It’s no secret – I love walking in nature! I find that it clears my mind, energizes my body, and calms my spirit. Do you find yourself trying to hit a target heart rate or get from point A to point B when you walk? To achieve the benefits of mindfulness, you may need to shift your focus! Mindfulness provides a host of mental and physical benefits. It especially helps you deal with stress in a healthy way. Here are some steps to walking mindfully.
Notice your surroundings. If you are in an urban or suburban area, always be aware of cars, people, etc. around you. Safety first! Notice what’s around you – whether its window signs, other people, trees, water, birds, flowers, or anything else you pass. You don’t need to think about it, just notice it. Do this for another 30 seconds.
Weight loss makes it into most people’s New Year’s resolution lists at the beginning of each year or as we head toward bathing suit season. For those of you who are trying to lose weight, there are a few things you should watch out for that could get you off track.
Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. The October edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that women who don’t get enough sleep a night are at a higher risk to gain weight. In fact, women who got less than five hours of sleep a night were one third more likely to gain 33 pounds over the next 16 years. Try to get to bed a little earlier and create a quiet, dark sleep environment.
Do you find it hard to make healthy lunch choices? It can be hard to know how to pack healthy lunches, but with a little planning, you can eat healthy all week long! Here are some ideas for healthy lunches!
Make a Healthy Sandwich
When you are constantly caring for others at work and at home, you can easily become burned out. Here are some ways you can grab a few minutes for yourself and recharge your batteries!
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I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.