It’s day 6 out of the 366 days of 2016 and I bet you’re all set with your goals, new routines, that spankin’ new gym membership you just signed up for, and all those big and shiny dreams you’ve set yourself out to accomplish. New Year, new you, new beginnings, and new everything! Am I right?
YES! But to be able to keep that boss-as-can-be powerhouse attitude going you need to make sure you are also taking solid care of your mind, body, and overall self!
With good health we can accomplish anything! We can vigorously attack any challenge and obstacle that comes our way. For that reason, I have prepared a simple and straightforward list of healthy habits you should incorporate into your daily routine to continue to strive and slay throughout all of your 2016 endeavors. These quick and easy steps are exactly what you'll need to get you going through the New Year so have a blast kicking ass my friend!
1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water every morning
Why: It'll aid your liver and digestive system during their cleansing process while supporting proper bowel movement and stimulating the production of bile.
Because: You woke up and your body hasn’t experienced water intake in the last 6 to 8 hours.
Bonus: There's nothing quite like lemon water to upkeep your immune system as lemons are rich in vitamin C, pectin and bioflavonoids.
2. Take a few minutes to stretch like it’s nobody’s business
Why: To alleviate aches and improve overall body posture. You can't imagine how beneficial it is to stretch your tight and constricted muscles on a consistent basis, it stimulates blood circulation and oxygenation throughout the body.
Because: Muscle stiffness is real and it's nothing to joke about.
Bonus: For those who are already on a fitness schedule, stretching your body is crucial to the muscle mass creation process by creating small tissue tears that will repair and strengthen the area of focus over time when performed consistently.
3. Floss daily like your life depended on it. Because it does
Why: It removes plaque build up from the hard to reach areas between your gum and your teeth. Over time, plaque can harden and turn into tartar (that thick yellowish deposit that dentists like to scrape during your routine visits), leading to gingivitis and getting you on that fast track towards developing gum disease. But we don’t want that, right?
Because: Researchers have already claimed that gum disease may increase the risk of individuals suffering heart attacks and developing heart disease when mouth bacteria isn’t kept in check.
Bonus: Flossing can also prevent your teeth from falling out. Keep this in mind and maintain a happy wallet by delaying those early denture expenses.
4. Make it a habit to take hot/cold showers every day
Why: To hype up blood circulation by expanding your blood vessels with hot water and contracting them with colder temperatures. Repeating this will bring nutrient rich blood to your entire body. Think of it as giving your circulatory system a full blown inside-out massage.
Because: Who wouldn’t want to flush away cellular debris?
Bonus: This technique is better known as ‘contrast hydrotherapy’ and it has proven to be substantially helpful for athletes during injury recovery periods.
5. Stop eating so late, it isn’t good for you
Why: Your stomach is still working to digest the late night feast you just chowed down while your body was already in rest mode, making it almost impossible for you to fall asleep and increasing the possibility of nighttime heartburn.
Because: Metabolism and proper carbohydrate/calorie burning works much better when your body is active.
Bonus: Recent studies performed at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders show that when food is consumed late at night or anywhere after dinner or outside of your sleeping cycle, it is more likely that your body will store those calories as fat and gain weight instead of burning it as energy.
6. Practice meditation and intention setting every morning
Why: Our mind runs in overdrive, continuously going from thought to thought without a fitting breather. Some of us (myself included) may find it very challenging to slow down this process with the day-to-day rush of life. When turning inwards and focusing on our breathing patterns you’ll become more aware of the things that are cluttering up your mind. Even more, the practice of meditation will enable you to detach yourself from your regular thought patterns, including the negative ones, and will give you the space that is needed to set your daily intention in motion.
Because: As Deepak Chopra, M.D. states, intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the seed of your every desire and within the quiet awareness that we harness through consistent meditation, intention setting becomes almost an automatic process. When you begin the day by tuning your mind into your intention’s frequency, you’ll begin to attract to your life positive outcomes directly related to your deepest desires.
Bonus: If you still aren’t feeling this whole meditation/intention setting shenanigan, you can always benefit from the stress relieving benefits that sheer meditation and deep breathing exercises have to offer. Beginning your day in a calm and relaxed manner will surely make it easier when it comes to dealing with the little frustrations of every day life.
Until next time,