I’ve decided to revamp my blog by starting to write some Food For Thought posts on some of my other interests that include wine, healthy living, being green, etc… My goal is to engage my readers more and to get their feedback on the issues I discuss. With that being said, let’s get started!
One of my passions is healthy living and staying fit. I always try to workout 4-5 times a week. I play on a volleyball team once a week with my sister and then the other 4 days are set aside for cardio and weight training. I’m grateful to have a gym that has really great classes like zumba, boot camp, body pump, etc… In this day and age, it’s very easy to work 40+ hours a week and get stuck in the rut of going home, eating dinner, and plopping down on the couch. Implementing a workout routine into your daily schedule can be a bit challenging, but with time, you will become acclimated to it. Your body will also crave it. Exercising gives your body the energy it needs to work those 40+ hours a week and also lets you relive the stress that ironically is usually caused by working those 40+ hours per week. Here are some of my tips on maintaining a consistent, weekly workout schedule:
- Change Your Workouts: Doing the same thing every time you go to the gym becomes monotonous and doesn’t challenge our bodies. Switch it up! Take a spinning class, run outside, take a yoga class, go hiking, lift weights, etc…
- Maintain a Schedule: For me, I never workout on Fridays or Sundays, unless my schedule was so crazy during the week that I had to skip multiple workouts. Pick a schedule and stick to it. If a co-worker asks you for drinks on a Thursday night, but that’s during your favorite spin class time, ask if you can meet up on Friday or if you really want to grab that drink (which we all need sometimes), make sure you sub your Thursday workout with Friday or Sunday for example.
- Be Realistic: If you never workout, don’t try to start working out 5 days a week. Start out small working out 2-3 days per week. With time and discipline, you’ll be able to and want to start setting aside more time for exercising.
- Drink Water: Drinking water is so important for our bodies. Water is bland though and not as fun as drinking a cup of blueberry coffee from Dunkin Donuts. I love drinking Vitamin Water because it tastes great and it’s loaded with nutrients that are beneficial to your body and health. Most health drinks now come in zero calories as well, so you can still get the same great taste without the added calories, just make sure they are zero healthy water drinks (this definitely excludes diet sodas that are chalked full of artificial sugars).
- Set Goals: Set goals for yourself. If you want to start running, start out running short distances mixed with walking, different speeds, and inclines. If you’re lifting weights, start out with those 5lb dumbbells and when those sets start becoming too easy for you, bump it up to 7.5lbs.
- Be Patient: Easier said than done right? I was active during high school and that just spilled over into college and beyond. Exercising for me is a stress reliever: it makes me feel good at the end of the day. If you don’t love to exercise, chances are you won’t automatically love it after a week of working out. Be patient and remember to go at your own pace and to set your own schedule!
- Remember to Relax: Just like our bodies need exercise to stay healthy, they also need rest and relaxation to remain sane. Overloading your schedule with work and exercise is not good either. Balance is key and that is where maintaining a balanced schedule comes into play (see #2). Remember to take the time to rest, relax, and unwind. For me, this is sharing a nice meal and a glass of wine with my hubby.