(A Lot Of) December Health Tips

Health

I’m happy to announce that I’m here with our final health tips for 2016!

Before I share the tips, I have a confession to make; something I realized about myself this summer when I was packing my things to move to a new condo.

MY NAME IS SARAH AND I POSSESS HOARDER-LIKE TENDENCIES.

Notice I didn’t say “I AM A HOARDER.” I’m truly not a full-fledged hoarder. However, in some aspects of life I hang on to way too much stuff. (Example: I stopped buying groceries approximately 4 weeks before I moved, and I still had food to move.)

What does my hoarding have to do with the December Health Tips, you ask? Great question! I unintentionally hoarded a whole bunch of tips from the Popsugar article I’ve been referring to throughout the year. So, congratulations, readers! Thanks to my tip-hoarding, here are a whole bunch of health tips that you can work on yet this year and bring with you to the new year!

  • Do squats while brushing your teeth. I am not in this habit, but it’s a decent challenge/idea.
  • Make overnight oats so you have breakfast ready for you in the morning. Oatmeal has GOT to be one of the best breakfasts ever. Overnight oats are super delicious; another good option is baked oatmeal.
  • Schedule an at-home workout. Heck, how about this: schedule ALL of your workouts. Each weekend I plan out the four times I will work out the following week. I find this to be key in fitness. On busy weeks, I have to plan ahead and go to the gym before work. When weeks are less busy, I space out my workouts so I’m not too sore by workout four.
  • Sleep eight hours a night for a week. Challenge accepted. I love beauty sleep. 🙂
  • Take healthy snacks to work. I back this tip 100%. Some snacks I recommend are: granola bars or protein bars (I’ve posted about my bar obsession here, but since then Luna and Cliff have released a few bars with lower sugar so check them out too!); Greek yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, popcorn, or healthy smoothies.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you. I do this and I highly recommend it for all! Side note, I need to WASH my reusable water bottle on a much more regular basis. (2017 New Year’s Resolution?)
  • When you are cold, don’t turn up the heat. Instead, do 10 push-ups. I have never thought to do this before but I am going to accept this as a challenge.
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Whenever possible, I get in my first workout on Sunday. That way, I only have to find time for three more workouts for the rest of the week!

I hope some of these tips have inspired you. I know that I will be challenged this month and in 2017 with these!

May your days be merry and bright, and healthy and happy!

Cheers,

SJ

 

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November Health Tips

Life

Friends and family, we have finally made it to November 2016. What a fun-filled-action packed month this is shaping up to be, including the World Series, the presidential election, the CMAs and with Starbucks distributing first green and then red cups!

I am going back to the basics with two health tips this month. I’m continuing with these ideas from the Popsugar article. I’m trying to be realistic when I choose the tips to make sure they’re do-able. (As opposed to 95% of the ideas on Pinterest of all the fancy and heavily detailed recipes, workout routines, crafts, events, etc.)

Tip 1: drink lemon water. The article says to begin your day with lemon water, but I would recommend drinking lemon water any time of the day. When I had a cold this summer, I found lemon water to be unbelievably refreshing. Lemon obviously also adds flavor to water, so adding lemon helps reach your daily water-drinking goals.

Tip 2: make your own salad dressing. I try really hard to keep my meal prep as simple and healthy as possible. Healthy and simple do not always go together and salad dressing is a great example of this! Friends, beware because there are some straight-up bad for you salad dressings and using them will (in my opinion) completely contradict your salad eating efforts. I am aware that there are some truly healthy dressings in grocery stores. However, if you want to be super healthy and keep things simple, you have another option! Use a little olive oil with apple cider vinegar as your dressing and you won’t be disappointed. Another bonus of this clever option is that you just might already have both ingredients in your pantry!

I challenge you to try one or both of these ideas this month!

August Health Tip

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I’m back with the Popsugar Easy Health Resolutions but everything I have to say today will fall under a single topic. Watch how my brain works here:

  • Tip encourages readers to try veganism for a day
  • I associate Carrie Underwood with vegans
  • Carrie Underwood is #goals when it comes to nutrition, health and fitness

Need I say more? Carrie Underwood is a healthy eater, she works out, and she looks amazing! Oh, and she has a fitness line too.

I recently learned that Carrie Underwood actually stopped being a vegan while she was pregnant, and I’m not sure if she has returned to veganism.

As far as exercising, I learned that Carrie is a fan of Tabata which is apparently a form of HIIT.

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Here’s a picture from Carrie’s own Instagram account. I think this picture is perfect because it shows off (1) how fit she is and (2) a swimsuit from her own brand.

