GET OUT THERE
Daily Ways to Stay Active
You’ve probably heard that sitting is the new smoking, but before you trash all your chairs and opt for standing desks, remember that it’s not the action of sitting that’s the most detrimental to your health. Instead, it’s the prolonged absence of movement. As you begin your New Year’s resolutions, see if you can try these daily ways to stay active.
Shy away from convenience.
Elevators, close parking spaces, and moving sidewalks have made the world more accessible for those whose disabilities prevent them from climbing the stairs or walking far distances. But these advancements were not intended to serve everyone. Instead, if you’re capable, opt for the stairs, or park further from the door. Your body — and your cardiologist —will thank you for the added walking and exercise.
Create a chore chart.
Chores are a simple way to make sure you get some extra legwork in during your day. Vacuum on Mondays for a strength workout, dust around the house to get your steps in on Tuesdays, and practice squats as you fold and put the laundry away on Wednesdays. By ensuring that you have to get up and do something around the house, you can almost guarantee you’re getting some movement in. ( Pro tip: Turn on some music and dance while you work!)
Easy Tomato Soup
Leave your desk during lunch.
Inspired by Nom Nom Paleo
Sometimes, stepping away from your desk for a lunch break feels like the last thing you can do. But it may be just what you need to stay active. Studies have found that getting away from your desk for lunch could make you more productive when tackling that big task list. When you’re more productive at work, you save some precious time to dedicate to exercising at home. In addition, when you couple lunch with a quick walk or yoga meditation, you’re moving your body in easy and effective ways.
2 tbsp coconut oil 4 leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced
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1 cup chicken broth 8.5 oz coconut milk
6 cloves garlic, minced
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Freshly ground black pepper
1 28-oz can roasted and diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic is
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1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté leeks in coconut oil until softened and translucent, about 7–10 minutes. 2. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat. 3. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée entire can of tomatoes, including juice, until smooth. 4. Add sautéed leeks and garlic and purée again. 5. Transfer purée to a saucepan and add chicken broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then drop to simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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