It can be unavoidable to sit at a desk for long periods of time…. when you have a desk job. Which a lot of us do!
Even if we aren’t spending numerous hours sitting in front of a computer, we’re more than likely texting, driving, sitting in front of a tv, or eating at a table at some point throughout our day. All of these postures more than likely have us rolling our shoulders forward, bending our necks down, and putting a major amount of strain on our spine. Just take a moment to think about how your body adjusts to looking down at our screens and compare that image to an upright, straight spine posture. It will probably have you cringe a little (or a lot!). It really isn’t the best set up and we’ll actually start to experience the consequences over time.
But just wait! Even if we can’t completely cut out these activities completely from our lives, there are small daily exercises we can do to make sure we’re keeping our bodies happy.
- Our spine is meant to move and bend but at it’s natural, comfortable alignment, the spine is stacked straight. So as we’re sitting, working on the computer, watching tv, staring at our tablet or phone in the check-out line, take a second to review how our spine is aligned. If it isn’t stacked upright, we’re probably putting unnecessary strain on it.
- Move! There is no magic number that says you should “get up and walk every 30 minutes” even though we hear these statements all the time. Everybody’s body is different. If you’ve been sitting for a while and you start to notice your posture is slowly slacking than get up and walk around. Go grab a snack, go to the bathroom, go talk to a coworker, anything that will get you on your feet and realigning your spine.
- Take a moment out of your day to stretch. It can be 15 minutes when you get up, a yoga class over your lunch hour, or a short series before you go to bed but take some time to show your body you care about it. This short routine each day will go a long way to overall health when you have a sedentary career. (I’ll be following up with a short series you can incorporate into your morning or nightly routine)
- If you have the option, rotate between sitting and standing during work hours. You don’t have to have an adjustable desk. You can find a countertop to work at or stack boxes or books to build height for you to set your laptop atop.
- Set an alarm on your phone or reminder on your computer to run through a few desk stretches to help relax your muscles and release any unnecessary tension you might be holding in your body. Again, these small moves can have an impact. (I’ll also be following with some fun tips on moves you can do while sitting or standing at your desk)
We’ve heard plenty of the health affects sitting at our desks and staring at our phones has on our body. Now is the time to take care of ourselves! What are some of your favorite tips or tricks to help your posture?
I wanted to take a moment here to discuss EMFs, Electromagnetic Fields, and how we should be interacting with these fields as well as self-care.
What Are EMFs?
The National Cancer Institute defines electric and magnetic fields as invisible areas of energy that are produced by electricity, which is the movement of electrons, or current, through a wire. Electric fields are produced whether or not a device is turned on, whereas magnetic fields are produced only when current is flowing.
We come in contact with this energy every day. This energy helps us communicate, cook, and even solve complex medical issues.
- Radio Broadcasting Waves
- Cell Phone Radiation Waves
- Wifi + Bluetooth Waves
- Infrared Waves
- X-Ray Waves
Being in a field where I’m constantly interacting with technology makes it difficult to avoid. But there are simple ways we can disconnect more from everyday technology and EMFs!
- Take breaks every 30 minutes – take your hands off the keyboard, move your eyes around the room, take a quick walk, grab a snack. There are so many ways you can step away.
- Set devices 5-6 feet away from you when watching television.
- Get outside without devices for 30 minutes to an hour a day. Go for a walk without your phone, layout at the pool, go for a bike ride, have coffee with a friend.
- Set limits on your Social Media platforms or your phone altogether.
- Unplug electronics by the bed or remove from your bedroom all together when sleeping.
- Flip off the circuit breaker to your room.
Can you think of any additional tips that can help you disconnect from your devices?
It happens. I’ve been in a funk myself for the last week and a half. It just seemed to be a consistent trend where I was getting bad news every time I turned around. When it rains it pours right? I’m not even a fan of that saying but it just seems to HAPPEN THAT WAY sometimes.
And you fall into a negative mindset where you’re only focusing on what is going wrong and it can be difficult at times to pull yourself out. But guess what? Only you can make the change!
“Everyday can’t be sunny or else it would all be deserts.”
I’m sharing some simple activities you can do that will build up to a brighter mood! These work together to make a big impact so take what works for you and leave what doesn’t. But try implementing a few of these into your everyday lifestyle and see what shifts and changes for the positive.
- Give yourself 10 minutes in the morning. Just sit with your morning coffee or tea, set aside the phone and technology, and just sit with your thoughts.
- Set a positive mantra for your day. I personally like “Today might be cloudy, but my life isn’t cloudy.” This is a little thought you can come back to when you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.
- Take a walk outside. It is crazy what a little bit of nature can do to pull us out of our own reality.
- Get creative! Paint, draw, write, dance, build a craft, write a song, play an instrument. Just let whatever wants to come out, come out.
- Make yourself a nice meal. Seriously, splurge on yourself with one of your all-time favorite meals.
- Work out. Release any built up stress or energy you have with a high-intensity run or weight training class. Or maybe, tap into your thoughts and process through a yoga flow.
- Meditate. Sit in stillness and remove yourself from thoughts.
- Start a gratitude journal and begin to jot down a few things that you are grateful for each day.
- Most important: Don’t get down on yourself! You’re awesome and wonderful and you have so much to be happy for!
