Maruchy Lachance is president ofÂ Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
There is one thing that I fight constantly in my commitment to health and fitness and that is boredom. For me, it isnâ€™t about the tempting foods or the uncooperative running weather. What will always derail my best efforts is finding that my once inspiring routine to has turned dull.
Spring is the perfect time to shake things up. Refresh those healthy recipes and exercise routines.
My first step this week was to surf the Internet for new healthy recipes. Using the same lean meats and power grains that are a staple in my diet, I have now changed out the seasonings or the vegetable pairings and have new dishes to enjoy. Iâ€™ve even made my water consumption more exciting. I now keep a water pitcher in the fridge with lemon slices. Every time I hydrate I feel like Iâ€™m at a fancy spa.
My exercise routine got a makeover as well. The simplest and most dramatic change I made was to my music selection. Gone are the tired old songs replaced with new and energizing tunes that push me through the toughest workouts.
Workouts were another item that I had to spruce up. My arms, abs and legs routines were no longer keeping me interested.Â Using my same equipment I was able to find different routines that are fun but also more challenging.
The other thing I tackled was to set new goals. By taking the time to celebrate my accomplishments and counting the endless benefits of these small sacrifices I recommit to continuing to make healthy choices. While in this mindset I find it is the best time to set new goals that will keep me motivated and focused. This is the year I beat my personal running time and fully tone my upper arms.
I do not wait for class reunions or big events to push me into action. I visit my health and fitness routine quarterly to keep it fresh and fun!
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April 24th, 2011