It’s important to take care of yourself. In fact, it’s the first step towards a motivated mindset and a successful week. So for this week’s dosage of motivation, here are four courses of action to fortify body and mind.
Remember in school when you had gym class? What did you always have to do before any activity? That’s right, stretch those muscles out. Most of us know that we must do this so that we don’t pull — or what’s it called? hyperextend? — our muscles. If you have a desk job like I do, you also know that stretching is great to help bloodflow and to prevent stiffness and aches and pains down the road. Ideally, you’ll want to stretch everything, from your neck down to your ankles, right after getting up in the morning.
2. Drink A TON of water!
If we were going in order of importance, this would definitely be at number one. At the cornerstone of health, good ol’ H20 is the answer to a lot of different problems. Dehydration, by contrast, causes a plethora of problems (like death). Among the list of benefits are a flushed out system and higher energy level… So drink a lot of water. A gallon a day should be the goal. You will notice the results, even if you don’t quite make it to a gallon every single day — Trust me!
3. Start the day right: with a GOOD breakfast.
A good breakfast doesn’t always mean “healthy.” A bowl of plain oatmeal, whole wheat toast with nothing on it, a slice of turkey bacon, and a glass of skim milk does not need to be the norm… Unless, of course, you are under doctor’s orders. Every morning, eat something that’s going to give you some brain power. Protein is a grand example. A boiled egg, bacon, a peanut butter sandwich… There’s a lot of options out there. Then wash it down with something made of natural ingredients that isn’t pumped full of sugar. If you must have coffee with sugar and creamer in it, then keep the amounts low. And might I suggest not having coffee every day. I understand if you’re one of those people who have built an entire lifestyle around drinking coffee every morning, and that quitting altogether would be like quitting smoking cold turkey. But just try to have it a little less with each passing week.
4. Go for a walk.
At the end of the school or work day, typically, the only thing most of us want to do is relax and be lazy for the rest of the evening. When we give into this temptation, however, we end up feeling more tired in the afternoons and sometimes we can’t sleep at night. A really great way to remedy this is to go outside and walk somewhere. My husband and I started doing this not too long ago… before we fell off the wagon. Half a mile is a good distance to start with. Or if you like timed walks more, you can do a thirty-minute session. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a trail near your home, to the end of the drive and back, or even around your house a few times. Walk enough to give your legs some exercise and get your heart pumping. And if the afternoon is clear, take it as Mother Nature giving you an opportunity for some exposure to much-needed sunlight.
If you focus on just these four things, and do them daily, not only will you be feeling better and more energized in no time, but your body will thank you for it!