By: Christine King Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Time is a precious commodity. On the heels of hurricane Irma, the kids returning to school and the busy season and holidays upon us, it’s been more than challenging to “get back to normal” and catch your breath. Many are still feeling the after-effects of the storm and a disrupted fitness and wellness program.
To fast track into your happy and balanced self, multitasking is an effective temporary solution. Until life settles down, implementing small efforts throughout your day helps to resume some normalcy until time allows the return to regular exercise, healthy eating, and peace of mind.
Here are some simple wellness multitasking hacks:
- While brushing your teeth in the morning do squats for the two minutes
- Find the quietest time of the morning and use it to meditate. It could be while in the shower or while making the kids lunch. Turn a regular activity into an opportunity to quiet your mind.
- With no power, many are cringing as they’re pitching precious freezer contents. Recruit a couple of friends or neighbors and work as a team for food shopping, preparation and storing. Your reserves will build up in a jiffy!
- Revert to tried and true activity measures like using the stairs and parking the car further away. Every opportunity to move improves the body and mind!
- At work implement a one-hour sit limit. Turn on your phone alert and move every hour. Walk the stairs, do squats and chair dips at your desk and try conducting one-on-one walking meetings.
- Begin taking walks and infusing lunges and pushups along the way. If only for 15 minutes, the activity makes you feel better. Doing something is better than nothing. Make it a family activity so everyone benefits!
- Rehydrate. Between the perspiration from the heat and less water intake, dehydration is rampant. Drink water every hour (when your one-hour sit limit alarm rings) to replenish water lost during the storm.
- SLEEP. Whether from stress, heat, or being displaced, many are sleep deprived. Without proper rest, it’s difficult to think straight and work. Make it a priority to get to bed early and catch a little cat nap during the day if possible.
These measures will help you feel more healthy and active. Maintain your positivity and sense of community (and humor!) and hurricane season will be gone before you know it!
*Note: Due to Hurricane Irma Part Two of “Magic Fat Loss” will be printed in November’s issue
Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder & CEO of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being. www.YourBestFit.com