Get limber! Stretching - both before and after a workout - is an important part of a good fitness routine, helping to boost your flexibility, improve your circulation and reduce the risk of injury
Get limber! Stretching - both before and after a workout - is an important part of a good fitness routine, helping to boost your flexibility, improve your circulation and reduce the risk of injury. When stretching, make sure to breathe deeply and naturally to supply your muscles with plenty of oxygen.
Do what you love. It's tempting to try the latest workout featured in your favorite magazine, and that's fine...but if it doesn't feel right, don't force it. Find an exercise style that is challenging and enjoyable and you'll be more likely to stick with it - and get the results you're looking for.
Hydrate! Before, during and after exercise, it's important to stay hydrated. In fact, the American Council on Exercise recommends drinking two cups of liquid before working out. Grab a water bottle and keep it filled up. (Skip the sugary sports drinks and seek out low-cal options if you're looking for flavor or nutrients.)
On vacation? There's no excuse for skipping exercise! At a tropical locale, take a walk down the beach; the moist sand will give your feet, ankles and calves an extra challenge. In the mountains, take a romp in the snow or try a winter sport like snow-shoeing. Bad weather? Check out your hotel's gym or walk a few flights of stairs.
Create your own Top 20. Listening to your favorite music is a proven way to boost your spirits, so burn yourself a CD or create a playlist on your MP3 player - or both - so you'll always have your personal radio station ready.
Learn to say no. It's challenging to juggle the demands of work, home life, family, relationships, church...you get the picture. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you always should, so practice saying no sometimes. Use that time to do something nice for yourself instead.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in every moment, something that's tough to do with a PDA in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Take a moment now to take in your surroundings and enjoy the sights, sounds, textures and smells you're experiencing. Repeat as necessary.
Keeping a journal is a terrific way to combat stress. By taking a few minutes each day to write down your frustrations, you allow your mind to process them and release negative energy...and you just might come up with some creative solutions for those troubling issues. You don't need anything fancy; plain paper and a pen will do.
One of the early outward signs of depression is isolation. If you see a friend losing interest in social activities, or she stops returning phone calls when she's usually chatty, check in with her and ask if something's wrong. Sometimes a little compassion - and connection - are just what a person needs to get back on track.
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness
Be thankful! One of the easiest ways to keep your mood elevated and optimistic is to take time each day for thankfulness. Try taking a few minutes in the morning to give thanks for the beginning of a beautiful day, or make a quick list at the end of the day of things you're glad to have accomplished.