Courtney McKechnie of Core gives her top tips to living your best life.
I don’t believe in refraining from the good things in life. Instead, I believe in working hard and then enjoying the rewards. My idea of a healthy life is trying to find the balance between consistent exercise, clean eating and rest. Over the years, I have learned that each body has its own formula, but some basic rules apply.
1. EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.
Too much of anything is not good for you. Too much food, drink, sleep, even exercise can offset the balance of a healthy lifestyle.
2. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE.
Sticking to only one form of exercise all the time can cause injury, an unbalanced body and boredom. Switch up your routine to activate your mind and a variety of muscle groups.
3. DON’T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW, WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY.
No excuses. Exercise just has to be part of your essential daily routine. We all have commitments and time constraints, but your well-being has to be a priority.
4. HYDRATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS.
The average body is made up of 60 percent water. Every cell in your body needs it to function properly. Keep the tank replenished before, during and after exercise.
5. IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE.
Take note of small physical changes and successes and use them as motivation. A healthy life is more of a marathon than a sprint.
6. MOVEMENT HEALS.
This is one of the basic tenets of Pilates. Whether you are recovering from injury or any form of weakness, movement is essential for the healing process.
7. BOTTOM LINE:
You want to feel better in body and mind? Find the methods that are right for you and get moving.
Courtney McKechnie is entering her 12th summer season at Core, offering private and semi-private Pilates lessons for all levels. Core believes in developing core strength and longer and stronger muscles, and increasing flexibility to promote a well-balanced, healthy body. In addition, Core’s boutique offers hip workout and leisure clothing for every activity.