In health

Treat yo' self

Working out, weight loss, fitness, health, rewards, coffee, swim, sweets, cravings, habits, habit loop

     I've been working on losing the freshman fifteen recently (not really fifteen but ya know.) The problem with working out and eating really healthy is I really like to reward myself after I've run my 2 miles for the day or gone a whole Monday without meat.

     I finally finished Charles Duhigg's book The Power of Habit after it sat on my bookshelf partially read for a year. In it, he says that habits, like working out or eating healthy, all have a cue, routine and a reward. So I've been on the hunt for rewards for working out that aren't just sweets. Here's what I've come up with

1. Sit out by the pool - Nothing is more relaxing the sitting out by the pool. My apartment just opened ours up for the summer last week, and I've been out more than three times. 

2. Buy a new book - I'm one of those people who likes to hoard books and wait around a few years before reading them. My last trip to Half price I came home with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The time travelers wife and Song of Solomon, all left unread for the past few months. However, my shrinking bookshelf has not stopped me from perusing amazon for a new kindle edition. 

3. Get a manicure - I hate paying to get my nails done just because I always feel like I could do it myself. But I will admit there is something insanely satisfying about a perfect french tip from a professional. If you're too short on cash (like I often am) grab a new summer color next time you're at the store. It's the little things.

4. Take a nap - Maybe I don't eat enough carbs, but I'm always exhausted after working out. There's no shame in hitting up a snooze post workout, my summer schedule is so weird that I very rarely get the chance for a power nap. 

5. New songs - I find it very difficult to create workout playlists, but music really helps me zone out during cardio. Buy (or acquire) a new album to work into your playlist after a really rad week.

6. Do some yoga - I love yoga, especially flow yoga, where things keep moving and there's a lot less spiritual, be one with the Earth garb. Despite enough warrior poses to make anyones leg's burn, I don't really feel like it's a hard core workout. So I use the yoga classes at my gym as a reward for a week's worth of workouts. It's a way to take a break from your regular routine, but still getting active and stretching your muscles.

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  1. omg I am obsessed with yoga! I recently started doing hot yoga and oh man, it's a life changer!

    xx, kenz