Self-Care

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1.  Take a bath! Relax & Detox w/ Epsom Salts!

If you don’t feel comfortable, or safe, taking a bath you can use the salts to exfoliate your skin in the shower! Epsom salts relax tired muscles, help us detox, and soothe the body & mind!

Taking 20 minutes to soak in hot water without distractions is very calming, and restorative.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.

Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. One of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts. Some of the notable benefits of Epsom salt include:

  • Easing stress
  • Relaxation
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Relieves muscle pain

2.  Body brush. This is where you start with getting intimate with your fat.

I am serious. Touch your body, soap it up, and scrub it with a body brush. I do this every time I shower. It is so important to own your body, love it, touch it, look at it, and care for it. Scrubbing your skin & fat helps detox it, break it down, and release a lot of the negative thoughts that have manifested in your fat cells back out into the universe. Also it is a good way to get your back clean, and other areas you can not reach. Skin is your biggest organ, it needs a lot of attention! The average adult has some 8 pounds and 22 square feet of it.

I do this in the shower. There is a new trend called dry brushing. A lot of people are raving about it! I have not yet tried it, but you can read about it here: Dry Brushing article.

3. Foam Roller. This is a NO BRAINER!

If you are going to watch TV, do it while “ROLLING”! Google “Foam Rolling” and select images, there are dozens of exercises you can do. My ABSOLUTE favorite are the ones that open up my chest since everything I do (computer, cooking, texting, driving) bring my shoulders forward. Check out “Snow Angels” & “Back stroke”! Plus it is a good place to start using your core. You need the long one, 3ft, for the back exercises…plus I just think it is easier to use.

4.  Fitbit, keep moving!

I love the new Fitbit Charge 2! It reminds you to move when you have been sitting for long periods of time. It has a setting for a 2 minute relaxation break, and most of all it really shows you have much, or how little, you move each day. The idea behind the 10k in steps as an ideal goal is simple….that is about 5 miles, and this is how much people used to move back in the day! It will help get weight off, keep weight off, and help you create new habits that involve adding in steps.

“One study found that women who increased their step count to nearly 10,000 steps a day reduced their blood pressure after 24 weeks. Another study of overweight women found that walking 10,000 steps a day improved their glucose levels.

Walking 10,000 steps a day is not an official recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, the agency recommends adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as brisk walking. To meet the CDC’s recommendation, you need to walk about 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day, Tudor-Locke said.

If you normally walk about 5,000 steps a day, getting in an extra 30-minute, brisk walk into your day would take you to about 8,000 steps, Tudor-Locke said. The average U.S. adult walks about 5,900 steps daily, she said.

Still, there’s no reason to stop at 8,000 steps if you can do more, Tudor-Locke told Live Science. “We do know that more is better.”

The Mayo Clinic recommends that people using pedometers first set short-term goals, such as taking an extra 1,000 steps daily for one week, and then build up to a long-term goal such as 10,000 steps.”

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