Challege Yourself With These 5 Activities For A Healthier Week

It’s almost Sunday night and with Monday looming around the corner, we are all readying ourselves for the coming week. What does your work week look like? Do you have your workouts planned? Or at least scheduled? Do you have any birthdays or social gatherings? And this is all just the start! With laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting ready for the day and the stuff of life, it’s already shaping up to be busy.

Choose one activity each day during the work week and by the time the weekend rolls around you will see how easy it was to make it a healthier week.

images1. Drink 8 glasses of water

Heck, shoot for 10!  Your body is made up of over 60% water, making hydration essential. It’s been said that once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Combat dehydration with a cup each hour or so and reap the benefits of crisp clean agua.

2. Get in an extra workout

Stay active to stay healthy. Try to work out every other day or 3-4 days a week for maximum benefits. For this challenge, workout one extra day this week or choose a day to get in two workouts! A 30 minute walk or yoga session will easily fit into your week if you make it a priority.

3. Eat a green vegetable at each meal

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Broccoli for breakfast? Why not! Green beans are great too. Green vegetables are packed with nutrients, help maintain a healthy weight and fill you up without extra calories. Ants on a log (celery with peanut/almond butter and raisins) are a good start to fitting in some extra roughage.

4. Have a glass of red wine

Red wine is full of antioxidants! These powerful vitamins fight infections and protect you against cancer-causing free radicals. A 5 oz glass of red wine is practically a guilt-free indulgence!

images5. Stretch, do yoga or meditate

In all reality, you should do this daily. Make time to do some twists and turns before rolling out of bed or sit on the the floor for some stretching while watching a show. Yoga, stretching and meditation feel great and are great for you.

Take this challenge and make it happen. Push yourself to eat better, move more and make each week healthier than the week before.

5 Workout Tips For The Beginner

Working out is great for your mind, body and soul, and my favorite stress reliever. If you don’t have a regimen or want to get started, this can be a great way to go.

Tip 1: Stretchimages

Make sure that you feel limber each day – especially if you are working out or feeling tight. Neck, back, and core moves are a great start. Even leaning side to side and twisting can help. Keep everything moving each day for an all over good feeling in the body.

Tip 2: Walk

imagesWalking starts young and continues into old age for most of us. If you start taking a walk daily, it can be such a great way to get into the rhythm of a daily workout..it can even be a great workout in itself. Long distance treks on flat land and getting in some hilly walking or hiking is great too. You use different muscles for each movement and are sure to start scorching some calories.

Tip 3: Body Weight Workouts

Body weight workouts are a must, even for runners or lifters. When you are starting out, body weight workouts begin to train your muscles and prepare them to be used on a regular basis. Planks, push ups, squats and lunges are some of the best moves. Watch for my body weight circuits to come out for some great routines!

Tip 4: Stop If It Hurts

In my opinion, there is no validity to the phrase, “No pain, no gain,” so just don’t. I am all for pushing yourself and setting goals but if you are hurting or just feeling wiped out, call it a day. You can (and should) come back tomorrow to give it another try.

Tip 5: Be consistent!

With work, schedules, life, relationships, friendships, kids, events and the daily’s, life is busy! It can be such a struggle to find time for the necessities of life much less adding in time to do something more or different, but for a workout, you just have to! Making time for activity in your day, whether it be a walk or a full hour in the gym, is essential. Keeping on the move and staying active is so important. Consistency is the most effective way to create a workout pattern in your everyday.

Final Thought

The most important part of staying active is to move in ways that you enjoy daily. Do what feels good and makes you happy. That way you can be consistent with it and it will feel like you were always a regular when it comes to working out. Good luck!

Yoga Balance- 3 Ways

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Improve your focus, help regulate your blood pressure and protect your spine, therefore perfecting your posture- all with yoga! These benefits are only a few to be had when you practice yoga.

Yoga not only benefits your torso through stretching and holding poses but also works to strengthen the body with each move. The following balance poses can be tough but great and become quite easy with a little bit of practice.

 

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Strengthens: legs, core, and back

Stretches: legs and ankles, muscles around your knee, hips and groin. shoulders, chest and spine

 

 

Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana)

Strengthens: leg and spine

Stretches: shoulder and thigh

 

Balancing Stick (Tuladandasana)

Strengthens: leg, core and back

Stretches: spinal column and leg

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Yoga is easy enough to do everyday and such a great addition to any exercise plan. From vinyasa yoga to holding specific poses, your body will thank you.