Welcome to our Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I link up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, and Sarah at Creating Better Tomorrow to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try. Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!
I’ve seen a lot of buzz about Carla Birnberg and Roni Noone’s book, What You Can When You Can (#wycwyc for the twitter peeps) and it’s really striking a chord. All too often we get caught up with doing more, more, more and I think it really is so important to take a step back and be ok with doing what you can when you can. So instead of another HIIT workout today (which I totally love/will never give up/but have plenty of), I wanted to take the pressure off this week and bring you simple ways to be healthy and fit today.
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
As I write this I may or may not be drinking my second cup of coffee, but I also already had 16 ounces of water and will drink around 64 by the end of the day. Dehydration and thirst don’t necessarily go hand in hand, so be sure to consistently keep your body hydrated throughout the day to avoid symptoms. Some symptoms of dehydration are headaches, muscle cramps, weakness, and inability to focus. And don’t think reaching for a sugary sports drink or tea will do the trick…opt for fresh clean water. If your body is craving more, electrolytes might be what you need. In that case reach for coconut water to replenish.
Need help drinking more H2O? Click here for tips!
2. A Plank a Day
If I need to pick one exercise for everyone, it has to be the plank. So versatile and accessible for all levels, planks are definitely an all star exercise. Get social about it, tweet #PlankADay, and encourage others to do the same!
From planks to push ups, click here for more.
3. Green Tea
Or even other teas…but specifically, green tea has been proven in studies to have strong antioxidants which can do all kinds of good for your body. Personally, I drink a detox tea during the day with a blend of herbs that promote healthy digestion and liver function, and at night I drink decaffeinated green tea. In addition to the healthy benefits, I always feel less bloated when I’m consistently drinking tea.
4. Clean Eating and the 80/20 Rule
I’ve talked about this before and I’ll talk about it again…this is the only ‘diet’ I will ever be on. Clean, whole, unprocessed foods 80% of the time and give yourself 20% forgiveness. I love Quinoa and Veggie bowls to fill me up with wholesome goodness.
5. 30 Minutes of Cardio
There’s something undeniably healthy about blood rushing through your body, feeding your muscles and your lungs working to breath the oxygen they desire. It’s recommended to get at least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week (see details at the American Heart Association), so find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your lifestyle.
I’m a runner, I love running, but there’s plenty of other ways to get your heart rate up. Swimming and biking are great low impact options
6. Meditation/Reflection/Quiet Time
I don’t want to scare people with the word meditation, but really any sort of intentional time set aside to reflect, think and just be still is healthy. Unplugging from the world and being in your own head is so rare these days, but so grounding. It only takes a few minutes of time and can be very powerful in focusing your emotions.
What is life if it’s not fun? Decide what activities/people truly make you happy and make time for it/them. Hey, if your friends make you happy and they also happen to run you just accomplished #’s 5 and 7 in one shot! 😉
What small steps do you take to be healthy and fit everyday?
Have you read What You Can When You Can?
Also linked up with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday!
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