Whenever I’m on the road, as much as I absolutely love being on tour, I can’t help but dream about sleeping in my own bed. I truly believe better sleep leads to better health, wellness, and overall living. Designing the perfect sleep environment is an absolute priority at home. It’s something I’ve been trying to recreate on the road with the assistance of several brilliant products.
And of course, I always make sure to check in on my FitBit Charge HR to track and monitor my sleep habits.
Below are my must haves from home and my on-the-road sleep solutions while on tour for MOVE Beyond.
HOW I GET MY BEST SLEEP AT HOME
1. (Don’t) Let There Be Light
Sleep experts say deep darkness is the key to a deep sleep. It’s important to shut off or cover any tiny lights from electronics and cover all windows with blackout curtains. Light, sheer curtains may look pretty during the day but they could result in dark circles under the eyes.
2. Sleep On It
Having a great mattress is of the utmost importance to me. Mattresses range from totally affordable to crazy expensive, but no matter what your budget when you find the one that’s right for you you can have the best sleep ever.
We’ve all been there. Or if you’re like me, you’re there pretty much every night. A few hours post dinner, somewhat close to bedtime, a little voice pops into my head and says, “I’m kinda hungry…”
I know we’re not supposed to snack late at night, but how bad can it be, really? Samantha’s Ask Jules email made me wonder: are all nighttime snacks created evil? I asked my friends at Nourish what we should snack on in our jammies.
Although I’m a very active person, there are definitely times when I feel chained to my desk — whether it’s reading a script, working on this website, or catching up on emails. I understand the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to get up and move. When I received this Ask Jules email from Chloe, I knew exactly who should handle it: my trainer and friend Erica Hood from Body By Simone! Erica has many clients who work long, hard hours from their offices. She was happy to share the workouts she gives them, to you! Let me know how these go!
I currently work in a small office, in a very rural area, and I am starting to get paranoid about my lack of movement throughout the day! I can sometimes go hours without moving… and the worst bit is I don’t even realise! Eeeeek!
Do you have any ideas or tips for people who work in office environments and staying fit?! I need to move more but am struggling to find a way to do so within a small office. Any advice would greatly appreciated!
Thank you! Big fan!!
I recommend getting a Fitbit! I own one and love it because it will tell you to get up and move around when you’ve been sitting still or have been inactive for too long. The Fitbit app is super user friendly and you can adjust your settings for certain time increments that work best for your schedule. For example: every hour remind me to get up & move! When the alarm goes off you simply stand and do some squats, jumping jacks or walk around the office.
Here are some step-by-step exercises that you can do at your desk (even in a small space). All you need is your desk chair. The exercises range from beginner to advanced.
**Please execute with caution & avoid using a chair with wheels.**
Best of Luck,
Derek and I are getting all fired up for MOVE Beyond – Live on Tour with our fans and friends by hosting move interactives! They have been an absolute blast. We’ve gone hiking, spinning, and moved our way all around LA. Along the journey, I’ve picked up some great product suggestions that have certainly upped my fitness game.
Don’t Hit The Gym Without These 5 Things
1. As you can imagine I’m constantly hopping into my car post-workout, drenched in sweat. My friend gave me a Fit-Towel by Tiil, which is essentially a genius car seat cover that keeps my car sweat free. It stays in place and it’s machine washable — I am kind of obsessed.
A few weeks ago, my sister Marabeth and I went on one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. It wasn’t a tropical beach and it wasn’t a chic, decadent city either. In fact, it was only about an hour away from where I live in Los Angeles. The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu is a place where people go to unplug and go off the grid from their everyday lives. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of gotta go here, need to pick this up from there, return this call, reply to that text and so on. We all need time to stop and smell the roses, literally.
At the Ranch, they put us through a different kind of bootcamp that I’m used to. It’s not at all the high-impact sweat session that I usually fit into my schedule. They had my sister and I slow down, go on five hour long hikes, take yoga classes and even encouraged a daily nap! The menu was vegan, clean and delicious. This all lends to gaining a sense of serenity and clarity. We were definitely feeling it. Waking up at 5:30am originally sounded like a horrible idea, however I discovered it’s actually a productive way to go about my day. I like waking up with the sun and I’m motivated to continue doing it. Spending an extended time in nature was truly refreshing in every way. There weren’t any errands to do, no cars honking, zero phone notifications, it was really… nice.