Looking for a little exercise motivation? Here are some moves to add into your next workout!
at your desk all day?
Remember to sit up straight!
Keeping your spine aligned will prevent injuries while exercising, lifting heavy objects and children, and increase blood and oxygen flow throughout your body so you can stay awake and think straight.
When you're working on the computer, driving, or just sitting down for a meal, be sure your shoulders are rolled back and your core is tight. This will keep you lined up and prevent shoulder, neck, and lower back issues.
Body Check Head-to-Toe:
1. Neck and head are lined up with shoulders (chin slightly tucked).
2. Shoulders are relaxed, rolled back, and shoulder blades slightly pinched together.
3. Tummy is tight (hold as you would do if someone were to punch you in the gut. Not sucked in, but drawn up and in).
4. Lower back is mostly flat (rotate pelvis as necessary)with a slight arch (lordosis).
5. Feet are pointing straight forward, not turning out or in.
Today was my first day back to yoga after a couple weeks off, due to some neck and shoulder pain. The message today was "acceptance and surrender".
What a perfect reminder that the yoga pose is not the practice. The practice is being present with yourself, and focusing on your breath. Just breathe. Namaste.
detox the weekend away!
It can be fun to let loose once in a while, but overdoing it can wreak havoc on our bodies. Summertime is a season of celebration.
Between graduations, weddings, and backyard BBQ's, there are so many reasons to party, but knowing how to recover is crucial.
Try these tips to detox your system after a weekend of fun, or if you're just looking for a jumpstart to get yourself looking and feeling "bikini ready".
Detox Tip #1: Start off your day with warm water and lemon. This will help to get your system moving, flush your liver, and begin to rehydrate your body. If you need some caffeine, opt for green tea instead of coffee.
Detox Tip #2: Eliminate dairy and sugar (including white starch) for at least three days. Fruit is ok.
Detox Tip #3: Consider a green smoothie for breakfast. I like frozen berries, 1/2 a banana, spinach, chia seeds, and water.
Detox Tips #4: Increase your intake of produce. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of water in them, which will help to rehydrate you, as well as keep you full of fiber and nutrients. Have fruit for your snacks, and veggies with every meal.
Detox Tip #5: For dinner, make a detox soup. All green veggies and herbs, but no starch (no potatoes, beans, peas). I like baby kale or spinach, celery, green pepper, onion, and cilantro or basil (or both!).
Detox Tip #6: Have a shot of raw, organic apple cider vinegar with breakfast and dinner. It can be a little tough to get down, but your body will thank you.. especially your metabolism.
Detox Tip #7: Get your sweat on! Whatever exercise you enjoy the most, DO IT! The more you sweat, the more toxins you're releasing.
Accentuate the positive
In order to move forward and step out of the negative patterns we've created in our lives, we must heal our heart, mind, and physical body. Once we are healed, we carry the wisdom learned from our past experiences, and the self-love of our present experience to honor ourselves in every moment. Then we are free to create new, conscious, soul quenching patterns, guided by love and abundance.
Consider taking a step toward healing today. This may be a silent meditation, a massage, or a cathartic cry-fest with your beloved.
drink before you're thirsty - here's why
Once your brain senses you're thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
Drink water throughout the day to keep your body functioning on all cylinders! If you're going to be exercising, be sure you're amply hydrated before you start your workout.
You should only be sipping on water during your session.
What is Mindfulness, and where does it belong in YOUR life? Food for thought.
The word “mindful” has become a trendy term in our society, but sometimes when we hear a word over and over again, the true meaning gets lost in translation. Mindfulness is about a having a consciousness for yourself and for the people around you. While we may understand the concept of this, sometimes implementing this action in our lives can be difficult.
Sure, we’re kind to our barista, we let someone merge while in traffic, and maybe we even chase down a stranger if they’ve left behind their keys or cell phone, but often times we forget to be mindful of the most important person, OURSELF!
One of the most imperative things we can do to make our own lives more balanced and harmonious, is to take care of ourselves first. I know, this can sound selfish, self-indulgent, and maybe even arrogant, but think about it… How can we GENUINELY be mindful of how others are feeling or how we are affecting them, if we aren’t making sure our OWN needs are being met?
Here are a few simple tips to help you shift toward a less stressful, more mindful life:
Taking care of your physical body is an important first step to taking care of your psychological and emotional body.
Motivation: What inspires you?
o Set attainable goals for yourself.
o Choose an activity that excites you, something you look forward to doing
o Enlist an Activity Accountability Partner
Don’t fail before you start. We often talk ourselves out of experiencing new things because they can be intimidating or challenging. Remember, we are ALL beginners at some point.
A clear and present mind will allow you to listen to your body, and treat it with the care it needs in every changing moment.
Attitude- You ARE your THOUGHTS. What you THINK becomes your REALITY.
o Have a positive attitude about your health and wellness. Being GRATEFUL for your physical body is an excellent step toward mindfulness.
o Commit to your health every day of the year.
Be sure to take some quiet time for yourself every day. This may mean setting your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier that usual, just so that you can sit with a cup of tea in silence for a few extra moments. Perhaps all you can manage is locking yourself in the bathroom for 5 minutes to practice some breathing techniques. Or maybe you have 20 minutes you can carve out of your evening to sit in quiet meditation or reading. This is about tuning in to YOU, so you can care for yourself in whatever capacity you may need each day, which will give you more capacity to care for others.