Exercise! That one word can make a lot of people cringe and scrunch up their face. Are you one of them? After a long lazy winter, it may be tough to get motivated to move a little. But, if you want to shed those 20 lbs you gained, it requires action and a lifestyle change. Getting started can be tough, so here are a few doable, sustainable, and manageable suggestions.
Get Up Earlier
Set your alarm. Getting up 30 – 60 minutes earlier every morning will give you time to warm up, stretch, do yoga or qi gong, or even journal. I like to get up in the quiet morning hours and meditate and then do my qi gong. Sometimes I stand on magnets or I’ll use a Gaiam yoga mat, like the 4 mm Open Sea Classic Reversible yoga mat.
I love this 2-Colour Reversible Yoga Mats; you can choose a color that reflects your mood that day. These mats have a stable non-slip surface, keeping you in place in any pose, and 4mm of cushioning to keep you comfortable. I’m also happy that these are made without latex and the top six most harmful phthalates.
As a tall girl, I’ve never fit on a standard yoga mat. My feet always stick out about eight plus inches over the mat. It’s disappointing, but it’s something I’ve resigned myself to accept. But, these Gaiam yoga mats are better. They are 68″ long, so my feet only hang over about 2 inches or so.
*Light tack non-slip surface
*Lightweight and durable
*Reversible mat, practice on either side
*Choose between two solid colors
* Provides 4 mm cushioned
*Supports your joints
*6P and latex free
*Measurements: 68″L x 24″W
Whether I decide to use my yoga mat or not, I quite often will wear yoga socks. They keep my stable and secure, so I can focus on my moves instead of slipping.
- Five-toe design
- No-slip grip sole for secure foot placement
- Half-toe style delivers a closer-to-barefoot feel
- Fitted heel eliminates bunching
- Low-profile design at the ankle
- Helps protect feet from germs and fungus
- Ballet-inspired, nearly-barefoot experience
- Perfect for barre, yoga, Pilates and dance
I love these cute no-slip Mary Jane Yoga socks, from the color combinations to the grips to the barefoot feel. You’ll feel secure and stylish in barre, yoga, Pilates or dance class, and the five-toe design encourages toes to spread for healthier feet. Their low-profile design fits at the ankle. They also help to protect your feet from dirt, sweat and bacteria. They’re easy to care for; machine wash and air dry. Fit: S/M- Fits women’s sizes 5-10, M/L- Fits women’s sizes 10-11.
Enjoy a Short Walk
We all know the benefits of walking, but it seems we need constant reminders. Walking strengthens bones and muscles, it reduces our risk for serious disease, improves our balance and coordination, improves our mood, helps prevent dementia, tones our legs, stomach, and butt, and helps us lose or maintain our weight.
It’s suggested that we should walk at least 20 minutes a day. We could take this opportunity to go to the market to pick up so fresh fruits and veggies. Or walk around a green space or a local park that features a pond or two. Keep your walking environment pleasant and enjoyable, and you’ll be encouraged to keep it up.
Stretch, Yoga, Gi Gong, Tai Chi
The benefits of stretching, yoga, gi gong and tai chi are extremely beneficial. Each of these practices are considered both exercise and meditation that make the mind and spirit tranquil. They’re low impact, help us relax, and require deep breathing. Each exercise gives us increased flexibility, improve our posture, improve our balance, improve concentration, build muscle strength, strengthens our organs and so much more.
I enjoy doing gi gong and some stretching every morning. I recently got the Resistance Band Kit from Gaiam that works well with my routine.
These 3 bands allow for progressive resistance in 3 strengths, purple is lightweight, the green is medium and the blue is heavy resistance. The included exercise guide offers 4 different resistance exercises to get you started. I love the width of the bands, they don’t roll or dig into any body part for the most part. They’re incredibly durable and easy to clean.
If you’re stressed out, try the Restore Hand Grips. They also great for improving finger, hand, wrist, and forearm strength. They’re available in light and medium strength and come with a downloadable exercise guide.
Make Your Own Lunch
Eating healthy is another phrase that turns people off, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Breakfast can be as simple as one or two pieces of fruit. Having lunch with workmates does not mean you have to head out to the fast food joints. Fast foods are loaded with sugar, fats, and toxic ingredients. Instead, consciously make a healthy and delicious lunch that you can enjoy at the park.
Drink More Water
When most of us are thirsty, we reach for coffee, tea, or sodas. Why not water? Water is a godsend. It flushes out toxins, hydrates us, improves our moods, relieves fatigue, helps with digestion and constipation, aids in weight loss, helps maintain the balance of body fluids, sharpens our mental focus, keeps our skin clear, helps our kidneys function properly, and stops us from overeating just to name a few. Drinking 6 – 8 glasses a day will give us all these benefits.
Making any changes for the better doesn’t take a lot of time, it just takes commitment and consistency. Doing these few steps every day will help improve your mind, body and spirit collectively.