I usually try to work out at least once over the weekend. Rather than hitting the gym, I try to do something active like hiking or biking. This weekend, however, I found myself without a lot of spare time. Not only was it a school weekend, but my wife and I were in the middle of a move. Here’s a funny thing though, with a little change here and there, I changed a weekend that was going to be bad into one that was fun, productive and physically active.
Stairway To Fitness
The biggest change I made was the move. Our old house was one the fourth floor of an apartment building. So rather than make each trip up and down using the elevator, I did it using the stairs. Total time was about the same but I was burning a ton of calories just moving.
I also needed to go to the store to pick up a few things for the new house. Rather than take the car, I took the bike. The store is pretty close so the time spent is about the same, but I ended up with more physical activity and I actually saved money.
We have a backyard at the new place which needs a bit of work. Rather than put this off to a later day, I decided to do this yesterday. About an hour of digging around in the yard, trimming branches and planting ground cover was another shot of good physical activity. I needed to do this anyway this week so why not do it on a day when I need a workout?
What Can You Do?
- Going somewhere? How about walking or biking instead of driving? How about taking the stairs instead of the elevator?
- Got a yard? Why not do the gardening yourself instead of hiring someone?
- Got friends who need help moving? Tell them you’re in and then revel in the fact that someone is going to feed you and thank you for working out.
- Shopping for a few things at the supermarket? How about using a basket instead of a cart?
It’s the little things that matter folks. All these little things combined will turn your life from sedentary to active and isn’t that what you’re looking for?
While the gardening helped, the most important changes were the stairs while moving and the bike to the store. These are things most people choose not to do. In our day to day lives, we usually choose the easy path. The easy path is more comfortable and it requires less effort, but it’s also less beneficial.
I chose the less than easy path and it paid off. I got a good workout while also being very productive. What about you? Is there something in your life that you could make a bit more physically active? I realize it sounds counter-intuitive, almost like asking you to do something the hard way on purpose. However, when you think about it, aren’t you here and reading this because you want to get in shape? If that’s the case, then the “hard” way might actually be the right way for you
Making the Right Choices Nutritionally
Everyone seems to be having a good time showing you how much fun it is to dance, use the exercise equipment and the easy to follow diets and/or pills. Our bodies were made to move and exercise is definitely important. Living couch potato lifestyle brings with it ailments just as eating the wrong foods for a long period of time can. The two together can be disastrous to your health.
One thing to keep in mind if you decide to get healthy is to take one step at a time. The 3 important steps in healthy food choices are as follows:
It takes some planning to eat healthily. Every decision you make may cause you to fail or be victorious. You can set yourself up for victory by simply planning to have a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When you go grocery shopping, stick to a list of only healthy items and make sure it includes plenty of raw fruits and veggies.
Set your times to eat
Don’t skip breakfast so that you are not starving for lunch. A veggie omelet in the morning with a slice of whole grain toast and orange juice is very easy to fix if you set your mind to it. Another way to eat on time is to set your watch for your alarm to go off when its time to eat. Pretty soon your body will adjust and your hunger mechanism will kick in. Be sure to eat all your meals before 6:00 p.m.
Reward yourself for making the healthy choices. A smoothie is very satisfying and low in calories.
Love yourself enough to take care of yourself. You only have one body and one life. Be good to yourself by adopting healthy habits one day at a time. Before you know it you will make good choices without thinking about it.
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