A Few Quick Work Out Tips

I love working out. I know, I know. That makes me sound like the type of person that anyone would cringe at being around. Or just scratch their head and ask “why?… just why?” Like those people who say they “like math”. Uh…… you and I will not relate. What are you? Some kinda Nazi?

BUT! I promise that I am actually not that annoying person.

I just enjoy fitness. Healthy holistic eating, healthy lifestyle choices rather than diets, and fun sustainable workout habits.

I just got done doing Zumba! And while I rest I thought I’d quickly share a handful of easy workout tips.

  1. ALWAYS eat a post-workout snack 5-30 minutes after your exercise.
  2. Keep it diverse. Stay with certain things that ‘work’ as in ‘your personal tried and true.’ but make sure to try new things and work different muscle groups. You need all types of exercise to stay healthy. Have a 3-5 day a week workout you do consistently and then add in some biking, hiking, running, zumba, swimming, yoga… anything you DON’T do every day. You’ll strengthen in a whole new way and by working the brain differently maybe even help prevent Alzheimer’s  or memory loss, who knows!
  3. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after.
  4. Find your ‘button pushers’ Meaning, what drives you harder? Music? Heat? Cooling? A workout buddy? Being at home unembarrassed or in the gem with competition?
  5. Make sure to find a workout that you truly enjoy. “Yeah yeah,” you say “that’s impossible”.  I don’t think so. Try new things and eventually I think you’ll find a certain trainer (Jillian Michaels) or type of exercise (Zumba, Tennis) that you love.
  6. Wear good/comfortable/attractive workout clothes. At least, clothes you feel good in. You don’t want to be fiddling with them while moving, that’s the quickest way to get stressed out working out.
  7. This will sound corny but…. have fun!. Open your mind up to this being a fun thing!

Recipe File: Cinnamon, Coconut, Blueberry Shake.

Every day after I work out I drink a smoothie/shake. I LOVE them. Sometimes I’ll drink one for desert later, too. You can cram so much more nutrients into it than you’d be able to eat in one sitting otherwise and the bonus is it’s like eating ice cream or drinking a milk shake.

After I work out I typically add one organic farm-fresh raw egg to it. That’s optional. I just do that to help myself build muscle.

I always have my shake within 30 minutes of working out so that my metabolism does not start to burn into the muscle mass.  I recommend eating a post work-out snack containing the most quickly digestible protein & carbs you can. Liquid form is best. And protein and carb forms that do not slow your digestion.

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Here’s a recipe I came up with for the Cinnamon, Coconut, Blueberry Shake.

It makes a great go-to breakfast smoothie or anytime of the day snack.

In a blender combine:

2 bananas

About 1/4 cup blueberries

About 1/4 cup uncooked oats.

Add coconut milk to almost cover the fruit&oats.  (about 1 1/2 cups, I think)

A dash of cinnamon (about 1 tsp.)

5-8 ice cubes.

1/4 cup Blueberry Kefir

OPTIONAL:

I add about 1 tsp. of Flax Seed Oil because the shake masks the flavor so it’s a great time to get my daily dose.

1 ORGANIC FARM-FRESH raw egg.

 

Blend.

In the photo I garnished with home-grown mint.

ENJOY 🙂

You can read about kefir here if you’re not familiar with it.

Have a great day everybody!

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