Ever since moving to the desert, I’ve been trying to be more fit. Sure, I worked out while in Washington, but having a desk job with coworkers who had endless supplies of Hershey kisses and snacks (… oh wait that was me), coupled with cold weather that made me just want to huddle in a blanket and eat, didn’t help.
Being a lulu in warm weather does help. I have more time to meal prep, more time to work out, and I’m not on my ass all day. But the struggle is still there. I, like a lot of Americans, love food.
Yes, it’s true that I’m a petite Asian girl trying stay active, but from time to time, I do find myself drooling over instagram pictures revolving #dessertbae and #foodporn.
I’ve done pretty well at resisting, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about fried chicken. At least once every other week, husband will hear something along the lines of Do you smell that? Fried chicken! or You know what sounds really good? Fried chicken. Every time I go grocery shopping the smell of it permeates through the product aisle as I’m shopping for friggin lettuce. It’s been a while since I’ve had it, and while find myself referencing it quite frequently, I secretly have this fear that I have it hyped up in my head and that with one bite I’ll be disappointed. Should I keep on resisting it? Or cave on my next cheat meal? I don’t know!
Anyways, the point I am trying to make is that being healthy takes a lot of hard work and discipline to try be fit and eat healthy. They say that what you eat is 75% of what it takes to help you make your fitness goals, that includes eating balanced, portioned meals. So if you work out 2-3 hours, but eat like shit then… it’s probably not helping your fitness goals. I want to say I have eating healthy down pretty okay, with some room for improvement, but boy – fried chicken sure does sound good sometimes.
Anyway, even thought I’m not a fitness expert/pro/guru, I’ll end this with a fitness tip that I’ve been trying to implement in my workout routines:
Switching Up Your Cardio
I like to start my workouts with 10 to 15 minutes of some form of cardio, whether it’s running outside, running on the tread, doing the bike – just to get my body warmed up and the heart pumping. It’s easy to get into a routine of doing just one type of cardio workout like the treadmill, or elliptical, but the theory is – while you may gain more of an endurance for the one cardio you do, your body becomes more efficient in it’s use of energy, and doesn’t shed as many calories at the same rate that it used to. Switching up cardio will keep your body working to shed those calories effectively, preventing from get into a plateau.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous, switch it up. Run outside, do the bike, or jump rope, or do some jumping jacks and burpees. I recently started jump roping and find that I quite enjoy it.