Category: Advice
Ways to Go Green for Earth Day (and Everyday)

Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect on how environmentally friendly we truly live and to incorporate ways to give our utmost respect to this planet we call home. Designating one day out of the year to give our gratitude and love to Earth is great, but we can easily extend this environmental consciousness to our everyday lives.

Here are a few easy things you can do today on Earth Day and every day to go just a little bit greener.

1.Buy a reusable to-go cup

Every year, 16 billion–yes, with a B–disposable coffee cups are used. These to-go cups are coated with plastic laminate and plastic lid; they also require precious resources like trees and water for their creation. An easy fix to the mass amount of wastefulness is a reusable to-go cup. Not only will the Earth thank you, but you may also get a little discount on your daily coffee or tea for bringing your own cup!

2. Incorporate air-purifying plants into your home

Plants can absorb toxins and purify the air, which is good for the planet and your health; adding plants into your home décor is a beautiful eco-friendly way to improve both design and air quality in your home. Some plants are better air-purifiers than others, so choose carefully. English Ivy, Bamboo Palm, and Peace Lilies are excellent choices. Plus, they make attractive additions to your home décor!

3. Avoid single-use products when possible

Whether it’s small travel size plastic bottles of toiletries, make-up removing cloths, plastic floss and toothbrushes, plastic utensils, paper plates, or anything that can be used one time only, convenience comes at a cost. Over the decades, industries have provided us the blind luxury of convenience without thinking about how this affects the planet. Now, with so many reusable options, is the time to weigh convenience and environmental impact. Is the waste really worth the single-use product? For products – try instead purchasing the largest size you can and distributing that into single or multi-use bottles. So many manufacturers are now offering eco-friendly refillable pouches that can save you money and help the planet.

4. Avoid fast-fashion

Shop second-hand or try shopping sustainable clothing brands. Going with the latter can be pricey, especially if you’re a shop-a-holic, but minimalism is in right now. I’m an advocate of heightening my wardrobe by shopping for one or two versatile pieces that I love rather than purchasing an over-abundance of clothes. It’s better to buy one expensive item you love and will wear over and over again than to purchase items that will sit in the back of your closet. In the long run this will actually save you money too!

5. Recycle

Recycling has been around for a while, so if you’re not doing it yet, then please start!! The key to recycling is to sort your waste correctly, check your local codes for what can be recycled. Trying to avoid the use of plastic all together can help too, but this isn’t always achievable; however, you’ll be surprised by how often you can use glass products over plastic if you pay attention!

Benefits of Morning Movement

We all know that exercise and movement are amazing for us at any time of day, but did you know that getting your movement in first thing in the morning comes with additional health benefits? Regardless of whether you choose to go for a walk, do a Dailey Virtual or Online class in the comfort of your living room, head to your local Studio or go for a bike ride, morning exercise is a fantastic way to start your day and comes with a range of additional benefits including more energy and less stress. Who doesn’t need that right now!

With days full of juggling work and family priorities, I know how tempting it can be to sleep through the alarm and skip a morning workout. This pandemic has definitely taught me that prioritizing my morning exercise allows me tremendous benefits and the space in my day for more time, because it’s already done! If you can get into the habit of getting your daily exercise in before you go to work, you can take advantage of these proven benefits:

Better Mood. Checking exercise off your list first thing in the morning not only starts your day with a sense of accomplishment, knowing that you’ve done something great for your health and well being, but it will also reward you with a rush of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine – those post-workout feel-good chemicals that help boost your mood throughout the day. With morning exercise, you are less likely to allow traffic, running late, or that never-ending zoom meeting upset you.

Better Focus: There are a lot of studies out there now that by exercising in the morning it can actually help you focus better through the entire day. It’s proven that people suffering from attention deficit disorder feel much more balanced, present and successful when morning movement is prioritized. And I don’t know about you- but I believe almost everyone has a hard time focusing these day. This is a great day to help jumpstart your brain.

More Energy. Regular exercise is excellent for boosting energy and reducing fatigue. When you move your body, oxygen and nutrients travel to your heart and lungs, improving the cardiovascular system, your endurance, and overall stamina. By starting your day with exercise, you will feel more energized throughout the day.

Manage Stress. Movement is a natural remedy for stress. Getting in your workout before your day gets going will lower your body’s cortisol levels (stress hormones). Morning exercise will also help relieve tension and relax your muscles, which fights the negative effects of stress on your body. Physical activity is a natural remedy for stress.

Better sleep. A workout revs you up, boosting your heart rate and core temperature, and if you do that a few hours before bedtime, some people find it more challenging to fall asleep; working out in the morning leads to deeper, longer, and higher-quality sleep when you finally hit the pillow 15 or so hours later.

While getting a morning workout routine can be tough for you, I promise it is really worth the effort. Creating the habit is the hardest part. Start as slow as you need to, give yourself grace when you don’t succeed but commit to sticking with it. You will reap the health benefits and enjoy a much healthier and positive day every day. And we’re here for you every morning. A Dailey dose may be just what you need!

