Staying Motivated to Keep Active

We’ve all been guilty of the on-again, off-again commitment to an exercise program… Though our body has a way of telling us when it needs a tune-up, fitness experts say it’s much easier to stick to when its part of your daily routine.

Just a 30-minute program five times a week (or a 60-minute workout at least three times a week) is enough to improve your overall health and well-being.

Remember that staying physically active is a major factor in disease prevention! Exercise also works to build strength, enhance endurance and improve balance.

Tips:

  • Set small, measurable goals.
  • Schedule an exercise time that works for you.
  • Be consistent.
  • Exercise with a friend.
  • Tune into your favorite music while exercising to stay motivated!

For your own safety, always be sure to stretch and include a light warm-up and cool-down period before and after your exercise. Eat a high-protein and nutritious snack afterwards for muscle growth and tissue repair!


Banana-Cocoa Soy Smoothie

With plenty of protein from both tofu and soymilk, this banana-split-inspired breakfast smoothie will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

1 serving | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour (includes freezing time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Preparation:

  1. Slice banana and freeze until firm.
  2. Blend tofu, soymilk, cocoa and honey in a blender until smooth. With the motor running, add the banana slices through the hole in the lid and continue to puree until smooth.

Nutrition:

Per serving : 340 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 60 g Carbohydrates; 17 g Protein; 10 g Fiber; 121 mg Sodium; 749 mg Potassium

Recipe: Eatingwell.com