Can you believe that it is almost March. Where does the time go and how about all those new years resolutions. Some may have worked some you may have just given up on like I did. I think as women we are always critical of our weight and how we look. We should be proud to be the woman we are, no matter our shape or size, but sometimes we just want to feel better about ourselves. I get it. Well today I am back with some simple routines that can help you improve your overall health and fitness without selling your soul or making drastic changes in your normal lifestyle. I think all these things can be incorporated into your day with just a little effort. I know what you are thinking….routines…really. It’s true not everyone loves routines but sometimes when you just start making small changes in your daily life it can make all the difference. Baby steps do work.
Today, I am going to share with you how I do this. These are just my daily/weekly routines that help me stay on track with my health and fitness. I know all these may not apply to you and your family or lifestyle but it’s what works for me at this time. I change it up occasionally, especially on the exercise side of things. I try to stick to healthy eating and exercising, but life is real and there are birthdays, vacations and other family occasions that need to be celebrated. I’m not going to miss out on those moments of fun and food. I enjoy myself and then get back on track. Diets don’t work. You just need to eat real food and move more. Follow this routine and I am sure you will see results.
1 – Warm Lemon Water
This is the first thing I do each morning before coffee, tea or whatever your morning beverage of choice is. I work outside this blog, so I am up each morning to get ready for work and one of the simplest things I have found that help me start my day is a warm cup of lemon water. Lemons are very good for you. They are like little immune boosters. They contain vitamin C and potassium and drinking it first thing in the morning gives your body a chance to absorb these vitamins. Your body is dehydrated when you first wake up and this is a great way to get going. I just heat a cup of water in a mug in the microwave and then squeeze about half a lemon into the warm water. You can put more or less lemon, depending on your taste.
2 – Shakeology
For breakfast and on my drive into work, I drink a shakeology shake. I use this as a meal replacement for breakfast. I like the chocolate flavor but there are other flavors to pick from. I just mix one scoop of Shakeology with one cup of ice and one cup of unsweetened Almond Milk. I blend it all together using my Ninja Blender. The ninja comes with its own cups and lids so all you have to do is mix everything to your desired consistency and go. No pouring into another container. Super easy, quick and delicious. Plus it curbs my appetite with less sugar cravings. I realize the cost of Shakeology is not cheap, but I use this as a meal replacement so when you break it down on a cost per day basis, it is quite affordable. However, there are other protein shakes out there to choose from. It really all depends on what you really like. Because I can tell you this, if you don’t get a good quality shake that has a great flavor you will not drink it. Trust me. I’ve tried several and always come back to Shakeology.
3 – Fitness Tracker
Another way I like to keep on track is with a fitness tracker. I think it just makes you a little more accountable and aware. I aim for 10,000 steps a day and I admit some days it just don’t happen. But I still like to see my progress and it motivates me to try harder the next day. There are a lot of varieties of fitness trackers out there. Some are more expensive than others. I had a costlier model for years then I needed to replace it and actually went with a lower cost model that works just as well. I like to use it to just track my steps, that’s it. I really don’t need all the bells and whistles. Just something simple and easy.
4 – Water, Water, Water
What else can I say. We all need to drink more water. I have water with every meal and I aim to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. If you are not a water drinker, I realize it is hard to get in the habit or routine of drinking water. But trust me, just replace your usual soda, sweet tea or other high calorie beverage with water. I love sweet iced tea and it was hard for me to make the transition, but I just started with one meal and from there it progressed and before you know it you will be reaching for water over other beverages. That’s what I did and it worked for me. A lot of times we reach for food when actually we are just thirsty. So before I grab something to eat, I reach for a glass or bottle of water. Water is crucial for overall health and well being. I keep a bottle of water on my desk at work throughout the day. I like plain water, but there are other varieties of flavored water with zero calories that you can choose from.
5 – Exercise
I try to aim for 3-4 days a week of exercise. I like to mix things up. One of my favorite types of exercise is HIIT training (high intensity interval training), but it can be hard on your joints and I only recommend it about 3 times a week, with a day of rest in between. I have also found a VIIT workout (variable intensity interval training). It is not as high intensity and is easier on the joints and I love it. I did a previous post on VIIT and you can check it out HERE. I like both HIIT and VIIT because the workout can be accomplished in about 30 minutes or less. So you don’t have to go to a gym or do cardio for an hour. Because really who has that kind of time with work, family and other obligations you need to cram into the day. I also like to incorporate walking with my other workouts; however, that all depends on the weather but it is a great way to start an exercise routine and it doesn’t cost anything, except for a good pair of walking sneakers. I prefer to walk outdoors instead of a treadmill. Just my personal preference. I aim for a brisk 30 minute walk while listening to music and before you know it the time has flown by.
So there you go five easy routines to help you with your health and fitness. I would love to hear what health and fitness routines you have.
Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post and all the opinions and suggestions are mine. And as always consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.