10 Healthy Habits for a Healthier Life

After the absolute longest and most challenging year ever, 2021 is finally here. Hurray!!!! Even though Resolutions are not my thing- continually trying to adopt healthy habits to ensure mental health and physical health is always top of mind.

Sticking to new, healthier habits doesn’t mean that you need to completely turn your life upside down; instead, if we focus on choosing healthy habits that feel good and fit easily into our lives, it’s so much easier to see them through.

Here are 10, Dailey-approved habits that can lead to healthier living for everybody, and they are easy to adhere to. Whether you pick a couple from the list below or take on the whole list is up to you, but one thing is for sure: your body will thank you for the healthy changes you make.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

If you’re like most, you’re probably not drinking enough water. Drinking plenty of water helps your body perform its natural detoxification functions and keeps you looking and feeling your best. Upping your water intake can support energy, digestion, and skin health. I always start my day with a large glass of warm water with lemon, turmeric and cayenne. It’s a great detoxifier and starts my day with a boost of hydration before my coffee. So how can you make it easy to drink more?

Prepare it the night before– I make sure there’s water in the teapot, squeeze ½ a lemon, a dropper of turmeric tincture and two shakes of cayenne pepper in a glass so that it’s really easy to do that first thing in the morning. But even putting a large glass next to your bed to start your next day off is a great step.

Set a reminder – Put your phone to use and set an alert every hour to drink up. A simple reminder could be all you need!

Keep a water bottle handy – Carrying a full water bottle with you makes it simple to stay hydrated throughout the day. And the bigger it is the better!

Jazz it up – If you’re struggling to drink water due to the lack of flavor, add a squeeze of lemon or lime or experiment with fruit-infused water. I love to add Nuun tablets occasionally to encourage me to drink the entire glass.

Eat your water – Believe it or not, some foods like watermelon, cucumber, and celery are over 90% water.

2. Eat something green every day

We hate to sound like your mother, but… eat your vegetables! Make it a goal to put at least one green thing in your body every day. Add a handful of spinach to your smoothie, have a salad before dinner, or swap zucchini noodles for pasta. Once eating your greens becomes a habit, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to regularly add more vegetables to your meals.

3. Move every day

There are some days that you might not have time to do a full workout. But we all have 15 minutes, and if you have 15 minutes, you have enough time for a quick workout. Think of all the things you can do in 15 minutes; take a brisk walk, hop on your mat for a quick yoga session, enjoy a quick Dailey Online workout or just do a plank (the powerhouse of all exercises!). A little bit of exercise is better than none at all, and even a short walk or 2 minutes focusing on your alignment and core is enough to boost your endorphins and get your heart rate up. Don’t be surprised if your quick workouts slowly inspire you to carve out even more time to move.

4. Meditate

The world we live in is loud and busy; it’s difficult to not let the chaos affect your mental health. Sometimes creating the time to step away and quiet our minds is just what the doctor ordered. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, its recent surge in popularity has piqued the interest of many, and with good reason. Research has shown that meditation can have some physiological and psychological benefits.

You don’t need a lot of time in your day to reap the benefits of meditation. The trick to making meditation work in your life is starting small. All you truly need is a quiet, comfortable place to sit and 5 minutes. Your meditation practice can be as simple as sitting with your eyes closed and focusing on your breathing, or you can opt for a guided meditation with us on Dailey Online or use Insight timer for access to a variety of incredible teachers!

Taking just 5 minutes each day to meditate can reduce stress and anxiety and bring about mental clarity.

5. Eat less processed foods

When you fuel your body with the nutrients it needs and begin to eliminate processed junk from your diet, you’ll likely notice a difference in the way you feel. It can be challenging to cut processed foods entirely out of your diet, so aim for progress over perfection here. Eat oatmeal instead of cereal for breakfast, opt for an apple and nut butter or carrot sticks and hummus for snack versus an over-processed granola bar.

6. Get outdoors

Sunlight and fresh air have such a positive effect on the way we feel mentally and physically. Make it a habit to get a minimum of 5 minutes of fresh air every day. We’re guessing once you get outdoors, you’ll want to stay a little longer.

7. Laugh every day

What is life if we can’t enjoy ourselves? Laughter is so good for us and truly one of my favorite things to do – it boosts our mood and can reduce stress. If you’ve had a tough day, make it a point to call your funniest friend for a chat, tease your children 😂 or check out some funny videos online. Even just making yourself put a smile on your face can immediately change your mood.

8. Adopt a life-long learner mentality #always be a student

Have you ever watched a young child as they learn a new skill? Their confidence surges, and they light up the room with their excitement. The confidence in learning is something we can all benefit from. Set aside time weekly or even monthly to focus on your growth, whether it’s in your profession or just in a personal interest. Not only will you feel great, but you’ll also set a good example to those around you.

