"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
I have a sign on my home office door that reads:
What am I going to do today that will take me one step closer to my dreams!
Let's take one step today and every day to help get us closer to accomplishing our goals and dreams!
I hear this all the time..."I don't like the taste of water!" We all know that we should stay hydrated for good health. And that a good general rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. So what to do if you still say you don't like the taste?
Here is a simple, refreshing, and great tasting way to add flavour - not calories - to your water with no added colours, preservatives, or artificial flavours.
Refreshing Lemon Mint Water
- 2 litres of water (2 quarts) and ice
- add the juice of one lemon
- 2 thinly sliced lemons
- a few sprigs of fresh mint
Keep in the fridge and enjoy!
We can almost pretend it's already summer while drinking this refreshing drink :)
There are many different ways to use fruit, vegetables, and herbs to infuse flavour into your water. Experiment with berries, cucumber slices, and much more.
At the beginning of every year I give myself a quote, to help me stay motivated and focused on my goals. This year my quote is...
"There is no GROWTH in the COMFORT ZONE -
there is NO COMFORT in the GROWTH ZONE!"
I use this quote whether it's for a physical fitness goal, personal goal, business goal.
Sometimes we get stuck in the familiar, the comfortable, the seemingly easy.
Do we step out of our comfort zone? Do we progress? Do we meet our goals?
Here's wishing you a HAPPY MONDAY. Let's all take stock today of where we are with our goals and strive to get to the next level.
Remember, if you're comfortable, you're not growing.
Let's keep GROWING!!! Let's keep pushing the limits!!! And remember to SMILE 😀
We are at the beginning Brain Awareness Week.
I thought this would be a great time to address depression and how exercise can help.
Depression affects many women in mid-life. It is twice more prevalent in women than in men. As women near menopause, the change in hormone levels is one of the most common factors that may precipitate depression.
These physical changes often have an emotional consequence.
Depression can manifest as:
Stress management, proper nutrition, and physical exercise all have enormous beneficial effects on improving mental well-being. I discuss how you can improve depression with food in previous blogs. You can find those articles here.
But today, I want to focus on the benefits of exercise and why this plays a key role in managing and alleviating the symptoms of depression and lifting your mood.
The truth is, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when you are in a depressed state, but it's probably the best thing you can do for yourself. You don't have to run a marathon. In the beginning, even 5 minutes of walking, or some other form of exercise you might enjoy, can help break the cycle of depression.
This is what happens when you get moving. Exercise leads to the release of endorphins in the brain that give you that natural high. This makes you feel good and promotes a healthy mental state. You can’t help but feel great and be energized when you exercise!
Exercise also helps you feel accomplished and gives you a higher sense of self-worth. And of course, as you feel better, you will be able to see yourself and the world around you through a healthier and happier lens.
If you are looking for help in forming the exercise habit, look back on this wonderful article I wrote back in 2016 called, Begin with a single step: 5 ways to help you form the exercise habit.
Find all the help you need to be at your healthiest - inside and out from my book Healthy Body for Life - A Guide for Women Over 40. Get your signed copy right here.
Here is a brief video of a selection of little clips from my presentation at the FEARLESS WOMEN'S SUMMIT in Calgary Feb 3, 2018 at the Ross Glen Hall at Mount Royal University.
My topic: The 4 C's to Living a Healthy, Happy, Fulfilling Life.
It was great to be speaking to 300 women who braved the snowstorm to come to this great event that Saturday!
I'm looking forward to flying to Ottawa to speak at the April 14th Fearless Women's Summit.
Ladies in and around the OTTAWA area, I would love to meet you!
Click here to see the lineup of speakers and to pick up your tickets.
See you in Ottawa!
Regular physical activity is essential to your overall well-being, especially as you age. Making that all-important decision to improve your physical activity will be the best thing you can do for yourself at this stage in your life. It will help you age younger, stronger, and happier.
It is common to accept physical decline as a normal part of aging. The fact is that if you are not involved in some form of physical activity on a daily basis, you will gradually lose your natural abilities, your health, and you will soon begin to look and feel old.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to slow down physical aging. It will help you maintain your independence as you age and increase your ability to live a life free of chronic disease, pain, and disability.
A well-rounded exercise regime will include strength training, cardiovascular exercise, balance exercises, and flexibility training.
The Canadian and American Physical Activity Guidelines state that we should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every week. This amounts to about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
In my book, Healthy Body for Life - A Guide for Women Over 40, you will find illustrated guidelines to help you stay active, strong, and flexible.
What will you do today to invest in your future health, fitness, and well-being?
Enjoy a walk? Take a yoga class? Hit the weights?
Join me on my Facebook page, and share what you enjoy doing to stay active.
I'm very excited to share the LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW I just did with Pure Country 104.9 WMCG in Georgia.
I talk about my fitness journey, and more about my book, HEALTHY BODY FOR LIFE - A Guide for Women Over 40 with the host of the morning show, Wild Bill.
Have a listen!
Coming up Monday February 12 at 8:40am Carla Hampshire will be joining Wild Bill in the Morning to talk about her latest book, “Healthy Body for Life: A Guide for Women Over 40”. Her website is www.carlahampshire.com
Carla Hampshire, is a holistic practitioner specializing in health and wellness for women over forty. She has expertise in nutrition and fitness gained through formal education and years as a professional bodybuilder. A mother of six grown children and a grandmother of five, Hampshire lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband, Dale.
I look forward to sharing more about my book and fitness journey!
I will post a link to the live interview on Monday!
CAN'T WAIT to speak with the host Wild Bill!
Stay tuned for the LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW with Pure Country 104.9 in Georgia on Monday February 12th at 8:40 EST.
I am thrilled to share the radio interview I just did for Modern Living with Dr. Angela. Have a listen! I talk about my book and all the wonderful things you will learn by reading it. I also tell you about my journey and why I wanted to bring my book to life. Enjoy!
I am thrilled and honoured to be speaking at this year's One Woman Fearless Women's Summit in Calgary.
If you are in or around Calgary, buy your tickets from https://onewoman.ca/product/fearless-womens-summit-calgary/