I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Today’s post comes from one of my lovely reader’s Michelle!
Michelle is a Spa Manager in Verona, NY. She has provided these tips in hopes to educate others on how to lead a more motivating and less stressful life. Michelle believes more focused approach put on our health will result in more balanced life. Michelle is thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Jessica and together share their ideas on “The Fit Spirit”.
Thank you Michelle!!! So pleased have you!
A Naturally Healthy Life is Best
Many modern women struggle to feel healthy and look their best, mostly because of the over processed foods available in most grocery stores. In the distant past people raised most of their food in a garden that was fertilized organically. They also ate meat from organically raised animals because no artificial hormones were even available in those days. While there were some negative aspects to that lifestyle such as illness resulting from foods that were not preserved properly, overall it was a more healthy way to live.
Although modern society places a lot of attention on living a healthy lifestyle, most women find it hard to accomplish. This is likely because most women work outside their home during the day and find it necessary to use convenience foods to feed their family. With the stress and time required to achieve an income level that adequately provides for her family, most working mothers do not have the energy to prepare balanced and nutritious meals. Healthy exercise also takes a back seat due to time and energy constraints. The demands of a career, family and basic chores in the home leave most women feeling exhausted and frustrated.
There does not seem to be a simple answer for this dilemma, but there are a few basic changes that could help improve the situation. Rather than taking on all the responsibilities of the home, mothers should enlist the help of their husbands and children. Most modern husbands are willing to take care of the yard work and home maintenance, but they can also lighten the burden for their wife by supervising the children and keeping the home organized. Children benefit from the responsibility of doing a few simple chores assigned according to their age and ability. This new schedule gives a woman more time and energy to prepare healthy meals for her family, and she may even find time to enjoy outdoor activities with them.
Many families live in single-family homes with yard space, and this gives the option of growing some healthy vegetables to supplement their diet. The garden does not need to take a lot of space, and gardening is a great project for the whole family to enjoy. The money saved by supplementing the grocery costs in summer can contribute to purchasing organic fruits, vegetables and meats in winter. This results in a more nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle for the entire year.
It’s no secret that I am not an athlete, but I do want to learn how to live a more healthy balanced life. I don’t plan to run a marathon, or be able to lift my weight in dumbbells, but I do want to try new things, and spend more time outdoors.
Yoga Group – I love yoga. I love the mindset and that it can be a great workout for people of all fitness levels. For instance, as a beginner, I can access the many resources online to learn more and practice on my own before I join a yoga studio. The other great thing about an activity like yoga is that it can be done anywhere. I think it would be so fun to do a yoga class at the beach or the park.
Smoothie- A part of my personal goal live a more balanced, healthy life, I need to incorporate my nutritious snacks into my daily diet.
Bike- Since I am not very athletic, simple activities like bike riding are a fun way to stay active without doing anything too strenuous on the body. I love beach bikes with the big baskets!
Athleta Tank – An easy to way to stir up some motivation is to treat yourself to some new workout gear! Choose fun colors that will make you excited to show them off at the gym!
Golf Course- There is a popular Upstate New York golf course near my work, called Shenendoah, where I’ve started to take some lessons. I’m not very good at golf, but I love that I can be outside and all the walking. Also thinking about lessons here for a father’s day gift!
What are your favourite ways to stay healthy and live a healthy life?