Shape magazine just published an article about how to reinvigorate yourself during the holidays. I actually use most of these tips on a daily basis to keep my energy up since I am up so early in the morning and go to bed late (I know, I need to work on getting more sleep!). I especially like the link that has been found between movement and more positive mental/cognitive function. In the article, the author suggests taking a break to do some stretches or quick exercise (5 minutes or so) between wrapping gifts, but I actually do this even when I am working on the computer. I have definitely noticed that if I work in 15-20 minute intervals and then work in about five minutes or so of movement, I not only get done quicker, but the quality of my work is much better! Oh, and my body doesn’t hurt from being stuck in the same position for hours!
Another tip that they give in the article is using peppermint oil on the wrist to re-energized. This definitely works, as does peppermint oil on the temples if you are suffering from a headache (I used to suffer from headaches, and this helped a lot.) Peppermint is a nice oil and tea to have on hand because it can also be used as a way to calm the stomach after a particularly decadent or heavy holiday meal. Or, for me, using peppermint tea as a daily means to aid in digestion has been a great help.
Here is the link to the article if you would like to read more:
One-minute Fixes for Happier Holidays
Here’s to wishing you a stress-free, relaxing, and re-energizing holiday!
The website Jog.fm is a megacool tool to help you decide which songs to use during your running routine! Just go to the website, enter how long your run usually takes you per mile, and the website comes up with a list of songs that fit your time criteria! For instance, I entered that I usually run at a pace of 9 minutes per mile, and it came up with ten pages of songs that fit my speed of 160 beats per minute! Megacool!
So, no more excuses for not having the right music to run to…this site does it for you! It’s free and also provides you the links to purchase the songs on iTunes or Amazon. Mega easy!
What is your favorite music to run to?
I just joined the “Walk with Walgreens” program and am happy I did! Exercise is important to me and is a part of my every day life. Walgreens is rewarding those who are making an effort to be healthy by adding movement/exercise to their daily routines. Just go to this link to sign up, and you will immediately “unlock” your first reward just for signing up! Right after creating your profile and signing in, you will be able to redeem a $1 off pedometer coupon AND a FREE 7-day pass to Lifetime Fitness! Megacool!
As you continue logging your exercise, you will receive more rewards and coupons! What a motivator! The more you exercise, the healthier you get AND the more money you save! Walgreens usually has some pretty amazing coupon deals, so even more coupons could score you some MEGA savings!
Oh, and just for logging your exercise on their website, you also get entered into their daily sweepstakes to win $100 Walgreens gift card! (you can also log other exercise…I used my stationary bicycle workout as my “walk” for today)
Let me know if you join! Happy walking! :)
So, being that September is National Yoga Month (I just found that out today!), a nice little freebie has come your way! Go to this link to sign up for a free week of yoga at any of the 1600 participating national locations during the month of September! Megacool! (Thanks, Hip2save!)
Or, if you don’t feel like actually going out to a location and trying a class, why don’t you give it a try in your own home? I, personally, think yoga is amazing! I started practicing yoga about six years ago. I was at a point in my life when my husband and I wanted to start trying for a baby, so I was on a mission to do what I could to live healthily! I gave yoga a try and never stopped doing it after that! Not only does it calm me, but it can give me a great workout when I want it to! It has helped me ease headaches and body aches & pains, aids in digestion, and stretches out all of that tension that builds up in my muscles after a crazy day! The great thing about yoga is that it truly is “your practice.” You get to pick and choose the poses you want to do according to what you want out of your workout. Read more here about the benefits of yoga.
Here are a couple of links to some nice yoga workouts that I would recommend:
This link features a video with Shiva Rea, a world renowned Yoga master. It is only a few minutes in length, but gives you a good idea of what yoga should look like. I would recommend watching the video through at least once before trying it on your own!
This link explains the different types of yoga, as there are many!
This link allows you to build your own yoga sequence and keep a journal about it! It even shows you what the poses should look like!
Try this link for a detailed explanation as to how to do each pose and what the terminology for each pose means.
I really hope you can find some time to try yoga this month if you are new to it, or pick up your yoga practice if you have let it go lately. Your body will love you for it!
I got an offer in my email today for a three-month subscription to Fitness magazine and would like to share it with all of you Megacoolmamas! I love Fitness magazine because I, of course, as a Megacoolmama, try to stay as fit and healthy as can be, and they offer up some nice tips and fun ways to keep your body moving! Try this link and enjoy your subscription! No strings attached!
More tips to come on staying fit as a Megacoolmama in future posts!