EXERCISE IN INCREMENTS
“The body was born to move, and moving can help keep our circulation optimized, the joints lubricated, and our breathing and digestive system working well,” explains Dr. Wendy, who co-owns Bazilian’s Health Clinic with her husband in San Diego. So, while hitting the gym definitely has its benefits, simply staying active doing everyday activities has the power to increase your well-being, too. What does she suggest?
When traveling, walk the airport during layovers, skip the moving sidewalks, and remember to pack your sneakers.
Take multiple short walks to break up sitting at your desk—even five minutes will do! DRINK AND EAT SMART: “I drink green tea, or sometimes I’m in the mood for coffee. I love avocado toast: mashed avocado, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper. Sometimes I’ll add an egg, too.” WAKE AND WALK: “Roll out of bed and, before you check emails or start to really wake up, exercise for 10 to 15 minutes. In the house, up and down halls, on a treadmill or bike, climb your stairs...or take it outside!” SAY “GOOD MORNING”— both to yourself and those around you: “You say it not simply as a greeting, but as an intention for the day.”
Do crunches or march in place while watching the news or your favorite TV show.
While blow-drying hair or brushing teeth, do leg lifts or squats.
Always choose the stairs. Goals can be general or broad— and you can always narrow them to become more specific as they evolve over time. But looking at various areas of your life and determining which to explore more deeply can help foster a sense of balance and meaning. “Here are some areas of life you might consider,” says Dr. Wendy. “This is just a nice way to look at the multiple facets of wellness in one’s life and see where you are engaging in them, small or big, over the years.”
HEALTHY NUTRITION: certain areas of focus, keeping a food diary, trying out new recipes
MOVEMENT: type, frequency, trying new activities
PERSONAL CARE: massage, preventive care appointments, spa services
CONNECTING WITH OTHERS: family, friends, groups, other social interactions
MIND AND LEARNING: reading, classes, lectures, languages, new skills or hobbies, travel
CULTURE: music, dance, theater, art—attending, participating, and/or supporting
SPIRIT: meditation, prayer, religious participation, other spirit-enhancing practices
VOLUNTEERING: philanthropy, service, mentoring
EMOTION: stress, anxiety, loneliness, happiness, love
SLEEP: quality and quantity of rest, wake-up and bedtime routines
RELATIONSHIPS: family, animals, society, environment, self
RECREATION: regroup, re-center, re-create; “fun can be productive… that is the simple goal!”