Ten tips for a healthy mind and body

1. When you wake up, do 3-5 sun salutations. This is a great way to stretch out the entire body and wake it up. If you do not know how to do a sun salutation, YouTube or google it!
2. Keep your room clean. Easier said than done, but it makes the biggest difference to both the mind and the body. How does keeping my room clean give me a healthy body you may ask? Well a large part of a clean room is a made bed, and a made bed is one that you cannot sit in all day. So keep your bed made and room tidy, and you will spend more time with people and things you love instead in bed all day!
3. Workout outside instead of inside. Being outside and in nature is a great way to not only build fitness levels but to reflect over things. Personally treadmills don’t do the trick for me as I focus on the numbers as I run, but when I’m in nature I notice the trees and the little ducks happily playing together, and I have time to think about my troubles and things I’m grateful for to myself. So get moving outside! You will notice not only a change in body but a washing of peace and serenity that will take over the mind. And exercise also releases serotonin: the happy hormone!
4. When you are on your run/walk outside, smile to everyone you see! Interaction between humans is necessary for optimal health and happiness.
5. Drink plenty of water. Water will make your skin glow and your digestion a lot better. It pretty much makes everything better! I will not say a specific amount but drink enough so that your pee is clear.
6. Read books and research things that interest you! Finding something that you are passionate about can really help you find a purpose to life and increase intelligence. Reading also increases vocabulary, and after all, having a broad vocabulary is rather winsome if I do say so myself.
7. Eat a clean, nutrient dense diet. I’m not saying don’t enjoy yourself though. I think that a healthy lifestyle can be absolutely delicious once adjusted if you change up the foods you are eating. Personally, the more vegetables and fruit I eat, the better I feel. It’s amazing what natures gift can do for us! 8. Spend time with people you love. As I mentioned earlier, interaction between humans is a must! Spending time with people you love is a lot more personal than just smiling (even though smiling is awesome and makes a huge difference!). If you feel alone or like you have no one, take a leap of faith and reach out to people. Just like you feel alone, other people do too and you would be surprised at the response you get back. Make friends by trying new things such as joining clubs at school, taking an art class, joining a team sport, etc.
9. Appreciate awesome moments. Taking a second just to say thank you to whoever you do or don’t believe in is seriously so important. Sometimes I just smile to myself and think,” wow, I’m alive and today doesn’t suck.” It doesn’t matter if you think something fancier than that or if you simply just smile (as we have already established, you would know I think smiling is awesome). The point is to feel something that is bigger than you. Not a selfish moment where you are caught up on earthly matters, but a moment of “damn, I’m lucky. What can I do to help the world?”
10. Laugh! It will give you rock hard abs and a longer life.


Fun ways to work out when you really don’t want to

Sometimes I honestly just don’t want to work out, but never have I regretted a workout. These are some fun and easy ways to get your body moving!

1.Go for a walk with some music or a friend/family member.

2.Search some workout videos on Youtube. My favorite channel is Blogilates (http://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates). Cassey is so motivating and really pushes your body. My favorite workout is the” What makes you bootiful” workout (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwVzamFR-tg). It is quick, motivating, and will make your butt so sore! She has some longer videos, and monthly workout calendars that are super motivating! YouTube in general is a really fun way to workout.

3.Google some at home Tumblr workouts. For example, let’s say I want to work out my legs. I will Google “tumblr leg workout”, click on images, and there will be a million different workouts, and most of the time they aren’t too strenuous, which is good if you aren’t feeling up to it.

4.Do an intense stretch. Take 15-20 minutes and simply stretch. You aren’t burning a ton of calories or anything but you are working on flexibility which is a very important and crucial aspect to fitness in my opinion. You will lengthen your muscles too! If you aren’t sure what to do just youtube “stretching routine” or “how to stretch” and you will learn how.

5.DANCE! Whether you do Zumba or just dance with your friends (I love both!), you will torch so many calories and release more endorphins than you could imagine!

6. Download some workout apps. My favorite is called “Workouts” and I try to do at least five minutes of ab workouts everyday. It is simple and super easy.

7. Do the Squat Challenge. It is so fun and does not take that long! I completed it in the summer and would really like to do it again.

8. If you know lot’s of workout moves, invent a workout! I love to do this because I have figured out what hurts me and what gives me better results, so it is the best way for me to get the most out if my workout!

9.If you are super lazy and don’t even want to get out of bed, then do some lying down workouts in your bed like the superman or some crunches!  It is better than nothing at the end of the day 🙂

10.  Go for a nice bike ride or run… to your favorite food place! What better motivation to workout than food! I live close to a Starbucks and sometimes (not too often!) will run up to there, get a soy iced chai, and then go back home. I don’t believe a workout is pointless if you eat food because cardiovascular activity is good for your respiratory system and a yummy Starbucks will not completely ruin it, I promise!

11. Lastly, try fun classes! This can cost money, but it is so motivating and fun to be in a setting like that.

Happy Spring Break everyone! Stay safe:)