Stepping stones to a happy soul

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Bust a move!

It can be discouraging to start a consistent workout routine. Perhaps a gym full of regulars is intimidating, or you simply don’t know where to start. It does not matter if you begin moving by taking twenty minutes out of your day to power walk around the neighborhood or if you go headstrong into the gym or begin a workout program. As long as you get up and get moving, that’s the most important thing.

Motivational post on Pinterest.

A popular saying in the fitness world (from StudentFitBits on Tumblr).

If you are more comfortable exercising in the comfort of your living room or garage, that’s also a great place to start. Have fun and create your own personal gym with colorful weights and a jump rope for cardio. There’s no need to invest in big machines. Tune into Pandora or Spotify and find your favorite upbeat tracks to fuel that energy!

This would also be a good starting point to develop knowledge about different beginner exercises and practicing proper form, which is extremely important to be aware of so you don’t strain or injure yourself.

Are you too busy in a day to fit in a work out? Not to worry, because there’s an app for that! There are many of them, such as the 7 Minute Workout, that give quick, heart-pumping, calorie burning interval training exercises. The great thing about this, and many other apps, is that there are a variety of exercises and you can do them anywhere. If you prefer a tutorial you can watch on your computer, Blogilates (mentioned in my previous post) also creates fun and upbeat workouts while her bubbly personality motivates you to push harder.

There’s no excuse for busy bodies. Everyone can, and should, get up and bust a move. I promise you will feel tired, but fantastic afterwards.


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Eat well and often.

Starving your body is not the way to go for weight-loss or kickstarting a healthy lifestyle. By restricting calories and food, you are putting your body into starvation mode and your body will have nothing to run on. It’s like a car; it needs fuel to run properly. No carbs means no energy, so you’ll feel sluggish, tired, and drained. Even worse, your metabolism will slow down because your mind and body is preparing itself for starvation by storing fat. This is the complete opposite of your weight-loss goal, right?

When I began my health journey, I planned out five small meals per day and they were mostly prepared at home. By cooking at home, I know exactly what is going into my body and I am able to practice portion control. It sounds a bit crazy or obsessive, but for me, portion control is important, especially when I want to eat foods I enjoy.

Recipes can be quick, simple, and inexpensive.

Cassey Ho from Blogilates promotes these types of meals and shares many delicious recipes that have helped me plan out what food I ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Cassey caters to a wide range of tastes, from food inspired from around the world, to paleo and vegan diets. Here’s a video on how to make a delicious yet healthy quesadilla:

Bottom line, food is your friend, not your enemy! Eating several small meals a day will help keep you full, curb your cravings, and keep your metabolism up.