23 May 2012

Jumpstart Your Motivation

Tired of running through the same exercise and drill?  Regret that you ate three brownies or kept digging in the potato chip bag?  Feel tired and empty of energy and enthusiasm?  

It takes work to establish new habits and resist temptation, to make time for exercise and prepare healthy food.  Work is work, but it pays off in a healthier, stronger you.  So make it fun!  

Here are five ideas to help you rediscover the rich experience of whole, fresh foods and a new adventure in exercise.
  1. Designate an evening this week to enjoy the rich experience of cooking a soup from scratch or stir up some risotto and pair it with a big salad.  Try these recipe from Cooking Light http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/southwestern-chicken-soup-10000001120320/  or http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/smoked-gouda-risotto-with-spinach-mushrooms-10000000225093/
  2. Set a new challenge to test your fitness.  Find a race in your area and train for it, or register for a HOT Yoga class at the local Y or Community Recreation Center.  Search for a race at Runner’s World http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/racefinder/             
  3. Visit a local farmers market for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers this summer.  In Ohio, markets usually open in early June.  Here’s a link to find a market near you http://www.simplesteps.org/eat-local/farmers-markets?gclid=CLyc9O2jlrACFUFo4AodwlUt3g
  4. Visit your local park to bike the trails, kayak or hike the terrain.  Engage the whole family and go on an outdoor treasure hunt! http://www.geocaching.com/  Tip: bring your bug spray.
  5. Bike to school or work.  In our community, a local bike shop sponsored a three-week “bike to school” challenge in May.  But why stop in June?  Learn more about the National Bike Challenge at http://nationalbikechallenge.org/join.html               
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty. – Voltaire

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