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April 09, 2015

This is the everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-as-healthy-as-possible newsletter, brought to you by Kristy Russ, pharmacist and health consultant. I have over 20 years experience in helping people improve their health.

I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.

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Whew! This month is a blur of activity for me- I spent the last couple of weeks coming out from under the work that didn't get done when I was gone for a week at a business conference and the upcoming month is filled with speaking and trade shows that need to be prepared for and the work you need to do after... Thank goodness we're in between sporting seasons with my children.

I know everyone is busy. I get it- trust me. Unfortunately, I find people are always using "not enough time" as a reason they don't have as healthy a lifestyle as they would like. Everyone says, "I'll start ______ in a couple of months when ______ is done and I have more time." Guess what? In a couple of months you're even busier, so years end up going by and you never start.

Instead of using your busy-ness as an excuse to not live a healthy lifestyle, you just have to integrate it into your schedule. It's important. It also helps you deal with the stress of it much better.

So here's the continuation from the last newsletter for doing just that...

To Fit Healthy Into
Your Busy Schedule
Part 2

Last time I started you off with some tips on fitting healthy eating into your busy life. Now for the hard stuff- the stuff that actually requires a time involvement:

Plan your exercise!

  • Schedule your exercise into your weekly plan and commit to making them unbreakable appointments. It doesn't need to be excessive- 20 minutes 3 times a week can be all you need. (Anything is better than nothing really).
  • Schedule your exercise with a friend. If you have to make an excuse to someone else, you're more likely to do it.
  • Look for opportunities within your existing schedule so it won't take more time (that you don't have anyway).
    • Park a 10 minute walk away from work. That's 20 minutes a day right there.
    • Go for a walk or run in your lunch hour. Do you really need the whole hour to eat? Not usually.
    • Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.
    • Go for a walk or run during your child's activity. Rather than hanging out drinking coffee, use the time to exercise. If your child is in a sport and you want to watch the game, do it right at the beginning while he/she's having their warm up- they usually have to be there about 20 minutes before anyway right?
    • Be creative- I'm sure you can find many 10 or 20 minute snippets of time throughout your day that are usually wasted.

Plan your de-stressing time!

Nobody can (or should) be "going" 24/7. You will eventually burn out- it's only a matter of time.

Besides, life is too short not to stop and smell the roses on a regular basis. ENJOY the journey of life, don't just survive it.

  • Make sure to fit into your schedule things you enjoy doing. I still play competitive basketball- it's another thing I have to fit into my schedule, but it totally rejuvenates me so its a de-stressing part of my schedule. Find your passion and make time for it.
  • Also "turn it off" at least an hour before bed. You can't go full throttle right up to bedtime and expect to have a restful sleep (which is super important for your energy and health).

    Do something relaxing or mindless at least an hour before bed. Whether it's reading or watching TV or whatever, you need to wind down your brain for a truly restful sleep. Even surfing the internet usually requires too much brain power and will affect your sleep.

So there you have it. No earth-shattering health revelations this time- just some common sense tips that sometimes never occur to you, but can easily be included in ANY busy schedule.

Don't be overwhelmed- Try including a new one every week and see how easy it is when you actually PLAN!

NO MORE EXCUSES! Get healthy...

Another Grateful Customer...

I was living the average "Mom" life: working full time at my job, keeping a household running, raising my children and just trying to be the best Mom I can be, trying to keep myself and my family as healthy as possible... pretty standard women stuff, which is usually taking care of everyone else except yourself.

Lo and behold, I started having some health problems that were affecting my quality of life and what I was going to be able to do. It started much earlier than I was expecting and I was devastated- working was causing me to have knee pain everyday and it looked like I was going to have to give up playing basketball, which is a major passion for me.

Thankfully, not long after that started, I discovered these supplements. Since I've started them, my knees no longer bother me, I have better endurance than my (much!) younger teammates and I recover much faster from injury. Aside from the other health benefits I've noticed, it's been worth it just to get rid of the knee pain!

-Kristy R.

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