We all know a healthy breakfast is important for everyone. Eating breakfast boosts brain functioning and attention span, reduces irritability and tiredness, and helps prevent overeating later in the day. During busy mornings, though, preparing a well-rounded breakfast may seem like a hurdle. When it comes to better breakfasts, a little planning ahead of time will go a long way!
Make sure you include nutrient-rich whole grains to energize both your body and brain. Compared to refined grains, whole grains provide a longer lasting source of energy and curb hunger, as they tend to digest more slowly. Try making a batch of whole-grain muffins with fruit and nuts.
Breakfast is a perfect time to enjoy the fruits and vegetables you need for optimal health. Try fresh seasonal fruit alone or in cereal, add frozen fruits to yogurt, or toss chopped vegetables into an omelet.
Whatever your morning routine, remember that breakfast is an important meal for you and your family, and doesn't have to be too time consuming!
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Group exercise classes draw people in for a number of reasons; the variety of formats, motivating instructors, socialization, and the accountability of having a set schedule. Whether you're a group ex vet, or still trying to work up the nerve to sign up, here are a few tips to remember:
1. It's all about YOU - regardless of why people come to class, they're usually too focused on their own workout and following the instructor to notice what others in the room are doing. Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has something that they struggle with. Focus on being the best YOU that you can be.
2. Let the instructor know if you have any concerns or fears - believe it or not, the instructor always knows you are there! Part of their job is to support you and make sure that you feel comfortable and safe. Tell them if you have any health concerns or injuries, or if you're feeling anxious or unsure. Communicating with them builds trust, and helps them to serve you better.
3. Always listen to your body - your instructors will do their best to offer modifications where needed, and assist you with proper form to ensure that you get a safe and effective work out. But YOUR body is in charge, so while you should follow your instructors' cues as best you can, if your body says "no", always listen to it. Sometimes pushing our bodies farther than what they are used to can be a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn't feel "wrong." If it does, stop right away and be sure to tell your instructor what you experienced so that they can assist you in finding an effective alternative.
4. Try something new! - Sometimes we find a favorite class or instructor that we love and look forward to so much that we develop tunnel vision. Keep up with the classes you love, but consider trying out something different once in awhile. Try your usual class with a different instructor, their style might challenge you in a new way! Don't think water aerobics are for you? Try Aqua Pump with your favorite Zumba instructor instead...you just might discover a new favorite!