I dare you to try this for a week....

I dare you to try this for a week....
I have a riddle for you … 
 
What’s an activity that:
 
  • between 200-500 million people across the world engage in,
  • has tripled in popularity over the past decade, and
  • is believed to improve your wellness, focus, energy, and mood? 
Plus, studies show it can help alleviate back pain … improve enzymes in your brain to help fight Alzheimer’s … and even make your sex life better.
 
Some athletes use it to improve their performance. 
 
It can also be perfect for helping you to cope with that extra stress that pops up during the holiday season, which will soon be in full swing. 
 
If you guessed meditation … you’re right! 
 
Meditation is a GREAT tool to help you become more mindful – which we’re focusing on a lot this month.
 
That’s because when you’re MINDFUL it basically means you are PRESENT and AWARE – which plays a huge role in your results, motivation, and even your workouts. 
 
Having a meditation practice is a lot more mainstream today than it was 10 years ago. 
 
In fact, almost as many people in the US meditate as do yoga (a little over 14% each).
 
Researchers are still investigating exactly HOW it works, but we do know that besides slowing down brain waves …
 meditation helps you grow more gray matter in your hippocampus (which is linked with improving your mood & focus and slowing down age-related decline in cognitive functioning).
 
It’s definitely worth considering adding meditation to your wellness/fitness toolkit!
 
It’s easy to get started – just sit quietly in a comfy chair for a few minutes with your eyes closed, focusing on your breath and feeling your belly and chest rise and fall as you inhale and exhale. That’s it.
 
Try doing that for a few days, gradually increasing your time as it feels right. I add essential oils to help me deepen my focus.
 
Or you can use an app – there are dozens out there! (10 Percent Happier, Insight Timer (free, this is the one I use), Calm, and Headspace.) Also, my team put together a text series using Deepak Chopra's guided meditation 21 day series. This is how I started meditating, and it's amazing! Just text: CALM to 801-405-9525 and you'll receive daily text to the guided meditations.
At Elite Physique, we believe fitness is a mind-body experience. We work with clients to develop strategies for living their best life.
 
Live today with intention! If you haven't download my latest free Ebook all about focusing on mindfulness, grab it here:Mindfulness Workbook
  
Yours in health,
Colleen 
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6 Foods that make your body say, "Ouch!"

6 Foods that make your body say, "Ouch!"
Talk about an accidental discovery ...
 
I’ve got a client who went on a trip to Europe a few years ago. 
 
She ate differently than she did here in the US – basically less processed foods and more whole foods (veggies, fruits, proteins, etc.).
 
Can you guess what happened?
 
After a few days, almost every one of her everyday aches and pains went away.
 
Pains she had gotten used to – a sore knee, a tight low back, etc. – were pretty much GONE.
 
And this happened even though she was MORE ACTIVE all day, walking and sightseeing. Not to mention sleeping on strange beds.
 
It made such a difference that when she came home, she decided to keep it up – staying away from all her favorite go-to’s for snacks and weeknight meals.
 
She learned a valuable lesson: Sometimes, making a slight change in your lifestyle or everyday diet can have a HUGE payoff.
 
There are a lot of foods out there that can increase inflammation in your body.
 
And as you probably already know, inflammation is linked with aches & pains (especially if you have arthritis), but also obesity, diabetes, and a long list of other diseases.
 
I’ve put together a list of foods that are directly tied to inflammation, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
 
  1. Sugar. Processed sugars can trigger the release of inflammatory messengers in your body called cytokines. 
  2. Trans fats. These can cause systemic inflammation. Even though they’re banned, trans fats can still be found in fast foods and some processed items. Check ingredient labels and avoid items with partially hydrogenated oils.
  3. Omega 6 fatty acids. Your body needs a healthy balance of omega 3s and 6s, but most of us get way too much of the 6s, which can lead to inflammation.
     They’re found in salad dressings, mayo, and many vegetable and seed oils like corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, and peanut.
  4. Refined carbs, aka “white” carbs. White flour, rice, pasta, bread, crackers, cereal, etc. can spike your blood sugar and lead to inflammation.
  5. Alcohol. Moderate drinking (1 drink a day for women; 2 for men) may have some health benefits for many people. However, studies show the more alcohol people consume, the higher their level of inflammatory markers in their bodies.
  6. Processed meats. The methods used to prepare these meats create AGEs (advanced glycation end-products), which are linked to inflammation. 
Some people also find they get aches and pains from foods they are sensitive to, like gluten, dairy, and even some vegetables.
 
