Halloween arrives tomorrow – and so do the trick or treaters! If you’re afraid of hitting the candy too hard yourself, opt for items like pencils, bubbles or stickers to hand out as an alternative.
The colder months bring us our favorite comfort foods – soups, pasta dishes and more. They also tend to bring us more calories, so keep that summer diet in your head and continue to eat some of the same things. Everything in moderation!
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.
As we turn the clocks back this weekend, we gain an extra hour of sleep! But don’t let it switch up your workout routine. Since it gets darker sooner, work out earlier since trends show that most have less energy during this time.
Even though the weather is changing and we’re losing daylight, pretend that it’s warm outside! Always keep the “summer body” mindset so you don’t hibernate with the bears during the winter.
Top meals like salads and whole wheat pancakes with pecans. This nut can help to lower your risk for heart disease and has more antioxidants than other nuts.
Dressings and sauces can hide hidden sugars and calories. Ask for it on the side when your order out so you can put on the amount you choose.
Looking to save a few calories? If you’re eating on the go, ask for a bunless burger. Sans bread can save you anywhere between 200-300 calories.
A great source of fiber and potassium, dates are make a great snack for anytime of day. You can also include them in various recipes.
Headed outdoors for a run? Check the weather before you go. If storms are in the near future, run a circular route that is close to home so you can easily get back before getting drenched.