There are so many wise and beneficial choices we can make to improve our quality of life! So many tips I wish to share. It’s difficult for me to choose, but here are my top 10 as they appear to me today. I hope they will help you . . .
Carol’s Healthy Living Tip #1: BREATHE DEEPLY
You may be shallow breathing most of the time and not even know it. Consider the benefits of drawing air deeply into your lungs.
Each day, sit or stand comfortably and rest your hands between your ribs and your navel. Engage your diaphragm by breathing deeply. Feel your tummy rise under your hands as you inhale, and sink back in as you exhale. Breathe in for the count of 3 and out for the count of 6. Repeat 5 times in a row, and try this before each meal and before bed.
Not only will you increase your oxygen uptake and reduce secretions in the base of your lungs. This creates stress relief and body awareness, making you more mindful and heart connected, getting out of the head and being more compassionate to self 🙂
Carol’s Healthy Living Tip #2: DRINK LOTS of WATER
The benefits are numerous. Many people who feel unwell are chronically dehydrated, which majorly impacts health. All body systems function better with adequate water intake – you will notice an improvement in skin, digestion, energy levels, etc.
How much is enough? My rule of thumb is 30mls per kg body weight each day. This equates to a mug full of water (300mls) for each 10kg of your weight. Try starting the day with a warm water and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Drink water between meals. Drinking with meals is counter-productive as it dilutes the stomach acid that is required to digest food adequately.
Water helps flush toxins through the body, has zero calories, and acts as an appetite suppressant – if you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes – sometimes that’s what the body was craving.
Drink clean water – what does this mean? Consider the age of your water pipes and the impurities like heavy metals that may be in the water supply. Read up on various filters and what they remove. Decide whether you want fluoride in your water or not (not for me!) Spring water may be the best choice, regarding purity and helpful mineral content.
So don’t just drink water when you are thirsty, it deserves your regular attention. Make your body happy. Cheers!
Carol’s Healthy Living Tip #3: WALK EVERY DAY
Put on your comfy shoes and get moving! A 30-minute brisk walk is best and yes 10,000 steps per day is ideal, but any movement you can do is helpful. Some of those winter aches and pains may be due to inactivity. Our joints are lubricated by fluid but need the motion to facilitate this.
The Lymph system is like our sewerage system, and unlike the blood, it doesn’t have its own pump, so when we are idle toxins are stagnant. Cold hands and feet are often a sign of acid waste stored in the extremities. Walking helps move them out of the body
In fact, walking has endless benefits. It aids digestion, lifts the mood, strengthens the bones, and if connecting to nature at the same time, warms the heart! Its rhythmical nature can be quite meditative, quieting the mind to relieve stress and allow insights to come in. Or you may like to walk with a friend or in a group.
Make walking a regular habit. Start with 10 minutes around the block if that’s all you can manage. Add more incidental walking into your day as well. Walk to post that letter or purchase the newspaper. Park further from the shops or the school.
Do this regularly and watch your life change. Have you had your walk today?
To Be Continued… Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!