Winter Ready? 8 ways to keep you warm and healthy this season

Oh, baby it’s cold outside. Are you winter ready? If you are lucky enough to experience a winter season where you live, here are a few tips that will help you stay warm and healthy.

STAY WARM

1- Keep your hands warm

A good pair of mittens is a must! If you like to sew, these upcycled mittens are quite easy to make using an old wool sweater. They are snug, toasty warm, and make great Christmas gifts. The PDF pattern includes adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and child-size large. It also comes in infant and child sizes.
A detailed measuring guide comes with a pattern to make sure you sew up the right size! You can get the patterns here in my  Etsy shop

Pop these little hand warmers in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and place them in your coat pockets and you’re good to go. They are a great thing to send your kids off to school with, or on the ski slope. VERY easy to make! The free sewing tutorial can be found HERE.

Winter Ready

2- Keep your feet warm

If your feet get cold in bed, I have the perfect remedy. Corn or rice-filled therapy bags are the best. Just microwave and throw under your covers. They’ll keep your little tootsie warm for hours. The tutorial and pattern can be found HERE.

Sweater slippers and sweater slipper boots made from (you guessed it) upcycled wool sweaters are an excellent way to keep your feet nice and toasty. Patterns HERE.

3-      Keep your insides warm

Winter Ready

A nice cup of yarrow tea is sure to keep your insides warm AND keep your immune system in check in case you get sick!

What is Yarrow good for?

  • ANTISEPTIC and VIRAL INHIBITOR
  • BLOOD PURIFIER
  • CIRCULATION
  • COLDS AND FLU
  • DIGESTION
  • FEVER
  • INFLAMMATION
  • TONIC

Yarrow tea is a great preventative remedy. If the crud is going around the neighborhood, don’t just sit there waiting for the symptoms to start, drink 1 to 2 cups of yarrow tea a day as a preventive tonic. If you already have symptoms, start flushing it out with 4 to 8 cups of Yarrow tea each day. Get the full yarrow scoop HERE.

Winter Ready

There is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to warm you up inside. Here are a few soup recipes you may like to try.

4-      Keep your head and ears warm

Of course, you need to keep your head and ears warm too! Hats, hats, hats, there are all kinds of hats. Beanies, pilot, pixie, and pillbox hat styles can all be made using an upcycled sweater.  The patterns can be found HERE.

WINTER READY TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY

Staying healthy and well during the winter is a good thing. Here are a few preventative things you can do to help keep your immune system up and running.

If you were to ask me what I thought the most important thing you could do to promote and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit would be……….. MOVEMENT would be at the very top of the list. I am talking about PHYSICAL MOVEMENT, moving the body in some way or another.

5-    Rebounding

Winter Ready

At this time I want to bring to your attention a form of movement that you may not have heard about or considered something of real value, REBOUNDING. Who would have thought that bouncing on a little trampoline could do anything for you? Well, I am here to tell you, by experience, that it can

Rebounding provides benefits to nearly every body system, from increased flexibility and skin tone to decreased stress. Its up-and-down movement improves circulation and lymphatic flow and gently massages the internal organs for whole-body health.

In my research, one of the things that intrigued me the most was that jumping on the mini-tramp 10 minutes equals running for 30 minutes for a cardiovascular workout. That is quite amazing!  I think a lot of us have it in our heads that in order to be in the top physical shape we have to RUN marathons to achieve it. Rebounding is so much easier on the joints than running and can get the same results in less time.

Get the full scoop HERE.

6-      Skin Brushing

Winter Ready

Skin brushing is simple, quick, and very rewarding. This is another one of those things on the top of my “stay healthy” list! Skin brushing has been part of my morning ritual for quite some time. I can tell a big difference in my skin and in the way that I feel. Here are just a few of the benefits of skin brushing.

  • Stimulates blood and lymph flow
  • Helps eliminate toxins from the body
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Encourages cells to regenerate
  • Helps combat cellulite
  • Results in smooth glowing skin
  • Anti-aging through cell regeneration
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Stimulated nervous system, toned muscles, and tightened skin
  • Stimulated both the sweat and sebaceous glands (contributing to the restoration of moist and supple skin)

You can learn how to do it HERE.

Although preventative measures are the best to keep you healthy, there still may be times you come down with that nasty cold or flu. Here are a few things you can do naturally to get you back on your feet.

7-      Sore throat remedy that REALLY works!

Winter Ready

If you are experiencing a sore throat, don’t jump in the car and run to the clinic just yet. I am going to share with you 4 simple alternative remedies for a sore throat that really work! Many of the ingredients you probably already have in your home.

  •  HONEY, CAYENNE AND GARLIC
  •  ORANGE JUICE AND CAYENNE PEPPER
  •  SALT WATER
  •  LYMPH MASSAGE

Go HERE to find the details and recipes

8-    Thyme Bath

Winter Ready

If you have the aches, chest congestion, and a lingering cough, this thyme bath is the perfect thing to get you going onto a QUICK recovery.