I’m not suggesting that you go on a big kick and throw out all of those foods. That can be hard to sustain.
 
But sometimes making just one or two changes can start you on the road toward feeling your absolute best.

We can also assist our bodies through supplementation.  I personally take these three everyday to support my body: 
1. 
Ningxia Red:  massive antioxidants to fight free radicals in our body. 
2. BLM (Bones, Ligaments & Muscles): helps joint mobility with collagen, glucosamine, and essential oils
3. Vitamin D:  powerhouse for immune system and inflammation.

Reach out if you have any questions!

 
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Get your body back in the "Flow"

Get your body back in the "Flow"
Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you felt “in the flow?"
 
Wasn’t it GREAT?
 
You had a TON of energy, your sleep was on track, you felt productive, and you were positive and optimistic. Not to get woo-woo ... but you felt “in sync.”
 
Chances are, one big reason was that your body was running in its natural rhythm – basically, following your body clock. And it turns out there’s nothing woo-woo about it.
 
I have a quick and powerful tip to get back to that feeling if you’ve lost it.
 
But first, it’s important to remember that our bodies CRAVE routine. Especially healthy routines!
 
When you’re NOT following your body clock, you can feel fuzzy, unfocused, and tired. 
 
You can also feel hungry … even when you’re not. 
 
Over the long run, it can spell disaster for your health. It can affect:
 
  • Your heart health
  • Your metabolism
  • Your digestion
  • Your skin
  • Your body’s ability to repair DNA damage, and
  • So much more! 
PLUS … disruptions in your body clock (aka circadian rhythm) are linked with obesity, diabetes, and mental health issues.
 
This month, I’m going to focus on ways you can upgrade your daily & nightly routines to feel more “in the flow’ … and get those results you’re working so hard for!
 
And if you’re not working hard for them YET … it can help you finally find the energy to make them a reality.
 
I want to start with ONE TIP that can go a long way toward helping your body clock get into sync. 
 
Your body’s “clock” is actually located in your brain’s hypothalamus, right above where the nerves of your eyes cross. 
 
It’s made up of thousands of nerve cells that sync your body’s functions and sleep-wake cycle through hormones and other signals.
 
→ One MAJOR thing that affects it is LIGHT. (A clue we’re meant to sleep at night: we don’t have night vision like most nocturnal animals.)
 
Light and darkness trigger a LOT of different actions in your hypothalamus.
 
So … the tip is to GET SOME NATURAL LIGHT during the day! 
 
GO OUTSIDE. And even better, while you’re out there, go for a 20-30 minute walk … which is another way to help tune up your body clock.
 
And this is just the start … I’ve got great strategies coming your way soon on how to accelerate your results by tapping into the power of your own body. 
 
But for now ...
 
Make it an amazing (and light-filled) day :-). And if you haven't grabbed my latest eBook & Workbook, "Good Morning & Good Evening Rituals" grab it for free HERE!

P.S.
Ready to take your results to the next level? Today we start the 28-Day Total Body Transformational Challenge. It's not too late to join us! By this time next month you can have more energy, feel great in your jeans, and have new habits for your health!
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10 Benefits of Moving your Body!

10 Benefits of Moving your Body!
I want to talk about a “feel-good” topic that’s finally becoming a mainstream trend.
 
It’s BODY POSITIVITY … which basically means loving your body right this very minute – without any ifs, ands, or buts.
 
Because, frankly, your body is a miracle!
 
It deserves your care and respect because it works so hard to support you each and every day.
 
