Workout Wednesday: Stay at Home Order healthy habit changes


BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – As we continue to adjust to the new normal, the YMCA is challenging you to make new, healthy habits.

“This is a really weird time that we’re in right now. We are at home, we are under stress, pressure and uncertainty, but nutrition is a great thing to take control of right now.”

YMCA personal trainer Meredith Atterbery says a great place to start is in the kitchen.

“Try some new stuff. Spaghetti squash, great example. So instead of using spaghetti noodles, which if you go to the store right now there is a lot of it on the shelves, so grab that spaghetti squash or that eggplant cauliflower,” Atterbery said.

To avoid unhealthy snacking be sure to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

“You go to the produce section, all the fresh produce is there. It’s full of apples and bananas and oranges and grapes, that’s the type of stuff you want to grab right now. Stay away from the junk foods.”

Atterbery says having a plan and sticking to it will help you reach your goals.

“Plan your meals for the whole entire week. Go to the grocery store one time. Prep and plan out all your meals and make them healthy. Try new things and have fun with it.”

And if you need suggestions, the YMCA has you covered.

“You can find great recipes and great workouts go to the YMCA app.”

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