How Flexible Are You?

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If you are guilty of skimping on exercise and healthy eating habits you may be at risk for stress related illnesses and diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week and two days of muscle-strengthening activity. That is equivalent to approximately 20 minutes per day. Flight attendant and fitness enthusiast Lenee Adkins explains how she makes time for a healthy jet setting lifestyle.

“No one is perfect. My full time career is a Flight Attendant, with that I am a trainer, dancer and fitness competitor. I wear so many hats but I would not have it any other kind of way. Juggling my full-time career, traveling, training, preparing for shows is a real task. I prepare every meal for every trip on the plane. I pack all necessary equipment such as my jump rope, resistance bands and music. It’s an extreme challenge to walk around with a refrigerator on your back(keeping food cold), working 14 hours and still get on the treadmill.

There are days I get so tired of cooking, weighing and packing food that I just want to throw a whole lot of peanut butter jelly sandwiches in a bag and go. My weakness is pancake puppies from Denny’s. I overcome this weakness by allowing myself to occasionally eat them. This makes me appreciate them much more and feels more like a treat. I don’t know where I find the will to maintain my fitness regimen but I pull it out of my reserve tank. I know it has to be done.

I think its important to make fitness/health a priority, in the same way we go to church every Sunday or brush our teeth everyday.There must be balance. Fulfill yourself spiritually. Fulfill yourself mentally. Fulfill yourself physically? It’s not about just looking good or it being a fad. It’s about being healthy and making it a lifestyle. I love the way it makes me feel inside and out. I love the way it makes me look. By no means is it a cure for any sickness or disease but it helps to lower the risks,” says Lenee.

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How to make time for fitness tips:

  • In a world with business meetings, conference calls, school plays, family outings, and an inbox with never-ending e-mails, it’s no wonder people find it difficult to make time to exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week and two days of muscle-strengthening activity. That is equivalent to approximately 20 minutes per day. But according to the American College of Sports Medicine, less than two-thirds of adults in the United States get the recommended minimum amount of exercise. If you are guilty of skimping on exercise, try some of these tips to incorporate fitness into your daily routine.

  • Make Exercise Time Flexible: Split up your workout time to better fit your schedule. If you can only exercise 10 minutes per day during the week, that’s okay. Leave the longer workouts for the weekend to make up for lost time.

  • Schedule Workouts: Plan your workout for the day just like you map out your work day with business or family events. This allows you to prepare mentally and physically to start and complete the workout of your choice.

  • Add Home workouts: Prepare for unexpected circumstances that will keep you from sticking to your fitness goals by having exercise alternatives available like workout home videos.

  • Change Your Mindset: Think of exercise like brushing your teeth. It’s something you must do to sustain your health. Fitness is a security blanket that enhances your life now and in the future.

  • Find a trainer: Motivate yourself to stay on track with a trainer 2 days a week. A fitness expert will help push you past your limit and help you perform exercises you hate doing until you learn how to master and love that particular exercise.

  • Do what you love: Don’t force yourself to do workouts that you hate by yourself until you learn to love them. This almost guarantees that you won’t stick with the program. Instead, pick an activity that you love and find ways to make it physically challenging.

Lenee Adkins

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