Daily Inspiration for the body
Daily StretchSide Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Helps elongate obliques and opens up the chest so you can take full breaths of air. Stretches the hips to improve mobility.
Begin standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips and your toes pointing forward. Reach your right arm up with your palm facing to the left. Slide your left hand down your left leg as you reach up and over towards the left with your right hand stretching the right side of your body. Stay in the stretch for 30 seconds breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Be sure to not to lean forward or backwards. Repeat the same thing on the other side.
Fruit in the form of your choice – raw or juice - is welcome in the morning, as it helps to hydrate you and to fill up with antioxidant vitamins. Start the day by eating a fruit with highly protective virtues such as apples, grapes or citrus.
Kiwis, melons, mangos and papayas are great options as well. Grab one to go, or blend in a smoothie or juicer and get a head start on your nutritional needs for the day!
Did you know you can self-impose a sleeping disorder? Psychophysiologic insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of sleep disorder to treat. When you worry about not getting enough sleep, lying there thinking about it can start a cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety that can cause weight gain, stress and insomnia.
The next time you've had no rest, try not to stress about it when you get back under the covers the following night. Reading a book, having a warm bath and listening to music can help you stop thinking about sleeping, and actually give you some shuteye before you work yourself up into a larger issue!
If you're having trouble getting a restful night's sleep - think like a bat! We don't mean you should find the nearest cave, but being mindful of creating the perfect sleep set up can be the first step in getting some much needed shuteye. Phones and alarm clocks aside, how much light can you see from your bed when you lie down at night?
Even a smidgen can make a difference to your body clock - our systems are trained to recognize light - especially bright light - as a sign to hop out of bed and preprare for the day ahead.
If you've been having some trouble drifting off to sleep, there are a few little things that can help you prepare for bed - and they don't come in a bottle! Sometimes, the best solution is the simplest! Limiting the amount of food you eat close to bed time, finishing your exercise regime a few hours before you wind down and turning your alarm clock away from you so you can't nervously check it throughout the night are all little tricks that can actually help you catch a few more zzz's.
Sleep is often something we just assume will happen and we take for granted that we'll snooze as soon as our head hits the pillow. If you are having trouble drifitng off though, start eliminating the distractions that are keeping you from getting rest, and you might see some surprising results!
Hailing from India and the eastern Mediterannean, miracle spice cumin has been used for more than five thousand years.
Why? In addition to its taste qualities, cumin is also known in herbal medicine for its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory qualities. Its consumption is particularly recommended in case of difficult digestion, flatulence, vomiting and abdominal pain. It has even been used for insomnia, viral infection, treating hemorrhoids and weakened immune systems.
Cumin is an excellent source of dietary fiber and antioxidant, as well as calcium and iron. Just 1 tablespoon of cumin contains 22% of our daily iron! Look for some recipes that use cumin and start incorporating it into your cooking.
You Are Here: BODY
The Holistic Triangle represents the necessity of maintaining the balance of your Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the most structurally sound shape in the Universe, each arm of the triangle is connected to and supports the others. For the triangle to remain equilateral, the Mind, Body, and Soul all need to be in optimal condition. At Daily Life, we understand the intricacies of this fine balance. We work to provide you with tools, strategies, and resources that you can use to maintain your Mind-Body-Soul balance and achieve your ultimate potential and happiness - daily.
What is Wellness Culture?
At Daily Life, we help shed light on the small choices that become our daily habits. We offer helpful tips about how best to care for your body’s unique needs. Wellness is about having the tools to deal with stress, having wisdom about how your body is affected by your environment and knowing what exercises and foods are going to give you the best energy.
Wellness is not as simple as eating healthy and exercising regularly - it’s much more than that. Wellness means taking control of your health and happiness, and that process will look different for everyone. At Daily Life, we’ll help you discover old and new wellness techniques that will help you prevent illness, keep your energy up, and improve and maintain your overall health long-term. We offer recipes, fitness, exercise, and yoga tips, and resources for fun, simple, and effective ways to stay healthy. Here on Daily Life, you can learn how to take control of your health and energy - for good.
How to Make Fitness & Exercise Part of Your Daily Life
Humans have only been sedentary for a very small part of the history of our species. Our bodies are designed to move. Without movement, most people start to develop health problems, both physical and mental.
Everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s body is different. Things change every single day. At Daily Life, we’re committed to meeting you where you’re at by offering you ways to fit exercise and movement into your unique lifestyle.
How Does the Body Burn Fat?
When we increase activity levels, the brain sends a signal to the body to use the energy stored in our fat cells from the unused calories we have consumed. As we create a habit of exercise, the metabolism, which stimulates the process of burning fat into energy, will start to work at a faster rate. This means that exercising regularly contributes to a higher resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat throughout the day, even when you aren’t exercising.
The body burns the most fat when we exercise, when we move during daily activities, and when we digest our food. The body also burns more fat if we have more muscle mass, which means building muscles can help you lose weight. Plus, the endorphins released into the body when we exercise make us feel good, lower stress and inflammation, and improve motivation, which helps us to continue exercising. Keep exercise simple and consistent, and watch the transformation of your own emotions and energy.
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What Does the Body Need to Stay Healthy?
The human body needs adequate water, nutrition, movement, rest, sleep, and relationships with others to function its best. If we neglect our physical health, the body begins to deteriorate little by little, and certain systems will malfunction to alert us that we need to pay attention to how we treat ourselves. Neglecting mental health over time can also lead to physical illness. We’ll let you in on a secret: Being physically fit without working to maintain the health of the mind and the soul will never allow you to reach optimal levels of health. At Daily Life, we can help you balance all three so you can achieve your unique picture of optimal health.
How Does Nutrition Impact Your Body?
Nutrition is the fuel that allows your brain to compute and gives our body the green light to perform. Exercise and nutrition are equally important in your daily lifestyle; your body’s systems are constantly interacting with each other, and they all require nutrition and movement to function optimally.
We at Daily Life are here to guide you as you begin to prioritize a healthy diet in your personal development. Along with articles about nutrition, we offer you one new recipe to try out each week in our Feed Your Body Friday series.
Beauty & Wellness in Your Daily Life
When you begin your path of personal discovery, you might find yourself spending time worrying about how you look. We understand! That’s why we’re here to help you understand that wellness is about the energy in your body; the way you feel, not how you look. So many people who appear beautiful struggle with health and wellness. We want to change that.
Taking care of your body boosts your energy and your mood, and yes, it does improve your appearance as well. At Daily Life, we want to help you understand that beauty is only a side-effect of wellness.
How Does the Body Change as We Age?
Aging is an exciting and empowering process - it is nothing to fear or be ashamed of. At Daily Life, we work to dismantle the idea that aging is something to be prevented. Rather, aging is something to celebrate!
The habits we have today and throughout our lives affect the way we age. It’s no secret that nutrition and exercise play major roles in the aging process. When we exercise, we deliver nutrients to our cells that contribute to the skin’s elasticity. As we age, we lose muscle mass at a faster rate, which means that our resting metabolic rate also diminishes. Having a regular, daily exercise regimen such as yoga, which is easy on the joints, means you can enjoy better health and appear more youthful as you get older. Practicing meditation and using powerful mental techniques to keep your minds sharp means you’ll become wiser as you age and continue to improve brain function; research indicates we can get smarter with age with the adoption of healthy habits. At Daily Life, we’ll help you start developing those habits today.