And one of the BEST things you can do to show your body that love and support is to MOVE it – regularly and intentionally. That’s why this month we’re taking a deep dive into all the wonders of MOVEMENT and how it impacts pretty much EVERY aspect of your life!
 
When you exercise regularly, your body just plain FEELS and FUNCTIONS better from the inside out.
 
BONUS: You do NOT have to spend hours a week working out to get these payoffs.
 
Here’s a list of just some of the many benefits:
 
  1. A longer life because you are less likely to die early from chronic disease. 
  2. Less risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers (including colon, breast, lung, and uterine).
  3. Better mood, less stress and anxiety, and improved mental health.
  4. Improved brain health (both the structure AND how it functions).
  5. Stronger bones and muscles.
  6. Better sleep (both quality and quantity).
  7. More satisfying sex life.
  8. Lower risk of falling down.
  9. Improved weight control.
  10.  Easier time quitting smoking. 
Doesn’t your amazing body deserve all that!? (ANSWER: Yes it does!)
 
I’ve got a LOT of great info coming your way over the next couple of weeks, including the answers to some of my most-asked questions! (If you don't follow me on Social Media, that's where I post a lot of extra tips and ideas.....Instagram: @wellnesswithcolleen FB: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenRiddle/)
 
But I have a question for YOU first: What is your biggest fitness / movement / health-related goal right now? Email me back and let me know!
 
Make it an amazing day!

P.S. If you haven't downloaded my free Time Crunch eBook, here's where you grab it. I put together a full book on tips and workouts ranging from 5 minutes-20minutes.  https://colleenriddle.com/landing/time-crunch-workouts


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Powerful Checklist for Better Sleep! 😴

Powerful Checklist for Better Sleep! 😴
🔥Hot topic alert today! It’s all about getting a GREAT NIGHT OF SLEEP😴 !
 
One of the top things that can get in the way of your fitness results … is getting enough quality sleep. It can affect your mood, stress, appetite, and recovery … among many other things!
 
In keeping with our “clean it up” approach to sleep, I want to talk about simple upgrades you can make to streamline your nighttime routine that can actually help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer!
 
Here are some science-backed tips from the National Institutes of Health:
 
  • Keep your evening routine simple – go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Your body loves having a regular daily rhythm and routine!
  • Don’t work out within 2-3 hours of bedtime. This can leave you feeling “revved up” and make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Don’t eat close to bedtime, and steer clear of alcohol after dinner. Alcohol might help you fall asleep, but you can get stuck in the “light sleep” phase all night.
  • No afternoon/evening caffeine. Did you know it can take 8 hours for caffeine to clear your system?
  • Check your meds & herbal home remedies. Some meds (especially for coughs, colds, and allergies) contain ingredients that stimulate your system.
  • Take a hot bath or shower before bed. When your body temp drops afterward, it can help you feel sleepy.
  • Stay away from blue light from TV, phone, or other devices within a couple hours of bedtime. If you do use a device, install a blue light filter (tip: check your tablet/phone to see if there’s one already built-in).
  • Spruce up your bedroom. Make sure it’s uncluttered and free from distractions – lights, noises, etc. – and that your bedding is comfortable. Sleeping in a clutter-free zone can make a surprisingly big difference.
  • Make a to-do list for tomorrow. Write down anything you’re worried about forgetting overnight as a quick reminder, and place it far away from your nightstand (so you don’t have to think about it anymore). This is HUGE for me!
  • Use a diffuser in y our room. This was a game changer for me. I add lavender essential oil in the diffuser and rub it on the bottom of my feet. This is what made me a believer in the power of essential oils!
Cleaning up your nighttime routine can go a LONG way toward improving your sleep... 
 
But there are things you can do earlier in the day that can help, too. Two big items:
 
  • Get some sunshine & fresh air during the day, if at all possible.
  • Make sure to get in intentional movement (i.e., exercise) most days of the week! 
When you get a good night of sleep, it can set you up for having a great day. Plus, it’s good for your overall recovery and wellness!
 
As a side note, please check out my new, updated website: www.ColleenRiddle.com. Make sure and check out the Resource Library for any freebies you might have missed to support your wellness journey!
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