I am a firm believer in running, fitness, eating healthy, drinking lots of water and a lover of yoga. It’s one the reasons I started this blog. To share how healthy living has improved my life.
I wish my healthy living and running blog has had a little more running content lately. But I know when my body needs to rest.
Since I got sick in February and had sinus surgery, I’ve had to take a necessary break from any intense exercise and running. I miss it.
I know it sounds strange but I feel like I have more energy after I exercise. And exercise, especially running, is my true stress relief. I think it really balances my life.
My one saving grace is I have been able to do a small amount of yoga.
My poses look nothing like this even when I’m in the best of health. But I try.
Lately my yoga has been more deep breathing and simple stretching than complicated moves. You do what you can when you are recovering from surgery.
Even if it means your workout clothes are getting more use lounging than sweating. Yoga pants are the perfect lounge wear
Today’s victory was small.
Yes- That’s 1 mile. Walking-- not running -- on the treadmill. My doctor told me I could try to walk to see if walking helped my energy levels. I have been extremely fatigued since I started back to work. I knew going back would be hard, but I have been absolutely exhausted. The doctors unfortunately said that was normal. Ugh. I have no patience.
My doctor said to walk until I got tired but not to push myself. I have to conserve my energy for work. That one mile felt good. And yes, I actually had more energy when I was done. Funny how that happens.
And I’m proud.
Here are some of my tips to make small victories in your life when it comes to fitness and healthy living.
1- Change out one “processed” food snack a day for a piece of fruit.
Example—Chips for an apple. It’s such a small thing but can make big difference.
2- To try to eat more fruit and veggies, do the prep work with them as soon as you get home from the store.
Example- Wash apples and put them in a bowl that is easy to reach, Wash grapes or carrots and put them in zip lock bags in snack size portions, or create your own pre-cut “Salad bar” with tupperware in your fridge.
3- If you don’t have time or aren’t able to do a full blown exercise routine, it doesn’t mean you can’t try something. Do 10 minutes of yoga or a 10 minute circuit workout (with doctor approval of course!)
4- Carry water with you at all times. I drink at least 1 large Nalgene bottle of water a day. Sometimes 2. It allows your body to feel healthy and hydrated! AND- it’s great for your voice.
4- Make sure you have the proper gear to workout in. If you have nice clothes that fit well and look cute you are more likely to use them to workout. When I first starting going to the gym and running I really trusted Champion C9 from Target. Their workout gear is inexpensive, high quality and always has cute and current styles. I truly believe the brand is a high value for your money. AND their yoga pants come in a long length… which is a huge deal for me- I’m 5’8”
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** Champion C9 by Target sponsored this post and provided some of the images, but all opinions and endorsements are my own **
Have you tried Champion C9 by Target?
How do you try to live a healthy lifestyle?
What is your VICTORY today?