Staying Healthy When Life Happens

I’ve had a tough week.  We all have those weeks, when life just happens.  We all know that routines are comforting, they help you stay on track and stick to the plan, which ultimately is the first step to a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, life throws you some curveballs every once in a while.

Maybe you got some bad news at work, your child is sick, you had a fight with your loved one, or you lost someone close to you.  Whatever it is, things happen that can affect our state of mind, which in turn will affect our physical state.

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Here are some tips on staying healthy when life happens:

Control the controllables.  If you’re taken away from your gym or yoga studio or regular place of exercise, use your two legs and get up and move.  Even if it’s just for 15 minutes.  That’s why I love running and yoga.  You can do it anywhere!  Any type of physical activity releases endorphins which naturally makes you feel better.

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Snack often.  Don’t starve yourself if healthy foods are not around.  You will end up pigging out on all the bad stuff that is available.  Try to grab some on the go healthy snacks that will fuel your body.

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Wake up early.  Early mornings are the best time to get some physical activity in when you don’t have the time.  Get up 30 minutes before everyone else and go for a jog, take a walk, or do some sit ups in your bedroom.  I found a great website that emails you an exercise every day that requires only YOU.  No props, gyms, or machines are needed.  It’s called Bodeefit.

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Stay hydrated.  I literally never leave the house without my Camelbak water bottle.  I call it my “adult bottle.”  People might think it’s weird but I don’t mind.  Staying hydrated is huge when your body is run down emotionally or physically.  If you don’t drink enough water your mind will trick you into thinking you need something else when in reality you just need some H2o!

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Realize no one is perfect.  There is not a human being out there who eats perfectly all the time or exercises consistently 365 days a year.  It’s okay to let go, get off track, or indulge.  It might seem like you are being unhealthy, but you know what…sometimes it’s healthy for the soul. The best thing about straying off your routine is you can turn around and get right back on track in the blink of an eye because it’s something YOU control.

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