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Why It’s Important to Listen To Your Body

Taking care of your body when you are exercising should be your top priority. Without the body there to do the job, you can’t focus your energy into what you enjoy/is good for you. From eating the right food to listening to what your body is wanting and needing, it can be a pretty tough gig to constantly follow up everything that is happening. But there are some things that you may not be noticing with your body that could be a sign of something more meaningful and important going on. Here’s why it’s important to listen to your body.

Sleep

If you’re not feeling refreshed from a good night’s sleep, you probably aren’t getting the amount of hours that you need. Although the recommended is a solid 8 hours, there are few people who can actually achieve this – we wake ourselves up more so than we should by looking at our smartphones in the middle of the night to check the time, or stresses and worries can start to creep upon us. Think about when the last time you slept through solidly was. If you can’t remember, it may be time to start going to bed earlier to try and get your 8 hours in. Another cause of feeling tired and restless when you wake up is sleep apnoea. This can come in two forms – obstructive and central – and it restricts your breathing so that your body isn’t getting enough oxygen while it is trying to rest. A simple sleep test will be able to determine whether or not you have it.

Heart Health

Most people aren’t aware of their heart rate and how fast it is meant to beat – it’s usually between 60 to 100 beats per minute, with a rise considered for exercise. It can be hard to constantly keep a check of your ticker, but if you feel like it’s not working as it should be it’s time to get it checked out before it’s too late. Even an irregular heartbeat can be a sign of something more serious; atrial fibrillation, or afib for short, is a condition that is brought on by a malfunction of the electrical system to your heart. Looking up afib information online is easy and can help massively with keeping you alert to the sign and symptoms of it.

Limbs

Pain in your arms and legs during or after exercise is commonly associated with going a bit too hard on your work out, but if it’s lasting any time longer than it should (a couple of days at the most), and you are feeling completely exhausted by what you have done, it could be a sign of adrenal fatigue. The best thing you can do is head to a doctor to get diagnosed and make sure that you’re not suffering more than you should be.

What’re Your Thoughts

Taking care of your body is of the utmost important, but it’s hard to do it unless you’re really considering the signs and symptoms it is offering to you. If you’re feeling unwell or unusual, don’t consider it as a one-off – get it checked out.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Indulge Your Spine

Your spine is a crucial part of your body. Without it, you couldn’t walk or even hold yourself upright. That’s why when something goes wrong with it, it can cause so much damage to your quality of life. A bad back can affect what you do on your job, as well as your personal life. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to give your spine healthy. Here’s some advice.

Let Your Spine Rest While You Sleep

Most people like to sleep on their sides or their front. This is natural, and something most of us have done since childhood. But sleeping on your side might not be such a good idea when it comes to looking after your spine; especially if you have a  herniated disc. It’s usually a much better idea to sleep on your back and ensure that the spine isn’t twisting. For extra support, put a pillow under your knees.

Your choice of mattress and pillows s also very important when it comes to looking after your back. According to Spine-Health, people suffering from back pain should choose a mattress that evenly distributes their weight, taking any unnecessary pressure off the spine itself.

Exercise To Strengthen Core Muscles

Another reason why people run into back pain trouble is that their core muscles aren’t strong enough relative to the demands they place on their backs. Weak muscles around the lower back, as well as the abdomen, mean that the body cannot adequately support the spine itself, leading to strain and damage, especially when moving in unfamiliar directions.

The solution to this problem is rather simple: train abdominal and other core muscles so that they become stronger. Abdominal muscles can be trained through a variety of simple exercises in no more than 15 minutes a day.

Buy Shoes To Support Your Spine

The type of shoes that you wear have a significant impact on the health of your back, whether you’re a keen hiker or just walk to work in the mornings. It turns out that shoes play an important role in how well supported your lower back is. The best shoes, including walking boots, provide a lot of support to your feet, keeping the legs and the lower spine in alignment. Of particular importance is the area around the back of the heels. This part of the shoe needs to be snug if your foot is to be supported.

Our bodies were designed to walk barefoot, so in some cases, the shoes themselves might be the problem. Shoes cause us to walk very slightly differently to how nature intended because of the fact that the soles of shoes are different to those of our feet. The good news is that you don’t have to walk barefoot everywhere if you don’t want to. There are not shoes by companies like Vibram that mold to the shape of your feet – and even your individual toes – allowing you the feeling of walking barefoot without exposing your feet to the elements. People who walk barefoot or in shoes that mimic the effect tend to have a better gait and, therefore, a healthier back.

Grab A Regular Massage

By now, the benefits of massage are well-documented. Not only does massage increase the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the muscles of the back, but it also helps to release endorphins – natural feel-good factors. These endorphins are a type of natural painkiller; relieving the body of ailments and helping you to get on with your day.

