Follow A Day In The Life Of An HCI Coach With Stacey Harestad
Good morning world! So excited to be sharing my day today with the HCI Tribe! This is my “See… I’m just like all of you” face. I wake up frazzle-ma-dazzled, hair disheveled and a hot mess most mornings ? I love that I get to wake up and start my day at whatever speed feels right, rather than punching a clock, serving someone else’s dream each morning. I always start my day with warm lemon water and a journal. I take about 10 minutes to download my thoughts, give gratitude, and unload everything that is taking up precious space in my mind. Anything goes; it’s just a “Divine Dump,” as I call it, so that I can head to my alter and start my meditation practice with a clear mind. I do this most mornings still in my PJ’s, and I find it has become one of my non-negotiables. My day is so much smoother, I get more accomplished, I’m less stressed, and just happier overall when I make my morning routine a priority. I encourage my clients to do this, and even those who don’t have a formal mediation practice find value in using this practice to release the mind chatter before taking on the day. I’m blessed to live in Southern California, so I LOVE to get my sweat on outdoors as much as possible. I used to teach Barre Fitness classes, and still think it’s one of the best workouts for sexy thighs, so I often incorporate some of the postures into my beach-side stair days. Although most people assume I’m a fitness fanatic, I get by most weeks with just a 10-15 minute HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workout at home 3x a week. I believe it’s a misconception that you must do rigorous daily training for hours at a time to have the body you want. I certainly put effort in every day with my food choices and I’m active in general, but working out doesn’t have to run your life, and burst training is really time-efficient and effective. Wanna feel this chair-pose burn for yourself?
- Step 1 – Simply pull your belly up to the barre/rail/countertop that can hold your bodyweight. Grip can be over or under the barre, whichever feels better to you. Elbows at your sides.
- Step 2 – Lift heels high and sit back, like you are sitting in a chair. Keep wrists in line with shoulders, shoulders over hips, knees over ankles. Keep a flat back and sit up tall. If you have ankle issues, just keep your feet flat.
- Step 3 – There are several options, but one series is simply to hold this position as low as you can, keeping your thighs parallel with the ground, and do the following: