SPARK ~ Thought of the Day: Quote of the Day: … Eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~ Hans Hofmann Essential Element: Our brain requires sleep to process the information from the day. Critical sleep cycles involve hormone balancing that affects everything from your energy and moods to your metabolism … [click here to read Spark Insight: Rest and Repair] Journal:The people that know you the best know it when you haven’t slept. Slow, chronic sleep deprivation wears away at our minds, our bodies, and our relationships. Take a poll this week. Ask three people closest to you if they think you are operating in a well-rested state – or in a state of exhaustion. Write down their responses. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]
AIR: Movement of the Day: Wall Balls There are a couple of very versatile pieces of equipment that make it easy to work out on your own – kettlebell and medicine ball being two of them. This is a classic full-body exercise that also incorporates coordination. Combine with Box Jumps, and in less than 15 minutes you’ll be toast. 10-15 reps each exercise, four to five rounds, no stopping. Want more? Add Lunges. (Click here for additional workouts)
SPARK: Journal of the Day: Quote of the Day: “You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.” ~ Pat Schroeder Essential Element: If we are to be truly happy – and find peace of mind – we must strive to master managing our four limited resources – time, energy, focus, and money. [click to view Spark Insight - Coping Mechanisms] Journal: How have you invested each of these four limited resources over the past month? List one way you have intentionally cultivated your time, your energy, your focus, and your money into something worthwhile. Now jot down one way you’d like to invest each of them in something you truly value over the next month. (Click here for additional Journal exercises)
Movement of the Day: Box Jumps Plyometric exercises (fast movements) improve power (the combination of speed and strength), which improves the function of everything – joints, muscles, ligaments, and the nervous system (for a complete Workout that includes Box Jumps, click here. If this looks like it’s too much – start off with Box Steps or Box Jumps with Step Down). (Click here for additional workouts)
Journal of the Day: Quote of the Day: “You make your choices…and then your choices make you.” ~Darren Hardy
Essential Element: Your life is a mosaic of the choices that you make, the experiences that you have, and the attitudes that you develop over time. [click to view Spark Insight - Integration] Journal: What habits do you practice daily in your workplace? Write down three rituals you’d like to incorporate into your workday rhythm that will move you toward greater vocational wellness this year. (Click here for additional journaling exercises)
I’ve finally learned, from the sappy women I work with (I won’t name names, but their initials are Alexis and Sarah), to properly enjoy and celebrate birthdays.
So, please celebrate with me – my favorite thing to celebrate is my health, and who better to celebrate that with than my rock and roll hero, Mick Jagger, performing here at the 2011 Grammy Awards at age 67?
I can’t sing, but I can do 35″ box jumps (or in this case, rock jumps):
I love and appreciate all of you who share the passion of living healthier lives through healthier lifestyles!