VZ 220: Exercise Isn’t an All-or-Nothing Proposition

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  We’ve always maintained that living a plant-based lifestyle shouldn’t be an all-or-nothing thing. It’s better to have a meatless Monday every week and make small changes at other times than to do nothing, right? Well, the same holds true for exercise. Too often, a fixed all-or-nothing mindset prevents us from getting the exercise our […]

VZ 217: Spotlight on the Peas and Carrots Society — Talking Yoga with Chris Bishop

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  Over the past couple of years our Facebook group, the Peas and Carrots Society, has grown into a vibrant, engaged community of amazing people. We’ve had so many interesting and inspiring discussions with members within the group, and we thought it would be fun to have some of those discussions on the podcast! In […]

Come Get Fit(Bit) with Us…Join Our FitBit Group, Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen Today!

Do you FitBit?  We got our FitBit devices a couple of weeks ago (I got the One and Vickie got the Charge HR).  Now, Vickie has always been athletic and loves to workout.  But what about me?  Yeah, that would be a big NO.  I realized that most days I was actually taking LESS THAN 2000 steps!

I’m finding that the FitBit is extremely motivating.  I like being able to simply push a button to check on my progress throughout the day.  I have my daily step goal set at 10,000 and if I get to the end of the day and only have 7K or 8K, I often get up and move around (march in place, put on some music and dance, go for a walk) to get to that sweet 10K.

The other thing I enjoy about FitBit is the social aspect.  Vickie and I regularly challenge each other to reach goals, and the communities are nice.  And now we have a community of our very own!

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To join our community, Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen, simply go to your FitBit dashboard and hover over the Community Tab at the top of the page.  Select”Activity Groups”.  When the groups page loads, search for Veggie Fit: Friends of Vegetarian Zen.  Click Join Group and you’re in!

Be sure to leave a comment on the welcome post and let us know a little about yourself.  Let’s get Veggie Fit!!


10000 Steps a Day

Larissa is working on walking 10000 steps a day.  She decided to walk to the UPS Store instead of driving to help her reach her goal.

Aaaaaand…Mission Accomplished! OVER 10,000 steps today!

Question: Do you have a daily step goal? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Exercise Quick Tip: Make Your Stairs Work for You

I have two issues, one good and one bad:

  1. I work from home. This is GOOD.
  2. I hate to exercise.  This is BAD.

You may be familiar with the 10,000 Steps guideline.  For most people, walking 10,000 steps is equal to about 5 miles, and about 30 minutes of exercise.  Taking 10,000 steps per day, then, is thought to be beneficial for overall health.  It may also work toward lowering BMI (Body Mass Index), increasing energy, and reducing the risk of developing Type II diabetes and heart disease.

Vickie and I recently purchased Fitbit devices.  I knew I was very sedentary, but until I started wearing this tiny device all day, every day I had no idea how few steps I could take in a single day.  Several days have been under 2000 steps!  Yikes.

One thing I have started doing when I’m at home during the day is using our stairs (there are 15 of them) to get myself moving more.  At the top of every hour I stop what I am doing (no matter what it is!) and run several courses up and down the stairs.  Each course is 15 steps, so if I go up and down twice, that’s 60 steps taken toward my goal of 10,000!

I use the Reminders app on my iPhone to make sure I don’t forget.

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Running the stairs may not get me to 10,000 all on its own, but it sure is a good start.  Now I can supplement with neighborhood walks, parking at the back of the lot when I go to the store, and other daily activities.

Question: What do you do daily to get in your 10,000 steps? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

VZ 023: Exercise Hacks

Even the most dedicated fitness fanatics sometimes find it challenging to get the job done.  For those who don’t enjoy it in the first place, the challenge can sometimes be overwhelming!  In this episode, we discuss tips to help keep you motivated and moving toward your fitness goals. We include a wide range of exercise […]

VZ 003: Time Is On My Side

  One of the most often-used excuses for not living a healthy, active lifestyle is that “there’s not enough time”. In this episode, we offer lots of helpful, time-saving tips for healthy eating, fitting exercise into your daily routine, and being more productive at work and in your personal life. Larissa presents some simple ways […]

Lose the Workout Blues: 3 Tips to Set Your Sneakers on Fire

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People often ask me how I stay so motivated for my workouts.   I love exercising but I recognize that I am probably in the minority when it comes to that.  There are a few things I do consistently that I think help me to feel pumped up and ready to go. Here are my top […]