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Best Body Challenge: Day 5

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Fitness

Focus: Cardio

Warmup, then:

10x Burpee, 10x Squat Jumps, 100x Mountain Climbers

 

Burpee

Lower into a plank position before dropping into a push-up. Drive through your hands and use your core to push strongly back up before jumping your feet in just outside your hands then springing away from the floor. If you need to modify you can lower to your knees for the push-up. 

Squat Jumps

Starting with feet just outside your hips and toes turned out, quickly drop into a squat position before driving away from the floor. Use your arms to help pull you up higher and land with bent knees.

Mountain Climbers

Mountain Climber: Start in a strong plank position with your body weight forward over your hands, your core locked in tight and your back in a long flat position. One at a time drive your knees into your chest. To get the most out of this move, be sure to keep your hips down and go for speed.

 

Nutrition

Stress negatively affects the body in a multitude of ways, from headaches to stomach upset to elevated blood pressure to sleep issues. Stress affects every system in the body from the respiratory system to the reproductive system, while also hitting the digestive system hard.

Nutrient absorption starts with digestion. When you’re stressed, your fight or flight response is turned on, your adrenals are turned up and your digestion is halted. Your body believes your life is at stake and immediately heightens the necessary senses while pausing all unnecessary systems along the way.

Digesting lunch can wait when you are trying to stay alive! With halted digestion comes fewer digestive enzymes and less hydrochloric acid, which helps break down carbohydrates, fats and protein. Without this acid, it is difficult for vitamins and minerals to be broken down and absorbed properly. Additionally, stress depletes nutrient stores. Vitamins A, E and C, B-vitamins, chromium, copper, iron, zinc and magnesium are some of the first to go. 

So what can you do? Be present while eating—no phone, TV or computer—get regular exercise and try meditating for a few minutes a day.

 

Light Work

Time to reflect on your first Light Work challenge for the week. How did it go? How did it make you feel? Self-conscious? Joyful? Somewhere in between? If you haven’t done it yet, then your mission this weekend is to dance.

 

 

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