Studies have shown that people who suffer from back pain but take regular massages can reduce their intake of painkillers; some of which can have detrimental side effects. Researchers believe that this might have something to do with the fact that massage helps to bring healing nutrients to affected sites around the back, speeding up the healing process.

You can indulge your spine by going to the spa next to your gym or having a massage therapist visit your home.

Practice Good Ergonomics While Sitting

The media has been harping on about how sitting is the new smoking. And while it remains to be seen whether sitting all day really is as bad as puffing your way through a pack of 20, anybody who has a bad back knows how sitting can aggravate it further.

Anybody who sits at a desk knows that there is a tendency to either lean into the computer screen or slouch back; which can stress the delicate discs in our spine. Official advice, therefore, is to avoid long periods of sitting wherever possible; including regularly getting up on your feet to go to the toilet or make a drink.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Upgrade Your Day With A Healthy Morning Routine

Don’t sabotage your day before it even gets started. Establish a healthy morning routine to boost energy, productivity, and your overall sense of well-being. And it’s not difficult to achieve.

#1 Good Mornings Start With a Good Night

How often do you wake up and feel tired, sluggish and reluctant to face the day? How you operate in the morning depends on how well you slept the night before. Follow some simple steps to improve your sleeping patterns and the quality of your sleep.

  • Stop drinking caffeine four to six hours before bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and will keep you awake.
  • Nicotine is also a stimulant and should be avoided before bed.
  • Don’t drink just before bed to avoid getting up to go to the loo in the night.
  • Establish a wind-down period an hour or so before you get into bed by turning off your phone and the TV and doing something relaxing. This could be a warm bath, reading a book, or listening to an audiobook, etc.
  • Ensure your bedroom is as dark as possible and block out any light with blackout blinds or curtains.
  • Experiment with the temperature to find the best sleeping conditions for you.
  • Aim for at least seven hours sleep per night.
  • Write your to-do list a couple of hours before going to bed. This will get all those pesky things out of your head and onto paper.

#2 Breathe or Meditate

When the alarm clock sounds how do you feel? Are you happy to face the day? Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed with the number of tasks you have to get through? If it’s the latter, some gentle breathing exercises could help first thing. Deep breathing or seven/eleven breathing will calm a racing heart and send signals to the brain that you’re safe and don’t need a fight or flight response.

Meditation is beneficial at any time of the day but practiced in the morning it will calm your mind and set you up for the tasks ahead. You don’t need any fancy equipment and it can be practiced in the comfort of your own home. Some people prefer yoga, which exercises the body too.

#3 The Most Important Meal of The Day

Imagine your body as an engine or a car. In order to function at maximum capacity, it needs fuel. The better the quality of that fuel, the better it will run. Try introducing some superfoods to your breakfast. But do I really need superfoods, you ask.The answer is yes. Superfoods are so-called because they provide you with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that have a positive effect on the body. They’re not difficult to introduce into your diet. Many are available in powdered form and can be sprinkled on your cereals or smoothie.

Drinking water in the morning when you wake up is also beneficial. Remember, you haven’t eaten or drank anything for seven hours or more, so your body and brain are in need of hydration. If you can’t do without your morning coffee, make it as healthy as possible.

What’re Your Thoughts?

If you want to supercharge your days, start with a gentle and healthy morning routine. Start tomorrow. It may take a few days for you to get into the swing of things but you’ll start noticing a difference. Great days start with a great morning.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: 7 Simple Ways to Nourish Your Soul and Mind

Nourishing the soul and mind does not require complex techniques and methods but just simple and pure methods. The below highlighted methods are not only powerful but simple to implement and practiced over a long period of time brings in a feeling of empowerment and emotional balance –Simple focused breathing – breath is the connection between body –

#1. Simple focused breathing –

Breath is the connection between body – mind and soul. Think bout this, the breath is our only companion from the day we are born till we ‘leave’ and yet we are mostly not conscious about it as it keeps working on an auto pilot mode. Majority of breathing exercises practiced as a part of yoga and other sciences point towards the same. Daily practice of ‘Conscious breathing’ will bring in some deep nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Method – Just find a place where you can be undisturbed for at least 10 minutes, sit with your spine strain and eyes closed. Closing eyes will just help focus better. For 10 minutes’ focus on deep abdominal breathing, deep yet relaxed and just feel the energy moving throughout the body. Start with 5 minutes everyday and then can be extended to 10 minutes after a couple of weeks. Practice this on an empty stomach.

#2. Maintain a Journal –

Handwriting bypasses the conscious mind and gets imprinted onto the subconscious mind. As a daily practice, you can write – happy moments of the day, achievements of the day, etc. Even writing down beautiful affirmations and belief statement like – ‘I love myself totally and completely,’ ‘Life is filled with magic and miracles,’ ‘I am one with the Universe’ etc. can definitely be a great exercise for the mind and soul.

