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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Easy Tip: Wake-up, Breathe, Stretch and Boost Metabolism

Good morning dear readers! Yesterday in the Inspired Reminders bulletin we talked about the benefits of little bursts of physical movement to boost mood, increase metabolism, and simply make us feel good. I hope you had a chance to take a look at the bulletin. If you missed it please check it out online in our archive: Spring is Here! Let's Shake the Wiggles Out. Continuing that theme today let's talk about another basic of living: breathing.

Deep breathing and stretching
provides immediate mood and energy boost!
When was the last time you treated yourself to a good stretch upon waking? Are you like me, hit the alarm and hit the ground running to get to your busy day? Try this tomorrow morning as you wake to greet the day. Before rising take some big inhales and slow exhales: Oxygen is the energy of life.

Studies suggest that deep breathing contributes to a longer life, and improved mood, stress reduction, and the release of harmful toxins. With deep breathing the blood becomes oxygenated which improves all functions in the body including the metabolism of nutrients and vitamins: So very important after WLS. Further studies suggest that extra oxygen from deep breathing burns excess body fat more efficiently thus leading to improved weight loss. What a great benefit from a free and painless task!

Next stretch your limbs and body to loosen the muscles and open the cells to receive this healthy oxygen. Our cats already know that a good leisurely stretch is the best way to wake from sleep, we can learn by their example. A good morning stretch does not have to be the formal stretching that comes after exercise class. Think back to kindergarten when we stretched tall to touch the sky and bent low to touch our toes. Now sway left to right, right to left like a tree in the wind. Rotate your head and stretch your neck and spine.

By now your good mood morning is underway and you've barely stepped out of bed! It's not just your imagination either: Stretching encourages the release of endorphins, providing a sense of tranquility and euphoria. You are now chemically predisposed to having a good day!

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