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Summer may be coming to a close but there’s no need to move indoors just yet. Check out these outdoor festivals with great music (FleetFoxes, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie and more) and healthy vegetarian and vegan options on hand. If you don’t happen to live near one of these events, create your own!
One of the things we’ve noticed in our own life is that we haven’t been facing life head-on. We’ve been avoiding some things. Like the ten pounds that have crept on over the last year. Or the fact that we’d rather read a good book than go to the gym. Or that dessert is showing up more frequently after dinner.
That these things are happening simultaneously is not coincidental.
It’s time to stop running from the truth about our health habits. It’s time to make some changes, starting with our perspective – and that will direct the other changes that need to happen.
One of the things we’re looking forward to in making these changes is the September class here at Marilu.com. Twenty-one days of accountability will help us focus, but it won’t be all drudgery – Coach Evi has some fun things planned for our (virtual) European semester! If you’re looking for some assistance with your own new perspective, become a member and take the class. There will be plenty of recipes and lots of encouragement as we all help each other stay focused, and stop running.
Now, get moving. Because running (or walking) for exercise is something we aren’t going to stop.
When I Stop Running from TFDI
available on iTunes and Amazon.com
A good night’s sleep is critical to your good health, so what can you do to make it happen?
A good bed * We don’t always realize how bad our old bed is until we get a new one. If your mattress is more than 10 years old, consider a new one.
A good pillow * There are different styles of pillows for the different ways we sleep. Get two (or even three) different pillows, and switch them up (even during the night). And get new ones every couple of years. They get buggy (and you don’t want to know any more than that).
Clean, fresh linens * We’re hearing good things about bamboo sheets – especially if you’re dealing with night sweats. The bamboo fibers breathe better.
Room temperature * If it’s too hot or too cold, you won’t sleep well. Use a fan or an extra blanket when you need it. Fresh air is good, but not always practical (when it’s -20F at night, you can’t have the windows open! No matter what health guru tells you to do it!).
Stretch your body * Slow, gentle stretches before bed will help work out the kinks of standing in the kitchen or sitting in the living room… or sitting in the driver’s seat.
Clear your mind * Look at your calendar for the next day and do what you can to prepare – set out your clothes, pack lunches, get breakfast together, sign permission slips, find instruments and gym shoes, pack your gym bag, etc. Write out anything that’s bothering you. Make a gratitude list. Kiss and hug your loved ones. Say your prayers.
Here’s some Celtic meditation music that helps us relax before bed. Use it to accompany an evening gratitude meditation, or breathing exercises, or gentle stretches, or prayers.
Coach Robbie has been emphasizing daily walks as a health habit that crosses all cultures.
Getting outside in the fresh air is good, especially for all of us who work in environments where air quality (and temperature and humidity) are controlled.
While you’re outside, take a few minutes to play. Toss a frisbee, bounce a ball, shake a hula hoop, run around, skip to the corner, play a game of tag. Enjoy the air and the space and the free moments you’re creating.
Katrina and the Waves always make us want to stand up and move. Get moving now, and take a walk as soon as you can.
In the spirit of healing traditions from around the world, we have some meditation music this week. It will give you time for a good 10-minute meditation. The song is from Sounds of the Ether by Joseph Michael Levry.
Most of the words in this song are “I Am”. Use that to focus your thoughts on who you are, and who you want to be – loving, nurturing, accepting, generous, compassionate, healthy, helpful, kind, considerate, strong, forgiving, etc (just pick one at a time, though, and really focus on it). Open your heart to let that trait become a part of you.
We all have something that seduces us, that feels so right, yet it’s so very wrong. Sure, the song’s about a man (and it could be a person for you, too) but a lot of times, it’s the little things we forget are bad for us.
Make this song work twice for you. Think about what you’re better off without, and commit to doing without it … and get up and move.
We’re here because we want a better life, a longer life, a healthier life – a life of adventure and excitement and living our dreams. The better we feel in our bodies, the less disease and illness impacts our daily lives, the more we’re going to enjoy life.
But most of us are going to have to get over some things to get there.
What’s holding you back from living your dream?
What can you do about it?
~*~ ~*~ ~*~
If one of the things you have to get over is the idea that fitness is too much effort, or too much time, or too much money… well, get up and move. March in place, or dance, or do some squats or jumping jacks.
When it’s hot, be sure to increase your water intake, and eat plenty of wet foods. If you don’t feel like cooking, you still need to be eating. There are plenty of good hot-weather meal choices, from cool soups to wraps to grilled foods (use that outdoor grill) to main-dish salads.
You can still exercise, but you may want to do it in the comfort of your air-conditioned home or gym. You may want to break up your exercise sessions into several 10-minute sessions, so you don’t get overheated. Be aware of heat index warnings, and don’t work out outside unless you’re conditioned for the weather. Remember that heat + humidity = thunderstorms, and be prepared for severe weather if you’re going to be outside.