Make Yourself Better

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“It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck, do better” – Alex Elle

So that’s what I’m going to do. I was in Downward Facing Dog yesterday during my practice and I wasn’t happy with how I looked — and felt. I used to be so great at keeping up with toning my body and it actually looking good. Lately I’ve had a setback because of my health (almost all better now, thankfully). So I’m slowly jumping back into my yoga practice and I’ve recently started up pilates again. It’s tough to get back into your routine workouts. I’ve realized it’s best to start off small. I went on a walk with my boyfriend that lasted about 45 minutes and the next day my thighs and calves were so sore. It’s difficult to keep up with working through your soreness. But in order for you to make a workout part of your daily routine, you need to do something every day. Even if it’s not your full workout. Because starting your workout over after a few months of rest is just plain awful. What’s more important than your workout is how you eat. Your body is so sacred. You can put whatever you want inside of it. But the thing is, it’s yours. Why hurt it with excess sugar and bad food. Plus, imagine how energized and wonderful you’d feel if you paid more attention to putting better food into your body.

So these are the two goals I’ve come to realize that I need to work on. It’s a habit I need to learn to form but it’s a very important one that could possibly change my entire future. Along with my eating habits and workout routines, I will be participating in my daily meditation practices to heal my mind.

Here’s to working at making ourselves better! 🙂

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Why Meditation is Beneficial

As there are many people who do meditate regularly, there are quite a few people who don’t. To those of you who don’t, you may not be sure of all the benefits associated with meditating. There are many physical and psychological benefits that will help you live a healthy life (and maybe an even longer one!). Everyone just assumes meditation is to help you concentrate and be calm. While those are true benefits, there are many more that are just as important. I’ve posted the link to the article on the bottom of this post, but I will go over both physical and psychological benefits.

Physical benefits:

  • Oxygen consumption lessens
  • Respiratory rates decrease
  • Heart rate slows down
  • Level of exercise tolerance in heart patients increases
  • High blood pressure decreases
  • Muscle tension and headaches decrease
  • Chance of allergies and arthritis decreases
  • For women, PMS can be reduced (thankfully!)
  • Serotonin levels (mood and behavior) increase
    • Lower levels of serotonin have been associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches

Psychological benefits:

  • Creativity increases
  • Anxiety and depression decreases
  • Irritability and moodiness decreases
  • Improved learning abilities and increase in memory retention
  • Increased sense of happiness and emotional stability

If these benefits don’t change your mind to start meditating, then I don’t know what will! These are great benefits that will most likely change your everyday mood and outlook on life. It doesn’t change it overnight, but since I’ve been meditating, I’ve noticed a change in my outlook on life.

So try meditating each day and you’ll soon start to see the benefits and your life turning around.

The article that I summarized can be found here for more information.

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