Feasible Ways to Stay Moving

Let’s face it— sometimes, we just don’t have the time or motivation to get our daily exercise done. Aside from planned workouts, we actually burn a good deal of calories from simple regular movements, such as walking.

Here are five ways that you can increase your physical activity by tweaking the daily tasks that you’re already doing.

1. Park further away
Whenever we drive somewhere, we always look for the closest parking spot so that we don’t have to walk far. However, this is a missed
opportunity to get some extra steps in (plus, you’ll likely save yourself a lot of stress from not finding an empty spot). Next time you’re parking somewhere, try to go a bit further away from the entrance. These daily steps add up.

2. Make physical activity a social event
Usually, when we catch up with friends, it’s over coffee or a meal. Try integrating physical activity into your social life so that you make it something you look forward to. Instead of going out for dinner, go on a walk together. This way, you can still talk and catch up, but you’ll be moving your body while you do it. You can also do other fun activities together, such as skating, rock climbing, or a fun fitness class. It’s always more fun to exercise when you’re doing it with a friend.

3. Pace when you’re on the phone
All these seemingly little movements throughout the day can add up and contribute a lot to your overall step count and the number of calories that you burn. When you’re texting or talking on the phone, pace back and forth or walk around the house. Over time, it will become a habit, and you won’t even think about it as you do it.

4. Take a bike or walk instead of driving
If you’re going somewhere that’s not too far, try riding your bike or walk there instead of driving or taking a bus. If the destination is too far and you are taking public transit, you can walk to the next station over instead of the one closest to you and get off a few stops early to walk the rest of the way.

5. Get up when you’re sitting
If you have an office job or are working at your desk all day, you are probably spending the majority of your day sitting down, which can be unhealthy and especially bad for your posture. Take advantage of your lunch break, and take a quick stroll. Get some fresh air. Even throughout your working hours, remember to get up off your chair and even just walk tothe bathroom or end of the hallway every so often.

You can also do some of your work standing up, when at all possible. If you work from home, consider getting a standing or height-adjustable desk, or sit on a medicine ball instead of a chair.

Sometimes, alone time can be just what we need to recharge.  Other times, being alone can feel isolating and lonely.  One way you can help combat feeling isolated is to make the most of your alone time.

Strategize how to schedule your alone time in a way you’ll feel nourished and recharged.  That may be something completely different on different days, also!

When you want to stick around the house, you can create a spa-like evening for yourself.  You can learn a new hobby you’ve wanted to dabble in, plan a movie night for yourself, etc.  The limits are endless.

When you want to fill your alone time with others, you can try planning events with friends.  Make sure those times you want to have your tank filled up with loved ones, you’re surrounded by friends that make you laugh and feel connected. Plan a night out at the museum, take a painting class, or do something fun that’s passing through your town.

What’s your favorite thing to do in your alone time?

One of the deepest needs we have as humans is to feel loved and connected.  In my opinion, our culture is getting farther away from organic connection and assuming digital connectedness is enough to satisfy their needs.  If this is the case for you, I’d like to invite you to seek deeper relationships in your community.

Check out Meetup.com and find a Meetup or two that interest you.  You can learn a new hobby, find some activities to do on the weekends, and meet new people who enjoy the same things as you along the way.

If you’re a mom, I know how hard it can be to connect with others.  There’s an app called Peanut that you can download straight to your phone.  Think of it as a Mom Friend app, where you can find local moms in your area to connect with.  It’s so helpful!

Whatever you choose to do, find a way to connect more.

Do you feel as connected as you’d like?

 

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to symptoms that aren’t specific, which can include fatigue, anxiousness, body aches, poor sleep, and even digestive irregularities.  The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing the stress hormone cortisol — and chronic stress depletes your adrenal glands by making them work overtime.

The theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the demands of chronic stress and as a result, they can’t produce quite enough of the hormones you need to regulate and balance your hormones.

Cleaning up your diet, improving your sleep, watching your caffeine intake and adding in meditation to help reduce stress are just a few ways to prevent adrenal fatigue.  If you feel you’re suffering from this, please see your licensed medical professional.

 

Whether its romantic relationships, friendships, or relationships with family — relationships of many kinds are woven all throughout our life.  Having strong, healthy relationships can help us avoid illness, lower stress, adopt healthier habits and even live a longer life.

On the other hand – it’s not always easy when other people are involved.  Conflict is a part of life, and it often enters into relationships causing fractures and challenging circumstances.  Trouble in relationships come up at some point for every single one of us, especially when it comes to family.  These distressed relationships, though, can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health.

Added stress can cause a host of issues, so choosing relationships that add value to your life is of utmost importance.  What do you do to keep your relationships healthy?

What’s one thing you know you need to do to improve your health?

The thing is, we don’t need to be told what to do to improve our health.  We know the basics — drink enough water, eat whole foods, exercise, get enough sleep, have healthy relationships, etc.

Putting one foot in front of the other is the absolute most important thing we can do to begin reforming our health.  What’s the one thing you know you need to start working on?

Does your family enjoy healthy foods?

Does your family enjoy healthy foods or do you have to bribe them to eat their broccoli?

Making the decision to eat healthier is one thing, but getting the family on board can be the toughest part.  I think the most significant turning point for us was realizing we didn’t have to all be on the same page.  We’re all on our different journeys, and it’s okay if we’re on that journey at different paces.

What’s your household like with this?

The holiday season can really bring out feelings of isolation for many.  It can be hard to walk through this season alone or feeling disconnected.

That leads me to realize how crucial it is to our health to feel connected.  Aside from this season — do you generally feel connected in your everyday life?

Connected to yourself, your friends and family, your spirituality?

If you’re feeling a disconnect in your life, it’s the perfect time to take note of it and put a plan in action to grow your connection.

What makes you feel connected?