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Of the body, & the mind. We can do athletic coaching - mostly running or personal training.  Working together to increase efficiency. To reduce injury. Perhaps to go faster or further.  Always, to be more aware ~ to move with intention. We can also do personal coaching - moving your mind. Health. Career. Life. Love. We listen to what doesn't feel good. Adjust, and move toward what does.

Move your body.  Move your mind. Enhance your life.

Beth Cline

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Patchouli ~ Not Just for Hippies Any More

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Patchouli.  A very powerful oil, and not just for incense!
This oil has been used to relax the mind and clarify thoughts for hundreds of years.
In addition, it has many health benefits including: antidepressant, soothing inflammation of the skin (acne, eczema, etc), an aphrodisiac, reduces tension and anxiety, can help eliminate body odor, used as diuretic, can inhibit fungal growth (helpful for athlete’s foot), boosts energy and the immune system, and can work as a bug repellant.

Patchouli is steam distilled from leaves and can be applied neat (without a carrier oil) when used topically.  Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
You can also diffuse or take in capsules to receive the benefits of this oil.

The undiluted aroma of Patchouli is often unpopular and very strong.  However, when it is used in small amounts it adds depth and beauty to almost any blend.
Three blends to try in a diffuser:
2 drops patchouli, 2 drops white fir, 2 drops cinnamon
2 drops patchouli, 3 drops cedarwood, 3 drops lavender
10 drops patchouli, 4 drops wild orange, 2 drops lavender

Chakra balancing:  It is primarily used to align the third eye chakra with the root and sacral chakras.  It also grounds the body and asks us to stay in the present moment rather than stressing about things that are beyond our control.

I don’t have any wrinkles.

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve noticed that I don’t have any wrinkles.
If I don’t laugh, raise my eyebrows, talk, or move my face in any way AND, you don’t look too closely.
I never get physically sore, when I keep my same routine, moving my muscles (or not) in similar ways each day.

I make very few mistakes (sometimes).  I avoid that feeling of failure, when I stay safe and don’t try new things.

But that’s not the point is it?
To remain wrinkle and mistake free, never having tested our bodies, or our lives.
Never having known the “soreness” of something new.

To live, to love, to be is an action – even when you’re standing still.
Even when you don’t know what to do next, you breathe (hint: deeply).
And ponder what’s next.
Perhaps considering new things, maybe holding steady as is.

So, what’s your next move???

Get out there and get sore (in the body or mind), make some mistakes and create a new laugh line, or two!

Move.  you are meant to.

Essential Oils As Preventative Practice ~ 5 Oils for Winter

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Many essential oils smell amazing, and are in fact, used in perfumes.  However, their benefits go way beyond the power of smell, and some can actually improve your health.  

Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components.  These oils give plants their distinctive smells, as well as provide protection against predators and disease, and play a role in plant pollination.  In addition to their intrinsic benefits to a plant, they can assist our bodies in healing.  Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.   Recently, there has been a resurgence in their popularity.  Practice preventative care at home, and learn to use essential oils today.

**There are a plethora of oils available, and before using any oil, be sure that it’s of high quality.  Don’t apply most oils directly to your skin (dilute with a carrier oil) or ingest them.  Consult your doctor about any health concerns.  One of the easiest ways to get essential oils into your system is to diffuse them (aromatherapy).  When you breathe the oils in, they go directly into your lungs, and are then absorbed into your blood stream, and carried throughout the body quickly.

Here are five oils to begin with that can help keep you healthy this winter:

Oregano has been used as a means to fight colds and the flu, keep the digestive tract healthy and soothe problem skin.  It has often been referred to as nature’s antibiotic.  Diffuse or take in a gel cap when starting to feel sick.  **Oregano is a very powerful oil, and is not for everyone.  Please use with care!

Eucalyptus oil is effective in treating respiratory problems ~ colds, cough, runny nose, asthma, etc. I love to rub eucalyptus on my chest at night before bed to aid in breathing.  It’s also lovely in a diffuser throughout the day.

Lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world, and lemon oil is amazingly powerful.  It is known for its ability to clean toxins from the body,  and because of it’s high vitamin content, is a wonderful booster for the body’s immune system.  Drink in water everyday to reap the benefits.

Melaleuca, otherwise known as tea tree oil, has been used for centuries by cultures around the world to heal wounds.  It is considered to be anti-fungal and anti-viral (among other things), and these days is most commonly used to support the immune system, respiratory function, and aid in muscle and joint health.  Mix with oregano in a gel cap when fighting off the flu or a cold.

Lavender essential oil’s health benefits include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.  Diffuse with eucalyptus during the day or put a few drops on your bed sheets at night for ultimate relaxation.

These are a few to get you started.  Remember, that these oils are powerful, and yet, not a miracle cure.  If you have questions or need help, please be sure to ask.

Be healthy, and MOVE.  you are meant to.

Why I Run…(a series)

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Exercise is big business this time of year.  whyirun
Gyms and studios are packed, only to be abandoned by mid-February.
While getting in shape or losing weight may get you to the gym, or out on the road – those reasons alone, aren’t going to keep you there.  You’re going to have to dig deeper than that.

There are many reasons why I run, and today’s post is probably reason number one.
I read an article in which Jenn, founder of Run Pretty Far, mentioned that she runs outside to feel better inside.

To that, I say AMEN.
Just the other day I ran out a pretty bad attitude, all before 7am.  How’s that for exercise?!?!
Get outside, to feel better inside.

move.  you are meant to.

