Exercise While Cleaning and Doing House Work

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All, Nothing, Or Multitasking?

One of the top reasons clients tell me they don’t exercise as much as they would like is because they can’t find the time. I get that. These days, people have become more and more busy; finding it hard to get that recommended 150 to 175 minutes of moderate cardio exercise per week.

That sounds like a lot of time. For the “all or nothing” thinkers, this is the end of it.

If I can’t do what I want, I might as well do nothing.

That’s when I want to shout “You’re making a misssttttaaaakkkkkeeee”

It sucks to be pulled in a million different directions. But saying “not right now” every day might as well be saying “never”. I gotta tell you, you’ll never make exercise a habit thinking like that. So what do you do instead?

Multitask It

I’m sure there are to-do items that are pretty mindless – like cleaning. The good news is you may be able to count on cleaning and chores as a part of your exercise time! Many chores are considered medium intensity cardio or strength training exercises.

First, Get The Right Energy

Put on some energizing music and dance to the beat while you do your chores. This music should be upbeat and some of your favorite Pandora station. Having music will keep you motivated, make the time go by faster, and allow you to have fun while doing housework.

Folding Laundry?

Keep the clothes basket on the floor and add in a squat (with the correct form—click here for a how-to) between each piece of clothing. Or do wall sits (30 to a minute intervals) while you are folding your laundry.

Squat as you pick up a laundry basket and put the laundry away.

Putting groceries away?

Lunge through the kitchen as you put each item away (correct form is key –here’s your how-to).

Vacuuming your entire house?

The forward and back motion is a great workout for your legs, abs and arms. Flex your muscles 1 at a time, beginning at your pelvis and moving into your upper abs, and keep them flexed (or tightened) for the entire duration of your vacuuming. Lunge and squat it out and hold it for a few seconds.

Sweeping or mopping your floors?

While sweeping your floor keep your abdominal muscles flex and squat rather than bend over if you need to get into a hard to reach space.

While your waiting for your food to be done!

Try finding a 15-30 minute workout you enjoy to do while you are cooking food that takes a while. Women’s Health magazine has a great Superfast Total-Body Workout, check it out to work every major muscle group in 15-minues (for dumbbells you can use cans).

Another workout you could try is this 20 Minute Living Room Workout from Happy Healthy Mama:

  • 15 squat jumps (how-to)
  • 5 push ups
  • 25 high knees (how-to)
  • 7 burpees (how-to)
  • 10 lunges (how-to)
  • 7 squats (how-to)
  • 5 push ups
  • 10 lunges
  • 5 push ups
  • 7 squats
  • 15 squat jumps
  • 1 minute wall sit (how-to)
  • 5 push ups
  • 25 high knees

Repeat 2-3 times

More Exercise While You Cook Ideas

While you are waiting for the microwave or water to boil, do squats and push-ups on the floor or against the wall, or simply march in place.

Do 10 push-ups or 1-minute planks while cooking your food. (How-to-do planks on Greatist).

Do calf raises as you set the table, plate food, or wash the dishes. Even better, have someone else clean up so you can grab a few minutes to do a 7-minute workout. If you have more time, repeat it.

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Have Stairs? Take Them.

Run or walk up and down your stairs 5-10 times – set up your schedule of chores to maximize the times you go up and down the stairs.

Errands? Be Your Own People Mover

Use your body as the vehicle to run errands on foot. Instead of driving to the store, walk! Think of the pros: it’s better for the environment, better for your health, and saves money on gas. If walking to the store isn’t an option, park as far from the door as possible to get an extra bit of walking in.

At Work? Move It. 

You can literally make about just any activity, more active! You can get extra movement in things you are already doing. Instead of shooting someone an email, deliver the message in person. Change your desk meeting into a walk and talk meeting to fit in work and movement at the same time.

If you are one of those people who work through your lunch, what if you ran an errand and took your lunch break to enjoy yourself instead of slogging through that hour or half-hour? You’ll get some physical activity AND self-care, both of which will help you be more productive in the long-run.

Going through a seemingly endless inbox or stuck at your office desk all day? Stand on foot while you check your emails or do your work.

