I’m a foodie.
My good friend Dictionary.com defines foodie as follows, “A person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking.”
Yup, that’s me in a nutshell. Nicely put, Dictionary.com. I love to cook, but I especially love to eat. I like to eat when I’m hungry, when I’m bored, when I watch a movie, when I’m at a party… I just plain ol’ love to eat.
What happens when one likes to eat so much? Well, one must exercise to compensate for all of the calories one consumes on a daily basis. It’s not my ideal method of staying fit and healthy, but it’s the only method that I’ve found that actually works.
Vibrating ab band? Doesn’t work.
Granola bars that tell your brain your full? Um, no.
Weight loss pills? Not the least bit safe, so no.
Shake weight? Okay, so this one works, but you look ridiculous using it.
Good old-fashioned exercise is where it’s at. That being said, I’ve come up with a new series all about working out and staying fit. I call it Fit Foodie. You don’t have to be a food blogger to be a foodie. You just have to love food. So, if you love food and want to stay fit, this series is for you.
All of the exercise routines I share can be performed in the comforts of your own home. No need to worry about jocks, hunky muscle men, or the gym dating scene.
First: Just do it! Nike is on to something, people. The hardest part is getting started. Either I wasn’t in the mood, I was busy, or I was too tired to exercise. After months of making excuses, I gave myself a firm talkin’ and pushed myself to get out there and do it. Once I pushed myself to exercise, I found that I really enjoyed it. It boosts my energy, mood, and metabolism. And, it’s also great for relieving stress. If you wait for the perfect time, you’ll be waiting forever. So, get up off the couch and pu, pu, pump it up!
Second: Find an exercise program that works best for you and your schedule. Twenty or thirty minutes a day is better than no exercise at all.
Third: Mix it up. Who says you have to stick to one routine? The same exercise program can quickly become boring and mundane–jazz it up a little. I like to do cardio a few days a week and some strength training and yoga in-between.
Fourth: Don’t forget to rest. Your muscles need a break in order to recover and build strength, so don’t overdo it. I set aside two days a week for rest.
Fifth: Fuel your body with whole grains, lean proteins, and lots of water. Your muscles require essential nutrients to maintain strength. Skipping meals will only slow you down and cause muscle fatigue. Food=power. Your body with thank you for it.
Sixth: Make exercising fun. Create a playlist to jam out to while you show the treadmill who’s boss. The Beastie Boys is my go-to exercise jamz. Mix up the routine so you don’t get bored. Exercise with a friend.
The first workout of the series is Fit Foodie Strong & Sexy Leg routine.
After 3 rounds of this leg routine, you’ll be feeling the burn. Follow other Fit Foodies on twitter with the hashtag #FitFoodie.
Try out the routine? Leave me a comment letting me know how you liked it. Wanna see a specific routine? Drop me a line.