 athlete I have run the gamut of overtraining and have even swung the other way of not working out at all (in reality that probably lasted a day because I have WAY too much energy). Over the years I have found it does not really matter what you do but that you in fact do something.
GO BIG RED!
Since we have these fancy computers, phones and tablets, we are more prone to lead a sedentary lifestyle and we rarely hit that daunting goal of 10,000 steps per day or whatever the newest studies are suggesting. We sit when we get in the car in the morning all the way until we hit the couch at night to settle in to watch our favorite TV shows…I admit I am a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan…please don’t think less of me 🙂 I’m sure everyone has a TV show that they call their guilty pleasure, and mine just happens to be the Bachelor or Bachelorette. In fact, my friend loves being able to switch on the Food Network channel on her Cable TV, joining an estimated 471 thousand other households in doing so (check this source here for more), and has no shame in this. Good for her! We all have our likes and dislikes so we should all respect each other’s opinions, especially when this is your chosen show after a hard day at work or doing other tasks. With that being said, I do a set of push-ups in the morning before I do anything else and I stretch during any TV show I succumb to.
We put all this stress on “going to the gym”. I hear it all the time “I feel bad I did not get to the gym today” or “It’s okay I will go to the gym later.” Why is it that most of us have decided that being fit means hitting the gym for 30minutes to an hour a day and then calling it quits. While I am not suggesting we stop going or that we all start training 20 hours per week in the pool (been there, done that) I am suggesting we find more ways to MOVE throughout our entire day and having fun doing so…doesn’t that sound fabulous?
Alright so I have your attention and I am guessing your next question will be okay Laura how do you propose I move more? Here is a start:
1. Add a 10-15 minute walk at lunch around your work place, grab a friend! Increase the time and speed as able each week! (Direct your boss to my website should he/she question your new habit.)
4. Bike to Work
5. Go for a nightly walk with your honey, dog, iPod, or yourself!
6. Do yoga/stretch while watching TV. Add some sit-ups and push-ups during commercials.
And the list could go on, get creative and share with the rest of us what you come up with!
For me? I have found that keeping my routine constantly varied makes me stronger, fitter and and downright happier. My favorite activities (in no particular order) include hiking, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, crossfitting, running, walking, snowboarding and yoga-ing (is that a word? It sounds sassy!)
Red Lake Peak
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”-John Muir
Before I leave you to go for my daily walk (while listening to the Balanced Bites Podcast), I want you to remember this quote:
“You cannot out train a bad diet”
So get outside this weekend and do some activity that supports health! And while you are at it keep your diet in check!
I think I may go Stand Up Paddleboarding 🙂
Leave me a comment and let me know what you will be doing to move this weekend!