In this episode, Amanda and I chat about how everyday wellness isn’t like what you see from Instagram. We talk about what normal people with full time jobs and commitments can do everyday to be well and healthy.
She’s a certified athletic trainer and spent years working with athletes. After a while of working in sports, she went on to an aerospace manufacturing facility helping workers who were doing repetitive throughout the day. She taught them how to counter act damage they were inflicting on their bodies by creating custom stretches and activities they could do while they were on the line.
After moving around in her career and ending up at a desk job herself, she knew that there were lots of people out working full time there needed help learning to being active.
Her Tips for normal people to live well
1) Add more walking into your day!
If you are someone that is overwhelmed by the thought of adding a 20 minute workout into your already busy day, that’s totally ok! You can sneak some way of being active in your day by walking a little more. So try things like:
- Parking your car in a farther spot away at work
- Go for a walk around the neighborhood right when you get home from work. (If you go inside and relax, it’s going to be hard to find motivation to get back up!)
- Walk around your office building on your lunch break
2) Eat a Variety of Foods
I’ve always said, try to have more color and your plate and adding variety is the easiest way to do it!
Amanda doesn’t follow regimented diets and doesn’t believe that there’re magical foods that will make you instantly healthy or that one type of food will throw you off the path forever.
I know you’ve heard the phrase before, but “everything in moderation”.
Let’s talk about your excuses for not getting healthy…
We ALL have them! Sometimes they’re legitamate, and sometimes they are comprimises that we make in our head.
“Oh I worked late today, so I can’t workout today, but tomorrow I’ll double my workout!”
That was probably my favorite compromise I’d tell myself. What are some of yours? Does this sound familiar?
I don’t have enough time and am too tired!
Amanda gets it!
When she was in the athletic training space, she worked 12 hour days and didn’t make a lot of money. She felt like she didn’t have the time, money or energy to work on herself.
Just add one new healthy aspect into your routine until you think you’ve nailed it then (and ONLY then) add on more. Try adding on just one healthy habit a day.
If you need help with adding in healthy habits, make sure to grab my 7 day Mind, Body and Soul challenge. This will walk you though day by day how to add small shifts in your day to day routine for you to be able to create lasting healthy habits!
Ok, so how do you Add wellness into your workday?
Let’s face it, the majority of your productive hours are spent at work. You’re usually not as productive when you’re tired at the end of the day and you’re definitely not productive when you sleep! So this is the best time to be able to focus on your wellness.
Here’s how to add wellness when you’re busy at work
So an easy way to continue your wellness journey is to make sure you’re stretching in the pockets of time you have. Even taking a little bit of time to stand and stretch before the next conference call can have lasting effects on your body.
We spend so much time hunched over technology that we can be stuck in those endless loop of hunching over the phone, computer or whatever type of tech you use. It can be easy to forget that our bodies are not built for that!
Feeling overwhelmed by starting? You’re not alone..
Her best advice is to not do everything at once. We have a tendency as humans sometimes to try to do everything at once because we want to see a big change quickly.
Don’t you just love that instant gratification?
But the problem is, our health is NOT something that changes overnight. It’s a life long journey.
So if you’re thinking, “I’ve tried it all and nothing works!” it may be because you’re trying to conquer everything at once. Amanda mentions that fitness and nutrition get lumped together often, but it’s hard to truly make a lasting change in both areas all at once.
Have a goal and a vision
Her suggestion to start is to define your goals. And I totally agree. If you can’t clearly articulate what you want and WHY then you’re going to have a hard time getting it.
If fitness is one of your goals, then I highly recommend you check out my tips on creating fitness goals that actually stick.
She encourages for you to share how you’re feeling if you’re overwhelmed. Or to reach out to her if you have additional questions. But being able to tell another human being what is on your mind can be quite powerful. You’ll probably see that you aren’t alone in how you’re feeling, either.
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