It makes me appreciate my body, though. When I am feeling well, I am able to do so much! It is a wonderful vehicle to take me through life. I definitely want to take care of it more. So with that said, here are a few things I promise to do for my body this summer. I’m not getting all crazy, but just these few things should help a lot!
I’ve been sitting at my desk entirely too much. I know it and my butt knows it. My butt is yelling, “Get off me!” So, I will. I promise to faithfully get up and walk or do other things every hour. Sometimes I get so involved in what I am doing at my desk that time can really go by quickly. But even right now, I am standing up as I type. There is no reason to be sitting so much!
I will drink more clean, fresh water. The benefits of drinking good water are so many. But the thing that interests me right now is that sometimes dehydration can masquerade as hunger. Our bodies are made of 68% or more of water. I’m sure that the body needs water way before we are thirsty and that could easily be mistaken as hunger. There is a new bottled water that is out and it is flavored like herbs and fruits. I could sip on it all day long! It’s called Ayala’s Herbal Water and it is wonderful. Right now I'm loving the lemongrass mint vanilla! It is so refreshing! My husband, however, doesn't quite share my view. He thinks that the stuff tastes like cough syrup. Not even!! Men, sheesh!
I’ve recently learned how important stretching is. And this coming from the gal who could drop straight down into the splits without the bat of an eye just a year ago. I can still do the splits. It's just getting out of them that's the killer for me. It hurts! Plus I don't drop down into them anymore. I ease myself down into them. But being limber isn't whether you can do the splits or not. It's your hips, your hamstrings, your pectorals, your back!!! If you want to stay young and not age, you need to stretch and work every one of the 600 muscles found in the body. And especially in view of my back issues, stretching can be one of the weapons in my arsenal to keep myself pain-free. So, I am incorporating stretching in my daily exercise routine. If I don’t do ANYTHING else, I will stretch. It’s that important. A program I’ve found recently is called Classical Stretch. It is amazing. The premise of the method is that without regular stretching our bodies start to atrophy as early as in our twenties. By doing regular stretching, at least 25 minutes a day, we can alleviate the aging process our bodies go through because of non-use of our muscles and bones!
I want to spend more time outdoors. The weather is beautiful right now. I’ve got a great bike and a dog who absolutely loves to spend time with me. I feel like being outside frees the mind, invigorates the body and rejuvenates the spirit! So out I’ll go.
I don’t know how much, if any of this will ultimately help my back, but I know it will help me be a better mom, wife, friend and person!
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