I’m still tweaking what works best for sharing good things with you while still living life beyond the blog, so in lieu of the monthly fitness newsletter I started a few months ago, I’m going to share a monthly fitness inspiration post, with all those things I would’ve shared in the newsletter.
I choose to live fit in order to live fully. As a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I’m committed to helping others do the same. But as a working mom and homeschooler, I realize healthy living has to work with real life, too.
“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~Mark Twain
The latest studies show that running 30 minutes, 5 times each week decreases cellular aging by NINE YEARS! You can get the same benefits from biking, strength training, or other exercise, but it must be enough to be considered a “high level” of weekly activity.
Another study shows that HIIT (high-intensity interval training) can reduce your breast cancer risk by 17%. In order to get this benefit, you’ll need to get in 75 minutes of high intensity exercise each week, or 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
more inspiration from around the web:
- Why you should minimize the time you spend sitting
- Why strength training is SO important as you start aging
- 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly
- Start a gratitude journal for a healthier you
healthy living tips you can use:
Did you know that just two nights of sleep loss is enough to trigger slowing of your metabolism and an increase in hunger? Yep. Sleep is a BIG priority, y’all! It’s also one of the best ways for your body to recover from your workouts, so if you’re feeling extra sore, try getting more sleep.
If you haven’t already done so, try to get into a routine that tells your brain and body it’s almost time to sleep. Stay off your computer or smart phone, don’t watch tense/exciting television right before bed, and work on making your bedroom a welcoming place. I do this by having nice bed linens and pillows, and decorating with calm colors. Be sure to watch your caffeine intake in the afternoons, too; the perk-up effect of caffeine can take up to 6 hours to wear off!
(That’s a toast I learned in high school Spanish class, meaning “to your health!”)