Morning Meditation

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Starting your day with a morning meditation is the perfect way to get yourself going. If you are experiencing a lot of stress or anxiety, then a short meditation in the morning may greatly improve how you feel throughout the day. Meditating in the morning can help influence how your day is going to go. Meditating has been found to have many health benefits. Meditating daily can help balance your emotions, boost your immunity, and increase your energy level. Those are just a few of the benefits of meditation, and the positive impacts of meditation can be different for everyone. The more regularly you meditate, the more benefits you will see.

One Medical provides tips on how to get started with a morning mediation. Here are five tips to help you through your meditation.

Dress Comfortably- One of the best parts of a morning meditation is that you can meditate in your pajamas. To stay warm, you may want to wear a sweatshirt or grab blanket.

Find a Quiet Place- If possible, find a place you can mediate in every morning. Make sure it is somewhere you will not be disturbed. You can make your space more comfortable with things like pillows and candles. The most important thing is that it is somewhere that you can sit comfortably.

Focus on Your Breath- Take deep breaths and feel your breath move through your body. You can also direct your attention to your third eye, the area just above the center of your eyebrows, and continue to breath in and out.

Relax Your Mind- Just let your thoughts come and go freely. Don’t focus too much on what comes into your mind. Let go of reactions to your thoughts.

Mediate Every Morning- It is important to keep practicing. Some mornings your meditation will be better than others, and that is okay. There might be mornings when you just want to sleep in, but try your best to still get to do your meditation. Remember the way you feel after your meditation, and overtime you will see the benefits of meditation.

There is no time like the present to start your morning meditation. All it takes is setting your alarm 10-15 minutes earlier to be able to do your meditation practice. Remember its important to try and stay in a rhythm and complete your morning meditation every day. If you think you need a little more guidance to be able to meditate there are many apps available to help you through a guided meditation that you may find helpful. There are also various videos to help assist you in your morning meditation as well. Try your morning meditation a few times to see what works best for you and stick with it. You will see all of the wonderful benefits of meditation in no time.

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

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Your Perfect Fit

Your Perfect Fit BlogAmericans are well aware of the endless benefits of daily exercise for the mind and body, as it’s been preached for years. So like many, you’ve hopped on the exercise bandwagon and have been active in the gym and outside. You grab your shoes, lace up, and head out the door. It doesn’t matter what workout you’re doing- one shoe fits all, right? Well, not quite.

Your feet work hard every day carrying you through your daily tasks of walking, cleaning, standing, working and exercising. Because your feet are at the root of everything you do, it only makes sense to care for them accordingly. When you neglect the roots you stand on, you’re going to deal with the swelling, blisters, injuries and the lasting discomfort that goes along with it (what a fitness buzz kill!).

With so many different kinds of shoes on the market, it’s hard to distinguish what’s cool-looking versus what’s going to really support your body for your workout. Depending on the exercise you’re doing, it’s crucial that you are choosing a shoe that’s going to help make the best of your workout while helping to prevent injury.

Below, I break down the best type of shoe to support specific exercises.

 

If you’re: Running

Wear: a run specific type of shoe

Why: When it comes to running, there is no one “best” shoe. Every runner has a different foot and running style and their shoe should be tailored to fit each specific need. Some need more sportive shoes with stronger arch support, while others may need something completely different.  Take the time to head to a specialty running store such as Endurance house or Fleet Feet where a professional can watch you run and determine the right shoe for you.

 

If you’re: Cross Training or in the studio

Wear:  training shoes

Why: Cross training shoes are built for versatility. Weather you’re attending your favorite group fitness class or walking on the treadmill, these shoes are meant to be supportive and durable. Depending on your personal preference, cross trainers can have minimal to moderate cushioning with wider bottoms to handle the variety of surfaces. These shoes are also ideal for your time spent on cardio machines, short sprint intervals and some strength training.

 

If you’re: Strength Training

Wear: strength training or lifting shoes

Why: The key aspect of strength training shoes lies in the heel. Typical lifting shoes should have minimal cushioning, making them non-compressible. They should be supportive, but with little to no heel. You are able to maintain the most traction and stability with a flat shoe, which allows for more mobility with heavy lifts. Many lifters recommend the classic Chuck Taylor Converse sneakers, as they are sturdy shoes that can lace tightly to your foot.

 

No matter what kind of movement you’re doing, it’s crucial that you are finding the best shoes that support your body’s needs. Try to avoid purchasing shoes based only on color and style and consider what activity the shoe will be used for. Taking the time to find what shoe works best with your type of exercise will not only help decrease injuries, it also helps reduce any pain in the body from absorbing all of your bodies activities. The next time you go to workout, take a moment to stop and think about the type of shoes you are using to ensure they are properly supporting your body’s needs.

 

~Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit. ~

 

-Hannah Anderson