We only get one!
Something that we love to talk about and have been trying to be way more conscious of over the course of this past year is caring for our bodies. This has not always been easy for us, but we have made a conscious effort to make it a priority as of late. A lot of times, what people fail to realize is that self care can be as simple as drinking a glass of water. There are so many ways you can care for your body in order to help it reach it’s maximum potential. Our bodies are these powerful mechanisms that help us achieve incredible things and keep us powering through even when we think we can’t. The most important thing you can do is truly LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU. Sometimes, my body is telling me that it wants nothing but yummy greens and fresh fruits. Other times, my body is telling me it wants some pasta, a slice of pizza, or a big hamburger. Sometimes, my body is telling me it needs some extra rest and sleep. Other times, my body is saying I want to be pushed to my limits and I need to put in some high intensity work. This is totally situational for everybody and want your body is accustomed to. For G and I, our bodies are so use to always moving, doing a different activity, and a lot of cardio through our years with soccer.
The most important thing is that you try to do something daily to get your body moving. I was recently listening to a podcast and the Doctor on there said she likes to refer to exercise as movement. People don’t always like to hear that they need exercise daily, but if you break it down and tell them they just need “movement” everyday, this can seem a lot more simple. Movement can be as simple as walking in place while lifting your knees one by one, taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator (if you follow our page you see we are super big on this), standing at your desk instead of sitting, or just standing in place while stepping side to side a certain amount of times throughout the day.
I thought I would throw in some scientific knowledge from the most recent podcast I listened to called the Broken Brain with Dhru Puroit and Dr. Elizabeth Boham to give you guys a little insider info.
“Movement and exercise increases BDNF which is translated to brain derived neurotrophic factor. Increased amounts of BDNF has been found to be linked with decreased risk of cognitive decline and depression. It protects brain cells and supports the growth of new neurons in the brain.” -Dr. Elizabeth Bohman
To translate into easier terms, movement makes our brains brains younger and healthier! =)
One of the biggest things G and I have had trouble with when it comes to taking care of our bodies is the idea of basically not running them into the ground. We both have had our fair share of injuries and it’s no secret that our knees aren’t in the best condition. Now, we realize how important it is to not run ourselves into the ground because we think we will get better results. Our bodies don’t react well to this. We now know, if our body is asking for us to lay off plyometrics, running, or high intensity workouts for a while, we can do that and feel ok about it. Trust us, this is still a BIG work in progress, but we have made big strides in the past year.
There are so many things to factor in when it comes to taking care of our bodies.
Here are the top five things we like to take into account to give our bodies the best TLC we can!
1.) Hydration- Just good ol’ water will do the trick! Try to drink as much as you can daily. One of our new favorite drinks for hydration this summer has been Tsamma watermelon juice. We love watermelon and this drink has no added sugars. It also has L-citrulline, which is a great amino acid that is proven to reduce muscle soreness. This is great for us after all of our tough workouts!
2.) Sleep! It’s more about the quality of your sleep than the quanity. We strive for about 7-8 hours a night. This can be tough for sure, but try to cut off all electronic devices an hour or so before bed to help you get into a better sleep cycle.
3.) Exercise/movement- One of our favorite things we love to do. WE love it because it makes us feel good! Not because we want our bodies to look a certain way. After all, “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy”
4.) Pamper yourself- Even if it doesn’t happen often, we like to treat ourselves to a mani/pedi, massage, or just an at home facial every now and then.
5.) Fuel your body with healthy and nutritious foods when possible- Try to get those greens, fresh fruits, and nutrients in when you can!
We know caring for yourself and being a little selfish at times isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But try to think of it like this, we only get one body and we want to get the most out of it for the longest time that we can. Trying to do one small thing a day can add up to a lot in the end. Start by trying to do 1-2 small things for yourself each week that can contribute to your overall well being.
-T & G