Updated: Mar 15, 2022
I love walking and fitness. I started on my fitness journey very young, I would always fall off the wagon time and time again. My goal today is to bring activity into my life as a daily routine. Exercise is now a habit for me.
In the past, I would be a gym rat. Spent way too many hours at the gym, paying a yearly fee, and never used exercise classes. On my 1st maternity leave, I had the time and attended every class possible. Then I fell in love with Zumba, barre, yoga, and weight training classes.
I began to build my cardiorespiratory system and did a step class a few days a week. I was a regular stepper and became very confident in complex step moves. Zumba was another one of those classes that took me forever to get into, I found it fun but I'm a person with two left feet. I would be doing my own move most of the time, cause my hips could never move that way the instructor did. Weight class was another must-attend class. I would do body pump at Goodlife a few days a week, my muscles were toned and I could definitely see the definition in my body.
Now that the Covid pandemic has been around for about 2 years, I have adapted my exercise routine into more home workouts and fitting exercise whenever I can. For example, in the mornings after I drop off my daughter at the school bus, I walk an extra 20-30 minutes to start my day. In the winter months, I walk or jog on the treadmill a few days a week.
Beginning in January, I decided to add resistance training into my exercise routine. The benefits go beyond looking good. Resistance training is good for bone health, muscle strength, and performing everyday activities with ease.
I recently completed the online portions of Canfitpro's Personal Training Certification course. I will be writing the theory exam and completing the practical exam very soon. I am hoping to add value to my practice as a Nutritionist. Since we know fitness and nutrition go hand in hand.
Start by adding low-impact exercises such as yoga, platies, Tai Chi, swimming, and cycling. Low impact exercises allow you to stay active while reducing the stress our place upon your joints.
Here are some tips to add activity into your daily routine:
Go for a walk at your lunch break
Take the stairs
Get off the bus one stop ahead and walk
Move around while you watch television
Go for a walk after dinner
Walk with the kids
Walk an extra block with the dog
Grab a friend or your partner and head to a trail
Make activity fun
Remember every little step counts!
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, I will focus on all aspects of a person's wellbeing and life. If you have any questions or comments you can send me an email at BlendaRHN@gmail.com
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The entire contents of this article are based upon the opinions of Blenda Chan. Please note that Blenda Chan is not a dietitian, physician, pharmacist or other licensed healthcare professional. The information in this article is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health care professional. This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases. Always consult with your primary care physician or licensed healthcare provider for all diagnosis and treatment of any diseases or conditions, for medications or medical advice as well as before changing your health care regimen.