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February is Heart Health Month!
You may have heard, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States and has been for quite some time. This is truly heartbreaking (no pun intended) because there are so many actions we can take in order to help prevent heart disease.
High blood pressure and smoking are two of the top risk factors for heart disease. In addition; lack of physical exercise, poor diet, being overweight, diabetes, and excessive alcohol consumption all increase your risk for heart disease.
What can we do to help prevent heart disease?
*The above mentioned are all topics I would love to help you achieve as your health coach. The added accountability, recommendations, and outside perspective truly help people achieve and maintain their health goals. Having a health coach is often the final step people need to achieve balance and optimum health. Please contact me for more information about Health Coaching or contact AME today to set up a consultation! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com
Check out some of these fabulous tips from PopSugar Fitness on How To Be Healthier. The only tip I do not recommend trying is #18: The 80/20 rule. I really don’t like this eating principle and I find this typically does not work well for people. It is hard to keep understand what 20% of our food intake is and if you take indulging too far, you are likely to negate all of your hard work and dedication. I prefer to just focus on practicing healthy eating most of the time.
AME is currently hosting an online wellness group focusing on heart health and self-care. This group will continue to run until February 28th. We would love to have you! Please let me know if you would like to join us. Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.comby
I hear it all the time, “I ‘m not flexible. I can’t do yoga.”
The truth is, you’re inflexible because you don’t do yoga. (this applies to the mind as well, by the way). Yoga is literally for every body. Because the essence of yoga is union ~ of body, mind, heart and spirit, the practice of it, no matter how quiet or rigorous, is about bringing more awareness to every aspect of your Being. It’s not important that you can twist your body into a pretzel – most people can’t – even yoga teachers. What’s important is that you spend some time each day on your mat to be present with your body, mind, and spirit. That is, really feeling your body & the messages it is sending you, the state of your mind and emotions, and connecting to your soul – that aspect of you that is perfect just as it is.
Commit to at least 10-15 minutes of gentle stretching and breathing each day and feel the difference it will make in your strength, flexibility, and balance. This translates to strength, flexibility, balance in your life. Commit to trying it for a month – take a class, buy a book, watch a video, or Google “gentle yoga”. There are many resources out there to help you learn, even classes online. Yoga is a practice that can always take you deeper so you do not need to learn everything at once. See if you don’t notice a difference in yourself after several weeks. So relax, stretch and breathe! You’ll find yourself craving it and noticing even more when you don’t do it.