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Our TOP 3 ‘happiness inducing’ reasons to MOVE YOUR BODY….

Can you please remember back to a time for me when you actually enjoyed exercising or what we refer to MOVING your body….???  Firstly is there ever a time you loved it at all??  If yes, you guys hold that feeling of when you did and for those of you who are yet to find something that inspires you to move everyday – instead remember a time when you were excited about anything else – a time when you kinda felt like a kid on Christmas Eve anticipating just how many presents would be under that tree the next morning…

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Have you ever seen an unhappy child in a playground – its because they are MOVING!!

That feeling – that butterflies in the stomach excitement – they are little messages and chemicals being released by your brain because of that memory… When we exercise – those same messages and chemicals are released so you can in fact DOUBLE the happiness you feel from moving your body if you are doing something you actually enjoy doing!

Here are just 3 of the MANY happiness inducing reasons to MOVE YOUR BODY from a blog by ‘MindBodyGreen‘ – one of our favourite blogs to read here at Bubbles Organic…;

  1. It releases happy chemicals into your brain.

Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness.  Many studies suggest that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine. The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production? Exercise. So run, lift, jump, play — and get happy.

 

  1. It energizes you.

You no doubt have days when you just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you want to do.But no matter how exhausted you are from a long day at work, taking care of your family or recovering from a busy weekend, do your best to muster up all the willpower you have and still work out, because more likely than not, you’ll feel more energized after your workout than you did before it.  

So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.

 

  1. It fights insomnia.

Trouble sleeping? Skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead.  Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.

And that equals greater happiness, every time.

 

SO – STEP 1 is find something you love to do – yes this means trying new things – have a look on our PINTEREST page for some ideas about different ways to MOVE your body here.  STEP 2 is to make sure you enjoy it – if you feel inspired to get up and get moving – you might actually commit to it!  STEP 3 is TAKE ACTION and decide at the beginning of each week when you are going to MOVE your body that week.  Taking action is one of the most important steps of achieving any goal we set… A great way I find that works for me is I tell people about what I am going to do and that way I feel more compelled to make it happen…

We would love to hear how you are choosing to MOVE your body so comment below and lets share some ideas on how to MOVE our way into feeling HAPPIER!

Till next time…

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Our KEEP IT SIMPLE pre and post workout tips to help you MOVE it and LOVE it…!

How you prepare and treat your body before and after a workout is just as important as the workout itself and yet it’s also the part that so many people neglect completely.  You have to think about this the same way as you do when you prepare for anything important – we are talking about your temple after all!  So just like when you are preparing to attend an event that involves all the fun stuff, dress, hair and makeup, shoes, jewellery, clutch, transport and maybe even accommodation…. when we put even just a small percentage of that effort into FUELing and MOVEing our bodies (yes I do know I have spelt that incorrectly lol!) – looking and more importantly FEELING amazing can be an every day occurrence – it REALLY really can!

We are all trying to fit SO many things into a day that when someone suggests making time for even one more, it can be enough to push us over the edge. This is why the very best way to prepare and replenish your body is to keep it really simple and get your Girl Scout on and Be Prepared… Preparation truly is the key to making any commitment feel effortless and achievable.  Im pretty sure you are not out choosing a dress the day of the event and those of us who have had to do that know just how horrid that is – so its time to stop leaving things to the last minute and start getting organised….

Today lets chat how to have the most prepared before workout & how to replenish and nurture your body post workout…Lets split it up into 2 groups;

One of our 5 Elements of Great Skin…MOVE your body is about making you aware of just how important it is to stay active and flexy!

Our TOP 3 Get your ‘Girl Scout On’ preparation tips…

1 – Work out WHAT and WHEN you are going to work out.  This always gets me without prep!  If you have a full life with lots of stuff going on – you MUST plan the type of workout you are going to do and also WHEN you are going to do that.  If the only time it fits is 5am then you are going to miss it if you sleep till 6am and then work that out.

2 – Warm up! I have been known to skip a warm up because I was trying to get my workout done faster – I totally understand that an extra 5 minutes can seem like an hour on a day jam packed with stuff to get through but this is NOT where you wanting to be gaining time peeps! A minimum of 5 minutes warm up is recommended.. We have some warm up ideas on our MOVE your body Pinterest board…

3 – Now I could use this spot to tell you to avoid fatty dense foods as they stay in your stomach for longer but seeing as though you guys are all aware of that already I have decided to use ‘MUSIC prep’ as the final important step of pre workout. This step for me can make or break ANY workout I choose to do – If the playlist has the songs I need to make it happen that day I always manage to give it a bit extra… Make up playlists based on what mood you are in and choose songs you know will help boost or change that mood…

Our TOP 3 POST work out tips are;

1 – EAT!! This is when you refuel your body to re-engergise – lots of complex carbs during the hour or two following your workout. Fatigue can set in after exercise if we don’t have enough carb’s stored so its important to build up our reserves.

2 – Re-hydrate! YEP – I’m talking about water again because it is simply THAT important! There is no point putting aside the time to move that body if you are not going to give it what it needs to maintain its new level of awesome.. Drink up and make it pure filtered water when possible.  ALWAYS keep water with you in the hotter months and hydrate during the work out when needed too…

3 – Stretch…. This part is super important…! After a workout, our muscles naturally contract. To prevent them from shrinking, we need to stretch. Not only does it do that but it allows your muscles to restore and helps them gain strength and resilience. It also helps decrease stress and helps you maintain a calm composure – this is why Yoga is such a popular choice for many people.

Most importantly plan to MOVE your body every single day – it removes the temptation to say “ill just do it tomorrow instead”…  enJOY x

Until next time…

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Slim & Sassy?? Say no more!