9. Turn off your devices an hour before bed

Screen time before bed keeps your mind busy and engaged, which is the last thing your brain needs before drifting off to dreamland. On top of that, the blue light emitted from screens can interfere with the production of melatonin, which means you might have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Rest is essential to being your best self, turning off devices at least an hour before bed allows your body to get the rest it needs. Get in bed and read a (real) book instead!

10. Practice Presence

With the busyness of the world, we often try to do too much at once, which doesn’t give us much time to appreciate the beauty that is present in each day. Whatever you are doing: cooking, eating, exercising, reading, or spending time with loved ones, be present, and fully there (your meditation practice will definitely help you with this!). Leaving the distractions and smart devices behind while you focus on a task can reduce stress, strengthen relationships, and improve overall mental health.

Adding these little steps to your day can create incremental changes which can create habits that have lifelong positive lasting effects!

Keeping Sanity During the Current Craziness!

I’m still trying to conceptualize how just a couple weeks ago we were in groups of people, connecting and touching and now we’ve been confined to our homes and immediate circles. The loss of community, something so many of us take for granted, is massively affecting me.

I’ve found a couple hacks if you’re interested…

  • Houseparty appYes, I know you could do the same thing through zoom or google hangout, but just the name of this app makes it more fun. Not to mention the fact that my kids think it’s hilarious that we’re all on it. Here’s a call to action- right now! group text your friends, find a time that works and have a virtual meet up or happy hour. I did this last weekend and the laughter (clearly as you can see from the photo) and connection filled me up. Before we ended the call we gave the space for each of us to have a few minutes to talk about what we personally were experiencing. It was good to hear some positivity but also be able to be there to support each other – and to hear that even though our struggles are different, we’re definitely not alone.

 

 

  • Create a safe workspace for yourself and have consequences if your children don’t abide by them. Just kidding. Do make sure you find a space where you can be alone, take a few breaths and take care of yourself AND also search for humor and the little things that make you smile. When something makes you laugh (like this picture!) share it out. Smile at people (from 6 feet away) even when you’re feeling frustrated or out of whack..

  • Keep consistent practices. Wake up at the same time every day, eat dinner and maybe even breakfast with the people you’re sheltering with. It’s okay- your new consistency might be inconsistent with what you used to do. Take advantage of this different daily structure to do something you love: read a book, watch a movie, take a bath, meditate more.

  • Take this time to grow. Our Dailey Method studios had to change our business models quickly in order to provide the consistent and quality classes you need more than ever when you’re confined to your home. It’s amazing to me how quickly people have learned to embrace change in order to maintain something familiar and comforting (although if we’re talking about something like fold-over -not necessarily comfortable!). Some students are taking even more classes now than they did at the studios. We’re calling it “Prison Fit”! Check out our website for the virtual classes offered through the local studios, and if that doesn’t work for you there’s always an option to Dailey Online….. Your first two weeks are free! And beginning next week we’re trying something new there- you don’t want to miss out!
A New Method Move That Will Change Your Life Forever

We’ve all heard of the infamous Waterski… and we get our glorious glutes from the Fold-over… but have you ever heard of the “Lean In?”

This is the most important exercise yet.

The “Lean In” move is a practice in vulnerability which helps create deep and meaningful relationships. I know, I know – “But that sounds harder than Waterski!!!”

And just like Waterski, it may be hard in the moment, but it creates lasting results.

I’m sure it’s pretty safe to assume that one of the reasons you joined The Dailey Method was because of community. TDM is not just known for it’s effective workouts. It’s also known for it’s awesome events, continued education and retreats – all geared around community. In fact, most of the owners I know lovingly refer to their members as their tribe!

You plank together, back-dance together… and you may even drink wine together on occasion! But how well do you really know Sara in your 8:30am class?

Have you shared your fears?

Does she know your mantra?

Does she know what makes you LOL?

That is where The 30 Clean comes in. You see, it’s not really about food. It’s about being vulnerable. It’s about “Leaning In.”

So, while TDM has provided you with this amazing community of like-minded members, The 30 Clean is going to give you a chance to get to know everyone on a whole new level.

HOW DOES THE 30 CLEAN TAKE YOU TO YOU TO THAT NEXT LEVEL?

  • You and all of your TDM besties, friends, instructors and acquaintances are going to be grouped together in a private Facebook group. (Non-Facebook group options available via our Simple Start Program.)
  • We will be recipe sharing and photo journaling our meals. (And no… You don’t have to be a professional food stylist! #FiltersNotRequired)
  • Each day TDM and T30C will be posting Non-Food Challenges (NFC’s) that will have you putting yourself first, thinking deep about your life goals, laughing, crying and getting to know each other.
  • Between TDM’s team and our team you are going to get epic amounts of support and compassion. Remember, it’s about progress not perfection.

Now, who is ready to “Lean In?”

Want to learn more about The 30 Clean? Click HERE!

-Heather & Molly

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