As I was doing my cardio this morning I was thinking about something that I think a lot of people forget when they are on the treadmill.. or the elliptical.. or the stairmaster. Be mindful of what your body is doing. These cardio exercises can require very little of our attention and often people (including me) read magazines or are glued to the closed captioning on the TVs in front of them. I used to always, always have a magazine with me to get through my cardio and when I didn’t have it I was so bored I would usually quit early.
Then one day I forgot my magazine and decided to try what I had read about a few times in different magazines. Be mindful of what your body is doing. The first time I really tried this I was on the stairmaster, with no magazine, and the TV was too far away. So, to get through the next 30 minutes I focused on what I was actually doing. I squeezed my glutes, made sure my heels were down, paid attention to my posture, kept my core tight, and you know what? I was dying in about 10 minutes. Who knew?? When you focus on the little things your different muscles are doing – they work harder. The New York Times did an article on this and Tosca Reno did an interview on it as well. There are dozens of studies, articles, etc. out there about it if you want to read. But I would recommend to just try it.
Oatmeal cooked with water on the stove:
Blueberries mixed in (I read if you mix them into the oatmeal so they warm up they release more antioxidants..who knows if that’s correct but I do it.)
1 scoop of protein powder and 1/4 cup of almond milk whisked together. I got this idea from the Eat Clean Diet Recharged book.
1 tbsp flaxseed
Sprinkle of cinnamon