What? The last of the “8 Pillars of a Nutritious Life” is this week? Good thing the last one is my favorite one! If you’ve just joined me, I’ve been reviewing the pillars that I believe make up a rad life. I learned them during Keri Glassman’s Nutritious Life certification program, and they really set a strong foundation for optimal health and wellness. Up to now, we have reviewed Drink Up, Eat Empowered, Live Consciously, Love More, Nurture Yourself, Sleep Deep, and Stress Less. The last one is Sweat Often. Keri Says:
Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because when you exercise your body releases endorphins, which make you feel good and motivate you to eat well, do your job well and simply be happy! Weight-bearing exercises increase muscle mass, which in turn burns more calories even while you are sitting on the couch. Interval training is also important to help rev your metabolism for hours after you have left the gym. Try 30 seconds at your max followed with 2 minutes at a more relaxed pace.
If you know me at all, you shouldn’t be surprised that working out and sweating would be my favorite pillar! Daily exercise is non-negotiable. I also prefer to have my toughest workout done in the morning. If I can grab a second workout later in the day, I do! Why? It’s that dang endorphin high. When I’m happy and firing on all cylinders, everyone (my husband, my daughter, my staff, my clients, the guy driving in front of me, the old lady at the store, my dog) get taken care of and handled better. They JUST do. The family gets this, and they never make me feel bad for taking care of me first thing in the morning. Daily exercise helps me sleep, it inspires me to eat clean and efficiently so that my body can do what I need it to do, it lowers my stress levels, keeps my internal system running right, and yes, I look better in a bikini. Why wouldn’t I do it?
Last week, I taught you about the “Wheel of (un)Wellness.” Taking in daily exercise is a surefire way to get off of it and onto the “Wheel of Wellness.”
So how much and how often? If you are starting a new fitness routine, always check with your healthcare provider first. My basic requirement for my new clients is 3*2*1. Three days should be super sweaty workouts like indoor cycling, running, swimming or Zumba. Two days should be strength building workouts like weightlifting or Pilates. One day should be a mind/body workout like yoga or Tai Chi. These are the minimums. Each workout should be 45-60 minutes per day. You should have at least one workout that can be done at home, like a video or a stationary bike, or a run route from your front door, for days when you can’t make it to the gym. Find an accountability partner. It’s hard to back out at the last minute when someone is counting on your being there.
Exercise is one of the most underutilized tools for good health! IT WORKS! Make it a priority! Need some motivation? Check out my fitness board on Pinterest.
There you have it! The “8 Pillars of a Nutritious Life” and why they rock. I hope you’ve adopted some new habits over the last eight weeks. You inspire me to keep rocking them!