Spring cleaning time is here and that usually means time to de-clutter your house, work space, wardrobe, car, garage but let's start with the most important house - YOU and your body beautiful. Take an honest look at what you are doing so grab a sheet of paper and make a list of things to do in the following three categories:
2. Toss out/Stop/Remove
3. Change/Start something new.
KEEP going to bed before 10pm, eating three balanced meals with protein, carbohydrate and fats, daily aerobic sessions to give your ticker aka heart a workout at least 5 x a week, pick up some weights and throw them above your head at least 2-3 x a week, chill out, relax and recover at least 1 x week, talk to a real person at least 1 x a day, turn off all electronics at least 2 hours before you hit the hay. Keep doing all those great things that we have taught you over the past months and you should be moving towards great working order. Be diligent in your health quest.
TOSS OUT at least one bad habit as they don't serve a purpose. Poor blood sugar control and being dehydrated is a no brainer, get rid of them. Staying up late after midnight is another, eating junk food is on this list as well. Take the stress out of your body, back off on the coffee, alcohol and/or chocolate consumption and give your liver a break. If your running shoes have seen better days then go buy a new pair and ladies, take a look at your sports bras. 'The girls' need to be supported so maybe a visit to Victoria Secrets or Lululemon is in order to get new workout gear. Be disciplined.
CHANGE your mindset to be good to your body. Make a plan of doing one new thing a month be it eating a new vegetable, riding your bike a little longer, getting up when the sun comes up, hike along a mountain trail and make your body sweat a little more, try tai chi or maybe take a leap of faith and go skydiving. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body, plant a vegetable garden in your back yard, grow your own herbs (legal ones) so you know where your food is coming from. Take the time to write an old fashioned letter to a loved one. Re-connect with family and old friends. Be curious.
So, look at your sheet of paper. How many things do you have on your KEEP list? Hopefully it is a longer list than the TOSS OUT list but just know it takes 21 days to break a habit so baby steps are OK. As long as you are moving forward that is all that matters. However, before you know it summer will be here and the bikini or board shorts will be calling your name. Make a plan to commit to being fit and healthy NOW. Like your tax return - just get it done! You'll be grateful when you turn 90 and you're still able to dance on table tops, well that's my plan. Who's gonna join me? Red heels will be required!