Works for Me Wednesday–Sneaky Exercise

wfmwsmall2.jpgI have a hard time fitting exercise in, even though I do like to work out. (I know, I’m a weirdo.) I try to get in ten minutes each morning so that I feel like I’m off to a good start. Then if that’s all I can do that day, at least I did something. Usually that motivates me to do more exercise later in the day. For the ten minutes, I usually do crunches and other ab work, pushups, and some stretching.

If I missed my morning ten minutes, or if I don’t have time to do more later, I’ll try to sneak in some exercise during the day. While I’m waiting for water to boil, I’ll do squats. If I get time to watch some TV in the evening, I’ll try to stretch or do crunches during the commercials. While my daughter plays in the tub, I’ll do standing leg lifts and pushups against the sink. I’d do something while I brush my teeth, but I’m not that coordinated!

You could also try having an exercise “trigger.” Like at every stop light, you’ll hold in your abs for 30 seconds. Or you can only talk on the phone if you walk around while talking.  I have a thing where, when we go to get the mail, I have to push my daughter in her little toy car 2 laps around the yard. She enjoys it and I get some easy exercise (and we usually end up doing about 5 laps!). While these things might not get you in marathon-shape, it’s a good way to fit in some sneaky exercise!

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Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 11:46 am  Comments (10)  

Works For Me Wednesday–Better Brown Rice

WFMWOkay, so I’m trying to eat healthier. Trying is the operative word here. Curly Haired Husband will eat just about anything, but neither of us likes plain brown rice. Or at least not the way I cook it. So I started adding just a little bit of low sodium soy sauce as I cook it. It tastes so much better! And I figure the brown rice part balances out the soy sauce part. So it’s like a neutral food.

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Published in: on March 19, 2008 at 7:36 pm  Comments (3)