The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is just weeks away. Take a break from it all and try a yoga class. The stress-free, calm atmosphere may just be what you need to feel energized and relaxed – all at the same time.
Do you exercise with your partner? Research shows that many couples have happier, healthier relationships when they work out together. The time you spend together will not only strengthen your muscles, but your bond too.
Off balance? Tiny sensory receptors – proprioceptors – are in charge of your balance & coordination. To gain more balance, try exercises like single leg deadlifts and spend more time barefoot.
Want to decrease your chance of osteoarthritis? Walk! Walking and climbing can become difficult if you suffer from this, so any chance you get – walk! Take the stairs and take a break from your desk to stretch your legs and get outside.
New research has shown that those who tend to sleep a little later have tendencies to skip their workout – or at least have trouble sticking to their regimen vs. those who get up early.
Envision yourself kicking butt during your workout and you will do it when it comes time to hit the gym! Try it closer to the time you workout (vs. dreaming about it at night and hitting the gym after work) for best results.
We all have a calendar somewhere, so add the word GYM to it! Find the best time that works for you or a favorite fitness class and go to it every week. Eventually, it will become part of your routine (and you’ll feel guilty for skipping!).
October 28, 2014
Each year, the fourth week in October is recognized as Massage Therapy Awareness Week, a week dedicated to learning about the health benefits of massage. There are many ways that massages can improve your health, including lowering your stress, a boost in your immune system and mental health, aiding in managing your pain levels and improving your fitness by reduced muscle tension and improvement on performance.
Research shows that massage therapy can have an effect on your mental wellbeing. Symptoms of stress and anxiety can often be affected in a positive way. It suggests that massage therapy can help to reduce heart rate and systolic & diastolic blood pressure; decreased anxiety in cancer patients; and a lower risk of anxiety and depression in veterans. Have lower back pain? Massage therapy is also effective for those suffering with this ailment, reducing the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to treat it.
In the exercise and sport world, there are millions who partake in physical activity – from walking on their lunch break to pro athletes. A sports massage can be given to help an athlete improve their performance and speed up their recovery, while all participants can see an improvement in their conditioning and maintain their performance. Many colleges, universities and sports teams have a massage therapist on staff to aid their players for various reasons. Additionally, this type of massage can also promote relaxation, increase range of motion, reduce swelling and possibly help reduce the risk of injury.
If you’ve never experienced a massage, try one out and see if you reap the benefits from it. You might notice certain affects to your body and your muscles versus others (we’re all different!). And if you do see a massage therapist regularly, thank them. We often don’t consider massage therapy as a health benefit, but should because of the advantages we can receive from them.
October 21, 2014
Is your glass half empty or half full? The month of October is recognized as National Positive Attitude Month, a time of year to maintain a positive attitude and do your best to stay optimistic. Having a positive attitude can make all the difference when you are facing daily routines, confrontation and adversity. Research shows that those with a positive attitude live longer, are usually healthier and live happier, successful lives. Here are some ways to help:
Surround Yourself with Positive People. The saying goes “garbage in, garbage out”, so surround yourself with people who are optimistic and have energy. Often times, we become similar to those who we spend the most time with. Do your friends and family have a positive outlook on life? Remember that attitudes are contagious, so catch a happy one!
You’re Responsible for Your Happiness. It is ultimately up to us to create our own happiness – not anyone else. If you’re unhappy with something, make a change. Try and wake up each morning and look forward to your day; when you go to bed at night, write down three things that made you happy over the course of the day. Go back after a week and see all of the things that made you smile.
Volunteer. Helping out a neighbor, friend, or volunteering for community service is a great way to shift focus on something you’re doing onto someone (or something) else. By volunteering just one (or even over the course of time), you’ll realize what a difference you can make.
Create a Positive Self Image. Creating a positive self-image takes time, but it starts with loving and accepting yourself. Give yourself positive affirmations and a make a list of your positive traits. Don’t compare yourself to others, but rather look at your unique traits that make you the person you are.
Never Give Up. Everyone is entitled to “off days.” It’s on those days that you need to stay focused the most. Take extra time on those days to surround yourself with positive people and positive things in your life.
By allowing yourself to embrace positivity, you will see a change – not overnight, but over time. Not only will you become more inspired and successful, you’ll become more confident in yourself and see a difference in how you view life.
Having good posture helps your whole body work in sync with each other. Need some help with yours? Start by rolling your shoulders back and try a yoga class.