These days, I often complete my workouts during the day, sometime after lunch. With concerns over making time for kids, making and eating dinner, preparing for the next day, etc, etc, etc., I have modified my workout times over the years. Now, BK (before kids) I was free to workout whenever I wanted..a concept that is not exactly familiar to me anymore. I would go after work, have a spur of the moment run on a Saturday..ahhh..those were the days.
Even though I can’t workout whenever I want, I feel as though my dedication to being and staying fit has grown. Working out gives me a chance to do something good for myself and be a (hopefully) a good fitness role model. Having to schedule workouts had made me more aware of the style that I prefer and well as forced me to be more innovative with the types of workouts that choose. Making time-ANY time -for fitness and healthy living is important for parents. Although I struggle with the concept of getting up at 5 AM to run or do yoga (I’m only human!) or any other morning based workout, I know (hope?) that the work I do today is a building block for a healthy and fit foundation for me and my family.
LL Cool J..been fit since the 80’s. Take note.
1. Eat Breakfast
Eating a good breakfast is always the best way to start your day, but starving yourself before a huge meal with all of your favorites will only lead to regrets and a harder workout!
2. Load Up on Veggies
If there is a veggie tray..indulge! Starting out with some raw vegetables is good for you and will keep you from getting to much of that delicious, decadent, warm baked macaroni and cheese when you move into the main course. You can also make vegetables a main part of your meal (and no, the marshmallow’d, brown sugared, buttery..wait..what? Oh, yeah, sweet potatoes..yeah, if they have ton of additives they are more of a desert rather than a true vegetable dish).
3. Eat Slowly
Eating too quickly lessens the chances of you actually tasting the food. Slow down, enjoy, it will give you time to digest your food properly, talk with family members you haven’t seen in a while and keep you from eating too much.
Try it! You’ll like it!
5. Wear Tighter Eatin’ Pants
Unless you have little shame and don’t mind unbuckling in front of everyone, wearing more fitted clothing can give you more of a feel and awareness that you are full.
So I made fun of this song..and really the video when it first came out. But it is a GREAT song to workout and run to.
What motivates you? For me, music is a big part of staying motivated, finding my focus and keep my fitness goals in mind. Since I love music and it is such a big part of my fitness regimen, a regular feature of this blog, fitness journal, or whatever you want to call it will be MMMondays. Today’s selection-“Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness. I can’t think of a better way to get started…keep your head to the sky!