If you’re one of the billions of people experiencing chronic stress in your life, it’s an absolute necessity to your health that you find a way to reduce your stress level. Realistically, there are seasons in our lives when we are not able to dedicate much time to a self-care routine. Fortunately, there are many ways to incorporate mindfulness, or the act of paying attention, into our daily lives in order to feel less stressed. Here are 7 ways that you can reduce stress in your life immediately.
Eleven years ago when I got my first personal training job, all the women I trained were after Madonna’s arms. Not long after, it became Michelle Obama’s arms. I’m not sure who has the arms de jour right now but someone whose arms are just as shapely, I’m sure. At the time I was a little surprised that so many women were wanting to focus on their upper bodies since I thought for sure they would be all about flat stomachs & round butts.
I quickly came to find out that those areas were also priorities for most of my clients. They all wanted to feel both feminine and strong and to have bodies that they were proud of and that showcased their hard work. Now, that, I am all about!
The workout below covers all your bases: upper body, lower body, core, and it’ll get your heart rate up. Plus I’m giving you a bonus circuit focusing specifically on butt and abs. All of the exercise names are links to YouTube demo videos so that you’ll be able to execute them properly & with confidence.
The physical poses of yoga are known to help with many ailments. There are asanas for a sore back or tight hamstrings. Asanas are the place in which a practitioner sits and the posture in which he or she sits. There are poses to help women alleviate pains while menstruating and even postures that can help you fall asleep at night. But did you know that yoga is also great for digestion?
Right up to the point where you’re ready to start trying for a baby, you’re taught how NOT to get pregnant but your fertility or womb health are never a topic for discussion. You have the fear of God put into you that it only takes one time to become pregnant and it can happen by hugging a man for too long! So you’ve made it to your late 20’s kid free or maybe into your 30’s and all of a sudden, those people who told you not to get pregnant, are now demanding the intimate knowledge of when you’re going to have a baby – remember your clock is ticking.
I was sold on the notion that creating a morning and night time routine was the key to living the energized, joyful and productive life I dreamed about. If a morning ritual would allow me to establish a level of productivity that would extend to the rest of my day, a nighttime ritual would help me disconnect from the world allowing me to fall into a restful slumber.