Exercise- it’s not a 4 letter word

I’ll start tomorrow, I’ll start Monday. I’ll start next week when I have another excuse that will arise. So what can you do to really get your exercise game on? First thing is, rethink the word and even the practice.

Exercise can be a million things, it’s up to you to define it. For some, it can mean running for miles on end, lifting weights, dancing and for still others it might be mountain biking, kitesurfing, snorkeling or simply walking. 
 If it means endorphins are being set off, there’s some heart rate activity for intermittent periods and potentially a little sweat paired with a post-feel good feeling it can be categorized as “exercise” Yes, this also means being intimate with another person (wink, wink)

So how do you create goals to make exercise less painful?

Create goals that are fun-oriented- The goal isn’t to do a million squats, though that can be a goal.

Count how many jumping jacks you can do in a minute, then beat that number next time around.- That can be a goal.

Jump rope without stopping for 5 minutes. This sounds easy but it isn’t and these can be goals.

Invite a friend or your spouse to join in while you do this to make it a group activity if you prefer to work out with someone. Both of you will benefit, feeling good is contagious and the added motivation can be really helpful.

Just remember, the goal is to feel good about what you’re doing so that you continue to do it happily. Activity is the way that you can reach your ultimate highs and maintain a healthy happy life. So go out and explore what makes you feel good and then do it as often as you can.

Eat Well. Sweat Often

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Stress Toxicity And How It Can Impact Your Life

Life stress will happen to everyone and not all of it is bad. Stress kicks in to supply you with critical support to make the team winning basketball shot, the quarterly presentation and speeds your response time. However too much stress begins to affect the mind, body, and behavior adversely to hurt your health and your relationships. The only way to combat stress is via meditation, healthy eating and exercise.

As we all know stress can take many shapes:

1) Physical – when you engage in physical activities that require more strength than you currently possess or which wear the body out over time. One example would be jobs such as waitressing, bartending and event coordination where the individual is always running around during work hours because they need to serve others and make sure everyone’s needs are met on an immediate basis.

2) Work Related – This is usually inherent to demanding jobs where urgency emanates your every hour due to poor planning, procrastination, a fast-paced business model that doesn’t permit for downtime. This kind of job generally doesn’t permit you to leave work ever and your up until all hours when things are still pending.

3) Environmental- this occurs especially in larger cities where everyday activities require large masses of people to use condensed transportation roadways or in some cases streets or trains.

4) Relationship – when relationships people have are not working. Siblings are not speaking to each other, parents and children have drifted apart, one family member has an illness he/she is trying to deal with or those around him are trying to be supportive. There are additional stressors when there is no family support system at all and friends are the ones that need to provide a support system for the individual from providing rides to work, money to help bills or emotional support if one is afflicted with any kind of ailment.
These types of stressors are detrimental to ones health. People are often exposed to both due to financial necessity or because the initial endorphin high is difficult to kick. However, with time, both can be toxic to ones’ health. What are some impacts to health commonly suffered?

stress toxicity

How do we beat stress?

Healthy eating, meditation and exercise have become the answer for today’s life stressors. Meditation or mental floss provides the mind with the ability to stay in the now. What does this mean? It strives to eliminate worry and anxiety about items that may never occur. Meditation is known to medically adjust the brain to clean out the noise we delve into.

Healthy eating is also key to peace because the foods we ingest have a domino effect on the body. Large amounts of sugars, caffeine and others stimulants trigger anxiety, enhance worry and anger even within the body. It is imperative to monitor the rate which you ingest stimulants such as these into your body.

It is also important to understand where your food originates. Foods processed locally in organic farms are not injected with the harmful substances created to increase shelf life. Within the body, those same substances wage war on your insides and chip away at vital organs, clog arteries and wreak havoc inwardly. It is recommended also to eat seasonal fruits, organic meats and lots of nuts which contain critical nutrients to fuel your body.

Exercise, lastly, is the body’s way of elimination. Exercise with cardio and weightlifting will carry you to old age in the best possible way. Strong bones and an oxygenated heart manage to keep people feeling highly energetic, less sluggish and fuel the mind also.
These three items are critical to diminish or combat stress. If you are trying to move away from a stress filled existence, try to adopt these into your life and you’ll immediately notice a difference.

Eat Well. Sweat Often.

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13 Tips to Happy Health

Being happy is a state of mind. While I’ve been struggling with balance and trying to figure out what are the key ingredients that make a difference in my perspective daily so that I could be happy, it dawned on me maybe its a matter of practice.

With that being said, I took a deeper dive to ask myself what are some things that make me happy on a daily basis? After much contemplation I drafted the below list hoping that this would somehow shed insight into others’ lives as well.

  • Laugh daily.
  • Being comfortable in your own skin feels right.
  • Cardio and weight lifting do give you a healthy and happier heart.
  • Meditation will change your life.
  • Organic is best, but there are alternatives.
  • Loving yourself has no correlation with your weight.
  • Nuts and seeds are your friend- find the one that tastes best to you.
  • Fostering good relationships automatically feeds your soul.
  • Everything in moderation.
  • Improvements do not happen overnight, but they do happen.
  • Giving time or money to others does have a karmic flow.
  • Abundance is a state of mind.
  • Worrying doesn’t prevent life from happening. Take it easy.

With all this being said, this list is a part of my own mantra for better living.

Of the above, meditation has been a key game changer. It has made the other items much easier to follow and made a noticeable difference in my day.

Fifteen minutes of mindfulness is normally all it takes. For those who struggle with meditation, write a list of positive affirmations and read them out loud for fifteen minutes if you prefer to kick off your practice. Once you memorize these, trust me it gets easier.

For tips on mediation, please read here. (point to the meditation article)

Eat well. Sweat Often.

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