Are you feeling bored with your exercise routine?
Or perhaps unmotivated to even start one?
When it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle, the key is to enjoy the activity!
If you are not happy forcing yourself to the gym to lift weights or doing the same couple of exercises day after day, maybe it is time to check out some new classes or types of exercise.
An important factor to also remember is that working out longer is not necessarily better. When time allows, of course spend more time be active, however, if you are not working out at all because of how busy you are, know that even 10-15mins of activity is better than no activity.
Depending on the type of activity, that 15 minutes work-out could even be more beneficial than an hour on the treadmill for example. For making the most out of shorter work-outs look into HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training. These are short bursts of high intensity exercises followed by a short rest and then repeated with different exercises.
Youtube is great for finding fun workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home. There are also many DVDs or online programs you can buy for working out at home.
If you are more into going to a class or gym to work out, some of my favourite new types of workouts include:
Remember, an active life means a healthy and happy life. If you are feeling unmotivated or uninspired check out something new, you never know what you may end up loving!
Orange Chocolate Pudding
4 small avocados
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4-1/2 cup yacon or maple syrup - adjust to taste
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp full-spectrum schizandra powder (optional)
1/4 tsp Simply Organic Orange Extract (optional)
Mix in food processor until smooth. Garnish with berries, orange zest, mint, & orange slice.
An informative documentary that examines the health effects of the Standard American Diet including interviews with some of the top doctors that specialize in plant-based nutrition. Provides an in-depth investigation into the health benefits and research behind adopting a whole-food plant-based diet.
"Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn."
The movie is available for purchase at Forks Over Knives.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist specializing in vegan diets.