Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to take a long time to start feeling healthy and happy. Check out these tips to give yourself a boost in just five minutes.
Create a Fitness Habit
People who jump from nothing into a big routine usually crash and burn. The best approach is to start small - just one exercise or five minutes a day. Just don’t ever skip a day. Your focus the first month is to build a fitness habit. Before you know it, thirty days have passed and you’re in a fitness routine. It helps to do a little planning. Buy a calendar and fill it in with the exercise you’re going to do each day - squats, walking, light weights, yoga. Create a progression in the routine, gradually increasing the time you exercise, the weight you lift, or the number of reps.
At the end of the month, you won’t be lean and mean, but you will have developed consistency. It’s the habit that keeps you fit.
Support Your Immune System
There's a lot of good medicine in the earth, and herbalist Lauren Gambrione of Good Fight Herbs knows how to make the most of it. For colds and flu, she recommends an old-timey tonic: fire cider. It's immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral - qualities that help prevent colds and flu or shorten their duration if they occur. There are several ways to get it down. Add a tablespoon to a mug of hot water to sip like tea, or add to food green smoothies, salads, soups and rice.
To make your own fire cider, combine equal parts of minced horseradish, ginger, cayenne, and garlic to a quart-sized mason jar, filling half-way. Cover with raw apple cider vinegar and cap. Shake once a day and strain after two to four weeks.
Boost Your Confidence
Look yourself in the mirror and say "I believe in you." Say it often, and say it out loud. Write it down and put it where you'll see it - on your computer, by your bed, in your car. You’re replacing negative self-talk with a positive message that your brain believes, even if you don’t always. “The more you hear it, the more you'll believe it,” says Lauree Ostrofsky, a professional certified coach (PCC). "Self-assured people see their lives in a positive light and trust in their ability to deal with tough situations and obstacles."
Amy Galper runs the New York Institute for Aromatherapy in New York City, an on-site school offering aromatherapy certification. Amy's go-to essential oil for motivation is rosemary. Just put one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and breath in the aroma. “It is stimulating to your mind and gives you clarity for making decisions,” Amy says. Rosemary is anti-bacterial and anti-viral, so it helps keep you healthy. When she’s nervous and wants to come back to balance, Amy turns to grapefruit or red mandarin orange oils, which have anti-depressant qualities.
“They are happy oils, and burst negativity.”
Spritz Germs Away
You never know where those disease-causing bacteria and viruses are lurking, but you can spritz them into oblivion with a home spray made with powerful anti-microbial essential oils. To make your own custom recipe at home, take a clean-four-oz. glass bottle with a fine-mist spray, then adds two ounces distilled water and one-ounce alcohol (rubbing alcohol or vodka, your choice). Add the essential oils, top up with distilled water, and screw the top back on. You're ready to fight germs! For the bedroom, use lavender (25 drops ) to make a spray for bedding and other surfaces.
In the kitchen, an aromatic blend of cinnamon (10 drops) and clove (2 drops) oils OR oregano (10 drops) packs a savory punch. In the bathroom, lemon is the way to go (15 drops).