Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I have been enjoying my elliptical machine. Though I love to be outdoors and normally spend many hours each week doing trail run/walks with my dear running buddy or running the circle in my neighborhood, there are times when I can't get out. I also have an Achilles heel injury which gets worse with the pounding of the pavement and I can't run very fast at all. The elliptical helps me get in good cardio.
I was running into trouble last month and gaining fast because of my injury and the fact that I wasn't being careful enough with what I was eating.
Time and time again I find that I feel my healthiest when I am living a balanced lifestyle. I can't just exercise and I can't just eat healthy. I have to work at doing my best in both areas. Recently I found that if something happens, whether it is an injury, travel or whatever, to keep me away from my workouts, I need to scale back and be careful with my diet. Likewise, if I have a special occasion or a time period where I get away from tracking and eating carefully, I need to ramp up on my workouts. These are not the only two areas of my life that require balance. Social time with family and friends, time with God and helping others are all important as well.
I also want to mention that along with my elliptical workout this morning I decided to do a couple of videos from the Sparkpeople video library. I choose an 18 minute yoga workout and a ten minute crunchless ab workout. Both were worth my time and it was a fun, different way to keep my body moving and active. I look forward to trying more videos and I would recommend the video library to anyone who wants to try something different and get a little coaching right from your own home.
May you find balance in your day. I'm so glad we can do this together!