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Three Ways I’m Improving My Health Without Losing My Sanity

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Sage advice. Credit: GoinPlaces2, Etsy

You know how I’ve been focusing a lot on mixing up my workouts? My recent regular workouts haven’t been too far out of the norm for me, although I have made a concentrated effort to add more strength training in by utilizing the quick and easy (well, “easy to use,” anyway, not “easy to do”) line of weight machines at my gym (seriously, they set them up for you, help you set goals; all you have to do is, you know, do the work). There’s been a lot of swimming, biking and running. The usual.

But, I’ve made a few changes that I’m feeling pretty good about, and I’m hoping that maybe this will help someone else who might be feeling a little stuck in the workout routine (or lack thereof).

One: I spend a lot of time at my desk, using my computer. A lot. But, every day I have at least a couple of meetings that don’t require me to do a lot of typing or active stuff on the computer; as long as I can see or read the screen, I’m fine. Some days, half my day is spent in meetings like that, so I’ve decided to make better use of my time. I work in a few sets of squats, lunges, kicks…you get the idea. I don’t go so hard as to get out of breath; that would not be kosher on a conference call. Still, over the course of an hour, I can get a pretty good workout in, especially since that’s usually a bonus workout.

Two: I’ve started taking more walks. If I can get out early and walk a couple of miles with the dogs, that’s great, but if I can’t, I’m still trying to get outside a couple of times a day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes or so. I stretch my legs out, and, maybe more importantly, I give my eyes and brain a break from looking at the computer screen. The internet rarely breaks because I’ve stepped away for a few minutes, you know?

Three: I’m keeping my herbs alive! Not only alive, actually; some of them are positively thriving, and it won’t be long at all before I’m using my own fresh herbs in yummy summer dishes. I don’t know if that’s officially improving my health just yet, but just that small potential connection to the food I eat has made an impact on my attitude toward food. It might also have a little something to do with the summer weather and all the fresh veggies and fruits at the grocery store, but I’m definitely eating more mindfully. Thanks, little herbs!

You know what I see as the biggest success here? The fact that none of these things are requiring any sort of drastic alteration to my life. They’re small changes that I’m truly enjoying; I’m giving up nothing but getting so much out of it. Do you have any small changes like this that you’ve made (or would like to make)? —Kristen

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  1. Kay A. says:

    One thing that has been helping my posture and occasional pain in my hands from typing all day is periodic stretches. There are quick stretches that you can do right from your desk that do not take much time but can dramatically reduce the amount of soreness and pain in your hands, arms and back. Here’s a lifehacker article about some of these stretches: http://lifehacker.com/5643731/hourly-desk-stretches-relax-your-brain-and-body

  2. Small changes can make a big difference! Each week I try to introduce a new fruit or vegetable to my diet. That way I can expand my flavor palette and ensure that I am eating my fruits and veggies.

  3. Samantha Wallace says:

    A few months ago we cancelled our cable tv. Even though I was working out every day I was also sitting in front of the tv for atleast 2-3 hrs every evening. Since cancelling cable I spend more time being active.

    We have also recently added a new puppy to our little family. Now I am outside running around and playing with him making sure he gets his exercise in!

    I still watch my shows (Biggest Loser being my #1) but it is on my time and usually after the sun has gone down.

  4. rose says:

    I find that it helps me to write a menu for each day of the week. It helps me to keep track of what Im eating and when I’m eating, Plus it makes grocery shopping easier because you have all your meals planned out!

  5. If you want to get fit & have fun then why not try out a new sport? Netball is becoming increasingly popular, and provides a great workout which is fairly easy on the knees!