Zella PRO: Life Hacks for Living Well, Part I

’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

How to tone your abs at work? A 10-step, 10-minute workout you can do anywhere? We got you. We tapped three of our Zella PROs for their expert advice on simple ways to incorporate fitness and wellness into your daily life. We’re not talking signing up for a marathon or some weird cleanse diet. These are practical baby steps to better living for real people, from real people that you can start right now.

First up, Laurenn Cutshaw, a spinning and yoga instructor in San Diego, CA.

At-Work Tummy Toning
Sit up tall in your desk chair with both feet firmly on the ground and parallel. Engage your lower abs by pulling your belly button in and up. Hover your right foot 1-2″ above the ground and hold for 5-10 seconds. Place your right foot down and repeat on the left. Repeat 15-20 times on each side.

Mental Fitness
Meditate! Reaping its benefits can be as simple as taking a 5-minute pause each day. Focus on your breath and inhale deeply. I love doing this in the car while driving—radio off of course.

Celebrate the Little Things
Write down three things you are grateful for each day. Whether you completed a work project early, skillfully handled a difficult conversation or ate well for an entire day, acknowledge your efforts! Record your successes in a journal, or write them down in the notes app on your phone. Next time you feel challenged or overwhelmed, pull out your list to remind yourself just how capable you are. It’s hard evidence that you CAN do anything you set your mind to!

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—Jeff Powell