Today’s FUN topic is: Keep it Simple! How Do You Simplify Active Living to Make it a Sustainable Lifestyle?
I thought about it for a while and realized this is a great question! Active Living can’t just be about when you’re training for a race, or trying to lose a couple pounds, it’s got to be an entire lifestyle and the best way to ensure it’s a life-long lifestyle is to Keep it Simple!
Here are the ways I have learned to simplify Active Living
FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Rise – Shine – Run! No time to think about it. No time to wonder if you’ll have enough hours in the day. Just do it! Have you ever regretted getting your workout done first thing in the morning? I didn’t think so! Besides, while working out, especially if on a run, you can plan out the rest of your day therefore killing two birds. First thing in the morning workouts get you on schedule right from the start. You’ll be more likely to make healthier eating choices and you’ll just plain feel happier. Starting the day off with a good sweat helps you be ready to take on the day without having to try to fit in your workout after work, after dinner, after errands, whatever!
SOCIAL WORKOUT HOUR
You want to workout. You want to visit with your friends. You have a family. You have work. You have errands. You have housework. How about combining where you can? I am fortunate to have friends that enjoy working out and socializing at the same time. Sometimes it’s a nice walk around the harbor with coffee in hand. Sometimes it’s running our favorite path, but at a chattable pace or side-by-side on the Elliptical machines. If we take a class at the gym, we take a quick stop at the coffee shop together on our way home. However it goes down, it’s an even better start to the day than just a workout alone. We do still enjoy our non-workout hang-outs but during the busy week, we rely on our Social Workout Hours.
AS LONG AS YOU MOVE – IT’S ALL GOOD!
I used to be bummed out all day long if I didn’t stick with my workout plan. Stick with whatever I had mapped out for the week. There’s no need for that kind of stress! If something comes up, which it frequently does, no big deal…there’s always tomorrow. If I miss a morning workout, I forget about it, enjoy the day, and just try to move even more. Wearing a Fitbit or Nike + Fuel Band let’s me know that I’m still cruising in the right direction. Sometimes, I turn my RunKeeper on just to see how many miles I actually do walk during any given day. It’s not the end of the world to miss an actual workout, being physically active can happen all day long, no matter what you’re doing! I’m sure it won’t be this bad………….
Choose activities that support your active lifestyle. In the past, a typical date night for my husband and myself used to go something like this…dinner at a favorite restaurant followed by a movie. I don’t think we even consciously changed this routine but we haven’t done that in forever! Now our typical “date night” is cooking and eating dinner at home (usually healthier choices at home) followed by a walk down by the beach to catch the sunset, around the harbor, or through the park. We walk and talk for hours. It’s casual (unlike a training run), relaxing, and makes us both feel great! And look at last night’s sunset! I rather this than a movie any day of the week!
What ways have you found to make active living a life-long lifestyle?