Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just Send Waffles Pt 2: Healthy Goodies + Activities

Dear Friends,

My neighbor and I were talking the other day about how food has become a go-to method for rewarding ourselves for something good (or bad)...and how often socializing involves eating out. In fact it's quite difficult it is to find activities that don't revolve around food.  While I love lingering conversations over a good meal and a glass of wine more than anything, (and will continue to plan room for these special meals), I also want to challenge myself to find activities I enjoy apart from drinks or dinner out --- for my health and my wallet!  Winter makes it even trickier, without flavorful farmers markets and sunshine beckoning us outside.

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day must surely be easier when full of colorful + bright fruit!!
(Source: L, R)
After reading an article on non-food rewards, I've been trying to come up with a list of activities and goodies on my own.  Not wanting to swap out one fallback habit for another (cough, shopping...), here's what I've come up with so far.  I'd love to hear some of yours!!

Low Cost OR Free Goodies/Activities:
1.  Save new songs to a workout playlist (If you already have Pandora or Spotify, make a new mix to put on shuffle)
2.  Grab a new water bottle, insulated ones are great to keep water chilled at work or the gym
3.  Try a new nail polish and a DIY paint job
4.  Download a new app to track fitness minutes or other goals
5.  Make room in your grocery list for fresh fruit or berries for infused water or fresh juicing
6.  Buy a new shower gel for after the gym OR a scented candle for a muscle-soak
7.  Try a new all-fruit Popsicle or 100% juice/coconut water/sparkling water
8. Invite friends over for a) watching a live sporting event and challenge yourself to make only fresh snacks, b) a game night with a tea bar, or c) a home-spa evening, have everyone bring 2 or 3 nail polish colors and try a new color on each finger if you want!
9.  Read the free guilty-pleasure magazines while working out at the gym
10.  Go to the library and check out a new movie or book, give your body a rest

I love my floral Gaiam mat + my Contigo water bottles.
Mid-Cost Goodies/Activities:
11.  Purchase a yoga mat or band to try out some Youtube moves
12.  Buy some fun recipe cards to jot down a few favorite home-cooked, healthy staples
13.  Find a new article of workout clothing in a bright or fun color
14.  Listen to music at the gym with a fun new pair of headphones or earbuds
15.  Experiment by taking a new class somewhere (yoga, barre, kickboxing, etc.)
16.  Sign up for a health or fresh cooking magazine subscription OR grab a new journal to track food, write new recipes down in, or just decompress thoughts
17.  Splurge on a manicure OR a pair of lifting gloves!

I'm fairly certain I would run faster with these hedgehog earbuds from Modcloth...
(Source: L, C, R)
Save-Up Goodies/Activities:
18.  Celebrate a new goal achieved by signing up for a fun art class (like the ones at Larkin!), or go to a live show at a local brewery --- something you really enjoy
19.  Sign up for a gym membership or add on to a current one with pool or class perks
20.  Try a new hairstyle (cut or color)
21.  Research a new workout technique you're interested in, invest in the supplies (like boxing gloves, yoga bands, hiking/camping gear)
22.  Get fitted for a really good pair of running shoes
23.  Save up for a massage to soothe sore muscles
24.  Invest in a fitness tracker (this is one I've not done yet, keeping it as a big reward)...would like to try a fitbit to track heart rate, sleep, steps, etc.
25.  Plan a beach trip and run by the sea <3

Top: Running by the water with the sun setting, yes please!
Lower: Try a new class as a treat to mix-up your routine!!

Just as an FYI, here are some of the local gyms and studios in Harrisonburg.  I'm only familiar with Gold's, 24/7, Planet Fitness, RMH, and Breathe, but I've heard great things about the rest!  

Gyms (alphabetically):
24/7 Harrisonburg Family Fitness
Gold's Gym
Planet Fitness
RMH Wellness Center

Studios (alphabetically):
Breathe: Pilates/Barre
The Center: Yoga
Hot Yoga Harrisonburg
The Nest: Yoga
Shenandoah Yoga

Any thoughts or ideas?  Leave some below!

Until Soon,
Sara XX

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Kay W.


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