Zella PRO: Life Hacks for Living Well, Part III

’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

Last up, we’ve got Laurie Grant, a certified fitness instructor in Calgary, AB.

Integrate Wellness into Busy Days
Like everyone, I try to balance my full life, which for me includes raising a family, full-time work and teaching fitness classes 4-5 times per week. Here are a few tips from my experience that might help you.
1. Get outside. Even if you have a jam-packed day, try to get outdoors whenever possible. A quick 15-minute walk does the mind, body and spirit good!
2. When you can’t get outside, skip the elevator. Stair climbing offers endless benefits: it builds muscle and strength, tones the lower body, strengthens the core, improves heart health and enhances balance and stability.
3. Recruit friends or colleagues to join you in wellness—even just to get a coffee and use those stairs! If someone joins me, I am more likely to do the activity, and I enjoy it more. Plus, we motivate each other!

Fit Travel Tips
There are endless options for integrating wellness while away from home. Whether you head to a destination that’s hot or cold, think creatively and use the elements to your advantage. Snowy landscapes are great for tobogganing—the walk uphill will get your heart pumping and the downhill ride will make you smile (endorphins!). Beaches are a perfect place for a pickup game like volleyball or throwing a Frisbee with a friend. A brisk walk in dry sand or deep snow will make you feel muscles you never knew you had.

If you’re going by plane, get up and out of your seat as much as possible. It will make you feel better during and after the flight as well as lower your risk of blood clots. Try walking lunges down the aisle, or do stationary wall squats in the front or back of the cabin.

Simple Steps to Better Living
Self care. Wellness and balance require that you take time to look after yourself. This might be eating well, staying hydrated, taking a lunch break each day, enjoying a little downtime or even a long bath.
Honor your successes. Every movement counts. Try not to compare your life or activities to anyone else. Instead, seek inspiration from those around you and acknowledge their good work, which makes you both feel good.
Get out of your comfort zone! Our bodies thrive on being challenged—even if just for a short time. Take a risk and try something new.

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—Jeff Powell