Tidbits from my kitchen, the gym and life

Part 1: Supporting Your Immune System with Movement and Mood

This is the first in a three part series of ways to support your immune system that I shared with my subscribers. I figured I would share some of it here as well. ❤️

I just wanted to share with you some of the tools I am using to keep myself healthy (and sane). This has been an adjustment for all of us and I am trying my best to pivot and roll with it.

Exercise – I always recommend movement in any shape or form and it’s even more important during these times. Whether you want to go out for a walk or run, strength train or do bodyweight exercises, do yoga or dance, the key is to keep moving. Exercise helps with immune response as well as bring much needed oxygen to the blood and body. (I host live workouts weekly via Instagram (@tianapollari) and YouTube. Subscribe to either one to stay up to date and join in!)

And speaking of oxygen, developing a deep breathing practice is also important. It isn’t just about taking a big inhale and exhale. It’s actually sitting with your breath, inhaling deep so that you feel the lungs and ribs expand, then feel them contract on the exhale. Shallow breathing (aka chest breathing) requires more breaths and can often leave you feeling out of breath and can give off an anxious feeling. Try this: sit comfortably and close your eyes. Place both hands just where the lower ribs end and inhale deeply for a count of 4 or 5. Hold for 2 counts and then release for another 4 to 5 counts. Repeat that for a few minutes and see how you feel. This is personally how I have been starting my mornings.

Me and sweet friend Paulina ❤️

Are you staying connected with friends? Relationships are crucial during this time and even though I can’t see my friends in the physical sense right now, I have been on zoom and facetime A LOT. These virtual hangs have been saving my sanity and I have never felt more connected to my loved ones. We laugh and tell stories. We talk about the challenges we’re experiencing and our fears. We also talk about our hopes and dreams once we are able to go back to some sense of normalcy. I know it’s hard to see the joy and happiness in times like this, but we can’t lose the ability to see the silver lining either. I firmly believe we can remain positive and hopeful while still be realistic about the circumstances. Because believe it or not, these endorphins are also great for our immune system – this good energy feeds our minds and bodies.

If there is anything I can help you out with or that you would like to see from me please shoot me an email. Next week’s newsletter will be about my other fave – food!