Somedays it’s really hard for me to get to the gym, or the Rose Bowl for a jog, or to yoga.  I’m juggling early morning clients, trying to have healthy (& yummy) meals prepared for my husband & myself, running errands for my grandma, more clients, laundry, keeping the house tidy, and night school (just registered for organic & bio chemistry next semester, God help me).  Today is one of those days…I met with my first client at 7am and I’m non stop until I get out of class at 10:25pm tonight.  It’s my lunch break and I’m using it to share these tips with you!

It’s really important to remember that working out doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  Half a$$ is WAY better than nothing.  Stop using “I can’t get to the gym” or “I don’t have enough time” as an excuse.  I understand it can be even harder for those of you with babies and young children.  Hopefully these tips and tricks will be helpful to you!

Here is a short list of some simple things I do to get a little extra strength training mixed into my day.  Strength training increases muscle mass/tone, which boots your metabolism. Yay!

  • Every time I go into my kitchen I do 20 pushups on my kitchen counter.  Push-ups work your chest, back, abs, and arms.  After that, I drink a glass of water.  Sometimes it’s a small glass, sometimes its a pint size glass.  The absolute minimum amount of water you should drink a day is half of your body weight in ounces.  That means if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day minimum. That’s about 9 1/2—8oz glasses of water.  That’s a lot of water.  Don’t wait until the end of the day to do this, you’ll be waking up to pee all night long.
  • Every time I go into my bathroom I do 20 squats.  To brush my teeth, to wash my hands, to pee, to clean, to look in the mirror…EVERY TIME.  20 squats.  (if 20 is too challenging, start with 10 and increase)
  • If I need to go into my bedroom, I lunge down our long hallway.  Works the legs and booty!
  • Every time I go to sit down in front of the TV or computer I do a 1 minute wall sit.

Try this out lovelys!  Before you know it, you’ll have met your water intake goals and done 100 squats, 200 pushups & 100 lunges!  Not too shabby for not making it to the gym!

xoxo, Siobain

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