Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about my fitness regimen. While I am not a fitness expert, I have managed to maintain the same size since high school. I am sure some day that will change, but since I have been asked about it I wanted to share some stay fit tips.
1. Figure out what works for you.
This is by far my most important tip. People often set unrealistic goals that do not work for their lifestyle, so they are doomed to fail. I recommend sitting down and seriously evaluating what fitness changes you can incorporate into your life easily and can maintain long term. For me, it’s eating simple meals and running three days a week. I made this commitment as a teenager and have easily been able to stick to it.
2. Drink Water.
When it comes to drinks my refrigerator is bare, I have water and milk. Ninety five percent of what I drink is water or milk. I know, BORING! It’s incredible how many calories you can cut out by not drinking sodas, juice, or whatever trendy diet drink is on the market. Sure, every now and then it’s nice to indulge in a fruit smoothie or glass of wine, but it’s definitely not my go to drink.
3. Make a realistic exercise schedule.
I have attempted to work out five days a week many times, but ultimately end up failing after just a few weeks. Being a working mom and wife makes it totally impractical for me to work out that often. Kudos to you, if you can! Running three days a week is what works for my lifestyle, so I stick to it. I’m not going to lie, it’s not always easy. Sometimes I think it’s a miracle, if I can get the little one settled happily into a running stroller and myself into running gear with all the necessary snacks and entertainment to keep him busy, but by only doing it three days a week it allows for those bad days to be break days.
4. Don’t go out to eat often.
This tip is helpful for your figure and your pocketbook. If you have been following along, you know that I am cheap, so naturally I don’t want to spend lots of money on food. Therefore, I only go out to eat a few times a month. I usually stay home and cook simple meals and by simple, I mean really simple……5 ingredient risotto with frozen peas and pan seared chicken or steamed vegetables with with 3 minute Asian noodles. Keeping home cooked meals simple saves tons of time and calories. Plus it makes going out to eat way more exciting.
5. Choose activities that keep you active.
It’s easy to curl up in front of the TV and watch movies all day, and I definitely do this (occasionally). However, it’s so much more exciting to get out and explore your town. If you have been reading along, than you know that every Saturday we do family day, which involves the whole family doing an activity. For our family days we explore the zoo or botanical gardens, go to an outdoor mall, play at the park, or go swimming or hiking. By doing this I get a ton of exercise, but it I don’t have to schedule in a work-out. I walk miles upon miles, but it am so distracted by enjoying time with my family and taking in the sites, that it doesn’t even seem like I am exercising.
Thanks so much for following along.