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It’s all about what you eat. (But not.)

What YOU eat is super important. To me. To you. To life & your health and all that. But it’s not all there is.


There are also things that play into your wellness; your relationships, your spirituality (belief in something larger than you), your work/school/volunteer life (something that fulfills you, fuels your spark), and daily movement.


Now I am not here to tell you how to get shredded abs/cut arms/ that’s just not me. We could have a discussion on it if you like, but really that’s not really how I roll in terms of what I’m going for in your overall wellness & “Health-Span”.


Your Health-Span is what my Cardiologist colleague describes as living healthier, longer.

A great way to work on this is incorporating movement into your daily life and routine.

Again, if you’re looking to get ripped, it’s not here. ;)


Okay, so one of my key points is 30-60 minutes of movement a day. That can be a sweaty jog, a dance party with your kids, cleaning your house - * I wear ankle weights when I do mine!


Whatever you need to do to get going. Break it up if you have to!

Maybe you do a few ten minutes bursts- that works just the same.


Which leads me to one of my other fave tools. an alarm.


Nothing crazy- but here’s the idea- set an alarm on your phone to remind you to stand every hour for at least one minute, from your wake time, and the following twelve hours.


As soon as the alarm goes off, stand up (if you aren’t already) for at least one minute. This is great if you work from a desk, you can always stand during a call and simply change your camera angle for a few.


Really, once you’re up- you’re up. At least for a bit. You’re more likely to stay this way if you incorporate it into your routine. Standing leads to movement, and baby, we’re going for baby steps here. 💋


This tool, while helpful, and I use often- isn’t entirely my idea. I use alarms and timers throughout my day, (ask my kids!) but for standing- this one isn’t originally from my head.


It is from from something techie- I’m sorry. It’s not necessary by any means, but helpful. It is a function on my Apple Watch. Insert eye roll for all you non watch wearing peeps. But here’s what’s up:

Even if you don’t get into the nitty gritty of all the functions, the activity tracking / stand goals can assist in keeping you motivated for the day.


This was an over achiever day LOL


If a watch isn’t for you, an alarm can do the trick. And hey- if that doesn’t float your boat- write it down, ask a friend to call you, whatever you need to do to get up and get your blood flowing.

Because here is what is important:

Creating space for movement during the day is great for muscle health. It improves strength, coordination, and joint function. Incorporating movement into the day aids in weight management, and helps concentration, mood & mental health.

Movement gets your lymphatic system going- this is your body’s defense system.

When we use our muscles, our lymph nodes and channels start circulating lymph fluid that contains white blood cells that help fight infection- sending it through your body to help remove toxins and bacteria.


Some pretty good reasons to get up and get the muscles moving however you can, right?

My kiddos and husband got me a paddle board for Mother’s Day as a new way to get in movement, that’s a little easier on my joints. Pushing 40 is rough, y’all. 😆 I don’t run more than 3 miles when I do- it’s too much on these hips and knees.

YOU DO YOU.


If it’s picking up your swifter and cleaning, cool. If it’s running 3 miles or taking a cardio class with a friend, cool. If it’s a dance party with your dog, cool too.

Get it in where you fit it in, friends. 😉🤓

XO





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