One of the things I enjoy and haven’t done for a while is going to sweat relaxation. The funny thing is in general I don’t like being too hot but I was curious about this infrared sauna and heat therapy. Benefits include good for skin, weight loss, cardiovascular health, stress release, lowering blood pressure, boost metabolism.. improve sleep. The liver naturally detoxifies our bodies however, sweat does also detoxify the body and mind as well.
Infrared heat sweat therapy is very relaxing, once you get past feeling like a baked potato (if you’re doing the blanket technology method)! I don’t watch TV or anything when I go it’s all nature sounds and dim lights. There are infrared saunas and pods available now as well as various types of sweat spas. It’s not for everyone and maybe a long hot steam shower will do – the point in the moment is to unplug – breath in, breath out. Release and relax, rejuvenate.
Try something new this year, treat yourself to a massage from time to time – you owe it to yourself and your well being.
What’s on your Meatless Monday menu? There are so many options to keep you full, hydrated and replenished. To give you an idea for me today it lots of water (every day add lemon, fresh cucumber if you need a bit of flavor – with no sugar). Breakfast it was oatmeal with fresh blueberries, banana – and of course I have to have my coffee now having it with a plant based ‘creamer’ – and no sugar which I gave up a while ago. My snack is almonds – main meal is black beans, kale salad with avocado, carrots and red cabbage. My dressing is home made – olive oil, crushed garlic, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chopped cilantro. I hope you’re all trying it out – find what works for you.
Here’s a mini shoulder roll – do these each day anytime you need to release stress, tension or in general just need a moment to rejuvenate.
Stretch to retain flexibility..it’s also a good metaphor for living life.
Try to go without meat each Monday if you’re not already vegetarian or vegan. It’s good for you physically as well as helps you do a small part to help the environment. There are so many healthy options vegetables (I love roasted brussel sprouts, with garlic, prepared with olive oil, your herb of choice, black pepper, a splash of lemon juice and for extra kick I use a few red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper..you can also add sweet potatoes or any of your choice), there are many kale dishes or if you like southern cuisine sauteed collards are good and full of nutrients. Look into bean dishes and soups, quinoa and so on. I’m always surprised as well when people say they don’t like water..add lemon, cucumber, lime etc..but water is also good for you and helps flush those kidneys.
As we head into 2020, I’m very much more focused wellness and putting others in that frame of mind. Through the years, I’ve always spoken about this in one way or another..released a best selling fitness video in the 90’s and fast forward to my single ‘Sanctuary’ all about creating personal spaces to promote peace and joy – too many walking around carrying stress. This is a way I’ll be using more of my social platform for – especially this blog.
This specially curated playlist will get you moving..even if you’re simply in your kitchen prepping that healthy dish. Wattage!
In the hustle and bustle of life, make sure you have balance. It may difficult at times, but you have to make time not just working, taking care of family or any of the responsibilities you may have but always making room to take care of self and not run yourself into the ground. I want to remind you of the importance of balance.
You’ll be surprised how rejuvenating stretching can be..at home, working out, sitting at a desk, behind a counter..whatever your job may be you can do it anywhere..good for you and a good way to begin or end a day .. or as a break midway through. Practice wellness each day.
“Human mobile devices that may come in handy and can be used anywhere include: prayer, meditation, a good attitude, compassion, kindness, humor, laughter, patience, love and a smile. Customize to personal style and taste.” – Jody Watley