If you are anything like me, you start everyday with high expectations filled with all of the amazing things you'll get accomplished during the nearly 1000 minutes you spend awake, only to find yourself ending the day stressed, exhausted and disappointed with all the missed potential. Where does the day go anyway? I've come up with a list on 10 simple things you can do everyday to really make yourself feel better. You can start today!
- Meditate/ Breath Deeply for at least 5 minutes: Your life is stressful. Your life is busy. Your life is frenzied. This is why meditation is at the top of my list as it's usually over looked. It allows your body and mind to rest while awake. Deep cleansing breaths rid the lungs of stale air and floods your body with much needed revitalizing oxygen. Try starting with 5 minute sessions in the morning and work your way up. Need help getting started? Read: Why you should be Meditating...
- Eat Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Get in the habit of eating at least three equally spaced meals a day. Having a regular (as possible with your busy life) eating schedule can rev up your metabolism, help you lose weight and decrease stress. Whether you choose to eat 5 small meals, 3 regular meals with 2 snacks or just 3 meals is up to you. Try preparing at least half of your meals yourself. It's good way to cut down on added preservatives, salt & sugar. Not many of us have kitchens stocked with monosodiumgluatamate, guar gum & triglycerides.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes: Daily exercise combats disease, manages weight, increases brain power, improves your sex life (now, I've got your attention), decreases stress & makes you happy. If it's so good for us than why don't we more of do it? One answer is that it's surprisingly difficult for most of us to carve 30 minutes from the 16 hours that we're awake. Also, most of us don't think about adopting an exercise regimen until we see old high school photos, bikini season rolls around or our doctor threatens us. Then we try to adopt an intense workout routine that usually only lasts for 2 weeks. And quite honestly, exercising (for most of us) isn't our idea of fun. Well, it's never to late to change. Try breaking up your workouts into 2 15 routines. Don't think of daily exercise as major life changing event. Just incorporate something realistic into your everyday routine. And FYI, unless you are severely out of shape you won't see a major body change if you only exercise for 30 minutes, unless you're doing an intense routine. You will only feel different, which is the goal here. By realistic I mean something you'll actually want to do everyday, like walking, light weights, a fun workout video or maybe a daily jogging date with friends.
- Floss those fangs: As my dentist says, "Only floss between the teeth you want to keep & ignore the rest." Flossing can also reduce your risk of other health problems beside tooth loss such as cardiovascular disease, bad breath & premature birth. In a study conducted from 1999-2004 3.4% of adults between the ages of 20-34 were found to have periodontal disease. That number almost tripled to 10.41% for adults aged 35-49. If you don't want to be one of those 10% start a healthy tooth care regimen now. Morning and evening, brush for a minimum of 2 minutes, Floss with special attention to your hard to reach back teeth and rinse with mouthwash.
- Chart your BBT: Charting your basal body temperature (resting body temp.) is one of the most effective ways to monitor your reproductive health and you'll get a gold star from your ob/gyn. It's not all about making babies. You can accurately predict the exact day Aunt Flo stops by, know the best days to avoid getting busy & immediately notice when something isn't right. All you need to get started is a Basal Body Temperature thermometer, a good charting program for your computer or phone (yes, there actually is an app for that) and 3 minutes a day. It's cheap, easy & all natural. Check out Toni Weschler's website for more info or pick up her book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.
- Swap (at least) one sugary drink for water: It's no secret the soda isn't healthy. But that doesn't stop the average american from drinking 25 gallons a year! If that sounds like a lot, it isn't. That what you consume if you drink one 12oz can of soda a day for 5 days a week for 1 year! One can a day! Swapping that soda for some good old H2O can save you 10-15 pounds in a year with out a single crunch! It's not only soda that's the culprit. Alot of popular fruit juices & teas have the same amount of sugar added to them. There's even in sugar in your whole wheat bread, pasta sauce & salad dressings! Read the labels if you don't believe me.
- Wash your face before bed: Dermatologists may disagree on some causes of acne; chocolate, greasy foods, hereditary, poor diet & etc. But all skin docs agree that going to bed in makeup is a serious don't. I'm not judging you. Everyone has done it from time to time. I understand only too well how hard it is to drag your self to the bathroom for a 3 step scrubbing session after a night of drinking, dancing & pretending your four inch heels don't make your feet feel like you're walking on bloody stumps. For those instances keep a pack of good pre-moistened make up removal towelettes (like the ones they sell at MAC) and a night time moisturizer on your night stand. Change your pillow case twice a week, wash your make up brushes once a week and get in the habit of wiping your cell & work phones. Your beautiful face will thank you!
- Pop a multivitamin: In a perfect world no one would need supplements. Every one would get 100% percent of the nutrients they needed from a perfectly balanced diet including those mythical 5 servings of fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately in the real world most of us are lucky if we 1/2 of the nutrients we need and a good supplement can help bridge the gap. The best supplements are ones made from whole foods because they are easier for your body to absorb but are also pricier and harder to find. The bottom line is The Only Vitamins that Work are the Ones You'll Take Everyday. So even if your daily is a gummy or shaped like Betty Rubble, follow the recommended dose on the bottle ( because yes, you can OD on Flintstone vitamins) & rock on!
- Go to bed at a normal hour: Every body loves to sleep. The problem is the older we get, the more stuff we find to do with our time and end up going to bed later and later. And since we still have to get up at the same time... well, you know; you live it. To wake up feeling well rested try to get between 7 or 8 hours of shut eye (believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much sleep). To fall asleep at a regular hour: don't exercise before bed, try to make your bedroom as dark as possible, avoid reading or watching tv and no sugar bevs or snacks. Sleep tight & don't let the bed bugs bite. Seriously, watch out for bed bugs. They're everywhere these days.
- Poop at least once: A daily deuce is an important part healthy routine. It's so important that people spend millions of dollars a year on things like colonics, fiber supplements & laxatives. Help your self go by eating a balanced diet including fiber rich foods. For more info than you really want on twosies read: Why you should be pottying like a rockstar...
Here's to a healthy new you!
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