 Whew, I’m Tired Just Sharing These Ideas… What are yours?

Join the #Spring2Wellness Challenge Today (3 more weeks left)

Spring (1)Since the start of spring, over 1,000 people have been enjoying their time learning new tips for motivation, recipes and workouts absolutely FREE with my latest challenge, “Spring 2 Wellness.”

It’s not to late to join in. We have three more weeks left of weekly challenge emails. Sign up here.

After you complete it, I’ll be sharing my 7-day “feel good guide” (also free). Then you’ll get messages from me ongoing 1-2 times a month, with some of my favorite tools, tips and resources right to your inbox.

Read on if you would like to catch up and get some wellness in your life instantly! Next challenge goes out Friday April 25th,

Spring 2 Wellness Week 1

Week 1 was all about goal setting.

Your intention is your commitment to take action. Start by (1) get a clear on what you want and why you want it and (2) WRITE IT DOWN or it isn’t happening.

I will ______ on (or by) ________.

Check out this link for more goal setting tips 9 Habits For a Happier Healthier Life

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Spring2Wellness Week 2

Week 2: plan, plan, plan.

You know the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Even if you can eek by without planning, imagine how much more could you get done with healthy living if you plan. You save time, you’re more clear on your goals, and you’re more likely to stick to them when you feel like bailing.

Learn how to meal plan like a boss.  Meal planning makes grocery shopping much more efficient (saving you time and money), and keeps your mind set on eating healthy.

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Spring2Wellness Week 3

Week 3: Move to the rhythm of the work out

Turn something dreadful into something less dreadful.  Let’s face it, you may not feel like working out at all.  It’s tiring, takes up time or uncomfortable.  It’s OK.  Do it anyway.

Use music as a distraction and it can make your workouts more fun.  Think of some of your favorite songs, create a play list, and I dare you not to move to them!

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Spring2Wellness Week 4

Week 4’s challenge was all about meditation.

While I love yoga, I could never seem to get into meditation. My brain is constantly thinking, moving from one idea to the next. Trying to control or stop my thoughts seems like the opposite of what I am supposed to do.

However, after trying to give my self 1 to 5 minutes every morning to just do nothing, I could see how it helped me feel more positive and energized for a great day. I got a real boost to my health and happiness.

I wrote an article published on US News: Health, check it out, it talks more about Mediation and how and why you should try it.

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Spring2Wellness Week 5

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Spring Clean Your Kitchen: Food Ideas and a Free Tip Sheet

Happy Spring! 

happy-47083_640I’m sitting outside soaking up the 70 degree sun (and getting some much needed vitamin D). I hope you are enjoying some warmer weather wherever you are.

We all need a little “sprucing up” after a long dark winter. I spent part of my weekend giving my kitchen a “refresh” and then I shared some food ideas on TV.

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Below you will find my TV clip, some easy snacking and food prep tips, and links.

(disclosure: Applegate, Sargento, Wonderful Pistachios, Body Armor, and Vitafusion are clients of mine. I was compensated for TV.)

Applegate HALF TIME Natural and Organic Snack Kit

This snack is the first nationally available natural and organic pre-packed lunch and snack kit.  It’s a great way to eat healthier with the busy lifestyle spring brings; sports, road trips, and living on the go. HALF TIME group shot

The Applegate Half Time snack option means parents don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience. Kids on average snack at least 3 times a day so the Applegate half time is a great option to have.

Half Time comes in three varieties with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  The meat has no added nitrates and is antibiotic free. When you compare the nutrition to other pre-packed kits, Applegate HALF TIME has less sodium and fat but more protein. There are three options: turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, and bologna and cheese.

Sargento: Portable Protein and Portion Control 

“Sweet Dreams are made of Cheese…” 
SringCheese_OriginalPeople love cheese and I love recommending Sargento Natural Cheese Snacks – a natural source of protein that keeps you fueled and satisfied.

The Sargento Natural String Cheese Snacks has to be one of my favorites.  It has 8g of protein per serving—that is more protein than a serving of almonds or a hard-boiled egg.  They also help you stay fueled when you are on the go, without sacrificing taste.

