Finding the motivation to stay active can be tough at any time of year, but it is particularly difficult in the winter months. It’s bleak outside, it’s cold everywhere, and all you really want to do is curl up on the couch in your slouchiest sweats with a good book and some hot cocoa. Oh wait, I was speaking for myself on that last one, but really, who doesn’t second-guess their commitment to a healthy style in the months between December and March? I know I do, but I am also committed to living a healthy lifestyle to live better, set an example for my daughter, and take care of myself. So, how do I do it in the winter months? It’s not easy, but a few things do help. So, check out these tips for staying active this winter, and let me know if you have any suggestions. I can use all the help I can get. 😉
One thing that can limit when, where, and how much I exercise is cost. While working out itself doesn’t typically cost anything, the equipment, memberships, and other requirements of some workout plans can definitely “up the ante,” so to speak. I don’t know about you, but we don’t typically have it in the budget to pay for a costly gym membership or workout program. My health regimen hasn’t suffered at all from that, though. In fact, I’ve been able to find a bunch of free workouts that I love. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading
I know, I know. I’m already feeling it, too. The holiday hustle and bustle has begun, and I’m having a harder time saying “yes” to working out (and “no” to all the cookies and sweet treats). But, I’m determined this year! I shared my goal with you to exercise just 30 minutes at least 5 days a week, and I mean to stick to my goal. So, this is how I’m going to do it. Continue reading
If you’ve perused any of the posts in my Weekend Wellness series, you know that I try to use the time on the weekend to consider healthier lifestyle choices all week long (with particular focus on how I can up my motivation on the weekend). Today, we’re shifting our focus away from motivation slightly and considering the impact that exercise has on the body and, more specifically, if we really need to be worrying about how many calories we can burn in a workout session.
I’ve never been overly concerned with specific calorie counts; however, I have used calorie counting to reign in my eating habits before. When I was more focused on this type of eating, I did take into account how many extra calories I burned with my workout each day, but now that I am beyond that type of “lifestyle,” I focus more on eating a balanced diet and pairing that with regular physical activity that is fun yet focused.
Being that I’ve “been there” before, I started wondering whether it really does matter how many calories you burn with exercise each day. So, as usual, I took a look at what the experts say. First things first, though… Continue reading
You may remember that I have a hard time staying motivated on the weekend. Despite my best efforts, I still do have that same issue, which made me wonder if I’m getting my workouts in during the week, do I really need to work out on the weekend? So, I did some research, and today I’m sharing what I’ve found out about the need to work out on the weekend.
The Benefits of Regular Exercise
Obviously, working out is beneficial to your body. Regular exercise offers a variety of specific and general health benefits. According to Mayo Clinic, there are at least 7 major benefits of exercise, including:
- Weight control
- Cardiovascular health
- Mood elevation
- Improved energy
- Better sleep
- Enhanced wellbeing