Live a Colorful and Healthy Lifestyle

Today I’m doing something a bit different. I’m sharing the work of this amazing woman, Nadia Murdock. We worked together in other projects a couple of months ago, then she mentioned that she was writing this book about living healthy and exercising, I thought it would be great to share some of her tips with you guys.

I know you might think, “what does this have to be with color?”. Well, maybe nothing, maybe everything. When I created this blog, I was motivated by the idea of being able to inspire people to live a colorful lifestyle, to be happy, smile, feel confident and empowered, to love the colors in their homes, to love the colors in their wardrobe, but more important, to love yourself. So, I really hope you enjoy this interview with Nadia. I read her book, it made me feel that I wanted to start trying fun ways to exercise, eat healthier, wake up motivated to look better and feel better. I’m really happy she shared it with me.

Say hello to Nadia Murdock, fitness writer, author of  “You Can Have it All: Fitness Edition

Nadia Murdock Fit

I’m sure that you are a really busy person, those days when it seems like work will never end, how do you find the time to exercise?

I read somewhere that scheduling your workouts is a great way to stay committed.  Over the years I have mentally planned out out my workouts for the week and from time to time written them down.  It’s one of the things I teach my clients through my fitness coaching at Nadia Murdock Fit.  Another good tactic is putting in my mind that I will workout by the end of the day, I find myself looking forward to my workouts.

I have always been curious, Is there really any 10 minutes exercise that can actually do the trick for us?

For a long time I believed that if I couldn’t do a one hour workout what was the point?  That couldn’t be further from the truth, a short workout is better than no workout.  Squeezing in a heart pumping 10 minute routine is totally achievable and worthwhile.  Try doing the following with a 1 min rest (plank) in between.

  • 2 min Jumping Jacks
  • 1 min Plank
  • 2 min Burpees
  • 1 min Plank
  • 2 min Squats
  • 1 min Plank
  • 1 min High Knees
  • Stretch

I found your tips extremely interesting for working out at home. Can common tools like a bottle of water be as effective as weights for exercise?

Most certainly!  Think about all times you have lugged heavy groceries or carried a super sized detergent bottle.  If you are on a budget these items can be an ideal substitute, remember no excuses!

Alright, forgive me, but I’m gonna say it, I don’t like Yoga! Am I the only one that feels like this? I would love to know what other kinds of exercise would be a good yoga supplement, in case we are looking for something peaceful and relaxing like yoga but just not so passive?

You are not alone, many people are not fond of this practice and I use to be just like you believe it or not.  Here are some of my suggestions, try different instructors, DVD’s and types of Yoga.  By doing this I learned to like this practice, in particular Vinyasa (faster moving Yoga) and hot yoga!  However if you are still not sold I would suggest checking out a Pilates class or Barre class that isn’t exactly like Yoga but serves as a good cross training option.

Is there something that motivates you everyday to continue eating healthy and exercising more?

I keep a before and after photo of myself in my phone, when I am lacking motivation I look at it as a helpful reminder of how far I have come and maintained my weight-loss. I also follow several tumblr pages, Instagram and Pinterest boards to get new workouts, recipes and motivation.

I would love to hear your tips about how to start a healthy diet. I think it’s really important but I honestly never pay attention to what I eat. How can I start without feeling overwhelmed?

Another great question, changing your lifestyle is a huge commitment!  I would start with small changes and work your way to bigger ones. For example start swapping out white pasta for whole wheat pasta and then cutting down on pasta all together.  If you drink fruit juice start diluting it with water and then ideally omit it or drink it occasionally.  Instead of peanut butter try using almond butter.  Reading foodie blogs that offer healthy recipes can help introduce you to new dishes and ingredients you may not be familiar with.  I heard a saying once and I loved it “Simple Swaps”, so true!

What was your inspiration that made you start this journey helping and empowering others to achieve a healthy lifestyle?

I realized that my hobby was truly and passion/calling.  Learning and meeting fellow fitness professionals over the years was inspiring and encouraged me to share the knowledge that I have gained on bigger spectrum.  By writing my first ebook You Can Have it All: Fitness Edition my goal was to influence an audience larger than my fitness column.  My love for fitness also led me to launch Nadia Murdock Fit where I offer fitness coaching, teach classes as well as speak at events promoting health and wellness.

I work online, I spend hours a day sitting in front of the computer, it’s not that I’m lazy, I just have so much to do. What are some ways I can make this stationary work environment a little more healthy?

There are so many workouts you can do right at your desk!  For example, Shoulder Circles, Calf Raises, Chair Squats etc… Also making sure your are surrounded by healthy food options is key, working at home can often time cause frequent trips to the kitchen:)

Thanks so much to Nadia for sharing these tips with us. I hope her story can inspire you to achieve a happy, healthy and colorful lifestyle. Visit her here.


2 Responses

  1. Meghan Silva says:

    These tips are really amazing, will be using them on my journey to fitness thanks for sharing and I hope you have a gorgeous Friday xo

  2. janika R says:

    Great Interview Elba…Thanks for sharing.

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