How Should I Exercise?

Hopefully you agree with me on the need to exercise (remember all the benefits?).  This week we’ll talk about what exactly you should be doing for exercise. There are three main components to exercise:  stretching, strength and aerobic.  Ideally we’d do all three most days, but very few people have the hour plus each day available.  If you are a busy working mom it can be a struggle to find even 20 minutes! Instead of stressing out about what you can’t do, focus on what you CAN do.  For example, if you can squeeze in 20 to 30 minutes a day, switch it up each day between something aerobic and something strength based.  Then do a few stretches when you first wake up as part of your morning routine or in the evening before you get into bed.  Even a 5 minute stretch break at work will do wonders for you!  Right now I’m a huge fan of Pilates as it combines the strengthening and stretching.  Find yourself with a day with more free time?  Go for an extra walk or run. Another great way to cover all the exercise bases is to add in short bursts of exercise whenever you can.  Stretch during commercials, lift light hand weights while watching TV, take a ten minute walk after lunch and dinner.  Last Thursday I did a super quick Facebook Live sharing 3 easy ways busy moms can get more exercise.  Check it out HERE. However you fit it in, make sure you are getting a bit of all three and doing something every day.  I know it seems impossible,...

Why should I care about exercising?

One of the critical pillars of a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise.  Yes, what you eat matters and yes, how you feel emotionally is important, but exercise is a key component to total body health.  Without exercise you will not achieve your healthiest you. Exercise improves your mood and helps you feel better.  It helps you sleep. It helps to control your weight (even if you eat an optimal diet you still need to exercise to lose any significant weight).  Exercise delivers oxygen to your tissues – this can help give you more energy.  The more active you are, the better your heart and lungs work.  A healthy heart and lungs can contribute to a longer life. With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why exercise is critical.  This month, we’ll be talking about not just why we should exercise, but how to exercise.  I’ll introduce easy and fun ways to increase your exercise levels.  Just what you need to live a healthier and happier life. Join me this Thursday at 12:30 EST on Facebook for a live video where I’ll share 3 easy ways moms can sneak in more exercise as well as a terrific way to use Peppermint (our essential oil of the month). In the meantime, want to get started exercising a bit more?  Go out your front door (take the kids and dogs if needed), walk for ten minutes, turn around and walk home.  Repeat every day this week. How do you struggle with exercise?  Share in the comments and I’ll be sure to address your issues at some point this month!...
Spring Cleansing – Exercise

Spring Cleansing – Exercise

It’s the last week of our Spring Cleansing – and this week we are talking about exercise. If you’ve been doing the same routine for months now, you may be starting to notice that you aren’t enjoying or getting as much out of your workouts as you did in the past.  It’s very common to start to just “dial in” our workouts when they are the same day after day.  As soon as that happens, we lose the intensity and some of the benefit.  What a waste! When you start feeling this way, you know it is time to switch things up.  What I like to do is try to find something VERY different from what I’ve been doing.  It means you have to really concentrate and focus on the activity – and when you are paying more attention you are automatically working harder. For example – if you’ve been running, try biking or swimming.  If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, start walking or hiking in a beautiful or calming environment.  Maybe you’ve been lifting weights?  Give pilates a try.  You’ll still get similar benefits, but the exercise itself is quite different from what your body and mind have been used to. I plan on adding a lot of hiking and biking to my summer workout, and pulling my yoga mat out for daily pilates.  What is your plan? Need an easy and environmentally safe way to clean your yoga mat?  Here is my favorite spray: Yoga Mat Spray small glass or metal spray bottle water Thayer Lavender Witch Hazel, 12 Fluid Ounce tea tree essential oil,...
Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

Spring Cleansing – Personal Care

When I thought of areas I need to “cleanse” in my life, personal care was right up there.  This is a hard area for me.  I’m sure you’ve read/heard/been lectured to/ etc. about how important it is to think about what you put on your skin.  After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body & quickly absorbs everything you put on it (one of the reasons I love my essential oils so much!). But … Those organic, healthy products are EXPENSIVE!  Plus they often don’t seem to work very well. I struggle with this.  I do.  The cost-conscious side of me wants to buy my products at the drugstore using a coupon.  The beauty loving side goes into the specialty stores willing to shell out big bucks for miracle creams.  I’ve done both, for sure. It’s a slow and hard process to switch to a healthier regime, so I’ve decided to do it in pieces.  This is my path and I hope it encourages you.  Instead of breaking up with all my personal care products at once, I’m replacing them with better for me versions one by one. It’s less stressful, less expensive and much more manageable.  Hopefully in a year or two, my bathroom cabinet will be a lovely minimalistic home to a few well-chosen brands or homemade concoctions. Since it’s going to be a slow road as I experiment and try to wean myself off old ingrained habits, I’ll be sharing each new step as it comes.  This means this isn’t going to be a pretty “look at my instant success” post like last week.  ...
Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

You knew I’d get here eventually right?  Actually writing a post about cleaning your house in a healthful way.  I’ve shared a couple of great cleaning recipes using Tea Tree essential oil so far, but today I want to dig into the topic a little deeper. There are several good reasons to look carefully at your cleaning routine.   Cleaning supplies you purchase at the store contain many dangerous ingredients.  After all, there is a reason they have warning labels, right?  Let me show you a quick example.  Here is the ingredient list for a common window cleaner: Commercial Window Cleaner:  water, carriers, cleaning agents, wetting agent, fragrance, dye, and a “formula” Well, that tells me nothing – but the big warning below:  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS is worrisome. How about a window cleaner touted as “natural”? Natural Window Cleaner: corn and coconut derived biodegradeable surfactant, soda ash, potassium hydrate, corn alcohol, fragrance oil, colorant, purified water Okay, I’m still not sure what’s in that cleaner – sounds fancier, but who really knows? Now, take a look at my homemade window cleaner ingredients: Homemade Window Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 T cornstarch, 20 drops essential oils (I like lemon or tea tree) Still not something I want my kids to ingest, but at least I know what’s in it, right?  And I know none of the ingredients are of questionable safety if I get it on my skin or inhale the fumes while using it. In addition, I made an entire bottle of this cleaner in less...
What is Spring Cleansing?

What is Spring Cleansing?

Yep, you read that right.  Spring CLEANSING, not cleaning.  What’s the difference and why is tea tree essential oil a part of this month’s theme? When I think of spring cleaning, I think of scrubbing down the kitchen cabinets, washing the windows and all that other deep cleaning we don’t do each week.  That’s something we do need to do, but THIS May I want to go deeper.  Do more than just “clean up” the mess.  I’d like to create a deeper clean – a cleanse.  Hopefully one that can create lasting changes.  Lasting changes to our health, environment and life. Although we WILL be cleaning, we’re going to do it in a healthier way and rid ourselves of some of the bad habits and products we’ve used in the past.  And we will do a lot more than clean our house. Tea tree is the ideal oil to dive into this month.  It’s one of those oils that even “non-oily” people have heard about.  It’s perfect to use when making homemade cleaners, but it can also be used in your personal care routine.  Tea tree’s clean, crisp smell is especially terrific in fighting odors and freshening. I use the Young Living brand of tea tree because it’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade tea tree leaf oil. This month I’ll share some ideas around chemical free cleaning and WHY it’s good for your health.  We’ll also delve into cleansing foods, exercise and personal care.  Fun stuff! Want a fun way to start cleaning with Tea Tree?  And hear a little more about the topic of Spring Cleansing?  Check out my recent Facebook...

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