Hawthorne Plumbing Heating and Cooling - June 2020

JUNE 2020

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Renting out a Refurbished Lease on Life MY HEALTH STRATEGY Creative Ways to Burn Calorie

I always take my health and fitness seriously, but staying home forces me to think about it more carefully. Just a few weeks ago, I turned 40, and I have three girls who all want to see their father walk them down the aisle someday. So, burgers, fries, and skipping workouts isn’t going to cut it anymore. Men’s Health Week is June 10–16, so I want to share how I stay healthy even during a circumstance as unique as this pandemic. Staying home makes working out a struggle, especially if you’re living with loved ones, so it’s essential to get creative and find a safe space to exercise in. Working out is part of my routine, so for birthdays, I often get workout equipment like weights. Since my local gym isn’t open, I’m using our garage for a makeshift workout area. Since it’s a communal space, though, I’ve reduced my workouts from five to three days a week. I focus on endurance training and use mainly a whole body workout while trying to get some cardio in with the kids. Right now, everyone is cooped up and getting cabin fever, so I try to incorporate my kids into my exercise routine by taking them on walks around the neighborhood. All in all, it’s about ensuring you’re active every day and doing what you’re comfortable with by finding exercises you like. Even if it’s small, it’s better than nothing. My little brother has this saying that I always think about: “Just do you.”To give you perspective, my little brother is a 220-pound pure muscle gym rat. “If you don’t have exercise equipment, it’s time to rethink what you define as exercise because you can build muscle and burn calories by working around the house. For instance, we’ve been painting, rearranging furniture, and landscaping in our yard!”

If you don’t have exercise

equipment, it’s time to rethink what you define as exercise because you can build muscle and burn calories by working around the house. For instance,

we’ve been painting, rearranging furniture, and landscaping in our yard! Right now, I’m seeding

areas where the grass isn’t healthy and fixing sprinkler issues, which can equate to a full day of cardio when I’m finished.

When it comes to my diet, I try to eat right and remember the basics. Instead of reaching for the junk food in the pantry, I’ll grab a banana or an orange. If you have a sweet tooth, substitute strawberries for sugary treats. If you’ve read our previous newsletters, you know I’m a cooking machine. Grilling is healthier than most people think since you’re not baking anything in oil. To avoid carbs as much as I can, I’ll grill up broccoli and corn, which also gets me fiber. For protein, I love grilling chicken or tri-tip for the family. For breakfast, I’ll usually get up early and make eggs or an omelet. But if I’m in a rush, I’ll often grab a banana or an orange to avoid anything processed. If you’re struggling to get a good workout in or looking for ways to keep your family healthy, remember the basics and don’t be afraid to get creative. If you’re feeling cooped up, chances are the rest of your household is, too. It’s essential to communicate, and you should incorporate your kids into your exercise routine with walks if possible.

–Angel Martinez

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