July Health Tips

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I have been busy doing very fun things lately (think: weddings and related fun activities/parties/celebrations). I’m still doing my best to prioritize my health. Again this month, I have more health tips from the Popsugar Easy Health Resolutions.

Both tips are food-focused this month. Everybody wants to believe that working out a lot can make you healthy. I believe that nutrition is actually the most important key to health. Here are two nutritional tips that are totally realistic:

Eat brown rice instead of white rice. Restaurant food can be inevitable during busy times. I have to say that Qdoba and Chipotle can be healthy if you are thoughtful and smart when ordering. I order a salad (in a bowl, without the taco shell and without dressing) with chicken, black beans, brown rice, salsa, and vegetables. I order guacamole, too, because I honestly cannot resist.

Eat a serving of fruit daily for a week. Be careful with fruit, though, because fruit can have lots of carbs and sugar. I recommend eating berries as the healthiest option. A frozen banana smoothie is a great option for a weekend pre-workout (note to self, post that recipe). I also love an apple with natural peanut butter as a morning snack. You’re always best off to eat carbs in the morning, so shoot for eating fruit early on in the day.

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I’m resurfacing this Instagram picture (and hashtag) from last year since this post was about food, and because #cutefruit.

April Health Tips

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Spring is a great time to re-focus on health goals, especially when the sun starts shining brighter and longer in the evening (Shout-out to Daylight Savings for that).

Again this month, the tips are from our Supereasy Health Resolutions (via Popsugar). Maybe it’s just me, but I find these pointers to be truly simple, effective things but also difficult things to make into habits!

  1. Turn off electronics 20 minutes before bedtime.
    I rarely have issues sleeping so for that reason I have never challenged myself on this one. In honesty, I probably should quit this habit. There are several articles and always new studies against the overuse of electronics. I absolutely love technology but I know I am someone who needs to scale back.
  2. Measure out food portions before eating.
    I am a big fan of healthy fats (especially avocados and peanut butter) but those calories can add up real fast when I don’t measure. I think it’s a good idea to measure most everything (or at least everything besides vegetables) to keep myself honest.
  3. Walk for 10 minutes, 3 times per week.
    I like this health tip because everybody has a spare 30 minutes per WEEK and I’m thinking the logic of this one would be to step outside and enjoy some fresh air. This tip sounds like a beneficial and do-able goal I want to try.

I, for one, feel challenged by these health tips! Let’s do this!

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March Health Tips

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We’ve made it to March and it’s time for more health tips from the POPSUGAR article of “supereasy” health resolutions.

  1. Remember the breath
    Bring me back to college yoga! The instructor would constantly remind us to be mindful; to remember the breath. I find that mindfulness of breathing is helpful when I am doing cardio workouts. Mindful breathing is also important during stressful situations at work or even driving in the snow! Breathing deeply can send signals to your brain to calm down. Smiling has a similar effect.
  2. Stretch while watching TV
    Two thoughts here:
    Thought One: I am a big fan of stretching and I believe everyone could benefit from a few stretches every day based on body type, medical history, and job type. For example, I have weak hips so I need to stretch my hips regularly; I also have an office job so I stretch my neck after work.
    Thought Two: Love the idea to combine TV and fitness. Another option is to follow this workout while watching the Bachelor.
  3. Drink coffee without sweetener
    I have the biggest sweet tooth of all and I was able to switch from coffee with a lot of flavored cream to coffee with just a little nonfat milk. Now, I prefer my coffee with plain milk and I save many calories and grams of sugar every single day!
  4. Eat slowly
    Eating slowly helps your body know when it’s really full. Especially if I’m eating a small meal or snack, I try to drink lots of water, too, which slows down the eating process and helps me to fee fuller.

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February Vibes | My Update

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We are almost through the short month of February! WINTER IS ENDING! MY BIRTHDAY IS COMING! EVERY LITTLE THING – IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT (that last phrase is intended to be read in song).

Here’s what I’ve been into this month:

Listening To: Carrie Underwood (Heartbeat); Kacey Musgraves (the whole Pageant Material album); Justin Bieber (even I am a Belieber these days and I can’t not sing “Love Yourself” aloud at the gym).

Wearing: ALL THE VESTS and ALL THE BOOTS. Basically, if it’s among my warmest wardrobe options, I’m wearing it.

Watching: Prison Break (what?) and The Bachelor. How’s that for a combination?

Reading: 2 Samuel (from the Bible) is the only book I’m reading right now. I really admire King David. He was quite the humble guy even though he had a lot to boast about! I will admit, there’s some weird stuff in this book as well.

Doing: working! exercising! meal-prepping! spending time with friends! exploring milwaukee! getting excited for my birthday!

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Here’s to maximizing each day (and a shout-out to February 29 for existing this year)!