MIND: Substitutions and alternatives…that’s the name of the game when it comes to being successful at eating healthy and exercising – especially as we get closer to the holidays and as we dive deeper into these treacherous winter months. It can take a mental shift, but once you understand the power of healthy alternatives then you’ll be empowered to strive to reach your wellness goals. For instance…let’s talk butter, shall we? There will be lots of baking going on in the next few months and it’s important to shave calories and rid your recipes of unhealthy excess fat.
A few healthy substitutions for you are: applesauce, avocado, prune puree, date paste, or if you consume dairy..Greek yogurt is an option.
BODY: Now, when it comes to alternatives to outdoor exercise during the winter months…don’t just hang it up. You can either dress accordingly and still get outside to do your workouts or bring your winter workouts indoors. Remember that a summer body is made in the winter months so don’t let the cold days knock you off track. Try using a stationary bike, elliptical, or treadmill. Or better yet…just use your body to get in quick cardio bursts that will build muscle, shed fat, and get that heart pumping. Jump squats are a staple at my house. But you can also do high steps, jog in place, jump rope, jumping jacks, drop squats, push ups, burpees, punch outs, and the list goes on. Just do something! Pick 5 moves and do each one for 60 seconds. You’ll be amazed at what a daily 5 minute cardio burst workout can do for you.
SPIRIT: While there may be substitutes for eating and exercising there is NO substitute for Jesus! He is the way, the truth and the life. Allow him to keep you going strong – You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!

 

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