29 Oct Daily Decisions
Research says that we make thousands of decisions in a single day. That is wild to think about. Among the thousands, we’ll have choices to opt for healthy or not-so-healthy things. Along those lines, you have probably heard the quote, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Harsh words, but loaded with truth. Our boot camp coaches will attest to the fact that planning and prepping workouts and food in advance, substantially increases the ease of choosing what’s best for our health. As we continue pushing ourselves towards optimal wellness during this boot camp session and beyond, this week we’re sharing tips for notching healthy routines into our lifestyle.
First, take a moment to run through, “A day in the life of you.” Consider:
- The time you intend on waking up and when you actually get out of bed
- What does getting ready for the day look like?
- What do you eat and drink for breakfast?
- What are your mid-morning habits, food, drink
- And so on until you hop in bed each evening.
Take note of the spur of the moment decisions you make and identify decisions that can be planned and decided in advance to set you up for success. One of our coaches determines what her food intake will look like for the following day and instead of only brainstorming and pondering on that, she pulls up a food diary app and adds those foods into her diary for the next day. It helps her prepare for the following day and eliminates spur of the moment food choices that might not support her healthy eating goals. In the same way, schedule your workout days and times to increase your commitment to your fitness.
If you struggle with planning meals and snacks, you are not alone. So many folks are in the same boat and as a result the world-wide web shares meal planning websites and apps to customize or follow as is. SkinnyTaste.com is one website that shares free weekly meal plans that includes the step-by-step prep and recipes. There are plenty more where that came from, but try not to feel overwhelmed. Start with planning your lunches, then add on breakfasts, snacks, etc. Remember, progress, not perfection.
Choosing to set ourselves up for success by thinking through a few of our day to day decisions, such as food and drink, can positively impact our ability to reach our health and wellness goals. Planning takes time, but trust us when we say that it’s so worth it – and your health is too! Plus, it will get easier as planning becomes part of your routine.
EXERCISE/WORKOUT Spotlight: Circuit Training
Circuit training is a form of training where participants rotate through a number of stations, performing different exercises to time or repetitions, back to back, with minimum rest until the circuit is completed. There are various ways of constructing a circuit, but they would normally contain several movements including body weight, weighted and dynamic exercises.
The great thing about circuits is the adaptability available. They can be developed for cardiovascular improvement, strength, mobility, sport specific…virtually anything. They also don’t need a lot of space or time and don’t need to be overly complicated (unless you want them to be).
Read the full article here.RECIPES FOR THIS WEEK
By Victoria Emmitt RD