My Current Health and Fitness Routine
I started my new fitness routine a little bit before the New Year, I wanted to get a head start on my goals. I felt like if I would have waited until after the first of the year it would have been harder to get started. This year I am taking a gentler approach to fitness. This means instead of beating my body up going hardcore like I have done in the past, I am simply doing workouts I enjoy and that make my body feel good and mobile.
MY NEW ROUTINE
I basically started off by just walking. I have been walking for 30 minutes a day just about everyday since November. I usually keep my pace at about 3.5 and raise my treadmill to a 5.0 elevation. Sometimes I will add in a little bit of jogging just to switch things up. Walking is an excellent way for anyone to get started with a fitness routine. In addition to walking I am focusing on more bodyweight training.
A typical workout may look like this:
Walk 30 minutes
4 x 25 Bodyweight Squats ( Sometimes I use a resistance band around my thighs )
4 x 25 Pushups
4 x 25 Crunches / Full Sit-ups
4 x 25 Lunges ( Forward and Reverse)
“she sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.” - Proverbs 31:17
This workout targets the full body and I find since I am using just bodyweight, I can do it every day or every other day. In addition to this workout I am going to be attending some fitness classes with FitLo Denver. I am a person who likes to switch up my workouts quite frequently, I get bored with doing the same workouts easily. A workout like this one allows me to modify it however and whenever I want.
As far as my nutrition goes I am taking the same approach as fitness, starting from scratch and keeping it gentle. I am listening to my body when I eat certain foods and seeing how it reacts. I am not cutting anything completely out of my diet anymore. I find that when I say I am not going to eat something, I crave that thing the most. I guess I would call myself an intuitive eater now and I am feeling good with this approach.
I keep a close eye on how I feel when I eat wheat, dairy, chocolate, caffeine and wine. These are all things that can trigger my acid reflux. If I feel it is flaring up I will back off on these things for awhile. A big goal is to cut back on processed sugar, not eliminate it, just cut back. I was eating a lot of it and it showed in my skin and my energy. Cutting back on sugar is a goal for everyone in my house so I want to set a good example.
“do you like honey? don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!” - Proverbs 25:16
I am also being mindful of my portion sizes and not eating until I'm too full. I try to stop eating 3 hours before I go to bed, this is also necessary to keep acid reflux at bay. I'm drinking a green protein smoothie everyday and trying to eat more veggies with meals. Keeping it simple!
Well friends, these are the things I am doing for my current health and fitness routine. My goal is to stick with this program and these habits for at least 3 months before switching things up. Are you following a new fitness routine this New Year?