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    Common Exercise Obstacles

    Like any new change, increasing your exercise routine can be hard to stick with it. Determine what your obstacles are, think about small steps you can take and develop a strategy to overcome them. In time, this will become your new normal.

    Not Enough Time

    Schedule time in your calendar to work-out just like you would a meeting or appointment.  You can also add short ten-minute walks or other activity three times during the day if you don’t have time for a full workout.

    Exercise is Boring

    Choose activities you enjoy! You don’t have to just run on a treadmill to get a good workout. Go on walks with friends, enroll in a swim class, or go to group workout classes.

    Self-Conscious of Appearance

    Don’t get negative with yourself! Focus on your strength after your workout and all the benefits you’re gaining. You can also avoid the crowd by running in the mornings or doing an exercise video at home versus going to a gym.

    Too Tired

    Regular exercise will give you energy! Try working out first thing in the morning or pack your gym bag and head straight to the gym after work so you don’t have a chance to go home and get comfortable on the couch.

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    Nurturing Kids and Family

    There was a favorite book that I’d read to my children, “Love You Forever”, by Robert N. Munsch.  In it’s playful story of the lifecycle of mother and son, it is a reminder of the precious gift of the parent and child relationship.

    “I love you forever…I love you for always…as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be…”

    So lovely!

    But, as the book points out, parenthood is stressful. Regardless of age and day activities, the world demands a lot from us.

    We can’t eliminate the stress.  We can’t hide from the world.  The challenge is building a family environment…a family culture…ways and patterns for dealing with stress.

    Remember the mantra encouraging “quality over quantity” in time with kids?  But, sometimes quality can’t be achieved without quantity.  Kids are not light switches, they don’t turn on and off on a schedule. In my endeavor to create “quality time” for my family, I tended to place an unreasonable expectation on all of us.

    Then one day, I got over myself.

    I knew that I entered every weekend tired and yearning for a little quiet time.  My ears were over-stimulated, my mind was over-loaded and my nerves were on edge.

    So, why wouldn’t I think my kids weren’t having the same issues entering the weekend?

    Once I considered they were just mini-me’s, I focused less on what and more on how with my kids.  It didn’t mean we became a picture perfect family, but it meant the bonds of our family strengthened.

    The weekend is coming.  Assess the calendar.  What is the plan?  How can you approach the activities with your kids – finding that balance in time and activities, talk more, do healthy and let down the protective force fields.

    It’s less about the what and more about the how!

  • Fitness, Get Healthy!, Healthy Living, Wellness

    Mindful Eating

    Mindful eating is all about being aware of the foods you are consuming. It involves tuning into your thoughts and emotions towards foods and allowing your body to tell when you are hungry not your feelings.

    • Some tips on mindful eating:Put the fork down between each biteDrink water before and during your meal

      Turn off the TV and focus on what you are eating

      Eat at the table and from a plate (not a bag)

      Taste your food and enjoy all the flavors and textures

      Eat your favorite food last

      Plan for tomorrow