I am that person (like many others) who does not like a lot of exercise.
But - I do feel so much better when I do some exercise. So I do.
Just walking, some yoga flexibilities and poses, some very light weights. That's my thing.
But of late, this has all gone awry. Life just happened and I ended up with next to no free time, and too tired to move my body.
this little cutie is one of the reasons that I've been "all over the place"
the four pillars of health: physical health
You know: diet, exercise, sleep, water, etc. I have been through a crazy time, with very little spare time to be me. In the sense of the things that I do to maintain myself. However, things are now easing up, and I'm looking at what I actually could have done to make this pillar easier.
When I'm so stressed and busy that I can't organise myself, I don't seem to think logically about what I can do with no effort. But, I do believe that when things are sorted out in advance, and are adjusted to be do-able, then when those crazy, overbusy, stress times come, we have something to fall back on.
Sometimes less really is more.
So what did I do, and what could I have done?
fluids:Instead of overindulging in tea and coffee, I could have just carted a water bottle everywhere, and had lots of swigs whenever I got tired or nervy. But I didn't. (logic going out of the window)
I really could have organised food easier. I got into some bad habits .... And because I was away from home most days, I have now put some serious thought into portable food. I honestly could have made up a quick sandwich the night before, or prepared food box for the car. And my bottle of water. I'm still working on organising this regularly. And also made sure that I had "fast" food at home.
Fast food for breakfast: I've worked out two options. One is a protein shake: protein powder, some sort of milk, banana. I've been all over the place with breakfast, and this has just added more stress and funny blood sugar. I realise that I could have whizzed up said smoothie the night before, so that I then would remember to take it in the morning. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I also have made some granola which of course is very portable. The overnight oats that I made to eat at my destination? Disgusting. I'll never do that again.
Being me, if I start adding extras or yummy bits and pieces, to a lunch box, or a smoothie - disaster. It just all gets out of hand. So I do need my food to be basic.
Fast food for dinner: I could have hard boiled eggs and kept them in the fridge. I now have frozen fish, cottage cheese and cheddar, on hand. And I always have red lentils which cook in 10 minutes. All I need then to add to any of these, are some steamed frozen vegetables (folate mix, and corn), which I have done. Protein and vegies.
Oh dear. What can I say. I really bombed out here.
I've had a trapped nerve in one of my legs which had greatly restricted movement. It's easing up now. Plus I've been looking after wee doggy. She has had a mishap to her formerly cute pompom tail and has needed a lot of care for a few months now. I didn't have the time nor energy (plus leg pain!!) to take her for decent walks but have managed frequent short promenades every day and night. For Pixie, and also for me, as something is better than nothing.
Light weights. On an extremely busy day, especially when my body is stiff and sore, I have a little standing yoga flexibility routine that takes five minutes. And it honestly makes such a difference. I don't know why these aren't emphasised more in yoga. Then I have a five minute light weight standing yoga sculpting routine. Mostly these yoga exercises are unknown, but they are great. If I can only fit in ten minutes, I do the flexibilities and sculpting. Something is better than nothing.