Amanda Byram owner and creator of Body by Byram and Ride’s loyal rider gives us her top tips about April’s Spring cleaning for our bodies!
Ah I do love the spring season, I always refer to it as the month that we ‘spring’ into the rest of the year. Breaking routines and habits are especially helpful this month -try things like walking a new way to work, or cycling one morning instead of getting the tube, change your nail polish, the ringtone on your alarm, or run around the park in the opposite direction. Make your mind think differently – as they say a change is as good as a rest. Here are some top tips to put a spring back in your step, and give yourself a mini overhaul.
The perfect way to head into spring is to start alkalising your body. The more alkaline your body is, the better your health. The more acidic your body is, the more disease will thrive in your body. For example, stress and sugar are extremely acid forming. An amazing way to detox and alkalise is through drinking lemon juice. Lemons are very alkaline (once they are in your system). Start your day with hot water and lemon, squeeze lemon into your sparkling water for a refreshing drink, mix lemon juice with olive oil and pour over your salad or veggies. Easy peasy lemon squeeze! Ditch the aluminum:
A lot of reports recently have warned against the use of aluminium-based antiperspirants – which work by using aluminium salts to block and alter sweat ducts and this interferes with our body’s natural response. It has been proven that the skin can absorb aluminium yet not enough research has been done to establish a link between aluminium exposure and the risk of developing breast cancer. For me, the very fact that there are questions surrounding its safety means that I look for alternatives where I can. There are several brands that make safe antiperspirants, and with all that spinning you will need some!
Sleep is so very important to our well being and internal detox. And napping could be the key to getting extra z’s. A 60 min nap can improve alertness for up to 10 hours! While us humans have chosen to consolidate our sleep into one session (at night) most mammals sleep for short periods during the day. Our bodies are actually programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness. Early morning 2 – 4 am and afternoon 1 – 3 pm. Studies show that siesta cultures have a lower rate of heart disease! And a study in 2007 showed that those who napped 3 time a day lowered heart disease by 37%!! So get napping people, your workout the next morning will be super charged!
It’s no secret that eating your greens is good for your overall wellbeing and the darker the green the better. But why? Well the green is the level of chlorophyll (remember your science classes kids?!) But some foods are higher in chlorophyll than others, so dark leafy greens are a great source, like kale. Adding herbs like parsley and coriander to your diet are also great ways to increase chlorophyll content in your diet. Blue-green algae such as spirulina and chlorella are also especially high in chlorophyll and wheatgrass has one of the highest sources of chlorophyll available.
Being patient with your weight loss goals can help you to achieve a lot. For instance, what you eat today is not gonna show up on your hips today. If you have a croissant, it won’t appear magically, but in a week or so time. Just the same way – the training you do today, will not show up on your body today, or for at least a week. So the key to success is to be patient and be consistent with your training. The biggest problem with women ditching their routines/diets is that they are impatient. It takes 6 weeks to start seeing results! Once you now this, you can start getting excited for the results without giving up prematurely.