The Small Things

 

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Hola! My name is Adventures with Alexandra and I will be your guest blogger today. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Hey, everyone! When I’m not blogging over at Adventures with Alexandra, I am squeezing in time to eat right and workout between all of my other activities! This past week or so, I’ve been trying to come up with a list of small things one can do throughout the day to be healthier and fit. Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

1. Take the stairs!

Classic.

 

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Photo from here.

 

 

2. Park far away in parking lots and walk!

I recommend doing this one during the daytime only!

 

3. Wear ankle weights!

Our server the other night gave me this idea. She wears ankle weights as a workout during her shift – her doc actually recommended it!

 

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…so you can get awesome calves like this dude!

Photo from here.

 

4. Cut meals in half immediately upon receiving the food!

One reason restaurant meals have a lot more calories when compared to home cooked meals is because the portions are huge! By cutting your food in half and boxing it, you won’t see it and feel the need to eat it…unless you’re still hungry, of course! However, I think the “out of sight, out of mind” saying will likely kick in here.

 

5. If you don’t love eating leftovers, you can split meals with others instead.

 

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6. Keep liquid calories in mind!

My mom stopped drinking sweet tea and lost 10 pounds! I gave up soda as well and try to drink as much water as possible. Don’t like the boring taste? Soak some fruit (oranges are our fav!) in water overnight…mmm, mmm good!

 

7. Pack your lunch and snacks!

Bonus points for packing them the night before! This will save you more time in the morning. I suggest throwing a water bottle, protein bar, bag of trail mix, or piece of fruit in your bag to avoid any stops by fast food restaurants and/or vending machines throughout the day.

 

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8. Drink a glass of water before each meal!

I feel like everyone always mentions this tip, but it works! Sometimes when your body thinks it’s hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water and/or chewing a piece of gum before chowing down on a big meal or snack.

 

9. Do hourly exercises!

I’ve been doing hourly exercises a lot recently and they are a great way to fit in a workout throughout the day. You’ll be surprised by what you can actually accomplish! I either do a certain pre-planned amount of reps or as many reps as I can in one minute every hour. I’ve done lunges down the hall at work, I’ve used weights from Target, I’ve done push-ups on a yoga mat I stash in the corner of my office, I’ve walked at lunch, etc!

 

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True story.

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10. Plan workouts and meals ahead of time…I’m talking a week in advance!

If you can plan your workouts around your weekly social calendar, you will feel less stressed about fitting them in each day. Same goes for meals – you will know when you need to make meals in advance and/or take them with you. This will keep you from any late night fast food stops after work. It’s also good to plan ahead so you know when you need to hold off on some extra calories. For example, if you know you are going to a birthday party Friday night where there will be alcohol and birthday cake, then maybe you should hold off on diving into the sleeve of Girl Scout cookies at lunch.

 

I know Heather always has a QOTD, so here is mine – what small things do you do daily to stay healthy and fit? Let me know in the comments below!

I’d like to thank Heather for letting me take over her blog for the day. I hope she’s having a blast – I’m super jealy of her cruise! I might need to give her a call, so she can book me a Disney cruise ASAP! Also, if you have time today, be sure to check out my blog, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for reading!

Stay fit and fabulous,

Alexandra

Comments

  1. I’m intrigued – can you give more indeas of the “one minute exercises”? Lunges aren’t an option in my office (skinny skirts and heels! LOL) but I can close the door to my office and try something else…

    I’m lucky enough to have a Y on the lower level of my building so I try to either take a 40 minute class or get a 30 minute run in 4 or 5 times a week.

    Thanks for filling in!! :)

    • That’s awesome that you are able to run or take a class in the middle of the day! If you want to do the hourly exercises as well, I do – pushups, stretches, squats, planks, triceps, etc. I have some 5lbs and 10lbs weights I keep under my desk as well as a yoga mat so I don’t have to do anything on the floor. I do have to change up my exercises depending on my outfit that day as well! You should be able to google “office workouts” and find some great ideas that just use your chair and desk too! I hope this was helpful!

  2. Yes!!!
    The child and I play ONE MINUTE AND GO! And see who can do whatever she picks :-) as the exercise for one min.
    Usually we end up laughing, but…

  3. love the parking far away. i try to do that but sometimes it’s just SO tempting to look for that closer spot :)

  4. love these…and now I dont feel as goofy walking around w/my ankle weights all the time!

  5. Great suggestions!
    I try and do most of them already, although I still struggle with the 1 min of activity idea…
    At heart, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl, but working on changing that!

  6. This is a great list. I’m intrigued by the weights– I wonder if I could get away with that at work :) I found some great seated exercises on SparkPeople and I’m going to try to do them at work.

  7. Great tips. I’m definitely a stair taker and don’t mind parking far in the back of a lot (helps keep the car ding free too).

  8. Great ideas! I try to add extra movement wherever I can. I practice inefficiency so that I have to go up and down the stairs more often. (And drinking water helps with that too as there’s no bathroom on the main level of our house LOL)

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