When my kids were small, they would ask for a thyme bath whenever they weren’t feeling well. My youngest son is now 24 and had the flu a few weeks ago. He came home for a thyme bath because the place he lives doesn’t have a bathtub, only a shower. Can you see how this has been ingrained in their heads as something that WORKS!

The thyme bath is not real labor-intensive and most likely you may have everything you need right there in your home. If not, you can get dried thyme at your local health food store or use Thyme essential oil.

You can learn the whole process HERE.

So, there you have it, 8 different ways to get ready for the cold WINTER ahead. It’s going to be a good one!

I am Wishing you a warm cozy and healthy winter season.

Rebounding Demo

It’s not every day that I take JUST ANYONE into my closet, or be on film first thing in the morning. But as I was enjoying the beautiful sun shining into this space, and was feeling good, I thought I would film a spontaneous rebounding demo.  This is just a quick demonstration of how easy it is and some different things you can do on this little miniature trampoline that is SO HEALTHY FOR YOU!

Why is it so good for you?

  • Weight Loss
  • Strengthen & Tone Muscle
  • Healthy Joints & Bones
  • Balance & Agility
  • Improved Circulation
  • Stress Management
  • Improved Flexibility
  • Increased Endurance
  • Decreased Fat & Cellulite
  • Toxin Elimination
  • Boost Immune Health
  • Reduced Back Pain
  • Heart Health
  • Firm Sagging Skin
  • Massages Internal Organs
  • Stimulate the Lymphatic System
  • Digestion & Elimination

Some of you may be thinking, there is no way I could get on a trampoline, let alone jump on one. Most of the rebounder brands have a support bar that you can attach to the rebounder that allows you to have something to hold onto. You don’t even have to jump, just little bounces will be effective. You can even sit and bounce, like I show in the video.

Now this isn’t just a mini trampoline that you buy for kids to play on, it is called a REBOUNDER. A rebounder is more firm and supports the joints a lot better than a flimsy mini tramp. There are several models out there to choose from. I prefer the Cellerciser, Neekak, Bellicon. Here is a link that you can go to for reviews on the different kinds that are out there.

I know it may sound like a lot of money to spend, but when you think about your health and well being, isn’t it worth it? Shoot, you may be spending that much on medications, gym memberships, or other stuff that is not doing anything to improve your health. This is worth the investment, believe me!

I have more information on a previous post, that you can check out here. You may also be interested in a few other things that you can implement into your daily routine for health.

Here is the demo.

Seriously, I love rebounding and hope you will too!

If you already rebound, tell us what it does for you or any other tips you want to share. Would love to hear them!

If you have questions, comment below.

Bouncy, Bounce!

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My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

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Rebounding: The Benefits, The How and The Why

The benefits of rebounding! The best exercise ever!

At this time I want to bring to your attention a form of movement that you may not have heard about or considered something of real value, REBOUNDING. Who would have thought that bouncing on a little trampoline could do anything for you? Well, I am here to tell you, by experience, that it can! I want to share with you benefits of rebounding, the how and the why.

If you were to ask me what I thought the most important thing you could do to promote and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit would be……….. MOVEMENT would be at the very top of the list. I am talking about PHYSICAL MOVEMENT, moving the body in some way or another. I have already shared in detail about the importance of movement in THIS POST.

One of my favorite authors and mentors wrote a book many years ago (1982) called Looking and Feeling Great.

Carol TrumanNow I will admit I most likely would not have picked up this book to read if I was not already familiar with the author, Karol K. Truman, who wrote Feelings Buried Alive Never Die. This book has literally changed my life and the lives of many.

I bought this book hoping it would have some great ideas on how to exercise without causing more joint pain and inflammation than I was already experiencing. The information I found in this book was very timely and it rang true to my heart.

Another one of my mentors and teachers is David Christopher who also recommends rebounding and speaks of it frequently on his popular radio show, A Healthier You.

If Karol Truman and David Christopher endorsed it, than I was willing to give it a whirl. I was so excited to find something so effective and so SIMPLE.

THE BENEFITS

Rebounding provides benefits to nearly every body system, from increased flexibility and skin tone to decreased stress. Its up-and-down movement improves circulation and lymphatic flow, and gently massages the internal organs for whole-body health.

  • Weight Loss
  • Strengthen & Tone Muscle
  • Healthy Joints & Bones
  • Balance & Agility
  • Improved Circulation
  • Stress Management
  • Improved Flexibility
  • Increased Endurance
  • Decreased Fat & Cellulite
  • Toxin Elimination
  • Boost Immune Health
  • Reduced Back Pain
  • Heart Health
  • Firm Sagging Skin
  • Massages Internal Organs
  • Stimulate the Lymphatic System
  • Digestion & Elimination

In my research, one of the things that intrigued me the most was that jumping on the mini tramp 10 minutes equals running for 30 minutes for a cardiovascular workout. That is quite amazing!  I think a lot of us have it in our heads that in order to be in top physical shape we have to RUN marathons to achieve it. Rebounding is so much easier on the joints than running and can get the same results in less time. Here is a post with more details about rebounding vs. running that I found quite fascinating.

