As summer winds down, and September rolls around, that can only mean one thing: back to school. Fresh notebooks, sharp pencils, and crisp new clothing, the beginning of the school year is a great time to refresh, renew and restart. It’s practically like The New Year! One of the best resolutions you can make is for your health – but with studying, homework, busy class schedules and extracurricular activities, staying healthy and active can be a challenge! That’s why for today’s blog post I am bringing back some popular posts from last year on how to overcome this battle. Read on for more..
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“Balancing a Busy Life with a Healthy Lifestyle”:
Whether you’re a student, working or just living your life, trying to juggle every task on your to-do list can seek like an impossible mountain to climb each day, and that’s even without taking time for yourself.
We all tend to get caught up in the daily whirlwind that is life, forgetting that in order to better show up for those important people, events and duties that we are tied to, we need to stop and carve out time to nourish ourselves from the inside out.
Today, I am going to be sharing my top 3 tips to maintain both an active, healthy lifestyle and a busy life so that you can start on a path towards achieving true holistic wellness.
#1 Meal Prep
One of the most sure ways that you can meet your daily requirements for proper nutrition is to plan and prepare your meals in advance. Nowadays there are countless resources online to help you achieve this, but since I’m more of a DIY person (and I’m “thrifty”) I’m going to share my strategies.
Next time you go to the grocery store, pick and choose ingredients with dishes in mind, and make sure to include loads of veggies. On a day where you have a couple of hours free, such as a Sunday, head to the kitchen and chop heaps of vegetables (I’m thinking cauliflower, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc.), cook 5 or so servings of 2 different proteins and grains, and prep around 5 frozen smoothie bags (Pinterest it). Keep these in your fridge for when you’re hungry and short on time, so all you have to do is mix and match proteins, grains and veggies, add your fave dressing (or nuts, seeds, avocado, etc.) and some spices and you’re ready to go!
“Workouts for your Lunch Break”:
With September comes the cooler fall months, going back to school.. and your ever so warm bed that sometimes you just cant muster up the courage to leave when your alarm clock rings at 6:30 am. We’ve all been there, and I wholeheartedly believe in listening to your body when it needs extra rest. Yet if we want to truly treat our bodies well, we needed to exercise on a daily basis to release endorphins, boost our metabolisms and reduce the risk for disease.
Finding the time to exercise when your schedule is already jam packed with activities can make working out feel like a chore, when moving your body should be the opposite! I want to help make the quest to fit in a workout on a daily basis easier for you, so in the post I will be sharing a HIIT workout, and a Yoga Flow both created by me for you to try yourselves! Both are short, sweet and effective – perfect to squeeze in on your lunch break, after school or quickly in-between activities.
I want to say for a disclaimer that I am not a Fitness Professional (yet), so perform these exercises with caution, and consult a health care practitioner beforehand if you have any concerns. Listen to your body and what it is capable of, and try your best! I believe in you. 🙂
Revitalizing Yoga Flow
- Begin at the top of your mat, and follow the basic guidelines for a sun salutation (our Vinyasa for this flow).
- Progress into cobra, then into down dog, and from there you will perform 2 different types of yoga lunges: Humble Warrior and Warrior 1, doing the reverse versions of both. Do them 5 times through on both legs. (This photo exemplifies what we are aiming to do here, if we were following the photo, it would be this pose for the reverse, which flows out of a normal warrior one pose.)
- Move into an extra-wide squat stance, hands at your hips, and pulse 5 times. Flow your arms above your head, interlock your fingers and keeping your arms straight, pulse another 5 times.
- Follow another basic sun salutation style Vinyasa, and from down dog, move into tabletop position, doing a few simple cat-cow motions.
- Raise opposite arm and leg (ex. your right arm and left leg) in front and behind you (straight) and hold in place for balancing table pose for 5 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
- Lie flat on your back, and from there, lift your legs so they both are perpendicular to your body.Lower each individual leg, parallel and approx. 5 inches from the floor. Raise and lower each leg individually 6 times, alternating between sides and keeping one leg perpendicular and one leg parallel to the floor each time.
- Rise to stand at the top of your mat, and attempt to balance yourself in such a way that you can complete the dancers pose on either leg for 5 breaths.
- Complete another Vinyasa, and from down dog, move into plank. Complete 10 “yoga push-ups” in plank, and then lie down into child’s pose.
- Rise to the top of your mat, placing your hands at your chest to complete this flow. Namaste.
“Healthy Back 2 School Meal Ideas”:
Welcome to Food Fridays over here on Mindfully Miranda! I’m super excited about todays blog post, because not only does it include a new recipe that I’ve created, but it has so much more than just that!
I reached out to my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors through Facebook, asking for some help with this special post.. and these lovely ladies are allowing me to share some of their healthy back to school breakfast, lunch and snack ideas! So not only do you get one recipe – you get a ton! Get your bookmarker ready or log into your Pinterest account because some serious tastiness is about to go down.
- High Protein Cake Bites (My latest recipe, and my attempt at homemade Quest Bars)
- Coco Banana Chia Pudding (Kasey J Smith)
- Banana Pineapple Green Smoothie (Kristin Longacre)
- Strawberry Kiwi Granola (Kaila Rose)
- Healthy Flourless Oatmeal Cookies (Ilka Erath)
And there you have it folks! I hope this post gives you some motivation to go the extra mile this school year and get your health goals, along with your academic goals! Remember that a healthy body is a healthy mind – which means that when you take care of yourself internally, you are so much better equipped to be a badass in every other aspect of your life.
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness