Did you know that there is a list of Top Most Fit Cities in the U.S.? I wasn’t made aware of this fact until I moved to one of them. Seattle, the sixth fit city in the United States is full of runners, cyclists, yogis, barre ladies, and plenty, plenty of other fitness enthusiasts.
Participating in varsity sports in high school, I haven’t always loved the sport but always loved the competition and seeing where your mind and body can take you. Now that my glory days are over, college has come and gone (UGH), and I happen to have ended up in this fitness empire of a city, so I too have stepped up my personal fitness game.
Emerald City Athletics, sounds nice, right? I found this hot gym spot before I moved to my neighborhood. It was clean, crisp, and drop dead gorgeous. It reminded me of a gym in college that my girlfriends and I couldn’t afford.
While ECA might be out of my post grad budget, I justify it because fitness is investing in yourself, which I preach heavily these days. If you as a reader are anything like me, you are busy as heck. I know the struggle of trying to get in a workout when you feel like there is zero time.
While skipping or taking the day off from some sort of workout or activity is absolutely okay and sometimes necessary, there are tricks or habits that you can form to help you throughout your day that can benefit your health and fitness journey. Below, are my five health and fitness tips you can do throughout your day to keep you on track without running a mountain.
- Drink Green Tea, LOTS– Trust me, I have not always enjoyed green tea like I do now. My sophomore year of college I gained 45 pounds. Yes, 45 POUNDS. I stepped on the scale and up popped 175 at the doctor’s office and I about had a heart attack. Anyways, I started drinking green tea because it was said to have lots of benefits although I was just trying to lose weight. On average, I drink about four cups a day.
- CHUG WATER- If I was doing my life right, water would be before green tea, but, oh, well. I used to be really bad about drinking water. I just never thought about it. Now, I chug water before I shower, and continue to have a glass every couple hours throughout my day. It is helpful when I am daydreaming of a chocolate cake in the mid-afternoon. I make sure I drink at least 60 ounces of water a day.
- Dance Parties- Whether it’s in the shower or as I am getting ready, everyday I spend at least ten minutes dancing around. Most of the time, the routine is to rap or something totally different, like my girl Tay Swift, but mostly it’s something upbeat and confidence-driven. These ten plus minutes give you time to loosen up, while engaging your whole body.
- Kitchen Barre- I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I make dinner for a large family five days a week. While cooking, I make sure to work in some extra steps. Kitchen barre, I call it. I use the counter edge as a barre platform. Calf raises, side lunges, plies, and more. Then you can burn a little extra before you test your dish.
- Sleep- I LOVE to sleep. I swear if I had the opportunity I could sleep for 48 hours. If you are putting time into your body, you definitely need to put rest into it as well. Sometimes I am in bed late, but usually I am in bed by 9 or 9:30. If I don’t get sleep, I get cranky and sick and nobody wants that. So get some of those beauty zzz’s and you won’t regret it.
Featured photo by Jordan Blaine