How To Work With What’s Available

Not everyone has easy access to fresh, local organic fruits and vegetables, nor do they have a fully equipped gym at their disposal. However, no matter the circumstances, there is always a way to implement a healthier and more active lifestyle.

If you’re out of town on business or visiting family or friends, you can still stick to a program! If possible and appropriate, make sure those around you understand what you are trying to accomplish. They don’t have to join you, just to respect your efforts. Try to start your days off with a decent breakfast like an egg and a piece of fruit, or a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit. Try to stick to the standards that help you stay fit at home – snack well throughout the day on veggies with hummus, or nuts with dried fruit. If you end up breaking the diet a little at lunch or dinner at least you’ve been good for most of the day and your body will be more forgiving and burn through those empty calories quicker. For a simple out of town exercise routine, you can do a 20-minute set of push-ups (modified on the knees if needed), bodyweight lunges, and alternating dead bug leg drops. Do this 5 times through, as many reps on each set as you can sustain. You can also use a chair and add in dips and step ups.

Some of us live quite a distance from a grocery store with fresh produce, or don’t have a convenient gym nearby. There are some basic things you can do to combat this. In terms of diet and food, don’t forget that frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as dried, have the same vitamin and fiber content as fresh. Organic lean protein (think chicken and fish) can be bought in bulk and frozen. Nuts and seeds are also a staple you should buy in bulk and store in the pantry. You will find that these basics are generally more cost effective than packaged and processed goods. For exercise, have a space set aside for yourself at home that you only use for just that. Get some basic equipment such as a rolling bench, a set of adjustable dumbbells and a jump rope – these are relatively minor investments that will last you at least for 10+ years. Additionally, walking/running outside is one of the most basic free workouts you can do (add in some hills!) – take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, whatever gets you moving!

You can eat healthfully and exercise regularly, no matter the roadblocks – it just takes some extra planning. When you get to the store you can stock up on much of what it takes to build a quality diet for you and your family. A small space at home (or on the road) dedicated to exercise is more than sufficient to get the job done

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