What are you looking forward to?

| January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

As we begin 2015, what are you looking forward to?
You may have set some resolutions or made some goals for the new year.
Or you may not.
No matter how you began January 1, the new year screams possibility.
Full disclosure: I love the new year and new goals or resolutions.  I love September, with the start of school.  I’m pretty much a sucker for new beginnings and continual growth.

And so I ask, what are you looking forward to in 2015?
Travel?
Participating in a race?
Setting a PR?
Moving your body more?
(re)Connecting with friends?
The road trip?
A work project?
Love?
Building or creating something new?
What are you looking forward to?

It helps, with any journey, to have something on the horizon – something to move toward.
Sprinkle your year with movement.  Things to look forward to.
And if you’re so inclined, I’d love to know, share in the comments below.

Swim in possibility with a heart full of love.

MoveMeant Challenge is Now Open For Registration.

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

MMC2015Do you have a health or fitness goal you’d like to achieve in 2015?
If you’re like many people, you’ve got in mind a few resolutions or goals for the upcoming year.
AND, if you’re like most, those resolutions will be dropped and mostly forgotten by March.
The average person sets the same resolution ten years in a row.

This year, don’t be average – join the Movemeant Challenge.
Gain support, accountability, community, and a little push to not only achieve your goal, but to weave health into your every day.

For more details and to register go here.

Move. you are meant to.

Movement as sacred practice.

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

What if movement was a sacred practice in your life?
Or better yet, how can you make movement a sacred practice?
Not something you check off of a list, but something you live.
Something you LOVE.

Sacred ~ (adj) reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object; regarded with reverence.

What if you dedicated your movement practice to yourself ~ to becoming more you?
What if you regarded movement with respect?
Movement, either forward or backward.
Movement in the physical sense, but also mentally.
You are meant to move.
Exercising more.  Walking every day.  Running.  Yoga.  Weights.  Pilates,  Zumba.
Engaging and being present in your body.
Yet also, stretching your mind.
Taking a new class.  Speaking up in public.  Getting lost, and finding your way.  Stretching outside of your comfort zone.  Making new friends.  Feeding your passion.
Engaging, and being present in your mind. 
Movement.  As sacred practice.
move.  you are meant to.

 

Need some help in making movement sacred?
Join the MoveMeant Challenge today.

What do you love about the holiday season?

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you’ve received a ton of emails in the past week with all kinds of sales:  Black Friday.  Cyber Monday.  Small business Saturday.  (Who comes up with this stuff???)  You may have also heard people talk about the “Holiday madness” or “Christmas crazy”.  (Words are power, people.  Use them wisely.)  Or  you may have been witness to a meltdown.  In a parking lot, someone losing it over a parking space.  Or a rant online (or in person) about any number of things.

I’ve witnessed all of these things already, and it’s only the beginning of December.
So I’m asking you today, what do you love about the holiday season?
Doesn’t matter what you do, or don’t, celebrate.
What do you love about this time of year?
The fact is – you have a choice.  
You can get caught up in the so-called madness, or you can choose to appreciate what you love.

Me?  I love Christmas lights. And extra-hot, hot chocolate.  Cheesy Christmas music and the hope for snow.  Yes, I have a ton of stuff to do, and I can get lost in that overwhelm, or I can choose to breathe and appreciate the magic that this time of year holds for my children (and for me).
It’s all too easy to fall in line with that person ranting about crazy drivers or the “commercialization” of Christmas, but it’s much for fun to celebrate.  Celebrate the love that surrounds you. 
Redirect your thinking and focus on what you love.

It’s a choice.  Your choice.  Choose wisely.

may you be surrounded by love, laughter and the magic of the season.

What if every decision you make impacts your health?

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

What if every decision you make impacts your health?
Ponder that for a second.  

There are the “obvious” health decisions like what to eat or how to exercise.
Dig deeper.
Where do you work?  How many hours of sleep do you get?  What kind of shoes do you wear?  Do you sit all day?  or stand?  How much do you move? Do you travel for work?  Commute?  Do you like your co-workers?  How often do you vacation?  How much tv do you watch?  Do you go outdoors?  How do you relieve stress?  What’s your breathing like?  What are you thinking, right now?
I could go on….

You make decisions every day – many of them, a repeat of the day before.
With each choice, are you moving toward health, or further away?

** disclaimer:  exercising every day and/or eating greens frequently doesn’t guarantee health**

Sometimes, eating that cookie is healthier than the alternative.
Or skipping the gym, opting for a much needed nap that will do wonders for your psyche.
Baby steps toward health.

Know this: You are the master of your health and well being.
And every day you get to decide.
What are you choosing today?

What’s your body telling you?

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It has been said that life is always talking to you. 
Giving you signs and signals.  Whispering to you gently. 
When the whispers don’t work, life throws a pebble and eventually, if it has to, a brick.
I’d say that your body does the same thing.
It’s constantly whispering to you ~ and perhaps, life might speak through your body?

There are the obvious cues:  growls to indicate hunger, yawns when you’re tired, headaches when you lack sufficient water.
What about the subtle cues?  The ones that we might miss or attribute to something else?
An unexpected rash.  Cold sore on your chin.  A pinched neck.  That uneasy feeling.  Or, that feeling of lightness.  Gas tank is full, and all systems go. That know-that-you-know-that-you-know feeling, deep in your gut.

What’s your body telling you? 
What subtle cues does it give?
Are you listening??
I’d love to know….

The more you listen, the more you learn.
and you don’t even need ears.