Get Moving to Stay Healthy

Get Moving to Stay Healthy

Exercise is the final piece of staying healthy.  It really does give you more energy and is an amazing stress reliever.  Less stress = healthier you Daily exercise doesn’t have to be an hour long workout or trip to the gym.   Simply fitting some type of physical activity into each day will reap huge benefits – especially if your prior exercise level was zero! The trifecta of healthy exercise includes cardio, weight bearing and stretching.  All three are important, so you need to be sure to include some form of each of them into your routine every week. Cardio is anything that gets your heart pumping.  It’s important for heart and lung function, and helps burn calories.  Walking or running is probably the easiest way to get your cardio – aim for 30 minutes a day most days of the week.  All you need is a good pair of shoes and some water.  Classes at the gym or via DVD or YouTube are another fun option. Weight bearing exercises such as lifting weights (light ones are fine) or using your body (think pilates or even old school exercises like push ups and squats) are important for strenghtening your muscles.  These exercises are the ones that keep you looking lean and feeling strong.  They are critical for us to maintain that muscle mass and bone density as we get older, so please don’t forget to do some of these each week – a few times a week is sufficient. Stretching helps keep us loose and feeling good (less achy), and is also a fantastic stress reliever.  Yoga, pilates or...
Go to Bed!!!

Go to Bed!!!

Just as critical as eating well, getting a good night’s sleep will help keep you healthy this fall.  Without adequate sleep our bodies start to run down and can’t function as well.  We start making poor food choices, we become more susceptible to colds and we aren’t able to fight off germs as well as if we are well rested. I’m sure you’ve noticed how you often get sick after a time period of being really overworked and worn out?  Late nights, stress and early mornings almost always lead to illness. Getting a good 7 to 9 hours of sleep allows your body to do its job to restore and repair.   Cut that time short and eventually you’ll start feeling it. Need some tips for a good night’s sleep? Create an evening routine to get your body ready to go to sleep. If you do the same few things every night at about the same time, pretty soon your body will recognize that this means sleep is coming soon.  This will make it easier to fall asleep quickly. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Don’t do that “one more thing” – if it is bedtime, go to bed.  This might mean leaving some tasks undone and that’s okay.  When you are well rested tomorrow morning you will be able to tackle them more efficiently (and with a better attitude). Try diffusing a calming essential oil or even rubbing it on the bottom of your feet – this can be very soothing and enjoyable as you drift off to sleep. Turn off all your blue screens – no TV,...
My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

My Top 3 Stress Relief Tips

Hopefully by now you’ve implemented some of my eating to reduce stress and exercise for stress relief tips and are feeling a bit less stressed.  If you’re part of the Oil of the Month Club, I’m sure you are loving the many uses of lavender too – and may be feeling even less stressed thanks to that too! To close out the month, I’m going to share some of my favorite general stress relief tips – add these to your week and see how much better you start feeling. Stress Relief Tips: Take care of yourself.   I think this one is especially hard when you are feeling stressed.  You feel overwhelmed and burnt out already so taking care of yourself feels like just one more “to-do.”  However, I promise that if you take time to take care of yourself, you’ll feel better, your attitude will be better and your stress levels will go down – even if NOTHING else changes in your life.  How to do it?  Eat healthy and nourishing foods, get some exercise, take time to relax each day, take time for fun regularly and get a good night’s sleep.  These are the things I emphasize with my clients, so if you need a little accountability, check out my programs HERE. Take it one step at a time.  When you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to even get started.  So don’t work yourself up thinking about all.the.things.that.must.be.done.  Just do the next step.  One thing.  Then the next, and so on.  Before you know it, you’ve made some serious progress and are feeling like you are accomplishing...

Exercise for Stress Relief

Exercise for stress relief?  Yeah right!  Adding exercise will add to my stress – it’s “one more thing to do.”  Ever said this?  I know I have, and I’ve studied the benefits of exercise, so I KNOW that it will actually reduce my stress levels.  But that’s easier to intellectually know than to actually do when stress levels are high and life is crazy busy.  I get it. Since I find myself having busy weeks often these days, I’ve come up with a few methods to sneak in exercise, along with a plan for when I’m feeling very stressed that will help me feel calmer and ready to take on the world again. Yoga or pilates are always my stress relief go to.  They are perfect exercises for stress reduction, feel great and you can benefit from even 15 to 20 minutes.  In addition, you won’t get all hot and sweaty, so no need to add another shower to your day.  I’ve gone so far as to do a 10 to 20 minute pilates routine in the middle of the day on my office floor – without changing into workout clothing.  Is it ideal?  Nope.  Does it get the job done?  Yep. Walking outside.  There is just something about fresh air and a lovely environment that make you feel better about life.  A brisk walk is perfect for when life is crazy, and if you have a good friend, family or dog to walk with you are doing double duty with relationship building or pet care!  Take ten minutes before work, at lunch and after dinner and you’ve done 30 minutes.  Often...
Eating to Reduce Stress

Eating to Reduce Stress

If you are a busy working mom, I bet you are often stressed.  If you have kids that are super busy in sports and school like mine are, I KNOW you have stressful days every week.  Am I right? As I mentioned in this week’s Facebook Live Monthly Introduction, in addition to sharing how I use the essential oil Lavender, I will be sharing all kinds of stress relief tips and tricks this month.  Lavender is our oil of the month and so stress relief is the perfect complimentary wellness topic to dive into. When life feels stressful, often the first thing many of reach for is sugar and coffee.  Although they may taste and feel good in the moment, in the long run they aren’t going to help you relieve stress at all,  in fact, they will probably make you feel worse.  Sugar and caffeine release “feel good” chemicals in your brain (serotonin, endorphins and dopamine for you scientific types).  Thanks to this, the positive feelings are real and you do feel better, but unfortunately, that happy high quickly turns to a drop in your moods and you feel tired and perhaps even worse. So what should you eat instead? Leafy greens.  Spinach is an easy source and contains magnesium which can help activate B vitamins – B vitamins give us energy.  Popeye knew what he was talking about! Red peppers.  These slightly sweet veggies can help curb sweet cravings while boosting our Vitamin C levels. Salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s.  There is research that shows that cultures that eat foods with high levels of Omega-3’s have lower...

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