This week’s theme is back to basics. What happened yesterday or last week may not be something that you want to focus on this week. Take some time on basic activities to focus on yourself and what’s important to you right now.
“Big things often have small beginnings.”
What’s your why?
Moving forward with our goals or being productive is important. We can end up being busy and not enjoying what we’re doing if aren’t clear on the why behind our choices and how we’re spending our time.
Take some time to reflect on “your why” to help you better align with your core values.
Eat your lunch and dinner at a table (not a desk) without any screens. Mindful eating has many benefits including easier digestion and reducing food cravings. Just focus on enjoying and really tasting each bite.
Strengthen your core
Our core is the base support for our entire body – a strong core makes it easier to do other physical activities. Try a few of these core exercises to strengthen the fundamentals:
- Bird dog with elbow to knee
- Plank with knee drive
- Side plank with rotation
- Supine leg extensions
Take inventory of what’s in your fridge
Make sure you have basic ingredients such as fruits, veggies and proteins on hand to cook up a healthy meal. If you have any veggie scraps left at the end of the week, an easy way to use them up is by making a veggie broth. You can use this broth to cook your rice in for some extra flavor and nothing goes to waste! Take some time on basic activities to focus on yourself and what’s important to you right now.
Do some basic movements
Start your day with basic, easy movements like neck rolls, arm circles, hip rolls and squats. It’s a good way to get blood circulating. While taking this time for yourself, try setting some intentions that you can carry with you throughout the day. Try our daily challenges in our app.
Choose whole grains
Carbs get a bad rap because so many people reach for the wrong ones. Healthy whole grains are nutritious and keep us full for a longer time. Try one of these whole grains today (maybe one you’ve never had before!):
- Brown rice
- Whole rye
A moment of gratitude
Write down 3 things that you’re grateful for at this moment. Try to find things that you usually don’t think of (so something besides your family, friends, health etc.). Bring your attention to the things that you may have missed or have taken for granted.
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