Daily Inspiration for the body
Daily StretchHip Flexor Stretch On Wall
Type of Pose: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Elongates thigh muscle, stretches and opens the hips and improves circulation to legs.
Find a wall and face away from it. Stand on your knees and step your left foot forward placing it flat on the ground. Put your right knee against the wall with your shin on the wall. Bring your hips towards the wall to stretch your right quad. Breathe here for thirty seconds and then push your hips away from the wall for thirty seconds. Switch sides and repeat the same thing to stretch the left quad and hip flexor.
Daily StretchDeltoid Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces pain in the neck and shoulders that come from tight muscles. Improves shoulder flexibility.
Begin laying on your stomach and bring your right arm out to a 'T' directly in line with your shoulder with your palm facing down. Gently lift your left hip to roll towards your right hand. It's important to keep the right side of your head resting on the ground so your neck muscles can relax. You can bend your left leg and place your left foot on the ground for stability. Relax and breathe in this position for one minute and then do the same thing on the other side.
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!
Are you wondering how Himalayan Salt Lamps work? Through something called hygroscopy, a phenomenon that attracts and holds water molecules from the surrounding area. The air in your home contains dust, mildew, smells and maybe even smoke, and the lamp acts as a purifier, pulling water molecules from the air, absorbing the water and adsorbing the rest, which basically means the dust, smoke, smell adheres to the salt itself, taking it out of your environment.
The heat from the bulb inside the lamp will warm the salt, releasing the water back into the air and leaving the dirty stuff trapped inside. This can help with asthma, allergies, anxiety and even with getting a better night's sleep.
Sleep can be the neglected little sister when it comes to the health family. Big sisters Diet and Fitness take center stage when it comes to health magazines, topics of conversation and chats with your doctor, but if their little sister isn't being taken care of first, the elder siblings will have a much harder time seeing success. Not getting enough sleep affects everything else in our bodies, and can affect our weight loss (Or weight gain) and ability to build muscle and heal properly from work outs.
While scientists may not be able to put a finger on exactly why it is we need sleep in the first place, we do know we need to have it to regulate our system, repair tissue and download our experiences as memories in order to feel mentally healthy. Pay attention to this little sister and the whole family will be balanced!