We are almost halfway through October which brings us to Canadian Thanksgiving. This weekend is usually a time when we feast on a little too much mashed potatoes and bread, plus one too many glasses of vino. But once this weekend is done, there is just no more excuses to get yourself back no track. Sure, cooler temps might give us a better reason to cover up with oversized sweaters and boyfriend jeans, but why not make October the month you take it up a notch with some new fitness goals? Let’s do this, mamas!
This post is dedicated to helping you get off to a healthy start come Monday. It's a new week, thanksgiving is behind us (in Canada) and there is no better time than now to take the jump and kickstart your fitness routine. All you gotta do is begin with these 3 simple tips to get you going. Plus I’ll share an efficient, yet effective workout that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
Put Pen to Paper. This sounds so basic, but it’s been proven to work. By simply writing your goals, your workout schedule and an outline of a family meal plan you are more likely to stick to it! So go old school and put that pen to paper and jot down this info. Don’t forget to set a date for when you will check in with yourself to measure your progress. Psst … the best indication of successful progress is the fit of your clothing and how you feel … not necessarily the number on the scale!
Kitchen Clean Up. Open those cupboards and get rid of any junk or processed food that might tempt you or stir you off track. Sort through your fridge for any expired or unhealthy food too! Now fill that empty space with wholesome foods that can help you create meals that consist of lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats and lots of fruits and veggies.
R&R. This is such an important piece of the puzzle that often gets forgotten. Rest and relaxation (this includes beauty sleep) can help your muscles recover and repair, as well as assisting in healthy weight loss. Did I mention that stress can make you hold water and can contribute to unwanted weight gain? No thanks. So take it easy and allow yourself some down time.
After you implement the above tips, consider this workout routine below that you can do at home 2-3 times a week. And it’s only just 15 minutes! Remember, you can still get maximum results in minimum time – just commit to it!
Wishing you a happy and healthy rest of October!
Do these exercises in a circuit fashion with minimal rest between each exercise. Do AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 15 minutes.
Burpees x 10
Chair Dips x 15
Curtsy Lunges x 20 (10 each leg)
Bodyweight Squats x 25
Rest 30s and do AMRAP in 15 minutes