September is National Self Improvement Month! It's easy to get caught up in life’s responsibilities and worries, but remember to take a deep breath and relax. It's important to make sure you are working towards being the best version of yourself. By focusing on diet, rest, exercise and balance - you will be able to achieve this level of success in life. Check out some of the important health and fitness tips we’ve gathered via our Self Improvement board on Pinterest this month!
It is so important to know what ingredients you are consuming. Everything we put in our bodies effects how we feel – if you eat a heavy lunch, you probably won’t be ready to go to the gym by 5PM. Buzz Feed created a list of healthy lunches that will put your everyday salad to shame – check it out here! Aside from food, you also want to make sure the supplements and vitamins you are using have natural and healthy ingredients. About Time – a nutritional supplement company based in Pittsburgh, PA – started their business by educating the market on the benefits of an all-natural supplements. They have been able to create great products with all-natural ingredients. They started with protein powders and have now expanded in to breakfast bars, pancake mixes, vitamins and many more products!
Staying active is so important! Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can improve your health and mental attitude. PopSugar Fitness always provides great tips for women who might not have time to work out, but are looking for a way to fit it in to their schedules. Their workout challenges are a great way to stay on track by having a fitness goal for each day. Try this 31-day workout challenge – it includes a great mix of cardio, strength training and stretching.
Rest and relaxation is so important – in moderation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults from ages 26 – 64 should get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Try to expose yourself to bright, natural light in the morning and then avoid bright lights towards bed time. Bright lights before bed stimulate your mind and make it tough for you to stick to your sleep schedule. To find a schedule that works for you, give yourself a routine at night so your body knows it’s time for bed. Lastly, don’t forget diet and exercise play a big role in how well you’re sleeping at night. At the very least, try to fit in light exercise and avoid a heavy meal 2-3 hours before bed. Try these tips from the National Sleep Foundation for a more sound sleep.
All of these factors work hand-in-hand to define how your feel and function through each day. Make sure you visit our Self Improvement Board to be on your way to a better you - we will be pinning all month long!