|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Cleaning House|
What do fitness and nutrition have to do with cleaning house?
I’ve noticed two things, during my first week of contract work in San Francisco: my knees hurt from wearing dress shoes and soy lattes don’t give me the energy I need to clean house after a 9-hour work day. Does this happen to you?
What are some solutions for improving fitness and nutrition during the work week so you can “rule and subdue” your home? Is your compost bin smirking at you? Is your kitchen recyling spilling one or two plastic containers onto your floor? If your kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes like mine, by Thursday morning, it may be time for a change.
Here’s my experiment:
1. Eat fresh fruit two days a week at home. This in addition to making use of the fresh summer peaches and white nectarines that come to my boss’s office twice per week. How did I do it? On the way back from my morning lap swim at Heather Farms Clarke Memorial Swim Center, I stopped by Safeway for three fresh fruit bargins: avocados, red grapes, and peaches. Right now it’s budget friendly for me at a $1/avocado and 99 cents per pound for the grapes and peaches.
2. Drinking 16 oz. of water per sitting is also a habit I’ve noticed helps my energy level better than Diet Mountain Dew, Diet Ginger Ale and Welch’s Grape Juice. Do you drink similar sodas and still feel thirsty? Tell me if you do and what you’ve done to change your nutrition. I gave those office drinks three days to see how I felt. I decided to give up the Dew and Grape Juice. The Diet Ginger Ale I’ll wean myself off of gradually because it’s my fave.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol in Work Clothes and Dress Shoes|
3. Soothe my feet. Why? If you wear dress shoes, low heels and dress flats Monday through Friday you may suffer from Charlie horse leg spasms at night. I noticed this happened when I missed swimming laps or doing Theraband exercises weekly. What works for you? Please comment. My plan is to massage my feet after a shower and before bed. I’ll give myself a home pedicure on weekends. And most importantly, treat myself to a morning swim at least one morning per work week before hopping onto the BART train.
Sitting, standing and powerwalking in non-cross training shoes makes my leg muscles feel strange. Since I’m training for a trail 5K, a mud run and an aquathlon it’s critical that I study my habits to avoid injury.
So I’ll report back in three weeks on how these 3 Lifestyle changes will increase my nutrition and fitness level so that my new Lafayette apartment will be as clean as it was when I lived in Los Angeles.