Reminder #8: Optimizing Your Mind And Body With Movement


If you are new to these Weekly Reminders you might like to know that your subconscious mind is accountable for 90% of your daily decisions. If all you do is read this email (and ignore the strategies), you are already sending a positive message to your subconscious mind. Congratulations! The more similar messages it gets, the better decisions you will make.

This week’s reminder:

Keep moving, inside your home.

Whether you are practicing self-isolation, you are in quarantine, or just minimizing how often you go out, you need to make sure you keep moving your body as much as possible. Here’s the biggest why: Your heart is a pump that moves blood around your body every second of the day and night, but your lymphatic system does NOT have an automatic pump. The number one, most important way to keep the lymphatic system working is to engage in some physical activity every day.

And why is the lymphatic system so important? Because your lymphatic system is your built-in sanitation center, the plumbing that carries away and filters out poisonous waste products from every cell, tissue and organ. It is also an essential part of the immune system that maintains optimal fluid levels, fights infection and produces white blood cells to fight diseases..

The good news is that any type of movement or exercise helps.

Implementation Strategies (choose at least one for this week):

  1. If you do a lot of sitting at a computer: get up for a quick stretch as often as possible. Every 20 min would be ideal.
  2. Be playful: Learn to do The Duck Walk, The Crab Walk or The Sneaking Monkey.
  3. Join an online fitness class. Exercising at the same time as others can be highly motivating. 
  4. If your home has a staircase, go up and down the stairs as often as possible.
  5. Alternate between sitting on the floor, sitting on a yoga ball, or squatting on the ground.
  6. Find reasons to crouch or kneel down and pick things up.
  7. Try these home exercises recommended by THIS GIRL CAN
  8. Place a 2×4 plank of wood (or something similar) on your hallway floor, pretend it’s a log and that there’s a muddy swamp below it. If you want a full-on work out: Do The Duck Walk on the plank of wood.

Do you already have a strategy that works for you? Please email me, I’d love to hear about it.

Deepen the learning:

  1. Watch  4 Ground Sitting Positions (Why it’s better than a chair)
  2. Discover 57 ideas for how to get more physically active at home
  3. Discover 16 ways to detox your lymphatic system
  4. Practical tips to lower your risk of getting sick (backed up by clinical trial studies). Hint: One of them involves doing exercise. Learn more.

Have a smarter day, a smarter week and a smarter life,
Ginny Santos, your holistic coach.

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A love note from your future self:

I remember the year of the COVID-19 outbreak so clearly, but I forget what year it was. Was it 2020? I remember feeling nervous, anxious and amused, all at the same time. But when I look back, I realize that it was a really helpful wake up call for all of humanity. We are a highly adaptable and resilient species, but the eating and lifestyle habits we had gotten into, were not in our best interest. The outbreak helped us re-learn how to prevent the spread of disease. It also highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy immune system and forced us to learn how to strengthen ourselves from the inside out. Thank you for being open to learning and growing from every experience in life.
Love, from your future self.

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