It is Day 12 and today I want to address exercise. You really can’t be a healthier you if you are not exercising regularly.
Growing up I was a runner. It was kind of how I defined myself. I loved it. But now, ugh. After 4 babies and way too many years away from the track I do not enjoy running. Like at all. I do not know what happened. But I think it has something to do with comparing where I once was to where I am now. I have to force myself to get on the treadmill. I don’t mind running outside. But I live in Utah, so it feels like 8 months out of the year this is not possible. So I run on the treadmill at the gym. Blech!
The point of this story is that I don’t have to run to exercise. I still try to go at least a few miles three times a week, but I can attend a class, do the rowing machine, hop on the bike, the stair stepper, the elliptical or hit weights. Exercise can be what you want it to be. Yesterday I was a little blah at the gym, not really pushing myself so in the afternoon I took my kids to a trampoline park and got a great workout in playing, jumping, and bouncing with them! It was fun, and didn’t feel tedious the way some mornings at the gym do.
Exercise will help you tone, tighten, and look nice. But it is also a key factor in warding off big issues like the Number ONE killer in America: Heart Disease. Regular exercise can reduce the risk of disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. It can sharpen and improve the mind, elevate mood, kick stress in the butt and so much more. No matter where you are, or where you once were, you can do something today to get a little fitter, and be more active. US News shared this awesome article about the 7 Mind Blowing Benefits of Exercise. It is a great read. And totally motivating.
Day 12 Mini-Challenge: Add 10 Minutes to Whatever Exercise You Are Currently Doing.
This means if you are doing nothing, go on a ten minute walk or bike ride. If you are working out like crazy, add ten minutes of cardio, or ten more minutes of squats or thrusters. Obviously don’t injure yourself, and if you have a physical condition that would prohibit you from exercising, please don’t as I am not a doctor, trainer, or anything like that, but I know in my own life that adding even a few extra minutes makes a huge difference in how I feel. Try it! May I suggest doing pushups during the commercials of your favorite show?
A good steak marinade is vital for summer grilling, wouldn’t you agree? I mean dry, tasteless steak defeats the whole purpose of enjoying outdoor cooking. This steak marinade is Eazy Peazy, and will not disappoint. It brings the flavor and helps keep the steak moist while it cooks.
- 1.5 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbs minced garlic
- Stir marinade ingredients together, and pour over steak (great with Beef Round Steaks), refrigerate at least 30 minutes, but up to an hour before grilling.
Doesn’t this steak just look so tender, moist, and delicious? The garlic gives it a nice flavor, and the brown sugar and soy balance each other out so it is not salty, nor too sweet. And I love that it can be used on pretty much any cut. So go for the cheaper cuts if you don’t want to splurge, because this marinade will help make it tender and awesome!
If you are just joining us, here are the mini-challenges you missed:
- Day one: Keep a Food Journal
- Day Two: Replace a Negative Temptation with a Positive One
- Day Three: Add Variety to Your Diet
- Day Four: Use Spice Not Salt to Season
- Day Five: Hydrate
- Day Six: Stop Eating 3 Hours Before Bed
- Day 7: Stop Emotional Eating
- Day 8: Brush Teeth After Each Meal to Cut Down Snacking
- Day 9: Practice Portion Control
- Day 10: Post 5 Health Goals and Motivation to Fridge