Photo Credit: Gabriel Ervin, Fwuel Media, Los Angeles, CA
As a realtor who is also a certified health and wellness coach, I am thrilled that Danberry asked me to write this blog post on “something fitness related!” This is my attempt to keep you engaged: I am not going to suggest that you eat “healthy” and “workout.” I’m not! I am fairly certain we have all heard that before. However, I am going to offer five suggestions for daily behavior that will enrich your life.
Drink a gallon of water, actually.. and everyday! You can all do it. You will not live in the bathroom, I promise. Your body will adapt. Our bodies are about 60% water, and we are constantly depleting that water. So replenish yourself! If you experience thirst, you have already begun to dehydrate. Pick up a practical, even trendy, container at a local grocery store to transport your water without carrying around the standard gallon jug of water. Worried about tipping back a gallon of water and dousing yourself in H20? They come with straws! Sure, you may catch a joke here and there, but ultimately, you will drink that water as long as it is with you.
I know, I know, it’s 2018..and there are services like Clicklist and Uber Eats..and almost every restaurant and coffee shop has a drive thru. While these services are absolutely helpful when you’re in a pinch and make time management seem like a thing of the past, repeated use will limit movement and interaction. At times I wonder how much we will be able to get accomplished from our homes, without interaction at all. Scary thought! Bottom line, I am much more apt to order a coffee AND a donut (or a dozen) when I am talking to a screen versus a face-to- face interaction with a barista! Also, try parking further away from the entrance and returning your cart inside. It is only a few more steps from a “cart corral” and if we all do this..we won’t have to pull into another parking space with a cart sitting it in!
This is quite possibly the most important message of this blog. Breathing is innate; we do it all day, everyday. But, how we breathe is so critical in changing our lives. My yoga mentor once described how babies breathe so deep into their belly’s that you can see the breath expand the belly, the rise and fall. Yet somewhere along the line we all begin to restrict the belly and the breath becomes shallow. Be aware of your breath. Take full, deep belly breaths, exhaling just as long or longer than your inhale. Notice the times you manipulate your breath and breathe deeper in those moments. You don’t have to go to a yoga class or Google “how to meditate,” just close your eyes, put one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly and breathe!
Movement-every day, in any way
This might be cutting it close to that promise I made that I won’t tell you to “workout.” Even the word “workout” can provoke some nasty reactions! Truth be told, movement should not be a chore, a punishment, or anything that you dread doing and it can be expressed countless ways. Don’t limit yourself to going to a gym and going through exercises you think you should be doing. Unless, of course, going to the gym is your thing! Reality is, it’s not for many of us. Instead, explore and find activities you actually enjoy doing. It could be dancing or dog-walking or trying a new fitness class just to see what it is and how it makes you feel. And if it doesn’t exist, create it! You don’t have to wait until you find the perfect gym, or wait until Monday to start….just move!
I will keep this one short and sweet. This doesn’t need to take a lot of time and it doesn’t need to be photo-worthy. Find something that works for you and stick with it. Provide your body and brain with fuel to start the day! Throughout this blog, I have offered suggestions, counter arguments, and even little challenges. If you incorporate just one of these daily behaviors…commit to it and commit to yourself! You are worth it!