Regardless of lifestyle changes over the years I can honestly say that morning sleep is the best sleep, closely followed by spontaneous mid day naps curled up with a good book. Who is with me? I just am not that person who will wake up naturally at 4 a.m. with a smile on my face. But even if you are that person, I have come to realize that what you do in the morning matters.
If you typically snooze and take time to think about what you can “skip” in your day so that you can enjoy a few more minutes in bed, then consider setting your alarm a 15-20 minutes early for morning meditation. It can give you that extra time, in bed, allowing you to wake up with clarity and truly ready to conquer your day instead of jumping up after the fourth snooze, frazzled and frustrated. I was inspired by Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning to start purposely getting up super early and it took a while to find what works for me because I was comparing my effort to the successes of people I was looking up to.
One of the most functional exercises we can do that will fire up our metabolism is the simple basic squat.. Though simple and basic there are a ton of variations that allow you to rotate and do them daily. The beauty of this movement is that it simulates something we do several times a day: sitting down. Done properly, it has the capacity to offer both functional strengthening as well as cosmetic benefits.
From the perspective of a girl, previously without a butt, I can honestly say that this discovery lead me to a lot of joy. I struggled with weak creaking knees and was off balance in my squats despite being overall healthy. In learning proper technique and persevering ,my previously weak knees are now stronger and quiet and my back-side significantly better shaped! I’ll tell you another secret. I do not and cannot have the hourglass shape with a slim waist that I have always coveted and even tried dieting for. It’s just not my body type. Yet, through sculpting and strengthening othe...
If you are here reading because you want to find something groundbreaking, just stop reading here. This blog is really a self-check that also lets you know you are not alone. If you take just 1 thing away from this article it’s that we are our own worst barriers to success. None of these obstacles is unique though I offer plenty of tips. Just know, that super fit runner on the street you pass in your car? They experience these too. Here’s some of what they do to overcome them.
I don’t have time. We are busier than ever yet we spend more and more time online. Check your screen time. Schedule your workout in. Combine your TV time with a workout, cut back on dead time online with a timer and stick to it. There is a way.
I don’t feel like it. The truth is that we are wired to take the path of least resistance. If you wait to “feel like it” it will never happen so work on the internal dialogue- mind over matter. Confession: I often don’t feel like it.
I dunno about you but it seems like one day of indulging often brings another and another and before you know it you’re guiltily humming Annie’s “tomorrow” inside your head. There’s always a reason to indulge. And you know? It’s actually good for you. So for starters let’s just get over the guilt and purposely indulge in some extra calories every once in a while.
My rule is that it’s ok to indulge as long as my digestive enzymes can recognize it as food, that is, no processed yoga mat material or preservatives and trash included in my cheat days. Stick to real food even the sinfully rich variety and with moderation, you will recover. Yes, you CAN have your proverbial cake and eat it too. I do it all the time –figuratively speaking.
If you are on a sustainable plan of everyday healthy living that involves whole foods nutrition and appropriate portion sizes for your body, you are very much ahead of the game. But it’s also easy to have too much of a good thing. Being on track involves follo...