A quick workout

Here’s my quick ~25 minute workout -download the Tabata Pro timer app, set at 1 minute of work, 20 seconds of rest for 3rounds:

  • Push ups
  • Squat to alternating side leg raise
  • Overhead dumbbell crunch to triceps extension
  • Alternating step back lunge with kickthru
  • Chest fly
  • Burpee
  • Reverse fly
  • Wide leg squat to front row

(Ask your doc of exercising is right for you & stop /seek medical attention immediately if you feel at all unwell, dizzy, etc)

Health Insurance Smoothie

Just eat whole, unprocessed, real food is the best advice I can give for someone wanting to get healthy and/or lose weight.  Avoiding processed food and drinks, and including as many fruits (no, you’re not going to gain weight from eating fruit!) and vegetables is the best way to fuel your body & promote health. 

Sadly, I usually eat lunch at my desk or in a meeting, so a smoothie is the best/easiest way for me personally to make sure I have a healthy mid-day meal (I also have some raw cut up veggies and bring a piece of fruit with me -usually an organic apple – for a 3pm snack).

Here’s the basic recipe, but you can adjust according to your preferences:
In a high speed blender (I love my Vitamix!)

  • 3/4 c coconut water
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (flavored for newbies/unflavored hemp also fine)
  • 2 c organic greens (I like the Taylor Farms mixes)
  • 1/4-1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp camu camu
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp matcha powder

~10 g fat; 50 g carbs, 31g protein, 410 calories; searchable on MyFitnessPal as “Goal Fit Method Smoothie

Balance

No, not work/home life balance, muscle balance/imbalance…

Per the NASM blog, “efficient human movement and function requires a balance of muscle length and muscle strength around a joint”.

Causes of muscle imbalances can include stress, bad posture (especially with technology – mouse, keyboard, phone), chronic sitting, repetitive movement patterns or prior injury.

Consequences of muscle imbalances can include increased risk for falls, injury, and muscle strain.

When you work with a trainer, pre-existing muscle imbalances can be identified and corrected which may  allow for reduced risk of falling, reduced risk of injury, improved efficiency and results from a personalized exercise program.

Goal:Fit Method training starts with a thorough assessment and is followed by a personalized, tailored plan of corrective exercise targeting increased flexibility, balance, strength and endurance to maximize quality of life.

Healthy snacks for busy days

“I’m so busy”

We wear the ‘busy’ identity like a badge of honor sometimes, and there are definitely days when we are all on-the-go without stopping.

Just don’t let that be an excuse for hitting the drive thru
Here are a few quick & easy snack ideas to keep at your desk or in your purse as well as a few things you can grab quickly while you’re about town:

  • Fruit – apples, bananas & oranges are easily packed & don’t need to be refrigerated
  • 2 TB raw nuts or pumpkin seeds – don’t overdo it.
  • Baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumber or bell peppers, jicama sticks (Kroger sells them pre-cut & they’re yummy!)
  • Make your own the night before a busy day or grab a cold pressed juice or smoothie from The Weekly Juicery or your local juice shop
  • A few decent packaged options include:

Be intentional & be prepared – you’ll feel better and have more clean energy than if you had a sugary latte or order of fries…which will lead to increased focus & productivity for your busy schedule!

Squeeze it in

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good…

Crazy day get the best of you? No time to hit the gym or yoga studio?

Just because you don’t have time for a full workout, there are likely plenty of opportunities to squeeze a few minutes of movement into your day:

  • Do a few 60-second wall-squats while on a call
  • Planks are a great position for reading – set up your stopwatch and alternate planking on forearms/elbows followed by a rest then a plank from the top of a push-up position – repeat 5 times for 30-seconds each interval
  • Double stairs: if you need to go up or downstairs, go twice (e.g. go upstairs, back down, then back  up)
  • Do a 10 or 15 minute yoga sequence via YouTube (Yoga With Adriene has a ton of free, easy options that you can do at work without getting sweaty)
  • Stand up & sit down from chair or couch while scrolling social media

Try it today -be intentional about adding small bursts of activity throughout the day