Here are some ways I like to eat them: I like paring the Sharp Cheddar with blueberries and carrots; Pepper Jack paired with shelled edamame; and string cheese made into Caprese skewers.

For more smart snack ideas visit sargento.com/snacks

Put Wonderful Pistachios On Your Desk and Counter

One of my favorite nuts to have on hand are Wonderful Pistachios.  Every one-ounce serving has six grams of plant-powered protein and three grams of fiber, which may help you, stay full for longer. WP flavors packshot

Plus, with nearly 90% “good-for-you” unsaturated fats, pistachios are a healthier snack choice when you are craving a crunchy treat.  When you crack open pistachios, you will notice vibrant green and purple hues.  These are the antioxidants present in the nuts.

Try all the Wonderful varieties including roasted and salted, sweet chili, and no salt added. Get a coupon and watch their hilarious videos at www.GetCrackin.com

Upgrade Your Sports Drink With Body Armor

It’s not just about the food, this spring.  We can’t forget exercise and especially hydration.

Potassium packed sports drink, no artificial ingredients.

Potassium packed sports drink, no artificial ingredients.

If you are an athlete or have a very active child, you might benefit from more than just plain water especially activity over 60 minutes.  I often get asked, what the best sports drink is for their active child and I always recommend Body Armor.

Body Armor has no artificial ingredients and is low in sodium – unlike other sports drinks.  This sports drink is packed with potassium electrolytes and vitamins than any other sports drink, and it’s made with coconut water.

Try these five great tasting flavors such as, fruit punch, orange mango, and strawberry banana.

Cover Your Bases With Vitafusion

VF_MultiVitesDespite our best intentions for healthy eating, we don’t always hit our vitamin and mineral targets.  Taking a good multivitamin can help you cover those bases.

I love Vitafusion Multivites – one serving of two gummies provides a fusion of essential vitamins, minerals and natural fruit flavors in a delicious gummy.  Vitafusion is actually the #1 adult gummy vitamin brand rooted in the belief that healthy habits should also be enjoyable so you keep doing them.

The great thing about these vitamins is that they are made in the U.S. with no artificial colors or flavors.  They are also easy to take—you don’t even need water.

Another Vitafusion I like is Biotin, which provides an excellent source of this essential B vitamin important for skin health.

For kids 2+ years, the gummy vitamin is Lil Critters and has the same great quality as the adult version.


(disclosure: Applegate, Sargento, Wonderful Pistachios, Body Armor, and Vitafusion are clients of mine. I was compensated for TV.)

 

We’re Up! #Spring2Wellness Challenge is On – Are You In?

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I am so excited to kick off my #Spring2Wellness Challenge and share fun and easy tips with you all! it’s not too late to sign up! If you need to get over a winter slump and want more energy, more fun, and more happiness! Come on and join the party!

What Do I Get, Rebecca?

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This is Not A Diet Plan

This is simply a way to challenge yourself to become healthier. I will not tell you “tips to lose weight.” Instead, I will be sharing my personal experiences and tips, recipes and more!

For example, I know that almost everybody LOVES avocados; they are yummy and offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving. So I want to share with you a great little article I found that shares 7 different ways to use (eat) avocados! Check it out: http://bit.ly/1CM8rDG

If you aren’t familiar with my non-diet approach to healthy living, read more about my philosophy and check out what others say testimonials from real clients.

Let’s Get It Started – Goal Setting

Last week, I asked #Spring2Wellness challengers to set a goal and what you want out of this.

You Can Do It: Write a personal mission statement.

A personal mission statement helps you decide at critical moments in your day what to do with your time and energy. It describes what type of person you want to be and what you want to achieve in your life. It can be as simple and short as one sentence.

Here’s mine I’m using for the challenge:

Give myself the tools I need to do my work and be there for my family with energy, compassion, and love!

This personal mission will help me focus on the importance of eating well, sleeping, and getting joyful exercise, even if it is super short, as in a 10 minute workout – better than zero, right?

Without a personal mission statement, our lives can seem chaotic, overly busy, with no real focus or drive.