This change will take a bit of time. It might take a few days or weeks but focus on the positive in your life. If you’re having a hard time and need to vent or talk to someone, know I am always here! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in DM on my Instagram @mountainhippiehealthnut. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your hump day!!
Were you able to guess what song I set this week’s sequence to?
Since I had a fitness instructor audition this week I decided to dedicate this week’s #WineDownWednesday to my squat sequence. So get ready to lift that booty and get tone the quads.
Video can be found on YouTube and on my IGTV channel. This week’s sequence will flow best set up on a yoga mat but you do not need one! I am cueing a few upper body moves with weights so feel free to add those into the set but also you can do this sequence just focusing on lower body.
This week’s tips:
- Weight is in your heels.
- Knees stay behind your toes.
- Engage your core so you don’t dump into your stomach.
- Chest stays lifted, open and proud.
- Start with full extension squats (30x) Can add in bicep or hammer curls here for added upper body moves.
- Stay low and pulse (30x)
- Slow pulse stepping to the back of your mat. End in pulsing at the back of the mat (30x)
- Full extension squat (30x)
- Frontal kicks (30x)
- Stay low and pulse (30x)
- Lift right heel high (20x)
- Lift left heel high (20x)
- Back to right heel high (10x)
- Back to left heel high (10x)
- Alternate between the two (40x)
- Step back up to the top of your mat in a low pulse walk
- Two step Full extension squat (30x)
- Toe tap to the right in a low pulse (25x)
- Toe tap to the left in a low pulse (25x)
- Hold low squat (:30 seconds)
This recent snowy weather has put me in the mood for my favorite soup; Chicken Tortilla. Not only is the recipe delicious and pretty healthy but it also can be whipped up in the crockpot in just a few hours. The only work is shredding the chicken!
I was raised in a household that loved soup and my dad could throw together some of the best variations so it is always been a favorite meal of mine and additional bonus; great leftovers!
- 2 Chicken Breast
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Diced Onions
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Diced Peppers
- 1 tsp Cumin Seasoning
- 1 tsp Chilli Powder Seasoning
- ~3 Cups of Broth (I go between Vegetable and Chicken broth – whichever I have on hand)
- Greek Yogurt/Sour Cream
- Tortilla Chips
- Shredded Mexican Cheese
- Place all Soup Ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high heat for 2 1/2 hours.
- Remove Chicken and shred into pieces and place back into the pot.
- Cook on low heat for another 3 hours.
- Dish up into bowls, top with desired toppings, & enjoy!
*Name Change Alert*
We’re switching things up over here because I like to keep life spicy. I’ve updated the blog and Instagram name from One Dreamy Yoga Flow to Mountain Hippie Healthnut.
This has been a thought of mine for a while now because I felt I wasn’t resonating with the old name, which many of you might not know that I came up with around 2012.
The new name, Mountain Hippie Healthnut, incorporates my lifestyle of adventure, activity, and overall wellness. I’m really excited for all the projects that have come out of this blog and a lot of items that are currently in the works! To get you as excited as me you can look forward to the following content in the coming months:
- Featured influencers & amazing people
- Weekly posts dedicated to specific Yoga poses & Barre Moves
- Adventure Guides
- Crystal & Gem Series
- More ‘What I Eat in a Day’ posts
- Favorites Series
- Good Vibe Stuff (obvi)
- And more!
If there is anything particular you would like to see, let ya girl know!
Let’s get rowdy up in here fellow mountain hippies & health nuts.
I’m not going to lie, I am one of the worst about getting up in the morning for working out. I claim to be a morning person but when it comes to working out in the morning, I am not that type of person!
Low and behold, I am trying to turn over a new leaf. So whether you are trying to hop over to your gym, tie on your sneakers for a sunrise jog, or getting into an early workout class then we’re in this together.
With anything, a morning work out can be made easier with some helpful tips and tricks. I’ve compiled a few different things that normally help me roll out of bed a little easier before the sun has started to shine.
- Set out your work out clothes. If you already have them laid out, it is much easier to slip into them instead of spending time picking out what you’re going to wear.
- Even better, wear your work out clothes to bed. I do this all the time and I am not ashamed one bit.
- Recruit a buddy early on. This is probably one of the best tricks because you don’t want to let the other person down and now you have a reliablity partner to make sure you show up.
- Set up a routine that is easy to stick to and not intimidating. If you’re signing up for 5AM CrossFit but you’ve never hit up a CrossFit workout before or you’re aiming to run 6 miles and you’re not in shape to run 1, then you’ll more than likely talk yourself out of a work out that doesn’t sound enjoyable. Find fitness routines that spark interest and a little be of excitement maybe; Hot Yoga, Zumba, Sunrise Hikes. Start simple and then expand the horizon.
- The night before, prepare a quick healthy snack before you leave the house. A workout on an empty stomach is no bueno, so prepare a protein bar or piece of fruit you can munch on your way.
- Prepare your breakfast in advance as well. You’ll probably be in an early if you’re coming home between your work out and work so have a healthy meal ready so you’re not scrambling.
- Set an alarm with a tune that will pump you up to get out of bed. The normal alarm sound is lame and super unmotivating. Set up an alarm that will blast some Sia or Beyonce. A tune that will get you jazzed to start your day off on the right foot.
- And most important enjoy your workout once you’re there!