Archive | June, 2013

StayInShapeWhileAway

25 Jun

Guest Post! Mike, over at http://mikemanningmusings.blogspot.com/ asked if he could feature an article on my blog that he wrote. He recently has been looking into how fitness and eating healthy can specifically benefit frequent travelers and those on vacation. Because I enjoy working out, and traveling, his article seems to fit into my blog quite perfectly. I hope you enjoy what he has prepared!

How to Stay in Shape While Away

Some of us have to travel for business while others travel exclusively for recreation. Regardless of the reason for traveling, however, is important to take steps to ensure that you are able to maintain your fitness routine while away from home. Those who travel frequently have an even more difficult burden. Fortunately, it has never been easier to maintain a fitness routine while away from home. Here are a few guidelines for travelers who wish to stay in shape all away from home.

Research Early

The hotel you choose can have a profound impact on your ability to exercise while away from home. Almost all hotels now offer fitness centers, and these centers have grown considerably through the years. However, it should be noted that your particular fitness routine might not work in the hotel you have chosen. Because of this, determining what your potential hotel has to offer before making reservations can help. If the hotel offers yoga classes, you will want to ensure that you bring along appropriate clothing. On a recent trip to San Francisco I used a site called Gogobot to do some research before booking. This proved very useful because I could scroll through a list of San Francisco hotels and see which ones offered fitness rooms with the right equipment. In addition to researching what the hotel has to offer, consider where it is located. A hotel located next to a park, for example, may be a better place for those who enjoy running.

Develop a Simple System

One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to stay in shape while on the road is to develop a simple, portable exercise routine by focusing on yoga and other activities that can be performed in a hotel room. In addition, focusing on nutrition is of the utmost importance while away from home. Dining out can quickly cause you to surpass your normal caloric intake, which can make it difficult to maintain your weight [2]. Research restaurants located where you are traveling to before heading out, and develop a plan for maintaining your normal level of caloric intake.

Manage Your Stress

People who travel often for business often experience high levels of stress when they are away from home. Unfortunately, high stress levels can make exercise more difficult. By focusing on yoga and other forms of exercise that encourage slow breathing, it may be possible to reduce your stress levels and maintain your fitness routine. In addition, those who run regularly often find it to be calming. Focusing on reducing your stress levels also has the benefit of helping you perform better during meetings or while meeting with current or potential clients.

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HealthNut

18 Jun

Three weeks ago, if you would have asked me what my favorite food was, I would have listed off a handful of unhealthy foods and desserts along with my all-time favorite Starbucks drink, a Toffee Nut Latte. And now, after only a few short weeks I can tell you that my favorite foods now consists of all-natural peanut butter (Justin’s Nut Butter is my favorite: http://www.justins.com/), coconut oil glazed sweet potatoes on the grill, and almost any kind of protein tops my list. It is weird that only after a few weeks my love for Mexican food has been replaced, and it didn’t hit me until this past weekend when Dan and I went out to dinner to a Mexican food restaurant, and afterwards we both admitted to not enjoying ourselves because it was so bad for us.

A lot of people think it is hard or expensive to eat the way Dan and I have started to eat. But to be honest, if you take the time out to cook your own meals, and spend a little money on extra protein, your body will start to change, and so will your attitude.

Now, let me back up for a second. I can’t take all the credit for starting this new way of eating. Your Life Extraordinary (https://yourlifeextraordinary.com/) is running a 7 week nutrition challenge at our gym and although I didn’t officially sign up, a friend of mine did, so Dan and I decided to go along with their diet plan and see how we liked it. So far, so good. I am not telling you that you must eat like this, but the basics are that you should only eat protein, vegetables, and good fats. Yes- this means cutting sugar, carbs and those zero calorie/fat free drinks. Reading this, you may think I am crazy. But I am telling you, I do not crave the sugar, or the carbs. The hard part is adding fat to my diet. I am a victim to the low-cal, fat-free, sugar-free foods/drinks and so to add avocado to my lunches, or whipping cream to my coffee was really odd to me, and hard to do. But now- it makes since. Fat keeps you full longer, and then your body recognizes it as a fuel source and then goes for the stored fat in your body to burn.

So, boil some eggs, cook your lunches a week in advance, and plan out your dinners so you do not fall victim to fast food, or not eating breakfast- and I promise you in a few weeks, you’ll feel great too.