I love how rebounding helps the lymphatic system and detoxification pathways to work better. By working against constant gravitational pressure while bouncing, you resist Earth’s pull. The resistance is subtle, but it builds cellular strength. The alternating weightlessness and double gravity of rebounding produce a pumping action that pulls out waste products from the cells and forces into them oxygen and nutrition from the bloodstream.

Karol Truman has a great analogy in her book about this.

“Picture a sponge. Suppose that sponge is full of dirty water. When you squeeze the sponge you flush the dirty water out. Then you put the sponge in fresh, clean water and allow it to soak in.

Rebounding allows gravity forces to squeeze bacteria and toxins out of the cells, and to be flushed out by normal bodily processes, just as the dirty water was squeezed out of the sponge.”

One thing that I really notice is the gentle detox I get when I rebound. I have to be real careful detoxing. Even massage sometimes can put my body into a major detox and I can feel quite yucky afterwards, but rebounding does not have that effect. When I rebound I can feel all the yucky stuff that is stuck in my body break free and move out when I bounce. After I bounce in the morning, I feel so refreshed and renewed throughout my whole body. Even my face and head feel more clear. If I happen to miss a day, I can sure tell.

For those of you who do not feel as stable and are concerned about being able to even stand on a mini tramp, they offer a balance bar that can be attached to the rebounder. This is a great option for the elderly and even young children.

THE HOW

Here is a quick and informative video clip from David Hall explaining how it all works.

So how do you get started?

Find yourself a rebounder.

There are a lot of rebounders on the market and they are all not equally made. Choosing a good rebounder is very important. Inexpensive, poorly made products may result in injury and not give you the results that you are wanting.

Here are a few links to sites that I found helpful.

http://www.approachwellness.com/best-rebounders.html

http://www.rebounderreviews.com/category/reviews/

http://www.snh.cc/Cellerciser.html

I know it may seem crazy to spend $300 – $500 dollars on a device to jump up and down on. If you think about all that it can do for you and how much healthier you will be in the long run, it is NOTHING! Think about all the money you will save on doctor bills and fitness memberships. So sell your treadmills and elliptical units and buy a simple rebounder.

Check your local online classified adds or who knows, you may get lucky at a garage or yard sale.

It was about five years ago when I purchased my rebounder. I was so excited to get started. I will admit I was temped to just go to Walmart and buy a cheap mini tramp thinking it would be ok and then buy a nice one a little later. After looking into things I am so glad I got a good one to start with.

I was lucky, I found one on KSL.com, a local online classifieds. The drive 50 miles to Salt Lake City to pick it up. I think I got it for only $75.00.

 

I have a Needak and love it. If money was not an issue and I had higher ceilings in my house, I wouldn’t mind trying the Bellicon. Needak and Cellerciser both have models that fold up for easy storage and even ones that fit in a carrying case. Amazon has a Half fold Cellerciser kit that comes with Karol Truman’s book a carrying case and a few other things at a good price.

For lunch we have a baked potato with a little green onion and drizzle of olive oil. A salad made with cut up tomatoes, cucumber, and sliced onion.

Where do you store this baby?

IMPORTANT! Wherever you store your rebounder, make it a place that is easy to access. If it is a big deal to get it out every morning, you will not use it. It needs to be somewhere easily accessible. I used to flip my rebounder on its side and roll it in the guest closet, but now that my bed is high enough I just slide it under the bed. Another good place to store your rebounder is the master closet flipped on its side. They do offer the folding model that would make it not so bulky to store.

How often should you rebound?

  • Start out slow, especially if it has been a while since you have exercised. 1-2 minutes, 2 x day until you can work up to the 10- 15 minutes.
  • It is recommended to work up to 10-30minutes a day. This can be split up into different increments. If you don’t have time for a full 30 minutes, 2 minutes is better than nothing.

Make rebounding part of your morning ritual. My morning ritual goes something like this.

  1. First thing in the morning I get my quart jar of lemon water, drink about half of it and save the rest for after rebounding.
  2. Then I set my phone on Pandora, get some good tunes going and start bouncing. (Sometimes I set my timer for 10-15 minutes because I loose track of time).
  3. After bouncing I go to my yoga mat and do a few of my favorite yoga poses, some stretching, a little more toning or facial release foam rolling or whatever my body is needing and wanting.
  4. I then wind things down with some kind of meditation, something to ground me before I begin the day.
  5. I then skin brush and do affirmations before I hop into the shower.

THE WHY

Why should you rebound?

  • More than twice as effective as running without the extra stress on the ankles and knees.
  • Only need one piece of equipment
  • Can do it in your own home, office or living room and in any kind of weather.
  • Only takes 15 minutes a day to see fabulous results.
  • Effects the whole body system.
  • Improves mental clarity.
  • Easy and FUN!

If you are wanting to improve your health in all areas, I highly recommend you try this simple form of exercise. Exercise and good health does NOT have to be difficult!

Get bouncing!