We are all social distancing and staying at home, but that doesn’t mean our fitness and wellness goals need to take a back seat. In fact, I’ve found myself with a reinvigorated, more creative outlook on my fitness journey. Here are 4 things I’m doing to stay fit and well right at home.
1. AM WORKOUTS
Of course, we are all trying to workout consistently, but I’ve intentionally switched my workouts to take place in the morning. My workouts have always been my greatest source of positivity and a huge stress relief. If you think of exercise as a happy pill, it only makes sense to take it as soon as you can each day.
HOME WORKOUT MOTIVATION TIP:
One of my greatest obstacles with home workouts is the mental motivation. When I go to the gym, I can easily flip the switch from life to fitness. At home, it’s a bit trickier for me. I just started taking a pre-workout supplement a little over 1 month ago (THIS is the one I take). Previously, I was using coffee to energize before a workout, but this pre-workout contains specific ingredients that enhance my workout. I notice focus energy, a greater muscle pump, and better recovery. Most of all, I go from not wanting to workout to BAMB- workout motivation 20 minutes after taking this.
If you want the nitty gritty details on the pre-workout I take + more specifics on the benefits, read THIS blog post
2. SMOOTHIES FOR ADDED HEALTH BENEFITS
There are so many pros to working at home but one of the cons is that I have the ability to eat everything in site (and some days I do, ha!). I am a regular smoothie drinker but lately, I’ve been making 1 per day as an afternoon treat to curb my cravings. One of my favorite desserts is a Dairy Queen Banana Split Blizzard and this is my healthier twist.
BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE:
1 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops vital proteins collagen peptides (unflavored or vanilla)
1 tbsp dark chocolate or cacao nibs
*combine + blend
*for more ice cream consistency, add ice and use less milk
This is a great place to sneak in extra health benefits. I add collagen peptides (THESE) to mine. The powder is tasteless, or you can get flavored ones like vanilla or dark chocolate blackberry. It provides 18 grams of collagen and 20 grams of protein! For me, collagen is a staple for bone and joint support, and the hair/skin/nail health benefits are an added bonus too! I do a few smoothies where I sneak in spinach too!
You can read more about my experience + results after taking collagen consistently for 90 days HERE
3. EXTRA TIME ON DINNER PREP
There are no errands (except for the essentials) to be run or places to be out and about at, right?! The silver lining is that we have extra time at home and can put that time towards productive things.
I’ve been dedicating an extra 15 minutes or so to making dinner each night. Most nights our dinners are an absolute scramble to the finish line, so its been nice to put in a little extra time.
EXTRA TIME TO:
Try a new recipes
Enjoy a dinner that make require a bit of extra time
Double up on the recipe to have a meal for the following day
Make a sweet treat for after dinner
I’ve found that a little bit of extra time and effort put towards my dinner helps me enjoy it more and feel really satisfied.
A DINNER WE’VE BEEN LOVING LATELY:
(insert blog recipe)
4. VITAMIN D
Sun exposure is the most natural way to get Vitamin D. I aim for just 10-30 minutes a few times per week but really aim for every day. Our skin contains molecules that actually synthesizes vitamin d when they are activated by the sun’s UVB rays.
VITAMIN D ROLES:
- helps calcium build strong bones
- regulates the immune system
- plays a major role in the life cycle of human cells
I am a big believe because a few minutes in the fresh air and sunshine and I feel refreshed.
*thank you to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post