What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?- Robert Schuller
Setting off on any new journey or making major life changes is really scary! A lot of times it comes down to a blind leap of faith. Most of my clients, in one way or another, are on the edge of a cliff, ready and willing to make lifestyle changes, but not sure how to do it, what to expect, if anyone will be there to pick them up if they falter
Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy
I have never gone through any major personal experiences that I felt like I could use to relate to my clients in this way. But I do now! I just quit my well-paying, secure job to pursue my passion full-time. I am committing myself to A Healthy Balance completely and am scared out of my mind, but also so excited! I know deep down that this is the best decision for myself, for our company and for our clients. I am so passionate about growing A Healthy Balance and being able to reach more people and help them on their personal paths to health and wellness. Dedicating more time to my passion will hopefully allow me to do just this. Over the coming months, as I am able to dedicate more time, I hope you will notice changes to the blog and come along for this exciting ride!
Leave a comment: What is one thing in your life that you have taken a blind leap of faith on?
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Several clients have been asking over the past few weeks about exercising in the heat. I’m going to say it has something to do with the lovely New England heat we’ve been having. There are definitely a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to exercising in the heat.
- Stay hydrated! And this doesn’t just mean drink water while you are exercising. In order to best stay on top of your hydration in the heat, you should be sipping on water all day long. For more tips on hydration see here, here and here.
- Wear light and breathable clothing. Think wicking shirts and light colors.
- Exercise early or late and avoid direct sunlight if possible.
- Monitor how you are feeling. If you start to feel unusually weak, muscle cramps, nauseous or dizzy, stop immediately. Also monitor how much you are sweating as this is your body’s way of cooling itself down so if you stop sweating, your body is likely dehydrated and unable to cool itself.
- Monitor heat, as well as humidity.
- Pace yourself! If it is 100 degrees you are not likely going to be able to run the same pace or bust out as many burpees as you would during a 70 degree bootcamp so don’t push it.
- Use common sense. Don’t try something brand new or try to keep up with faster or more fit friends. And don’t be afraid to stop if you need to!
Nicer weather provides a great opportunity to switch up your workouts and take it outside, but it also poses potential health risks. Keep these tips in mind next time you brave the heat!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
Coming into July, most farmer’s markets are in full swing. Farmer’s markets boast plenty of healthy, local options, but can also be intimidating when you first enter. Here’s a few tips for navigating your local market.
- Go early, but not too early. I have found arriving to the market about 1 hour after it opens is best. If you arrive too early, some farmers may still be setting up their booths and if you arrive too late, some produce may already be picked over.
- Go late (if you want a deal). Towards the end of the market, most farmer’s will be willing to bargain and lower their prices a bit.
- Bring cash and leave your purse at home. Most markets only accept cash so make sure you have cash on hand. Also, not having to worry about negotiating your purse on the fly will free up your hands to carry more produce.
- Bring your reusable bags. Help keep farmer’s cost down and be green!
- Survey the area. Don’t just stop at the first booth you come across. Take a lap around the market and scope out your options before settling.
- Don’t be too picky. If you want perfect looking produce, stick to the grocery store. Farmer’s market produce is more likely to have a few imperfections.
- Speaking of imperfections… if you are purchasing produce to make a jam or sauce, ask your farmer for “seconds.” Not like the “Please sir, may I have another?” seconds, but the typically visually distressed produce that the farmer will be willing to sell for less because it can’t be displayed with their small bumps and bruises seconds.
- Make friends with the farmer’s. Who better to be friends with than the individual who is closest to your food?! They will be able to introduce you to new foods and even recommend new ways to prepare your bounty. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and try some new and exciting items.
Leave a comment: What’s your favorite farmer’s market find?
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