My days are all about making fitness a ritual — they were before baby, and they certainly are today. I’m thrilled to offer thi guest post from fitness ROCK STAR David Kirsch that is focused on working wellness into every day.
Making Fitness and Wellness a Ritual
By David Kirsch
For the busy woman and the busy lifestyle, I’ve found that the key to being healthy is to first and foremost set up an agenda, a calendar, and make exercise and nutrition a ritual, not a one-time thing. Start every day thinking about connecting your mind and body: maybe you start with some stretching or yoga, or maybe a mini express workout. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are thinking about connecting your mind and body. At the same time, you should be thinking about fortifying your body with energy-rich foods – things that will take you from your morning through the rest of your day in the most energetic way. Something like a protein shake or one of my Vitamin/Mineral Super Juices, steel cut oats, or an egg white omelet with vegetables, these are important to engage and feed your body.
Now, you’ve showered, you’ve dressed, you’ve exercised and it’s time to head out the door. Think about walking to work if possible, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, getting up to talk to your coworker rather than calling or sending them an email – any way to keep your body constantly moving throughout the day. The more you move, the better you’ll feel.
By the time lunchtime rolls around, hopefully you’ve planned ahead and packed a healthy lunch for yourself. Maybe it’s turkey burgers from the night before, or, last night I made the most amazing organic vegetable soup for myself and my girls, and it’s leftovers (it took 10 minutes of prep and 45 minutes to cook – less than an hour for dinner and lunch the next day)! Those are the things that are going to keep you healthy and strong throughout the day.
Also, packing healthy snacks for when that 3:00 wave of tiredness hits you is a great habit. I suggest things like a bag of cucumbers or carrots with hummus, or celery with almond butter: things that are easy to munch, taste good and will keep you full and satisfied that are also nutrient-rich and healthy.
Make sure you hydrate throughout the day as well, starting first thing in the morning with things like green tea and water. I am also a huge fan of supplements, especially my Super Charged Greens Blend and Energy Bubbles, which keep me energized throughout the day.
Dinnertime – it’s that “oh my goodness, I’ve had a long, hard day, I don’t feel like cooking” mentality that gets us all in trouble. Maybe the weekend is when you prepare your meals to avoid this rut. Roast a turkey on Sunday and cut it up and eat it throughout the week, or make a big green salad and grill a piece of chicken to put on top – that’s ten minutes and you’re done, and you have a light, healthy, filling meal.
Now, as for fitting fitness into your busy schedule: working out doesn’t need to be a two-hour-long gym marathon. If you have ten minutes to do something good for yourself, take advantage of it! There are plenty of exercises you can do at home, no gym membership required, with no equipment at all, or just some hand weights. Check out my YouTube page for ideas:
The benefits of making fitness and healthy eating a ritual are endless. You’ll look better, feel better, be more energized and have a more positive outlook. And, for all those moms out there, if you’re living this lifestyle and showing your kids how to be healthy and active, it will become second nature to you and second nature to them as well.