Happy Tuesday (and one day closer to Blend!! eeeeee!!) I feel like I haven’t talked about fitness or health recently and I decided to change that today. Here’s another “Back To Basics” post geared towards women and our need for a speedy day!
If there’s one thing that most of us have in common, it’s a LACK OF TIME! It seems as though we’re constantly sprinting from one thing to the other, maintaining our family and it’s needs, our job, our chores, all while overlooking our own need to SLOW DOWN. The days that we have little to do seem like Christmas and we cherish that quiet time. In all honesty, those days are few and far between.
So how does a busy woman make time for her health and fitness, you ask?
By multitasking and using those little windows of time throughout the day to make ourselves better. Here’s how to fit healthy living into your already busy life, in just minutes a day!
Got a minute?
Perform deep squats at your coffee table!
With weight in your heels, take your bottom all the way down to your coffee table slowly, then stand back up quickly. You’ll target your quadriceps, glutes and calves and is the answer for how to look younger naturally. Kids around? Encourage them to join you! Children love to mimic healthy (and sometimes unhealthy) behavior!
Got 3 minutes?
Make your own Vitamin Water!
The average woman gets about HALF of the water she needs in a day (which is 96 ounces!). The biggest complaint? Water is boring and hard to chug down! The solution? Make your own flavored water! With little calories and nutrition to boot, you’ll be well on your way to downing those 96 ounces! Experts at The Memorial Hospital have some tips to stay healthy.
Here’s how to make it:
- Add fruits instead of sugar for a natural sweetener for your H2O
- Cut the fruit into paper-thin slices or small chunks.
- Combine ingredients with water
- Refrigerate 4-6 hours.
Another tip – Invest in a good water bottle! I carry my Contigo around with me everywhere! It literally forces you to drink more water.
Got 4 minutes?
Time for TABATA!
Four minutes is all you need to TABATA!! If you’re unfamiliar with tabata training, go here where I’ve outlined the basic idea! In short, tabata training is a high intensity workout that pairs 20 seconds of all-out activity with 10 seconds of rest. You repeat this sequence 8 times for a total workout time of just 4 minutes! Try this tabata that I created for Mom365 out:
Got 10 minutes?
Cut up your fruits and veggies for the week!
By precutting your fruits and vegetables and storing them within eye level in your refrigerator, you’ll be more apt to choose those healthy options over something else. This goes for the rest of your family as well – precut some of their favorite veggies (or buy precut vegetables at the store) and always offer these first when someone asks for a snack.
Got 15 minutes?
That’s plenty of time for a walk with the family (Henry and Clara still LOVE hopping in the stroller)! Gear up with bikes or your stroller and get moving! It’s proven that just 15 minutes of outdoor activity can increase your Vitamin D and serotonin levels, which in turn, act as a force against depression and anxiety! Have a dog? Take him as well! Pets who get outside for daily fresh air have less body fat, shinier coats and a healthier digestive system (source)!
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QUESTION: I could have given a million different tips. Your turn? Got ___ minutes? Do _____. Fill in the blanks!