With summer ending and a new season beginning, it’s the perfect time to start a new health regimen. Often times we end up stuck in a health rut simply because we need to spice up our current routine with new recipes, work outs, etc. I have compiled 5 of my favorite healthy practices in hopes to encourage you to expand your health horizons.
I cannot begin to stress how amazing this practice is, for everyone. Yoga is thousands of years old and can literally be as hard as you want it to be or as easy as you need it to be. There are different classes that focus on strength building, flexibility, meditation, prenatal, etc. You name it, yoga covers it.
*Yoga Challenge-Find a class in your local area or youtube a yoga routine based on what you need (strength, mindfulness, PMS relief, better sleep) and give it a go! Don’t try just one type, try them all and see what works best for you.
2. LEMON CAYENNE WATER
This one is a no brainer. The combination of lemon and cayenne in warm water will help to detox the body, aid in digestion, and boost metabolism.
*Lemon Cayenne Water Challenge-EVERY MORNING, before breakfast, mix together a glass of warm (not piping hot) water with a drop of lemon essential oil (or juice of half of a lemon) with a pinch of cayenne and CHUG.
3. GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP, EVERY NIGHT
Getting the proper amount of sleep isn’t always an easy thing to do when life gets hectic but it is a vital practice to your overall health.
*8 Hour Challenge- Try these tips to ensure you sleep more soundly:
-Drop or diffuse lavender essential oil in your bedroom to help you relax
-Turn off your electronics at least an hour before you go to bed
-Turn on a fan (find a temp that makes you want to snuggle in your blanket)
-Drink herbal tea
-Try a bedtime yoga routine
4. 2/30 RULE
I personally LOVE this one because I am a part of the Netflix binge generation and this rule holds me accountable. This rule states that for every 2 hours of TV you watch, you must exercise for 30 min.
* 2/30 Challenge- Go on Pinterest and find an exercise routine for your favorite flick. For instance, I can’t get enough Grey’s Anatomy and they just so happen to have an exercise you can do (WHILE WATCHING). Just type in “Insert your favorite show work out” and get to bingeing!
This one may seem obvious but too many people go too long without laughing and there are way too many health benefits, plus it’s just plain fun! Did you know that humor/laughter can actually strengthen your immune system, boost energy, diminish pain, and protect you from stress?
*Laugh Challenge- Try to laugh at least 10 minutes each and every day. Need help finding ways to make you laugh? Youtube funny videos, call up your best friend or sibling and recall past memories, sing in a funny voice, do something silly, etc.