30-Day Healthy Living Challenge: Day 21

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How are you doing with your meal plan and mindful eating? I have mostly stuck to my plan, but I forgot that I had my photography class after work last night and needed to grab a quick dinner. I ended up going to Dig Inn, which is a quick service restaurant in NYC that serves tons of veggies and whole grains. I’m also trying very hard to be mindful of my food choices this week, especially since I’m going on vacation next week and want to indulge a bit.

Since this week is all about making a plan and being aware of your choices, today’s topic will play off of that same theme.

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Day 21: Plan Your Fitness Routine

*I had a lot of fun with this graphic*

 I know it’s Thursday and maybe it’s weird to make a plan on Thursday, but I generally think people have more time to squeeze in exercise on the weekends.  So, today’s challenge is to create an exercise routine for this weekend (and next week, if you are feeling ambitious). I think the best way to plan is to write things down.  I’m not big on pen and paper, so I take most of my notes in the notepad of my iPhone.  Do whatever works for you, but plan out these specifics:

  1. What days you will exercise.
  2. What types of exercise you will do on each day.
  3. The duration and intensity of exercise on each day.

You can exercise for 2-3 days in a row before needing a rest day. Also, start simple and be realistic.  If you don’t run but want to try running, don’t plan to run 3 miles a day.  Instead, try to run 1/2 or 1 mile and walk the rest, then build up from there.

Luckily, I started a virtual training plan for the NYC 1/2 Marathon that I’m running in March, so this week’s exercises are already planned.
Don’t forget: Comment, Tweet (@nutritionalanat) or write on my Facebook page and tell me how you are completing the challenge to be entered to win 3 free nutrition counseling sessions or cooking classes. 

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