Getting older is inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t age with grace. How we live in our bodies, dramatically influences how we age. We can care for them or we can use them and abuse them!
Unfortunately, life didn’t come with an instruction manual on how to best care for our aging bodies and it isn’t something taught to us in school. It is up to each of us individually to learn for ourselves and to figure out what works. I want to help you get started on the right track to aging gracefully with 10 helpful tips.
There is no question that our bodies do change over time, but the myths of aging have discouraged seniors from making healthy lifestyle changes because they feel it is too late and aging is inevitable. Most people believe that they are too old to exercise and that aging is a hopeless battle.
Here is the thing; yes, you CAN lose half of your muscle mass by the time you are 80, BUT if you are exercising then you won’t...
I always like to experiment on myself with new health products so I can give a true testimonial before I have my clients try something. This month I decided to do Beachbody's Ultimate Reset, a 21-day Clean Eating program and Detox.
I documented the whole journey day by day so you can truly see the progress and get some helpful tips if it is something you are interested in. Throughout these past three weeks, it has actually been really hard for me to find any reasons my clients and friends shouldn't do the reset!
If I am being honest, on day 17 I started missing eating what I want when I want, but I think anyone can get a little bored when following a plan. It definitely isn't a reason not to do the Ultimate Reset! I am just a free spirit that values freedom.
I actually really enjoyed the entire program and thought it was really well done. There are such a wide variety of reasons you could do this program:
A few weeks ago I decided to embark on the Ultimate Reset journey, a 3-week clean eating and detox program, for a couple of different reasons. First and foremost, I am finally regaining my health and haven't had many symptoms of illness lately. I have had so many ups and downs that I am still nervous to say that I am healed but each healthy day makes me a little more confident!
The reset is a combination of a 3-week clean eating meal plan where the second week you progress to being vegetarian, and the third week you are vegan. I always have a challenge cutting out dairy to commit to being vegan so I thought this plan may help with that. More importantly, there are three weeks of supplements with a colon cleanse the second week, and I want to make sure I have gotten rid of these toxins once and for all!!
The other reason I wanted to try out the reset is because I have been using Beachbody products for years and I am a coach with them. That means I make a small commission...
When it comes to your core muscles, one group often gets overlooked … until they become a problem! That is because when we think of our core, we usually only think of the six pack of muscles.
Did you know that your pelvic floor muscles are the FOUNDATION for your core? We forget all about the pelvic floor muscles until we start having bladder issues but they work very hard to support you – as well as all the organs that are inside your pelvic region.
The pelvic floor muscles give you the ability to control urine, feces and gas, and can delay emptying until it is convenient. Keeping those muscles strong and fit can make a big difference in your body’s overall stability, as well as your digestive and reproductive organs. When you contract the pelvic floor muscles they lift up the internal organs in the pelvis and tighten the vagina, urethra, and anus.
This doesn’t just apply to women, BTW – men also benefit from...
I’ve got an eye-opener for you today. It’s all about warning signs that your core muscles are getting weak. This is HUGE for your fitness & wellness journey because your core muscles are some of the most important in your body. They support your spine and your internal organs, they help maintain bladder control, and they power almost every movement you make. The problem is, our lifestyles work against having a strong core – and over time your muscles can get weaker without you even realizing it! This can set you up for poor posture, injuries, aches & pains, and more!
Have you noticed any of these warning signs?
7 Warning Signs You Have a Weak Core
Here’s a test to try right now: sit down in a chair, wait a few seconds, and then stand up. Did you automatically reach out to grab a table, desk,...
Motivation - it comes out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly!!
One of my favorite quotes is by Zig Ziglar and he says "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing, that is why we recommend it daily!" Well, from my personal experience it can be challenging to get it back in terms of working out. It's not quite the same as motivation in other areas of life. I can simply listen to a quick podcast or read a personal development book and it will motivate me in life quite easily, but working out is a different story. Life happens and whether it is stress or illness, exercise can just feel like an overwhelming task on the to-do list. So what to do when the motivation is gone but you still want to stay in shape? Mini-workouts!
If you have tried out any of my YouTube workout videos, you know that I like to keep my workouts fairly short anyways. Most of my workouts are 15 minutes long but this new one only takes three minutes!!
Mini-workouts are just two...
I'm so excited my book is finally available in Kindle version and the paperback will be shipping out in two weeks!
This book will help you learn how stretching works but more importantly you will learn how to fit stretching exercises into your day with easy 10-minute routines.
Discover how easy it is to improve your flexibility, reduce pain, and eliminate stress with just a few minutes of stretching every day. This illustrated guide provides you with essential stretches and simple routines for increasing your range of motion, supplementing physical therapy, and more.
Featuring 60 individual stretches for your neck, feet, and everything in between, the detailed instructions and informative images in this book give you everything you need to incorporate stretching into your life. You’ll also find insight on how to develop short, multi-muscle routines for everyday living, exercise, and even injury recovery.
This collection of stretching exercises includes:
I just had an interesting conversation with one of my clients that blew both of our minds...
This client has been showing up to her workouts, getting plenty of sleep and even tracking her food intake, but she's struggling with low energy, constant hunger and a scale that won't budge!
Curious to see what was wrong, I asked to see her food journal and the answer was right there glaring both of us in the face!
I honestly think if sugar had to be reviewed by the FDA today that it would be classified as a drug and not a food. If you have ever tried to eliminate sugar from your diet before then you are well aware of the withdrawal side effects and the intense cravings you can have. Once you go sugar free for a few days, your natural energy levels return and you are free from the sugar dependency cycle. I think it feels amazing to be sugar free and you become much more sensitive to sugar which helps you eat less and less!
Most people know that added sugar is...
Lately my health has been extremely challenging. The ups and downs of this chronic illness roller coaster are hard. The ups aren't really all that high but any day of feeling even halfway decent is a huge contrast to what I normally feel like these days!
I have been deeply studying the book "Mind Over Medicine" and the docuseries "Rewired" which are both about using the power of the mind to heal the body. If you have ever studied the placebo effect, it is very clear that our mind plays a very powerful role in healing our body. We don't need to take a fake medicine or have a fake surgery in order to tap into the power of the mind to heal.
I have changed my thinking quite a bit trying to use these resources as a guide. Last month for the first time I truly believed with all my heart and not a single seed of doubt that I can beat these illnesses. Until this point there has always been a seed of doubt and a questioning of if this was something I would be dealing with for...
At this moment Thanksgiving is less than a week away and the holiday season is officially upon us. This is normally a season of increased stress for most people but it can also bring a lot of joy so we tend to handle the stress a little better and it all seems worth it for a fun and festive season.
This year is different though! The things that brought us joy may not be accessible in the middle of a pandemic. I think we all want to be safe and protect our loved ones from illness and suffering, so it is important to do the right thing and give up some of our traditions this season. For those without close families or the many families that have experienced loss this year, this may be a time of deep sadness and further isolation. Our hearts and minds are being taxed a lot more in 2020 and we need to focus on our mental health and well-being now more than ever.
Our mental health affects not only our quality of life but it can damage our physical health too. One very common symptom of...