8 Ways To Get Healthy Without Breaking A Sweat

You don’t need to go on a 5 mile sprint session to get healthy. You don’t need to count your calories or weigh your food. You don’t need to know what the word ‘macros’ means or become a gym rat…

you just need to…

drink more wine.

Just kidding.

I’m not the 16 year old athlete I use to be. I don’t burn 500 extra calories by playing N64 Mario Kart drinking Mt. Dew. #ThoseWereTheDays

I gained 30 pounds in my 35 weeks of pregnancy. I’ve lost about 23 of those… mostly in the first 3 weeks.

Also, I gained a pound this week.

Fuck my life.

But I’m not worried. And here’s why… A healthy lifestyle will lead you to healthy results. Don’t mistake that with skinny results. I said HEALTHY results. The focus here is on health. Skinny is great if you’re naturally skinny. But most of us aren’t… so… let’s just be the best us. Here we go…

8 WAYS TO GET HEALTHY WITHOUT BREAKING A SWEAT

  1. Think Positive
    I know. Very therapist of me to say. The reality is, if you think good. You feel good. When a negative thought comes in your mind, ask yourself “why?” Why do I care if I weigh 5 pounds less than this. Why do I care if I don’t have abs showing in my bikini after 3 months post partum. WHO CARES. Really, nobody cares. And one thing is for sure, nothing makes anyone prettier than watching a new mom stare at her new baby.
  2. BUY NEW MOTHER FUCKING CLOTHES
    If they don’t fit, get them out of my face. Seriously. Don’t be stubborn. And unless you want to cry in the dressing room, don’t even try to squeeze into the size you were… Take my advice on this… just go up a few sizes and make your life easier.
  3. Make a green smoothie.
    Spinich. Kiwi. Mango. Kale. Add some ice, water and blend. PS- You don’t have to like it. Just do it because it’ll make you feel rejuvenated and happy!
  4. Leg Raises.
    I couldn’t make this list without a least one exercise in here. Seriously, three steps. 1. Watch TV. 2. Lay on your side. 3. Lift your leg up and down until it hurts (usually one minute). Repeat twice on each leg.
  5. Drink WATER
    You already know this. 3 liters. #Chug
  6. Prioritize
    Learn to appreciate the zillion qualities you have to offer. You’re smart. You’re thoughtful. Blah blah blah… You’ve probably got really good ankles… #LuckyBitch
  7. Find a hobby
    Anything counts. Join a rec softball team… learn to knit… No, don’t do that. I tried it once and ended up throwing the supplies across the room in a knit-hating rage because I couldn’t tie the first knot. Knitting is fucking hard. But you get the idea… do something for yourself that gives you some identity and independence.
  8. Never go more than 3 days without exercise.
    Ok. So I lied… this might make you sweat a little. But I swear by this. You don’t have to be superwoman. But you gotta do something. Do what makes you happy. Big tip: Don’t do anything that you dread or will want to avoid in the future. Start slow.

Stay tuned for future posts that will help my fitness focused readers get back on track after a hiatus. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’m not the spring chicken athlete I once was either. And nothing is worse than trying to workout after a long break. But I got you, girl.

Now go pour yourself a glass of wine and start thinking about how pretty you look holding your baby. XO

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2 thoughts on “8 Ways To Get Healthy Without Breaking A Sweat

  1. Thanks, I needed to hear this today. I was a trail runner pre pregnancy and I’ve been dragging my feet getting back into shape. I gained 50 lbs with my pregnancy and I hate the way my body looks right now,but LOVE my 5 month old daughter. Sigh…. maybe I’ll take a walk tomorrow.. Baby steps.

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    1. Baby steps is exactly right. It’s not a race to get back to a certain number it’s about how we FEEL. Taking a few steps in the right direction will probably kick start some fire in ya! It’s okay to take our time… again, not a race. We’ll get there… it’s just a matter of time!

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