We live in a busy world. As much as we want to be able to stick to our normal gym schedule, life throws us scheduling curve balls: an emergency staff meeting, playing the chauffeur to and from soccer practice, that girl you met at the gym asks you to catch dinner tonight. These things happen. In order to stay faithful to your fitness goals, here are four quick fixes when time isn’t on your side. Use these when you’re in a pinch but still want to kick your endorphins into high gear.
Watch Your WaistlineAs important as exercise is to reaching your fitness goals, there’s a second half to that equation: healthy eating. And unfortunately the office is where most of us throw that part out the window. If you’re like me, your office is surrounded by delicious, but not always healthy, meal choices. And sometimes you’re skipping a gym date for a fancy dinner date instead. Don’t sabotage yourself. If you know you aren’t making the gym today, opt for food options that will help your goals.
Back to Basics
Hershel Walker, the great Heisman trophy-winning football player, Olympic bobsledder, and Mixed Martial Artist, chiseled his physique in three steps without really having to step into the gym: push-ups, sit-ups, and sprints. Try this: in between commercials on your favorite primetime program, perform twenty push-ups and sit-ups each. Repeat for all commercials in a one-hour programming block.
Every working man and woman values the two days at the end of the week like they were made of solid gold. But, if you skipped a gym day this week, use your weekend to make It up. You don’t have to forgo your weekend either. Take a mountain biking trip, go for a hike, hit the beach for a fun run or some kayaking action. You can still enjoy your day off while getting that workout in.
Don’t Beat Yourself UpRemember, if you miss a day or two, it’s not the end of the world. Many times we need that rest. Just remember that it’s important to not get off track, because that can derail your fitness goals. If you skip a day, just work that much harder the next time you’re in the gym.
Grapes Help Reducing Cholesterol
Compounds found in grapes may help protect against high cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol absorption. In one study in 69 people with high cholesterol, eating three cups (500 grams) of red grapes a day for eight weeks was shown to lower total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. White grapes did not have the same effect. Additionally, diets high in resveratrol, such as the Mediterranean diet, have been shown to decrease cholesterol levels as well.