Every grown-up has a similar pang of nostalgia — or panic — when summer fades into fall and kids start heading back to school.
Going back to school each September is such a significant part of our formative years. Being a student is the time when most of us develop our strongest organizational and other positive habits, building the blocks that prime us for a lifetime of continuous learning and personal achievement.
So, it’s no wonder that we feel this annual urge to make positive change and shift from lazy days of summer to a more productive and structured routine. That is what puts many of us in the perfect mindset come autumn to start — or restart — healthy fitness and nutrition habits.
Here are a few ways you can feel like a kid again and apply some healthy back to school strategies to your fitness and nutrition plan.
We all know the struggle.
The struggle of having to choose between giving up the bread carbs, or giving up the pasta carbs. Of course, we believe everything is good in moderation.
But an even better way to go about it – substitution.
I’m not going to show you a motivational picture of someone who, against all odds, has chiseled abs and ask “what’s your excuse” or “everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day, if they can do it, so can you”. I’m not even going to tell you what workout to do because none of it matters.
What matters is where you start.
Nothing beats a burger fix at your favorite grill joint.
But what if I told you, you can have a delicious burger that will settle your craving without the added cholesterol and fat of red meat?
Turkey burgers get a bad rep from our fellow carnivorous humans. But let’s be honest, not only is turkey a healthier source of protein, it is a versatile, leaner meat that can be made into anything.
We tend to focus on what we like to do, rather than what’s necessary. Meaning, if we like to strength train or do cardio, we seem to gravitate towards that option. I have always remembered a quote from the former Director of Conditioning of the Chicago White Sox, Vern Gambetta – who stated something to the effect of “it’s easy to do what you like but harder to do what is necessary.”