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Balance Your Plate Better: My Food Tips for National Nutrition Month

(Disclosure: National Peanut Board, Post Grape Nuts FIT, Nestlé, and Genova Seafood are clients of mine. I was not compensated to write this blog posts.)


March is National Nutrition Month which means it’s time to celebrate with the theme“bite into a healthy lifestyle”.  I’m thrilled to share these ideas — they’re easy, fun, and delicious and perfect for all occasions!

WBAL TV 11 March 14, 2015

WBAL TV 11 March 14, 2015

Check out my recent segment on NBC WBAL TV 11 and read on to get my tips and recipes you need to balance your plate better – and it’s not hard!

Add Peanuts and Peanut Butter Anywhere

Use peanuts and peanut butter anywhere.

Use peanuts and peanut butter anywhere.

Peanuts and peanut butter are a smart choice for any meal, any time of day. Have a handful as a snack, top a piece of wheat toast or wheat pancake, stir in your oatmeal or smoothie – they are so convenient and easy.

Peanuts have more energy-boosting protein than ANY other nut with 7 grams protein per serving PLUS over 30 vitamins and nutrients. Peanuts are also an affordable source of protein, which anyone on a budget surely can appreciate.

Both my girls are eating real food now (they grow up so fast!) Both love to “dip” and I made up a super easy dip that taste great with fruits and veggies.  Simply stir 2 tablespoons of peanut butter into 1/2 cup yogurt or Greek yogurt and dip your kids favorites. Let them help make it and taste it if they are old enough.

Get more creative recipe ideas at www.NationalPeanutBoard.org

 Try Grape Nuts FIT Granola

Everyone loves granola and I’m digging the taste and crunch of this new Grape-Nuts FIT granola, which is a good source of fiber, provides 30 g of whole grains and has 9g of protein per serving.GrapeNutsFit225

Made with crunchy Grape-Nuts nuggets, puffed barley, and cranberries, it’s a nutritious way to fuel your everyday adventures and your workouts.

Try it with Greek yogurt, milk or oatmeal for a power-packed breakfast or snack. You also might like it on it’s own. Instead of running to the vending machine in that afternoon energy slump, try a couple handfuls of this granola and get re-energized without the crash.

Get more information and recipes at www.GrapeNuts.Com

 

Balance Your Plate 

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I enjoy working with Nestlé on their “Balance Your Plate” education campaign. The idea is to pair frozen prepared foods with vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins for a balanced meal.

Mac and cheese is a family favorite, including mine. But I don’t always have the time to make it homemade.  Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese has freshly-made pasta and real cheddar cheese.

I love these Stouffer’s Classic Mac Cups because they are conveniently portioned with 10g protein, no preservatives, and they cook in about 3 minutes!

On a busy weeknight, the Classic Mac Cups can be an easy and tasty component of your family’s meal. Serve it with any vegetable. My girls love broccoli and we say “mac and cheese with little trees” when we eat this (cute, huh?) Then pick your protein. I happen to like grilled chicken with this dish. Then, serve up some fruit for dessert and you have yourself a simple and easy balanced plate.

For more information about the Nestlé Balance Your Plate, visit www.NestleUSA.Com/balance.

Upgrade Your Tuna with Genova Seafood  

Higher quality food is more satisfying and enjoyable, making eating healthier more fun. Genova is premium quality seafood with three simple ingredients – wild-caught Yellowfin tuna fillets, a touch of salt and just enough olive oil.

Chilled grilled vegetables with Genova tuna.

Chilled grilled vegetables with Genova tuna.

The simplicity of the ingredients make Genova uniquely satisfying – whether you simply top it on your salad at lunch or use it as an ingredient at your next dinner party.

Because Genova is a premium quality tuna, it’s a favorite of local foodies and culinary experts.

Try chilled grilled vegetables with tuna and tuna with black lentils – both of these recipes and many more yummy ideas for tuna are available at www.GenovaSeafood.Com

 

 


(Disclosure: National Peanut Board, Post Grape Nuts FIT, Nestlé, and Genova Seafood are clients of mine. I was not compensated to write this blog posts.)