Hi! My name is Mary. I am an educator, writer, and fitness/health enthusiast. I hope you enjoy my blog. The goal I have in mind is to share tips for overall wellness, especially in the areas of fitness, nutrition and self esteem. Educating and motivating others is one of my favorite things to do. It would be great to hear what tips you might have as well, so please feel free to leave comments. Most of all, I wish you wellness.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Stopping For A Nice Deep Breath
Hello again, after too long of a
break.It’s been almost a year since
I’ve written a post on this blog.So, as
you can see, I’m going to stop, take a deep breath, and get back to something
that makes me very happy—researching and sharing wellness ideas. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my
sweet grandchildren.Lucky me, to have
them living so close. They’ll be grown, and/or moving further away from me, (or
I from them), before you know it.I
cherish our time together.
Do you ever find yourself literally
stopping and doing some deep breathing just to relax amid an otherwise hectic
day?What I notice, in myself and
others, is that we sometimes let out a big sigh when we're tired or stressed.It’s as if our body is telling us that
it needs a big boost of oxygen.I think that the breathing that is practiced
during Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can really make a difference in our
emotional and physical health.Plus, I’m
sure it’s helpful to just stop, lie down for about 15 minutes, and listen to
relaxing music, or a CD with relaxing sounds, while concentrating on relaxed breathing.I need to research that topic, and see what I
can find for proven results. Anyway, I digress.Here are a few fun tips to share:
*If you make iced coffee at home,
use “coffee ice cubes” by pouring the leftover brewed coffee into an ice cube
tray.Then your coffee won’t taste too
watered down when the cubes melt.
*For a fun treat while camping, (or
barbequing), put this on the fire:a
banana that has been wrapped in foil, with a few chocolate chips added.
*Are you trying to save calories by
ordering a grilled chicken breast and/or a dry baked potato at the restaurant?Ask them to bring you some salsa!
*If you are trying to lose weight,
or have already successfully dropped several pounds, why not come up with a
visual to help you remember how far you’ve come, something to signify each
pound lost.For example: collect empty
butter packages, (since each one really does represent one pound of fat); or,
put together a bracelet where each bead represents one pound lost.Be creative.Heck, come up with a new idea and sell it!
*It’s a good idea to eat a snack
that is rich in carbohydrates before a workout, because carbs will get into the
bloodstream faster than protein or fat.Examples:a banana, or a piece
of whole grain toast.
*Protein is a good choice for a post
workout snack, for muscle recovery and repair, especially after lifting
weights.Good choices:a hard-boiled egg, string cheese, or almonds.
That’s all for now.I hope you found something helpful or
motivating in this post. And, I hope I can get back to blogging on a more
regular basis again.It makes me happy
to share my love for wellness. Mary