Happy Halloween! Now, put down that bag of candy and let's get fit. Why wait until January and feel guilty that we've spent the winter holidays hibernating? I know it's hard to find time to work out, but our health is important; we take it for granted too often. It's about choosing to prioritize it. How many of us make time to pick up our morning bagels and lattes, but we won't squeeze in 30 minutes a day to keep ourselves fit and healthy?
I admit I'm guilty of this lately too! My cheat time is the fall; it's when I often fall off the fitness wagon. I would much rather sit in front of the fire with a cup of coffee (or on my iPad shopping!) instead of lacing up my runners and hitting the treadmill. But I am determined to change that pattern this year! And I know that doing something like this with others will help me stay accountable. On The Talk this week, Diana Ross' daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, spoke about her own commitment to fitness and how she posts her morning workouts online for the same reason.
Energize your mornings. slumps is to energize your mornings. While we can't always rise with the sun and run 10km Wholesale Jerseys China with a smile, we can get moving in the mornings before we go to work. Even walking can have just as much benefit as running or jogging. There was a recent episode of The Nature of Things that talked about how highintensity training can be even more beneficial than traditional, longer workouts. Set your alarm 30 minutes early and try using a plan like Couch to 5k, where you alternate walking and running for short bursts. What I do is walk for 1 minute (4.2 on Treadmill), then run at a fast pace (8.6 on Treadmill) for 1 minute. I do this, back and forth for 30 minutes, four times a week. It may seem simple but the results will surprise you!
Find a meal plan that works for you. if you're vegetarian or glutenfree). I like Rose Reisman's Personal Gourmet delivery plan. Reisman is a popular wellness and culinary expert, and her Personal Gourmet is meant for people who want to eat healthy and delicious food. She has Healthy Living and Weight Loss plans, and they are set to your calorie level. Her plans are balanced and customized; they don't go below 1200 calories a day. I make sure to include 10 grams of protein in each meal and I'm finding I actually enjoy eating fruits and vegetables now! I have my three meals and three snacks delivered the night before, so I'm ready to face the next day. Reisman's menus fill me up so well that I (almost) don't have room wholesale jerseys for candy!
Success is in the details. There's a fun book that came out in 2004 called French Women Don't Get Fat, and it has some great, practical advice. (as in Veuve Clicquot). I think that's a reasonable suggestion! Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Walk to the restaurant instead of taking a cab (or ordering delivery). When I'm in New York City, I walk everywhere. In fiveinch heels too! I don't do this in Toronto, for some reason, but I plan on fixing that. Fall is a beautiful time to be outside, and walking allows us to take it all in. There's no point rushing from place to place; besides, with this city's traffic, walking is the faster way. Plus, small changes like this are easier to implement and less of a challenge to become accustomed to. Mireille also says French women will eat a lighter lunch if they know they're going to be indulging in a hearty dinner. It's about using common sense, but also about not denying yourself pleasure. Right now my Halloween candy temptations are at a peak. So, maybe in moderation candy is OK? Rather than refusing to eat any of it, let's satisfy our cravings in smarter ways. Instead of eating a whole chocolate bar, have a mini chocolate and limit yourself to two a day (120 calories)! When I need a pickmeup in the afternoons, I indulge in a 100calorie can of pop. It hits the spot with a lot less calories than even a nonfat latte. We all have the ability to choose, so let's choose wisely. A calorie counter can really help with this.
Get support. Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation on our own. Which is why we're in this together! But for many people, peer support isn't always enough. I have my trainer and nutritionist on standby when I really need to kick it into gear.