How to Prep Your Body from the Inside Out

How to Prep Your Body from the Inside Out

Check out these tips on how to flex the muscles of your mind, body and soul.

By: Karen Walrond

I have a friend who is an avid gardener, and, every year, instead of sending cards in December, she sends them in the spring. To her, spring is the time when we should focus on renewal and rebirth, and, for this reason, she loves to send these beautiful little reminders in the mail to her friends and family.

This year, I’ve decided that my renewal will be focused on being mindful of my whole self — inside and out, body, mind and soul. I won’t promise that I will be perfect at it, but I do think that in this case, the rewards will be in the effort. So, if you’d like to join me, here’s what I’m going to do:

The most obvious way to take care of my body is to exercise, but I’ve been historically awful at keeping up with any regular exercise regimen. Instead, I’m just going to promise myself that I will move every day. Sometimes this may mean hitting my local hike-and-bike trail; other times it might just mean having a solo dance party in my house.

I’m also going to make an effort to go to bed earlier. Eight hours of sleep just makes me feel better, and there are many benefits to making sure you get enough sleep, including stress reduction and improved heart health.


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I’ll also be more mindful about food. But instead of following any sort of diets or denials, I’ll be more careful about what I eat, opting for whole, unprocessed meats and vegetables as often as possible. I’ll listen to my body and stop eating when I’m full. I’ll eat just enough to be satisfied, and I’ll enjoy everything in moderation.

And finally, given the noted benefit of massage, I’m going to make a point of getting frequent massages. But because I’m not made of money, I’ll likely spend time giving myself massages each day.

I believe media we consume has a direct impact on our health, and for this reason, I will continue being mindful about the entertainment I choose. I’ll limit how much television I watch and how much bad news I follow. I’ll also start reading more books, a practice I always find inspiring or enlightening, and which I don’t do enough of.

In addition, I think our minds are exercised when we create, so I’ll keep creating as much as possible. Since much of what I create is online, I’m going to take a cue from my friend, a graphic designer, who is on a mission to get everyone to step away from the screen and create something. It’s good advice.

Because I believe our souls are as important as our minds and our bodies, in addition to my normal spiritual practice, I will take some time each day to breathe — nothing more, nothing less — preferably outside in the fresh air, since the weather is getting warmer. I’m also going to be sure to keep up with my gratitude practice, by noting what good happens to me in my journal at the close of every day.

When she isn't sharing tips on StyleUnited on how to add more awesome to your life, you can find Karen on She's on a mission to prove to you that your life is filled with different, unique moments of beauty, starting with her book, The Beauty of Different. Her work can be seen on, TEDxHouston and USAToday.

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