Today is Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Big round flowers are beautifying gardens. Ducklings are getting larger. The rabbits are enjoying the greens in the garden.
Inspiration: A Quote from George Sand
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
Optional 31 Days to Experiencing the Joy of Movement. 21 days completed, 10 Days more in July.
Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. If you have achieved this goal already, you may consider increasing the duration or intensity as you progress.
The objective is not to do the most difficult activity, it is to move consistently. Modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.
With daily walking, your body is getting health promoting signals. During your walk today, take a moment to consider when in your day you feel your best. Is it consistent? What helps you feel you best? Do you feel your best in the morning or evening? Or when you are spending time with someone special or during or after your walk? Is it after a healthy meal or a cool glass of water?
These next 10 days, take notes on when you feel your best.
Continue to record your progress in your journal. Submit a picture from your walk to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog and/or connect with your walking partner.
Recharge yourself when you repeat:
“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”
The Mindfulness Activity to practice this week to create Calm Moments:
- Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
- Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
- If you want to release tension, try the STOP technique taught in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses.
- Take a Breath
- Open and Observe
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP
*Please confirm with your doctor which activities are appropriate for you.