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Raise your hand if you are NOT busy! ……….anyone?

Ok, so we have established that everyone is busy. Students have papers to write and books to study, workers have deadlines and meetings, and parents have meals to cook and kids to entertain. We are busy busy people in 2019! With so much to do and so little time, our bodies often get put on the back burner. We sacrifice sleep to get more done, we eat junk food because it is faster, and we binge Netflix instead of meditating.

We know that our “norm” is not good for us. So why do we continue these bad habits?

Because they are easy. It is easier to run to Wendy’s (and sometimes even cheaper) than to make a meal at home. It is easier to skip your workout today and sleep in an extra 30 minutes. We are humans and we love ease! It’s a fact! This Blue Dress wants to help you improve your overall health this month. We want to feel good and we want YOU to feel good. That’s why I made a list of 7 ways you can improve your overall health this week! They are easy and simple, made specifically for the busy people of 2019 (that’s you).

  • Drink More Water, NOT Soda. Do you realize how blessed we are to have clean water at our fingertips? Drink it! Your body is 60% water! Without it, nothing can function properly. Doctors would suggest you drink different amounts of water depending on your weight and physical activity. An easy trick to remember is half your weight in fluid ounces. I weigh 150 pounds, so I aim for 75 fluid ounces a day. Water is best, but I recognize that it is not the only drink out there. Avoid soda this week and swap it for sparkling water! Your body will thank you.

  •  Commit to 15 minutes of physical activity 3 days this week. That is a total of 45 minutes this week. That is the equivalent of two episodes of the Office or one episode of Psych. That sounds easy right? Remember that you do not need a gym for this! Treadmills and ellipticals are not the only way to get in exercise! Burpees, sit ups, push-ups; none of these require equipment. Put your music on and get it done.
  • Sleep 7-8 hours every night this week. I am aware that this is not possible for some people (I’m looking at you moms of newborns), but IF possible, make this happen! There are people who train their bodies to run off minimal sleep, but no professional would recommend this long term. Your body repairs itself and does amazing things in those latter hours of sleep. Sleeping constantly under or over this suggested time frame is not beneficial to your health. Turn off your phone, put down the remote, and arrange your schedule to be in bed 7-8 hours before you need to be awake.
  • Increase your fruits and vegetables. I’m not going to ask you to quit sugar and carbs this week. All I’m suggesting is that we increase our intake of fruits and vegetables. That may require a few swaps this week: maybe a side salad instead of french fries. Fruits and veggies increase fiber and the body’s ability to fight off sickness.

  • Start and end your day with Optimism. Psychologists have linked gratitude to happiness! Begin your day with positive thoughts and end your day with a thankful heart. It is that simple.
  • Meditate for 5 minutes. 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes to relax and to focus on your breathing. Meditation has anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects! Invest this small time for your mental health. Don’t knock it until you try it.
  •  Multivitamins. I once had a friend who had serious health problems because they were deficient in iron. Your body needs certain vitamins and minerals to function. If you’re tired, skip the energy drink and up your vitamin B-12! I despise seafood, so I try to take fish oil supplements for my omega-3 fatty acids.

These are just some ideas to get you started this week. They have been proven to help many people, but the most important thing is that we bring to light our bad habits! We encourage you to be healthier this week.

Together, let’s help our bodies with this 7 ways in 7 days challenge!

-Madison

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