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School has been back in session for close to three months now, and I am SO glad–the summer just wreaks havoc on my daily routine and schedule. Being a teacher on summer vacation apparently tells my body that it’s okay to let my fitness routine and healthy habits slide. I hate to admit that this is the case, but it’s sadly true. With school back in session though, I’ve been working hard to get my healthy habits back on track–I’ve got to keep germs and sickness at bay somehow (those pesky germs are just everywhere in the classroom)! Today I’d like to show you some easy tips I love to use to keep myself healthy all school-year long, with a little help from Advil® and Chapstick®.
With the crazy busy schedule that I have, I have to make a plan and stick with it. Here are some of my best tips on getting back to healthy now that the school year has started:
1. Fill your smartphone with workout apps.
From pilates to yoga to weightlifting and more, there really is an app for everything. I keep a yoga mat and small weights stashed in my bedroom so I can do a quick workout from home whenever I want.
I use my smartphone as a great tool to lead me through whatever type of workout I’m feeling that day. There are plenty of free fitness apps available–you’ll definitely be able to find one that suits you!
2. Plan your meals ahead of time.
This is a huge one for me, as I am very guilty of letting my inner hangry monster rear her ugly head. If I do not plan my meals ahead of time, I will definitely pull my car through the closest drive thru and forget the whole idea of staying healthy.
One of my favorite go-to make ahead meals are mason jar salads. I make a whole set of five on Sunday, and I’m good to go for the rest of the week.
3. Turn TV time into a quick workout.
Sometimes, getting to the gym just isn’t a possibility. Sometimes, I am just in desperate need of some TV time. My favorite thing to watch are hockey games, so I kill two birds with one stone and turn my tv-watching time into a workout. Here’s an example of my hockey-watching workout:
It’s so simple to create a TV workout of your own. If you have a favorite TV show or sport, use common events, words, or actions that happen during each episode or game, and assign an exercise move for each of those things. It will keep you moving while you still get to enjoy yourself!
4. Make a workout clothespin jar.
Here’s a super simple, cute, and fun way to get a workout in. You’ll need a jar, clothespins, and a permanent marker.
On each clothespin, choose an exercise and a number of reps, such as 10 burpees, 20 mountain climbers, 25 crunches (so on and so forth–you get the idea!). Write the number of reps and exercise onto each clothespin and clip the pin to the rim of the jar with the lettering facing in.
For my jar, I used enough clothespins to fill the entire rim of the jar, about 10-15 pins.
To complete your workout, simply choose a clothespin and perform the exercise the given number of times. When you’re done, place the pin inside the jar. Ta-da!
When you get really in shape, repeat the process 2-3 times total for a killer at-home workout.
5. Stock up on at-home health-helpers.
I always keep my medicine cabinet fully stocked, so that I’m ready for whatever germs life throws in my direction. Two things I always have on hand? Advil® Liqui-Gels® and Chapstick!
With all this exercising I’ve been doing to get back on track, I definitely need my Advil® on hand, because “Nothing’s faster on tough pain*” *Among OTC pain relievers. Use as directed. Those little Liqui-Gels® are super handy too, when it comes to relieving the headaches brought on my teaching middle school art.
I also love keeping Chapstick® on hand during this time of year to keep my lips healthy and smooth. Back-to-school has meant back to a LOT of talking for me, and my dry lips are ever-so-thankful for the relief that Chapstick® brings, especially since it’s like “Skincare for lips™.”
Lucky for me, it’s super easy to find these and other great Pfizer health-helpers at my local Walmart. I pick them up right in the same aisle too, which makes them super convenient.
What are your top tips for staying healthy now that we’re back in school? Share your ideas in the comments below! You can also check out more from Advil® and Chapstick® at Walmart by visiting their site here and here.