One of my clients posted this article from Inc. Magazine called
While it is perfect for the business world, after reading it, I felt it is really perfect for just about any project we take on in our lives outside of the workplace as well.
Below is the first item on the list of 5 Ways to Be More Productive…
“WHO is responsible for getting the task done? Are you responsible? Is it something you need to do yourself, or can it be delegated? Sometimes you can outsource a task that would take you four times as long to do yourself, so be smart when answering this question.”
“Be smart when answering this question…..” Can you have someone else get fit for you? Well no you still have to put in the sweaty work but others can help you start. Everyone tells me it is hard to start a fitness routine because they just don’t know where to begin. No problem. Delegate that to someone else.
Here’s how: Use the resources you already have around you.
Ask your fit co-worker to give you a couple of simple exercise routines they have found to be effective. Most folks who are into a fit lifestyle love to talk about it and pass on what they enjoy doing.
You Tube it. There are so many great exercise routines out there complete with step by step instructions that you don’t need to even leave your house to get them done.
Ask your doctor to recommend some ways to start incorporating a fitness routine into your lifestyle. Your doctor is a great place to start because they know your medical history and have your best interests at heart.
Tah Dah! You have delegated the task of “not sure how to start or what to start with” by using resources around you for feedback. You don’t have to make up any routine. Just try something someone else has done and see if you like it.
Now you just need to go back 5 Ways to Be Productive and follow the rest of the list to make your new routine easy to accomplish so you can then move on to something really fun…like napping after your workout!
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When you are at yours doctors you are usually there for a reason; sore throat, bum knee, back pain. But the poster really does say it all. NEVER be afraid to ask questions regarding your lifestyle, well being, and how you can be an active participant in keeping healthy even if it has nothing to do with the immediate reason you are there.
It’s your life, your well being…get the most out of that Doctor’s visit!
One thing I love about being a personal trainer is the fact that I am always learning something new.
I had never heard of the MIND diet until about 2 hours ago. I was doing some research for a family member who has been diagnosed with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment). MCI can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s but it could also never progress to that point. It all depends on the genetics.
Enter the MIND diet. WebMD states that people who stuck to the MIND diet decreased their risk of Alzheimer’s by 54% and those that followed the diet some of the time still decreased the risk by 35%. Makes you wonder about the power of food in conjunction with a good fitness regime.
During the search I came across a list of foods to eat on the MIND diet and those to avoid.
You eat things from these 10 food groups:
Then I discovered this cookbook which I promptly asked my husband about because he is the cooking guru in our family. He was most intrigued. More from a food stand point than a health one but still…
Can these recipes make eating the above list enjoyable? Are they easy to prepare with ingredients you probably already have on hand? Will it really enhance brain power? Since I have no reference points on this at all because it is so new I would love to hear from any of you who may have tried this diet and/or cookbook and how you or a loved one like it. Feed back is awesome and will help in my own research for my family member. Comment below!
Sources: WebMD, Amazon.com
The American Heart Association has wonderful resources that you should check out if you are an older adult or a care giver of an older adult.
The poster above is a great example.
Great, you think, but I am middle aged and healthy or I am in my early 30’s and do Cross Fit so this really isn’t for me.
Oh how wrong you are. Print this poster out and put it at your desk or work station. While you are sitting there crunching numbers or helping a customer on the phone try some of the exercises listed. I bet you will find them more challenging then you think. Don’t think they are challenging at all? Good for you! Use them as part of your active rest routine.
My point is this…no matter who you are or where you are in life these exercises are basic, can be done anywhere, and don’t take much time. But they could save your life. Any movement that will get you up out of your chair or notch up your heart rate is good for heart health, muscle tone, and a part of a healthy life style.
If you are an older adult looking to start a fitness routine this is a great place to start. No fancy equipment (soup cans work great as weights), no going to the gym (your chair, bench, or front stoop will do the trick), and no excuses not to keep your self on the path of independent living.
If you are doing laundry as I am right this moment read this first. I am not even going to paraphrase it. The whole article from the Huffington Post is worth a read and has very helpful laundry tips.
I do know now though to switch out my sports bras when I switch out my sneaks!
Got other tips to make your workout gear last and smell nice? Leave a comment!
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