#3. Conscious Quality Time –

Investing some conscious quality time with your family in the evening is a great activity for the soul. Spending quality time with ‘people who matter’ also works on a spiritual level. This quality time is just to talk something nice, laughter, etc. DO not adulterate this time with multitasking. It cannot be combined with television, or your official emails – just the time with your family!!!!

#4. Respect your body –

Your body is your nearest temple. The physical dimension of the soul and the mind is the body. One way of nourishing the soul and mind is to nourish the body. Respect your body by eating the right foods and not abusing it with wrong foods and addictions. Soul foods are the ones which are not dense and heavy, very subtle light in the stomach – veggies, salads and alkaline diet is a great way.

#5. Self Hypnosis –

Hypnosis is nothing but a method to access the subconscious mind. The subconscious is believed to be 6000 times stronger than the conscious mind and becomes the seat of beliefs and values. Using Self Hypnosis methods can be useful to empower the mind, change beliefs and patterns. You can find lots of self-hypnosis audios online, and you can also find a link at http://www.harrishsairaman.com/category/self-hypnosis/

#6. Sound Therapy –

Sound therapy as a modality is huge and cannot be discussed here in totality. It works at different levels and can be liberating and healing for the mind and soul. Whether it’s listening to soothing music, chants or even reciting powerful chants, investing few minutes every day can definitely make ‘peace of mind’ a way of Life

#7. Mirror Technique –

The mirror is not only a reflection of our outer self but is also for the inner self. Practicing the mirror technique every day can be a great gift to yourself!!! Eyes are believed to be the way to the soul. Every morning, look into your own eyes and recite some powerful affirmations.

These seven methods can be like the seven colors of the rainbow and bring in beauty in our lives by nourishing the mind and soul. Enjoy the experience.

Harrish Sairaman is a well-known motivational teacher in India, helping many to achieve which once seemed unachievable like increase motivation, leadership, Corporate Performance, decrease stress etc. through Motivational Training Program, Leadership training programs, Corporate training programs, Entrepreneur Coaching and Individual Coaching to name a few. His ability to deliver life changing, scientifically sound, relevant and metaphysical messages in a powerful, humorous and insightful manner integrated with high energy has earned him a reputation of bringing about a difference with a difference!

Need A Fitter Body? Ask Your Brain For Help!

There is an attitude that some people in life are thinkers, and some are do-ers. The first group will know, in detail, how and why they should do certain things, and be able to compare different ways of doing them. The second will not pay so much attention to the theory, to the finer details of doing something. They’ll just get on with it, so the idea goes.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Best Ways To Beat The Up And Down Roller Coaster Of Weight Loss

Losing weight is more than a goal or a dream for many women. It is a fight against society, against themselves, against their worst demons. And let’s be honest about it: It isn’t an easy battle! For many, the reasons behind weight gain are varied; whether they are medical, emotional, or even stress-related, those reasons need to be considered with honesty and compassion. Remember that you didn’t specifically want to gain weight. It just happened. Now that you know and accept it, it’s important that you stop blaming yourself. Weight loss is not a program of punishment that you inflict upon yourself for not having the dream body; weight loss is a journey of self-improvement. It is a long journey, so you’d better pack some useful tips in your bag! Here’s the best ways to beat weight loss.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Fitness Is About Loving Yourself Too: Tips To Be Proud Of Your Achievements

Fitness is a difficult topic for most women because it tends to be an obsession in the mind of many. Fitness is for the majority of women about getting the perfect body that you’ve been dreaming of, finally reaching the beautiful size zero. But in truth, there is more to fitness than weight loss. Fitness is the beginning of a new lifestyle, and as a result, its effects are not only long-lasting, but they also touch every aspect of your life. It goes beyond dress size only to improve your mind, your muscles, and your mood. In short, there are several reasons why you should feel proud of your fitness achievements, even if you haven’t reached yet the perfect body that you want to have. Here is why fitness is about loving yourself and the top three fitness achievements that you should be pleased about.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Rethinking Your Confidence Issues: How To Focus On Solutions Rather Than Problems

We all have issues that affect our confidence. Perhaps you have body hang ups, or you dread speaking in public. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable in certain situations, but a lack of confidence can dictate the way you live. If you’re making resolutions, why not try and change the way you think? Rethinking your confidence issues will enable you to focus on solutions, rather than problems. Here are some tips to help you pinpoint problems, and find ways of overcoming them.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Is Your Smile Knocking Your Confidence? Here’s What To Do About It!

Each and every one of us has things that we dislike about ourselves. For some of us it’s the size of our hips, for others of us it’s the shape of our nose, whatever it is that knocks your confidence, it’s important to realize that you aren’t alone in how you feel. Believe it or not, studies have shown that around 80 percent of women have at least one thing about their appearance that they would like to change. Even the women that you see in magazines and on the catwalks have body hang ups – so don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here’s what to do if your smile is knocking your confidence.

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Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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