It's that time of year when everyone is trying to better themselves. My Facebook timeline is full of people talking about changing their eating habits, getting more active, quitting smoking, taking vitamins, you name it and they're doing it!
I came up with my own Ways to Be More Active and while I usually do these things, I've been really slacking lately, partly due to my busy travel schedule and partly due to being stuck at my desk working to catch up...and partly due to laziness during the hectic holiday season. BUT I AM DETERMINED TO CATCH UP.
Of course, I've been on this path to self improvement for a few years now, and while I was making incredible progress, the incredible amount of travel I did in 2017 - and eating (and drinking) all kinds of things that I don't normally eat at home - led to my gaining a whopping 18 pounds.
I've always been careful about what I eat, but now that I am home and trying to get back into better shape - not just weight-wise, but physically as well (let me tell you, I can't climb 4 flights of stairs as well or as quickly as I used to!), I am paying special attention to what I am eating, drinking and doing each day.
One of the ways I am trying to get back into the habit of taking better care of my body is by drinking BODYARMOR SuperDrink.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of BODYARMOR SuperDrink in conjunction with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network..
You may have heard of BODYARMOR before, but this is my first time trying them, and I like them much more than some other "sports drinks" because they're lower in calories and carbohydrates than the sports drinks I am used to seeing on store shelves.
BODYARMOR SuperDrink is a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration because it is packed with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins and is low in sodium and high in potassium.
While I don't exactly live the usual "healthy lifestyle" of my peers by going to the gym, I get my physical activity in in other ways and these 5 Ways to Be More Active in 2018 can really help ANYONE get into better physical shape if they're not fans of the gym either! Actually, I honestly think that everyone should do these things even if they DO go to the gym regularly!
5 Ways to Be More Active
Take the Stairs
One of the easiest ways to get your body moving, heart rate up and build tones legs is by taking the stairs whenever possible. If I am going to say, the second or third floor, I ALWAYS take the stairs. Sometimes even if it's on the fourth floor, if I am not too tired or I am not carrying a lot of bags.
Find An Outdoor Activity That You Love
I absolutely love kayaking. While it isn't a full body work out, it does help tone my core, my arms and my back. Sometimes people ask me how my back is so sexy when I don't lift weights...um, it's the kayaking!
For you, it may be a sport, tennis, rollerblading - anything that keeps you moving! The added benefit is that you're spending time outdoors and soaking up nature as well. Just don't forget sunscreen and protective gear. If you're going a water activity, safety first! Make sure that your equipment is up to date and you're following the rules for what you should bring along.
I love taking my lunch out with my when I kayak, and I have started bringing BODYARMOR Super Drink with me to sip while I am out in the sun to stay hydrated (another important part of being safe while doing outdoor activities).
So what is so different about BODYARMOR SuperDrink? Well, for starters, it is a premium sports drink that provides superior hydration, completely packed with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins - AND it is low in sodium and high in potassium, containing natural flavors and sweeteners and no colors from artificial sources.
Yeah, you heard that right - no sweeteners! As someone who really tries to follow a low carb diet, this is perfect for me because it's not full of sugar! It's such a great brand that in 2013, Kobe Bryant joined the BODYARMOR team as the number three shareholder in the company. Yes, NUMBER THREE.
In 2017, BODYARMOR launched two new products: BODYARMOR LYTE and BODYARMOR Water. BODYARMOR LYTE has all the same nutrients as BODYARMOR, and it's naturally sweetened and has only 20 calories per serving. That's right, 20 calories per serving.
BODYARMOR water is a premium sport water designed by athletes, for athletes, but something that everyone can enjoy and reap a great reward from! BODYARMOR is the brand of choice for athletes and has assembled an impressive team of young, superstar athletes such as James Harden, Mike Trout, Dustin Johnson, Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Dez Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Buster Posey, Skylar Diggins and several others.
Find Something That You're Comfortable With
I recently discovered yoga, and I am madly, completely in love with it! It's a great way to center your mind and also build muscle tone...there are options for every person and stage of fitness and I highly recommend it!
Walk! Walk Your Dogs or Event Just Yourself
GO FOR A WALK. I have dogs, and while I suck at walking them often because they are always barking at other dogs, I try to get my legs moving at least once a day! You can take your dogs around the block, or even just to the dog park. Anything that gets you both moving!