3 Simple Steps in 30 Minutes to a Healthier You

Do you ever feel like it’s hard enough to find time to write, but you should find time to exercise and stay healthy too? (groans)

It’s the holiday season full of fantastic food, family and friends, and at times I’m sure the majority of us indulge. So, rather than wait for the holidays to end for that New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, lose weight and exercise, why not start now? Exercising every day is helpful if you have time. However, I’ve found that 3-5 days a week is sufficient. Keep it simple and it’ll get done. Right now, along with healthy eating, I’m in the process of the workout below and am finding it to work so well, I wanted to share it.


Step One: Take ten thousand steps each workout. I saw this tip on a morning news show. I know it sounds like a lot, but it only takes about 25 minutes to walk 10, 000 steps! I recommend, if you don’t have a lot of space, the stepper pictured above. It’s the one I use, and it works really well. You can also buy a pedometer and take a fun walk instead!

Step Two: Work out your arms without weights or the gym. The arm bands on the stepper above get the job done. You can work out your biceps and triceps easily. If arm bands aren’t for you, you can do other exercises while you’re stepping. On the same morning news show, I saw some other terrific ideas: 1. 100 front claps with your arms extended in front of you, but don’t let your hands touch. 2. 100 back claps, same as the front, but behind you. 3. 100 alternate left and right punches to the ceiling with your hands and arms directly in front of you.

Step Three: Abdominals! After having six kids, I find that doing regular sit-ups doesn’t work. I do a modified form of P-90 X Abdominals. The regular workout takes fifteen minutes, but doing a modified version on my own without watching the video can take as little as five minutes!

Good luck and feel free to share your workout successes. Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


About jvcarrwriterauthor

Everybody has realistic dreams, ones that start with a seed in the heart, are watered, then grow. Well...I finally published my dream, my young adult novel entitled Username: Bladen. The idea to write it literally struck me in the darkness of the night. I began this project not too long ago, though now it feels like forever. This book, in its original manuscript form, meandered down a typical publishing path in many ways, until it recently settled (Yay!) on the shelves of cyberspace. Soon, I hope it will find a happy home on the shelves of many book lovers, in a real home not just a virtual one. After all who doesn't like to see their dreams come true? Today, with the technological advances that we enjoy, dreams of publishing are well within a writer's grasp. Every mom, much to their chagrin, experiences sleepless nights. With six kids, I honestly can't remember the last time I slept through the night. Typically, when I wake up and can't fall back to sleep, I think too much about things, meditate, or pray. One night as I was praying, the plot for Username: Bladen literally flooded my thoughts. I got so excited about it that I decided to sit down and write and write and write. I spent a lot of time learning about publishing. I joined forums and writers' groups. When I finished my manuscript, I entered it into The Sandy Writing contest, which was a terrific learning experience. I didn't win, but one judge loved my story and gave me almost a perfect score. That gave me a lot of encouragement. I also queried it a little, and am amazed by how much I learned and loved the process. I know nobody likes rejection letters, but I appreciated the personal letters I received from agents that gave me insight into why they rejected my manuscript. Then finally, after I learned that publishers don't have a lot of shelf room for young adult novels with a male protagonist, I decided to stop querying and publish through Westbow. I found an extremely talented editor, and rather quickly finished the process of publishing my book. I couldn't be happier with the final result. If anyone has a story to tell, are willing to be diligent, and have a dream to be a published author, you can do it! Believe in yourself and make your dream come true!
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