Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of PURICA Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips.
Do you know what the number one way to infuse your body with energy and boost your mood is? It will help you lose weight and decrease your risk of disease and costs as little as zero dollars! It’s a miracle drug that 80% of North Americans don’t take; even in it’s lowest dosage. If you’re not one of the 20 percent who are doing it now, it’s time you do a dose of exercise!
We do not need another study to show that a sedentary lifestyle contributes greatly to fatigue. When you think about your energy, think of it like a muscle. You got to use it or you’ll lose it!
Oxygen is your friend. When you engage in regular aerobic activity such as running, walking, tennis, biking, yard work or sports you will feel more alert once your blood gets pumping. If you’re feeling exhausted and just too tired to exercise, commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of movement and before you know it you’ll feel the energizing effects of the oxygenated blood getting to your heart, lungs, brain and muscles.
If 30 minutes of activity feels too daunting or your crazy busy schedule has you feeling overwhelmed, break it up into two 15-minute sessions or three intervals of 10 minutes throughout the day. The positive after effects of a brisk 10 minute walk, run or stair climb can last up to two hours. And when your daily 10 minute bursts continue for three weeks, your overall energy levels and mood will be lifted.
Enjoyment is the key to long-term commitment; do what you love and schedule the exact time you will do it everyday. If for whatever reason you are just not motivated to work out, because perhaps you’re feeling lazy, it hurts or you just don’t like it, understand that there will be days when you just don’t fee like exercising but, those are the days that getting yourself out of bed or off the coach will reward you the most! Those are the days that new health habits transform into a long last healthy lifestyle.
To shift yourself into a motivated mindset and make the time for exercise, you might need to play silly games with yourself. For example, allow yourself to watch your favorite TV show, or listen to your iPod only when you’re working out. If I want to watch television or a movie, I make it rule that I must be on the step mill, treadmill or bike and every commercial break I power out a higher intensity burst. Before I know it an hour has passed, I’m drenched with sweat, feel fantastic and come bedtime you will sleep like a champ!
For more information, check out www.melissatucker.com or email PURICA Ambassador Melissa Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/puricawellness and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/puricawellness
*A note on vegan and vegetarian options: At PURICA, we’re committed to empowering you with the best in whole foods, supplements and positive lifestyle solutions. We support all athletes and active living people whatever your dietary preferences, although we will always do our part to raise awareness about the benefits of vegetarian or vegan options.