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Winter time gets me into such a lazy rut. I stop caring about physical activity, good nutrition, and good habits. Really, there's no excuse for that because it's all a matter of making little changes so that the big picture is a healthier, happier lifestyle for myself. I know that it's important for me to stick to a fitness routine and make healthier choices when I'm not working out so that I don't totally throw myself off balance. So without further ado, here are some small but positive changes I've made so far to help me stay on track with my fitness goals.
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|Drinking More Water|
Instead of teas, sodas, or juices I've been keeping water handy all during the day. Often when you think you're hungry, you're just thirsty and when I didn't have water nearby before I'd reach for food which would fill me up and make me too tired to stay active.
I used to think that stretching was only necessary after a workout but that's not the case. Stretching helps relax me and force me to slow down for a few minutes. It also makes me feel energized in the middle of a long day when I'm stuck in paperwork at my desk. I also take time every night to stretch on my yoga mat for a few minutes.
|Proper Snacking Habits|
When I'm on the go and out running errands I tend to expend a lot of energy so it's only natural that I feel hungry. If I would try to ignore that feeling I would end up feeling starved and stop at a fast food joint to get a very unhealthy meal. It's okay to let yourself have a break and enjoy a snack so there's no point in starving yourself! Now, I let myself munch on goodnessknows® snack squares, which I purchase at Walmart. These snack squares come in 3 varieties that I consume at different times.
goodnessknows® Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate snack squares are delicious when I'm on the go running errands because it satisfies my sweet tooth with the fruity taste!
goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate snack squares are my work snack. I enjoy snacking on fruity things when I blog so this really hits the spot.
goodnessknows® Cranberry Almond, Dark Chocolate snack squares are my go-to snack before my workouts. I feel satisfied and ready to move after I eat them. This variety is definitely my favorite!
|Winter Fitness Routine|
Running was always a way for me to get moving a few times each week but now that it's winter and the weather is cold I try to make excuses that I can't go outside so there's no way I can work out. This is soooo not the case. We actually have a gym in the basement of our home. I can't even use having to drive to a gym as an excuse to not work out. So I decided to stop making excuses and instead start making a winter fitness routine which I will share for you below.
[25 Minutes on Rowing Machine Level 5]
My rowing machine has several different tension settings but I keep it on level 5 because it still gives me a workout but it leaves me with enough energy to do a few other exercises afterwards. I usually listen to music or watch a movie on the TV in the gym. Rowing gets my heart pumping and works out my core as well as my legs. If you don't have a rowing machine you can use a treadmill or another type of fitness equipment.
After I'm done rowing I do 50 pushups. I usually take a brief 30 second break when I get to 25. I also use these little things that are supposed to help you keep your form properly when you use them to do pushups.
[100 Bicycle Crunches]
After my pushups I lay on a yoga mat and do 100 bicycle crunches. By the time I get to 50 I'm screaming so I take a quick 60 second break before doing the remaining 50.
[25 Bicep Curls]
The final exercise I do is 25 bicep curls with a 5 pound weight in each arm.
Don't forget to stretch your muscles out after you're done so you aren't too stiff and sore the next day!
Like I said above, you can find goodnessknows® snack squares in your local Walmart.
So tell me - what small changes are you making this year?