This post is one that I wrote several months ago. I decided to post it today because 1.) I am on my way to Hawaii to spend a wonderful week of fun and relaxation with my family so a post on self-care seemed appropriate since that is what the upcoming week will be all about for my clan and 2.) it is about a topic that we women tend to struggle with–we are so good at taking care of everyone else, but we rarely make our own self care a priority. I hope that you enjoy the post and I look forward to sharing my Hawaiian adventures with you once I return to good ol’ Colorado. Mahalo!
It happened. I’m not proud to admit it…but all the denying, justifying and excuse making in the world won’t change that fact that it happened. I (a 45 year old wife, mother and successful career woman) had a melt down. Not just any melt down mind you; I had a full blown, two-year-old-throwing-a-temper-tantrum kind of melt down, complete with tears, slamming doors and a few words that aren’t fit for print.
To be completely honest, I don’t even remember what exactly triggered my melt down. Someone must’ve said or done something terrible…right? I mean…grown women don’t just fall apart like that for no reason do they? Surely someone had to have committed some grievous crime against humanity in order to spark such an epic fit on my part…right?
It’s the beginning of January as I type this post so naturally I (along with millions of other people) am thinking about things that I’d like to do differently in the coming year. I do not make resolutions anymore because I’ve found that they just don’t work for me. Instead, I set intentions for the coming year.
This year, one of the FabYOUlous intentions that I am setting for myself is to become more health conscious. I’m not resolving to go to the gym more or to give up red meat, but I am intending to live a more healthy lifestyle by becoming more mindful of the way in which I take care of my body.
One simple change that I intend to make is to drink more water and LESS SODA. Unfortunately, simple does not necessarily mean easy. This change will be a difficult one for me because I am pretty much addicted to the fizzy goodness that is Coca Cola. However; I know that soda is BAD for me so I am determined to find a way to replace some of my soda consumption with good ol’ H20 (for a breakdown of several little known benefits of drinking more water click here)
Water. The average adult body is nearly 65% water. The earth’s surface is nearly 71% water. We drink it, we bathe in it and we swim in it. Still, many of us are not getting enough water on a daily basis to sustain optimal health.
The critical importance of water to the human body was recently made very clear to me when my oldest son had to receive IV fluids due to a severe case of dehydration brought on by a bad case of the stomach flu. It was incredible to me to see just how quickly the body of a healthy and strong nineteen year old began to shut down as a result of not having enough water in his system. Fortunately, quick action on the part of medical professionals kept my son from needing to be hospitalized, but the experience was enough to get me to take a closer look at the crucial role that water plays in our overall health.
The mind and body are intrinsically connected so it makes sense that taking care of ourselves both above and below the neck leads to head-to-toe FabYOUlousness.
Being healthy doesn’t simply mean that we aren’t sick, it means that we are fully alive and experiencing life with vitality, love, gratitude and enthusiasm. This is much more easily accomplished if/when the body is well cared for and in good working condition.
When working to achieve and maintain good physical health, there are eight habits that if adopted, will lead to improved physical fitness and a stronger sense of FabYOUlousness.
Okay–it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that hugging and kissing feel good. There are few things in this world that I crave more than physical affection. Whether it is a hot & steamy make out session with my hubby or big bear hug from one of my sons, I thrive on the exchange of love and affection between two people. It wasn’t until recently however, that I discovered research that shows that not only do these exchanges feel good-they actually are good. I was excited to read that there are numerous documented physical and emotional health benefits to hugging and kissing.
Obviously, we don’t need an excuse for showing affection, but if you’re sweetie wonders why you’re extra lovey-dovey all of a sudden; just tell him that you’re doing it for the sake of his health and then rattle off a few of these FabYOUlous health benefits…
Whew! It’s August here in Colorado and it is HOT. Okay–maybe our elevation and low humidity levels help to keep us from really burning up like some other states–but still…it is plenty warm here at the base of the Rocky Mountains.
Fortunately for me, summer happens to be my favorite time of year. I love the fact that the days are long and the warm weather allows for lots of fun outside activity. I especially love the fact that so many of my favorite summer activities also happen to be good for me. I mean, can you believe it? Fitness that is actually fun? Oh sure–I know that there are those of you out there (you LUCKY ones!) who actually enjoy working out, but for some reason, I didn’t seem to inheret that gene. That’s why I am so thankful that all of this warm weather fun has numerous emotional and physical health benefits. For instance–did you know that sunlight can help you to fit into your skinny jeans more easily? Yep–it’s true! When sunlight hits your skin, it triggers the production of nitric oxide, a compound that helps to regulate glucose and insulin levels in the body. This helps you to burn more fat rather than storing it. Additionally, adults who get Vitamin D from the sun are far more likely to live into their 90’s because Vitamin D helps to produce telomerase, an enzyme that protects DNA from damage.
If you are looking for a few great ways to enjoy what’s left of summer while also boosting your physical and emotional health and having a FabYOUlously good time, give a few of these great outdoor activities a try–you’re bound to find one that’s right for you.
Breathing…something so simple, so automatic that we were literally born knowing how to do it. We don’t enroll in classes to teach us the mechanics of breathing and we don’t go to sleep at night worried about whether or not we’ll remember how to breathe when we wake up. We simply breathe as an automatic, natural reflex.
Unfortunately, despite it being a natural reflex, breathing is something that many of us do incorrectly–especially at times of great stress. Rather than taking deep breaths that adequately fill our lungs and invigorate us, we take shallow, hurried breaths that can deprive the brain of oxygen at a time when we need it the most and leave us feeling fatigued.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, hurried or stressed out (none of which are anywhere near FabYOUlous!) try this technique…
There’s bad news on the health front for all of us who spend our days at a desk, sitting for hours on end while we work on a computer or shuffle papers. Though we might feel as though we are out of harm’s way as we work at our nice, safe office in our cushy swivel chair–we are WRONG and the culprit that is putting us at risk is the very chair that we are glued to day in and day out.
Actually–it’s not so much the chair that’s to blame as it is the amount of time that we spend sitting in it.
Oh my gosh…SOOOOO wrong! Ugh! I am a 44 year old woman who considers herself to be in decent shape. I run regularly (and even WON my age group in a recent 5K!) and I’m not overweight. Though I feel pretty good about my cardio fitness due to the running, I’ve always felt like I should be doing more in the way of strength training. Problem is…I hate strength training. Seriously…HATE it. So, rather than trying to become a gym rat like my husband and sons; I decided to come up with my own little strength training routine that I could do at night before taking my bath. I decided to start out with something easy like a minute long plank followed by a three minute wall sit and then ten push ups. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well guess what…it’s NOT easy!