I was thrilled last week to find this package on my doorstep. It’s the Nature Valley Protein Granola Spring Training Tips written by yours truly.
I was asked to come up with 8 Tips to Get Moving and Get Healthy This Spring. The tip sheet plus a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies using Nature Valley Protein Granola were included in a spring training picnic box with so many goodies. We’re giving away one of the boxes here. It includes bags of Nature Valley Protein Granola, dried fruit, chia seeds, cocao nibs, Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits, B-Fast Breakfast Shakes, Nature Valley Granola bars, small containers to pack snacks on the go plus recipe cards and the spring training tips. To learn how to enter to win, see the Rafflecopter below.
Here are my Spring Training Tips -
After an epic winter for many people across the country, spring has finally arrived! That means it’s time to get out and get active. But where do you start? Here are a few tips to help inspire and motivate you to move your body.
1) Announce it to the world. Let people know that this is it! You’re going to get healthy. Put it on Facebook, share it on Instagram, and tell everyone that you are focusing on YOU.
2) Get fit with a friend. It’s easy to say that you’re going to start taking care of yourself, yet it’s an entirely different thing to actually go out and do it. Being accountable to another person can make a world of difference. Find a friend who likes whatever activity you do – whether it’s walking, yoga or spinning – and meet up at least twice a week.
3) Try an a.m. workout. Getting up early and fitting that workout in first thing has such a positive impact on the rest of the day. Exercise can wake you up, speed up your metabolism, and give you the satisfaction of knowing that you checked something important of your list. It’s a great habit to form, and once you get into a routine, you won’t be able to stop.
4) Write it down. Don’t just say that you’re going to start exercising. Figure out what you plan to do and write it into your schedule. Make it as important as going to work, picking up kids from school, or going out to dinner.
5) See a doctor. Before you start any new fitness routine, see a doctor to make sure you’re in good health. Find out if what you need is more than just a little exercise and ask if your diet also needs a makeover.
6) Eat Right. When you start to work out, you want to enhance your efforts with good food. Lean meats, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains should be the staples of your diet. Initially you may be tempted to reward yourself with something decadent after exercising, but try to reach for granola with nuts and berries and a sparkling water instead of a pastry with a sugary coffee drink.
7) Be realistic. If you have a new baby, a long commute, responsibilities that are taking up more hours than there are in a day, then don’t say that you’ll work out five days a week. Fit in exercise when you have available time and work up from there. If you watch television at night, view your favorite show while on a treadmill, or while doing sit-ups, pushups or jumping jacks. If you talk to your mom or your sister on the phone several nights a week, chat with her while you’re on a walk. Pop in a workout video when you have?an extra half-hour or use your lunch break to take a stroll.
8) Get the family involved. When mom is healthy and happy, the rest of the family is, too. A fun way to get the family excited about exercise is to sign up for a race. There are many running and walking events in the spring from 5ks to 10ks to half marathons. Find the race that best suits your family and sign up. If that’s not your thing, go on weekend hikes or bike rides in your neighborhood. Not only will it get everyone outside, you’ll be spending quality time together.
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