Lately I've been reading a lot about healthful ways to improve one's life and I believe that one mistake people make is trying to change too many things at once and that becomes overwhelming. If you never exercise or only do so once or twice a year setting a goal of daily exercise is probably going to be difficult. If your diet comes mainly out of a drive through window you may want to take small steps before you swear to a vegan lifestyle. Set doable goals and make small changes adding another change each week or every other week. No one got where they are overnight so be gentle with yourself and change little by little.
Over the next 10 blogs I will have suggestions that help us get healthy or more so in baby steps. You can't start doing yoga and immediately fold yourself into a pose that resembles a human pretzel or begin a running program and win a marathon. So let's give it a try and know that some days will be easier than others and some days really hard or even a complete failure. In case of the latter there is always tomorrow and then you just start again. Here's a challenge! See how many of these you can add and see how much better you feel. Comments and feedback always welcome.
Challenge # 1 is WATER:
Almost everyone is under-hydrated at the least or moderately to severely dehydrated. You can read all sorts of amounts that are suggested as formulas to figure how much water to drink per day but for me the easiest one is weight in pounds divided in half = number of ounces per day. In other words if you weigh 100 lbs then you need 50 ounces of water per day (I hope you didn't expect me to use my weight as an example.) If you exercise, travel, live in a hot dry climate or drink alcohol you should increase by an additional 8 to 16 ounces. It sounds like a lot but is very doable, just space it out. First thing in the morning even before coffee or tea a big glass of water to start the day, then a glass every hour and remember only to count water (coffee, tea, soda, juice, etc. do not count). Carry water with you when you are out and remember to drink before eating or snacking, before and after exercise and more when consuming alcohol. If you want to change it up sodium free club soda or seltzer is a good option or add lemon, lime, or cucumber to water. You may want to keep a water journal for a few days to see how you are doing. Remember 70% of body weight is water, that's what we are made of. To keep you in good working order and to flush toxins fuel up with plenty of pure, fresh WATER!
Here's to our health, I just toasted with a big glass of water.
Namaste' from the Naked Lady
Friday, March 14, 2014
Scientists and Doctors say: Wildwood Members Look & Feel Younger & Live Longer!
Well actually what scientists and doctors say is feel and look younger longer by following a healthful life style. Since three of the top four things listed are all things easily available at Wildwood it makes sense that WW members are amongst those enjoying these anti-aging, health boosting, fun activities.
The top four are:
1 Make friends and have an active social life.
2 Practice yoga & meditation daily.
3 Exercise, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic daily.
4 Eat a diet that is based on organic vegetables & fruits, fish, whole grains and limited refined carbs & meat.
Well three out of four isn’t bad. We all like to eat and we do that very well at potluck but just maybe a few small changes during the week will offset that piece of pie on Saturday night.
#1 FRIENDS: What friendlier more social place could there be? Socializing on the deck, shared holidays & special events, weekly potluck meals, and pool tournaments are just a few of the social activities members have to choose from.
#2 YOGA & MEDITATION: Relaxing Yoga on Wednesday nights will give a base to form your own daily practice. Stress is a contributor to almost every chronic condition (heart disease, high blood pressure, & diabetes just to name a few). Stress also impairs sleep and often opens the door to over eating. In short, bust stress and you will feel better & live longer. In addition to Wednesday night yoga, relaxing on the deck, meditating in a quiet shady spot or contemplating a beautiful sunset or starry night sky will do a world of good.
#3 EXERCISE: WW has everything to get you started. The marked nature trails are maintained year round and are great for walking, jogging, or running. Two beautiful pools for swimming, water volleyball, or water aerobics. Also dancing is a wonderful form of exercise and is social too. None of these activities require costly equipment and are perfectly suited to the natural way of life at Wildwood. What more do we need to get that daily exercise? JUST DO IT!
Concerning #4: Let's just say we all will try to do better by making better choices and making those portions a bit smaller.
I love proving doctors wrong when they make dire predictions, however in this case I really hope we all prove them right. Wildwood members let’s rock that look & feel younger and live longer statement.
Want more proof: Our senior member just celebrated 90 years young! I’m going to plan on dancing at his 100th birthday celebration. How about you?
The Naked Lady
Posted by Wildwood Naked Lady at 8:44 AM
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy at least a bit of the warmer weather and sunshine that has come our way this past week. On one of the warmest days I spent time tending my garden naturally which is one of my favorite things to do. Just as a reminder, we haven’t had much sun all over, all winter so do be sensible with the exposure. I had a slight pink glow after my day digging & raking. Sunshine has many healthful benefits, it provides much needed vitamin D and natural spectrum light elevates mood while fighting depression. Just remember sun screen is your friend, eyes need protection from over exposure, and hats aren’t just a fashion statement but help regulated body temperature.
I like to call attention when advertisers use nudity (in good taste) to high light products. I very much like the following photo by Toesox. I have not used any of their items but just may order the sox as they seem to make sense for use in several yoga postures. Yoga Journal often runs their ads and there are several photos used with this model who is a yoga teacher. In case you are interested here’s a link to their posters and products. www.toesox.com
As you may imagine not everyone in the yoga community loves these ads and images and there are several scathing letters about this being exploitation. Please take a look and judge for yourselves.
Namasta’ from the WW Naked Lady.
Posted by Wildwood Naked Lady at 10:14 AM
Friday, February 14, 2014
Welcome to the Wildwood Naked Lady Blog. My hope is this will spotlight the less well known activities at Wildwood and aspects of natural living in general.
For those folks who don’t know WW has a relaxing yoga class on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. The goal is to stretch & strengthen the body while relaxing body, mind, & spirit. Yoga & meditation (relaxation) has long been known to benefit a healthful life style and what could be more relaxing than yoga naturally. We do not do head stands or any of the advanced asanas but concentrate on the postures that invite relaxation and always close with a guided meditation. Please consider joining us, if you can get up and down from sitting on the floor you will be able to do these exercises.
As I look outside now it is snowing, however, I am anticipating weather that will allow the solar heat on the pools to get us back to water aerobics in spring. We can also try yoga in the fresh air or a guided meditation in the hot tub.
Maybe I have watched too much Olympic coverage on TV but I’m ready to go for the “Gold” and recover from the marathon eating of the holidays and way too much time on the couch indoors. If you are too then let’s get busy. Remember the trails are maintained all year so walk, jog, or run off some of the winter insulation while you lower blood pressure and improve your health in general.
Your Wildwood membership is a passport to many exercise opportunities and they can all be enjoyed naturally.
Namasta’ from the WW Naked Lady.
Posted by Wildwood Naked Lady at 11:34 AM