Get Outside!

Outside

It’s Summertime!  Well, ALMOST summertime.  It is, however, the perfect time to take your workouts outside.  Winter was brutal in most parts of the country.  Hopefully everyone is thawed by now and takes advantage of the warmer temperatures.  You can take virtually any exercise into the great outdoors.  A mere change in environment can invigorate a stale workout routine.  Getting outside doesn’t only breathe new life into your fitness routine.  Most importantly, being outdoors puts you in front of that much-needed sunlight.  Did you know that a lot of us do not get enough sunlight each day?  If that’s the case, an artificial sunlight will help tremendously.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes always make an appearance in my shopping cart.  Not only are they good for you (superfood status, anyone?), they are also delicious!  Back in Missouri, I only purchased the yellow variety, as that’s all that was available.  However, in South Florida, I’ve been purchasing white sweet potatoes regularly.  These are the only kind that my local Publix carries in the organic variety.

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Morning Routine

Morning Routine

Morning routine… Everyone has one.  The difference is that some routines are chaotic, while others are organized.  Either way, it sets the tone for the day.  Successful people attribute a large part of their success to their morning routine.  Tony Robbins promotes taking a ‘power hour’ each morning.  Steve Jobs talked about looking himself in the mirror every morning and asking himself if he would be happy with his day if it were his last.  If the answer “no” too many days in a row, he knew he needed to make changes.

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Self Care Importance

Self-Care

Self-care should always be top of mind.  Not only important, self-care is necessary to keep a healthy body and sound mind.  You know the saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”?  It’s true!  If you don’t have time, money, patience, love, or anything else, you can’t expect to give that to others.  No matter how much or what we try to give; time, money, patience, love, if we don’t have it, we can’t give it.  It’s impossible!  Think of self-care as a gift to others.  The better you feel, the more you’ll have to share with others.

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Recharge Your Batteries

Recharge your batteries

Do you need a recharge?  In today’s go-go-go society, being busy is glamorized.  We may get the feeling that if we’re not busy, then we’re not accomplishing anything.  However, this is not always the case.  Busy doesn’t always mean progress.  Sometimes, it feels as though nothing is going as planned.  Or nothing really sounds appealing.  When this happens, we may need to recharge our batteries.  It’s normal to feel this way periodically.  It can come from burnout.  Even if it’s not a full-blown burnout moment, it’s important that we recharge our batteries on a regular basis.

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Rest Days

Rest days

Rest days should be a part of your workout regimen.  It’s essential to take rest days regularly. Without them, you run the risk of burnout as well as injury.  Sure, it’s always fun to count steps, miles, strokes, and reps.  But you also need a break.  Don’t look at it as slacking off, but as part of your training.  When to take a rest day varies. Some people schedule their rest days.  Others take them on an “as needed” basis.  I find it easier to schedule my rest days in my calendar.  

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Cheat Meals

cheat meals

Cheat meals are a frequent topic of discussion when it comes a fitness routine.  If enjoyed properly, cheat meals will not hinder your progress.  Actually, when it comes to progress, cheat meals are essential.  Keep in mind, I’m not talking about a streak where you’re eating nothing but junk.  I’m talking about the occasional cheat meal.  Depending on your goals and progress, you may be able to even get away with a cheat day.  But it’s important to keep the cheating in check. 

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Monday Motivation

Motivation

Motivation can be difficult on Mondays this time of year. It’s cold and your resolutions or goals may have fallen by the wayside by now.  The cold weather is enough to keep me indoors all winter long, not just on a random Monday.  We were in Missouri last week.  So I could go on and on with reasons to not workout on a cold Monday.  Reason # 456,432 we moved to Florida.  But we’ll save my gratitude for Florida for an upcoming edition of Thankful Thursday.  The cold weather outside ALMOST kept me in bed.  I needed extra motivation. So I went to the Internet for help!  Here are some reasons to get out and work out.  You may need them at some point.

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Hydration is Necessary!

We always hear about hydration and water intake.  How much? How often?  Should we wait till thirsty?  These are just a few of the questions that come when hydration is a topic of conversation. Summer is usually the time where worry more about our water intake.  However, proper hydration is necessary year-round. The hot weather makes staying properly hydrated a major area of concern.  But this is not the best plan of attack to keep your body at its peak. We need to keep hydrated every day, regardless of the weather.  The cooler temps during the winter make is easy to forget to stay hydrated.  Even though you’re not sweating buckets, it’s still possible to get dehydrated.

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Can Fear be a Motivator?

Fear

Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us by telling us to STOP what we’re about to do.  Our first reaction is to run away to save ourselves from the perceived threat.  However, it’s important to evaluate why we’re feeling afraid.  There are many situations that make our brain react as though there’s a threat.  Pretty much any new situation will cause your body discomfort.  If you’re about to jump off a cliff, you may want to decide against doing it.  In this case, it’s best to just walk back down.  Chances are, there’s nothing good at the bottom of that cliff.  But if you’re afraid of running that 5K, do it!  The chances of major injury are slim with this choice.  If you’re feeling afraid, it’s important figure out the pros and cons.  This is where risk vs. reward comes in to determine if it’s worth it.  

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