You’ve got resolutions, goals and oodles of motivation. Now, you just need a few extra tools to help make sure you stay on track and keep those resolutions rocking way past January! Where to start? Check out my favorite items that I use almost everyday to stay healthy and stay fit, because like it or not, the New Year will be here sooner than you think!
Eyeballing a half-cup serving size of ice cream can easily turn into a cup and then some. When you stop guesstimating your proportions and start measuring, you cut off a few calories here and there that add up big by the day’s end. I’ve had these Pourfect Measuring Cups in my kitchen for the last two years, and they’re still going strong. I measure out a serving of chips, a cup of frozen fruit in my smoothie, and my oats for Overnight Oats among many other things. Plus, I like that they pour perfect with no spillage! (I have the green color – love them!)
We love winter for its hot cocoa, snowballs, and sweater weather, but we don’t love winter’s short days and long nights. Why? The sun is extremely important for maintaining our body’s vitamin D levels which in turn improves our level of serotonin, a mood-boosting neurotransmitter! If you feel sluggish or tired, it could be low levels of Vitamin D. And yes, there are some foods that contain Vitamin D. But, if you aren’t drinking a lot of milk or eating lots of fresh water fish, you may want to make sure to add a Vitamin D supplement to your daily vitamins to beat the winter blues, like this one from Trader Joe’s!
Since working out is a key player in the weight loss game, it’s a bummer when you’re stuck on the couch because of soreness and tightness. Instead of crossing your fingers that the aches go away by tomorrow’s boot camp class, grab this Gaiam Restore Total Body Massage Roller and give your self a full-body rubdown that increases circulation and reduces muscle soreness. I’ve traveled with my massage stick for the last few years. It also fits easily in a gym bag for a quick post-workout massage in the locker room or stretching area!
If you swapped your daily can of Coke for a glass of water, you would save 51,000 calories a year. That’s about 12 pounds, folks. Make this little change a reality by always having a water bottle at your side, at your desk, in your car, in your gym bag…you get the picture. Don’t leave that baby behind! I’m personally attached at the hip to my Lifefactory Glass Bottle. I love that it is made of BPA-free materials, has a handle for easy carrying, and comes in a rainbow of colors. And don’t forget, you are doing the landfills a favor by having a reusable water bottle. I never imagined when I was little that we’d all be paying for our drinking water and now approximately 50 billion bottles of water are being bought each year, with 80 percent ending up in a landfill even though recycling programs exist.
The 10-Minute Rule
We all have those days that we just don’t want to workout. But, if you say, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” chances are that “tomorrow” will turn into next week and next week will turn into next month. To avoid this slippery slope of skipped workouts, make yourself put on your tennis shoes and move for just 10 minutes. After 10 minutes if you still don’t want to workout, stop. You burned calories! If you want to keep going, which chances are you will, then go for another 10 minutes. My online membership based streaming service, Get Healthy U TV means you can workout anytime, anywhere to a variety of workouts from yoga to cardio to strength and several of them are just 10 minutes! Do one 10-minute workout when you’re not feeling it and go for longer on days you are ready to kill it!
Let’s face it. When you look good, you feel good. Feel good (and get motivated!) at the gym with a few new pieces of workout gear in your collection for the new year. There are so many new technical fabrics that wick your sweat; new styles that hide muffin tops; and bright colors and patterns that are fun. All body types can rock the styles out there now so come on girl friends and embrace a new outfit or two. I love these funky yoga pants, this super cute hoodie for outdoor workouts and this awesome racerback tank!
If you don’t have a stability ball, it’s time to get one. Keep one at your office to sit on for half of the day (or the full day if you can!) to challenge your balance and core while you’re typing away and keep one at home to do a workout when you don’t have time to go to the gym. I’ve demonstrated all the exercises you can do here with just this big bouncy ball! You’ll be surprised at all the muscles you can work with this one tool.
Activity trackers have been hot for a few years and are not going anywhere anytime soon! One of my favorites is the Jawbone UP24 Band. If you sit too long, your wrist will vibrate to remind you to move. If your quality of sleep is lacking, the band will wake you up at the optimal moment in your sleep cycle to feel the most refreshed. Oh, and your steps, exercise, calories burned, and food can also be tracked or logged. Basically, a personal trainer on your wrist helping you conquer your New Year’s resolutions! PS: It pairs to a pretty cool app that makes your data easy to review and assess. I love the pink color but the basic black goes with everything.
Dumbbells stashed under your bed or behind a couch are super handy to whip out whenever want to do strength training. Do I need to remind you the benefits of strength training for your metabolism? Muscle burns more calories at a resting heart rate than body fat does. More muscle, more calories burned every day. The word “skinny” is so old school. Today, it’s about being “strong!” Body weight exercises are great, but sometimes it’s good to try adding a little external resistance as well. Do bicep curls and tricep dips during your favorite TV shows or make a pact to do five minutes of lunges and squats while holding the weights every other day. Little bouts of activity in between your normally scheduled workouts will add up big. If you’re just getting started with fitness, these Tone Fitness dumbbells are the perfect set for home! If you need something heavier, check out your local sporting goods store.
You’ve seen my healthy picks…what tools am I missing that you love? Share below!