Work, Play Balance

Happy Saturday!! Who’s excited to have a little fun this weekend?!? Today I’m lucky enough to get to go to the Kenny Chesney/Jason Aldean concert at the Rose Bowl…woot woot!! It’ll definitely be a lot of fun but also full of tempting fried food and beer. This brings me to today’s topic, how to balance staying fit and having fun.

We are all human and like to have a little or should I say a lot of fun.  For me I know that I want to enjoy myself at the concert today and have a beer and dare I say maybe even a fry or two…gasp! This is where balance comes into play.  Knowing that I will be consuming a few more calories today than usual I went on an extra long run this morning and had some delicious green juice for breakfast.  By getting in a good workout in the morning and having a healthy breakfast I can enjoy the rest of my day guilt free.  Now this doesn’t mean that I’m going to go scarf down a ton of unhealthy food and beverages, that would defeat the purpose, but it does mean that I can enjoy my time at the concert knowing that I burned a few extra hundred calories in the morning and one beer is not going to ruin all my hard work.

One of my big tips for finding the motivation to workout in the morning is GET OUTSIDE! There’s something about the warmth of the sun shining on your skin that makes working out so much easier.  Maybe running isn’t your thing but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw the kids in a stroller and go for a good long walk or even go to your local park and perform bodyweight movements such as lunges, pushups, squats, etc.  Most of us are locked in an office for 40+ hours a week and lack the Vitamin D our body needs.  Not only does working out in the morning allow for play later in the day but as Elle Woods says, “working out gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy”!  I love starting my Saturday feeling happy, rejuvenated, and energized.  It sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I laced up my shoes this morning and drove to my favorite local park where I get to stare at a beautiful pond surrounded by trees while running.  This park is where I trained for my first half marathon and it will always be one of my favorite places to run.

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I need to get these sweaty close off and put on my party pants so I’ll leave you with this…work hard, play hard, and lace up those dang shoes and get your butt outside!

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