Easy to do, right? Get lazy, that is. It can happen for any number of reasons and there is always an excuse. Lots of excuses.
For me, it was the stress of my daughter going through cancer treatment while being pregnant and ultimately giving us our first grandchild. Yes, Caleb is healthy and achieving all his necessary milestones. During the entire time, my wife, Judith, stayed with Nicole, her husband Sean, and Caleb 3 ½ hours away.
It was the stress of being home alone, fending for myself, and driving down and back to see them on the weekends. I was making the wrong choices with my diet, I was not exercising, and I certainly had some stinkin’-thinkin’ going on. I was feeling depressed, my weight was beginning to get out of hand, and my body started to have more aches and pains than I liked.
The purpose of this blog is not for you to feel sorry for me, but rather to simply admit that it can happen to anyone, including someone who always preaches healthy choices.
What’s A Body To Do?
Make changes… massive changes, while at the same time being careful to avoid workout injury, which could side-line everything.
To get back on course, my renewed routine includes early morning stretching, meditating, and specific strength training. Additionally, I have gotten back into daily intermittent fasting, along with seriously reducing my carbs.
What is totally amazing is that even after just 3 days of this, I am beginning to feel much better. I am sleeping better, and I am beginning to have more energy.
How I Start My Day
If you would like to follow my lead, pick a time of day that works for you. It should be a time where you can be by yourself, with no distractions or interruptions. For me, that is early morning. I like to begin by lying on my back on a matt. The goal is to have your head touch the floor without tilting your head up. In the beginning, if you must, use a pillow under your head, while continuing to work at achieving the goal of touching your head to the floor. When you become relaxed in this position, clear your mind, and think about things you are grateful for. Can you picture 3 or more? What do you appreciate in your life? Avoid the negative. Tell yourself that you intend to turn off the daily negative self-talk. It really is true that if I spoke to you the way you speak to yourself, you would hate me. Do not accept it from yourself!
Now it is time to do a little work. Since I sit a lot in front of my computer, I like doing bridges while on my back. Start with knees bent, feet flat, and simply lift your pelvis. Slowly go up and down 12 times without touching your butt to the floor. Once you feel that this is not challenging enough, add weight to your pelvis. For an additional workout or stretching ideas, please be sure to consult our Middletown Health, Wellness, and Chiropractic YouTube page!
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Solutions for Better Health, Naturally!
Peter A Holst, DC