It is the month we have dedicated to RENEW so the first of the DōTERRA Essential Oil blends we are going to chat more about is the one they have cleverly named Slim & Sassy!

(if you want to know a bit more about how I ‘found’ DōTERRA Essential Oils read more here https://www.bubblesorganic.com.au/a-bit-about-fate-and-doterra-essential-oils/)

Check out ALL the benefits here...
Check out ALL the benefits here…

Being Spring we are all beginning to think about the fact that we are going to be wearing A LOT less clothing very soon and this oil is the perfect addition to a cleanse or detox or simply a healthy lifestyle which is of course something we promote and live by here at Bubbles.. Plus if the name is enough of a temptation for you check out how this little beauty works;

DōTERRA’s Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend is a proprietary formula of 100% therapeutic grade essential oils designed to help manage appetite between meals. Slim & Sassy includes a blend of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils. Just add 8 drops to a regular size bottle of water and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach, and lift your mood. The Slim & Sassy blend also makes delicious and healthy flavoured water for proper hydration during exercise or other activity. It has zero calories and is an excellent replacement for high-calorie beverages or for drinks that contain artificial sweeteners and colours.

Well I don’t feel like I need to add anything to that however I will because one of my most favourite part of essential oils is the emotional perception change they invoke and just one of the oils in this blend – Ginger oil – will have the following effect;

 

1 – If you find yourself always waiting for the ‘right time’ to do something Ginger will help give you the kick you need to get to it!  (PS – the right time is usually when you are thinking about – just sayin….)

2 – Ginger will help stop you procrastinating and have you feeling energized and ready for what once felt too hard…

3 – Find the hidden energy reserves you know you have and draw on them to make it happen with a warmth and vigor like never before – like a fire under your toosh – Ginger will revive and gently push you…

 

Its all about taking that first step...
Its all about taking that first step…

So if you wanna feel that warm glow of being SLIM & SASSY it might be something you should try!  It really does taste delish and my mum – who was one of the people I asked to try it with me so I could see a few different results mixes hers with Doterra Wild Orange (the oil that has you feeling abundant and ready to chase your dreams!)  for a bit more zest… And she says she isn’t as tempted by corn chips anymore – WIN WIN!

Till next time…

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5 ways to sneak exercise into your daily routine…

Can I assume that the number one reason that most of you don’t exercise or MOVE your body as much as you should or even more so would like to is the fact that you don’t have the time?? Time – what a crazy concept – its funny because we all get the same 24 hours in a day to use. People often say to me ‘I don’t know how you do it!” and you know what – some days I get to the end of the day and cant work that out myself but mmmm 5 days out of 7 – I manage to fit it in..

This generally comes back to my ‘WHY’ and yes I talk about this a lot and that is because it is IMPORTANT! If you are crystal clear about WHY you are doing something then you will always find the how… My WHY for MOVING my body every day is so that I have the energy reserves to WANT to play with my kids and to be awake enough to enjoy a nice cuppa once they have gone to bed! What I would love for you all to do right now is think about YOUR why…??

Baby steps people – it all about FORWARD motion…. x

Not the WHY that everyone else has already said – YOUR why. Why do you want the extra energy and motivation that comes with adding exercise daily??Daily exercise is VITAL to both your physical health as well as your emotional/mental wellbeing. We need to come from a place of prevention NOT cure – we can prevent bad moods, excess weight, a range of serious health issues and much more by exercising regularly.

Too right it is!

What is ‘Accidental Exercise”? It is a term used by my great friend and mentor Jennifer Jefferies in her book ‘The 7 Steps to Sanity” and its all about how to sneak exercise in when your plans to exercise all go to well you know what…

Here are 5 ways to sneak exercise into your day!

1 – Wall Push Up’s – Stand at arm’s length from the wall with your hands flat on it shoulder width apart – stand straight, feet flat on the floor – tuck you tummy in and hold your chest up. While keeping your body straight – lower yourself into a push up against the wall. SLOW AS YOU GO – the slower you do it the more resistance your create! Bring your hands closer together to increase the intensity…!

2 – Jumping Jacks – you can do these just about anywhere! The good old star jump has made a HUGE come back and the reason is that they work – no need to put on the high side flouro leotard either! There will be a link to our ‘Anytime Exercise” Pinterest board below with tips on how to use these cardio wonders daily!

3 – The PLANK! Get into it!! Again fluoro leotard is optional! Link below will have some starter info for you but you can seriously start these off with a 20 second plank and within a month have increased that to 3 even 4 minutes – these are great for a FULL BODY toning !

4 – TV/Computer arm curls – Now you can use whatever you like to add weight here – little hand weights are super cheap at the moment from places like Kmart OR you can choose to use a can of baked beans or your water bottle at the office – It doesn’t matter what – it matters when! Sneak in some arm curl reps while reading your emails or watching TV!

5 – The WALL SIT! Wow this is my favourite – I love this because you can do it absolutely anywhere! Simply sit with back up against a wall and your knees bent at 90 degrees as if you are sitting on an imaginary chair and stay there for mmmm 20 – 30 seconds to start – this might even be hard if its your first time but persist if you can! You can build this up to 3-4 minutes – this will take some time but you can absolutely do it!

The other really basic ways are taking the stairs instead of the lift, walk or ride to work or the train station where possible, play catch with your kids at the park instead of sitting on the bench checking Facebook (yes I am saying this to myself too I promise!).

Oh that would absolutely keep me squatting - AMEN...
Oh that would absolutely keep me squatting – AMEN…

 

And if that isn’t enough – do it because Ryan says so…mmmmmm….

Until next time…

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