It is amazing what our bodies can do when we fuel well, stay hydrated and make fitness a priority. As we start the New Year and set our resolutions, finding a healthy routine to stick with long term (not just for 30 days) is so important. I’m excited to be partnering with Walmart to share a few tips and my favorite items that can help make a healthy life routine for yourself in the New Year. They have all of the essentials I like to order online to stay healthy.
water bottle // egg poacher // Foam roller // dark chocolate // apple watch // Stinger Organic Energy Chews // Think Thin bars // Amy’s lentil soup // Biotin gummy vitamins
1. Stay Hydrated
I constantly keep a huge bottle of water with me. If it is there, I bet you’ll drink it too. I’ve read you should drink half of your weight in ounces per day. (If you are 100 lbs drink 50 ounces of water a day.) If you are a runner or working out really hard, I say drink more than that! If I’m going out to a workout class, I’ll grab an Essentia Alkaline Water or use a big water bottle to re-fill throughout the day.
2. Eat a healthy Breakfast to start the day right
I am definity one of those people that has to have breakfast. I’m usually hungry an hour after I have my morning coffee. If I need something quick before running I’ll have an Rx Bar with a green juice. If I’m eating after a workout, I like to sit down and enjoy something like poached eggs with fruit or oatmeal with peanut butter. My mom got me this easy egg poacher skillet last year and it works so well!
3. Stretch and foam roll
Foam rolling is such a good way to relieve sore muscles after a long run. I also like to take a long epsom salt bath before bed.
4. Allow room to Treat yourself
I try to be pretty healthy when it comes to my diet and sometimes I just need a little dark chocolate! My favorite is this salted dark chocolate at the end of the day. I also like to book a massage after a tough race as a reward and something to look forward t0!
5. Track your progress
A fitness watch is a great way to keep track of your progress, heart rate and distance. As soon as I found out I was going to be partnering with the BMW Dallas Marathon last year, I got my apple watch. It is the smartest purchase because it made tracking my runs (and other workouts) so much easier.
6. Fuel properly
During a long run (10+ miles) I take these Stinger Organic Energy Chews for a little sugar. They taste really good (pink lemonade and cherry blossom are my favorite) and they are easy to keep in your pocket or running belt.
7. Keep protein bars with you
If I don’t have a protein filled snack around 3 or 4, I get so “hangry” by dinner. I keep Think Thin bars in bag to keep my energy levels (and mood) up all day. Since airports don’t always have the healthiest options and often mark up the price, I like to bring my own snacks (these cinnamon apple chips & this dried mango are my favorite) and throw in a few protein bars for the trip as well. All of these can be easily ordered from Walmart.
8. Have Healthy Meals on hand
Keep healthy options at home that don’t go bad so you aren’t tempted to order something unhealthy. Amy’s organic line of soups and frozen dinners are so good and are great for portion control. This lentil soup is my favorite in the Winter and Walmart carries a ton of other yummy Amy’s meals.
9. Take vitamins in the Morning
10. Schedule Morning Workouts
The main thing that has helped me maintain a fitness routine is to schedule my workouts each day and get it in first thing. Monday, Wednesday and Friday I usually sign up for a Pilates Class. Tuesday and Thursday I run. Saturday I do a long run and Sunday I do the stair machine. Having this fitness routine on the calendar helps keep me on track.