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WELLNESS CONNECTION · Weekly Tips
May 20, 2013 - 5:00AMA novel way to improve your cardiovascular fitness: rent a funny movie! The dilation in blood vessels when we laugh increases blood flow & improves cardiovascular health.
May 13, 2013 - 5:00AMBroaden your experience and surprise your taste buds by trying a new fruit or vegetable the next time you shop. You may find a new favorite!
May 06, 2013 - 5:00AMA little adjustment, like tilting your rear-view mirror up to an appropriate height when you are sitting up straight, can help you retain good posture, reducing back & neck pain.
April 29, 2013 - 5:00AMSome light hand reflexology, even when done on yourself, can offer benefits like relief from headaches or stretching out tight typist tendons.
April 22, 2013 - 5:00AMDoing a kindness for another can have a positive effect on your life, not just for the recipient. Doing for others feels good, and can have a ripple effect too.
April 15, 2013 - 5:00AMAfter a particularly good workout, take a moment to reflect on how good you feel. Recalling this memory can help provide the motivation you need later.
April 08, 2013 - 5:00AMHave a sweet tooth? Consider this, not only does sugar contribute to cavities & weight gain, it can also increase triglycerides & reduce the "good" HDL cholesterol.
April 01, 2013 - 5:00AMDon't forget about dermatologic care for your neck! Consistently moisturize, up and out, to stimulate and keep that youthful glow.
March 25, 2013 - 5:00AMKeep your hair healthy and strong! Instead of wrapping it up in a towel when wet, massage water out gently and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.
March 18, 2013 - 5:00AMSet your intention for a healthy life all around the house: put out healthy foods in the kitchen & arrange your closet to have work-out clothes on display.
March 11, 2013 - 5:00AMPlan for things to crop up and interfere with your workout plans. Be ready with a back-up such as a cardio DVD or resistance bands.
Maintain Dietary Focus
March 04, 2013 - 5:00AMBefore giving up on a dietary plan, ask yourself how it will affect your health, energy or appearance. These questions can help keep you on track.
Dry Winter Skin
February 25, 2013 - 5:00AMDoes your skin feel dry this winter? As nice as it feels, try not to linger in a hot shower; it can have very dehydrating effects.
February 18, 2013 - 5:00AMTempted by a tasty cocktail at the Spa? Wait until after your treatment and steam/sauna for optimal benefits, and your personal safety.
Align Your Goals
February 11, 2013 - 5:00AMWhen setting goals, look inside, at what matters to you most, and then align your goals with those values and passions.
Kick it into Gear
February 04, 2013 - 5:00AMKick off your workout with a fun music mix! Listening to your favorite songs can get your heart racing and your motivation up.
The Language of Food
January 28, 2013 - 5:00AMChange the language of your food habits, rather than "I can't eat cake," try "I don't eat cake." Empower yourself with choice rather than devil yourself with disapproval.
Bad Flu Year
January 21, 2013 - 5:00AMIt's a bad year for the flu but it's not too late to get your innoculation! You can protect your health and of your loved ones too.
Spa for All
January 14, 2013 - 5:00AMRelaxation is good at every age. Don't feel anyone is "too old" to visit the Spa or that kids are "too young"; many age-specific treatments are available.
January 07, 2013 - 5:00AMEver feel the need for a vacation from your vacation? Consider a healthy retreat, with opportunities to rejuvenate & reflect.
Announce Your New Year Plan
December 31, 2012 - 5:00AMHaving a tough time sticking to your workout plans? Use social media to keep yourself motivated. Announcing plans makes it harder to back out later!
Don’t Get Convinced by Ads
December 24, 2012 - 5:00AMWatching TV can be more than just an energy drain. All those food commercials can stimulate you to eat when you're not even hungry.
December 17, 2012 - 5:00AMWhat's one of the biggest germ collectors in a kitchen? The cleaning sponge! Try a paper towel or use freshly laundered towels to clean instead.
How Sweet It Is
December 10, 2012 - 5:00AMMany of you know how easy it is to set a mood with a scented candle. But, try a seasonal aroma like cinnamon or fir to "spruce" up your home & induce good cheer.
Live & Laugh
December 03, 2012 - 5:00AMThe endorphins released through laughter reduce stress and pain, increasing well-being. Take time to live and laugh!
November 26, 2012 - 5:00AMWant to switch your work out routine from evening to morning? Make it easy on yourself by prepping your gym bag and work outfit in advance.
Bribery or Reward?
November 19, 2012 - 5:00AMBribery isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rewarding yourself with a special treat, like a new outfit for meeting a weight-loss goal, can keep you positive & focused.
Nightcap for a Cold?
November 12, 2012 - 5:00AMIf you get a cold, remember, as much as you need rest, don't rely on a nightcap to send you off to sleep. Alcohol leads to dehydration & can interrupt your sleep cycle.
So Many Shadows
November 05, 2012 - 5:00AMLadies... Your eye color may actually help dictate the color of your shadow - similar color shadows can enhance your eyes.
Schedule Solo Time
October 29, 2012 - 5:00AMFeeling like your days are always overscheduled? Take some "me" time and reserve a solo date. Relax and enjoy some solitude.
Mental Benefits from Lifting?
October 22, 2012 - 5:00AMWeight-lifting does more than work your muscles. It works out your memory and builds problem-solving skills too!
Focus on Good Food
October 15, 2012 - 5:00AMHaving trouble making good food choices? Focus on the positive effects of healthy foods; like gaining energy from eating veggies. Reinforce your choices with positive messages.
Don’t Max the Music
October 08, 2012 - 5:00AMBe cautious with how much time you spend with earphones in; the high decibels can age your ears before their time.
Soothe Your Skin
October 01, 2012 - 5:00AMGentlemen, consider this seemingly obvious fact, facial hair grows faster than any other. Try a men's facial with a barber wrap to sooth those speedy follicles.
Learn & Grow
September 24, 2012 - 5:00AMDid you know? Neurons grow & develop throughout life, so there is always time to learn & grow personally! Try doing something new this week.
September 17, 2012 - 5:00AMWith hundreds of thousands of sweat glands on your feet, be kind: select quality socks, well-fitting shoes & air your kicks out regularly.
The Lighter Side of Life
September 10, 2012 - 5:00AMIf you are heading out to a concert or show, consider a light meal. Overindulging, aside from inducing sleep, can make hearing less sharp too.
September 03, 2012 - 5:00AMA first aid kit is worth the space when traveling. Top items: bandages, ointments like hydrocortisone & neosporin, Diphenhydramine/Benadryl, any prescriptions.
August 27, 2012 - 4:59AMThe little specks in a shimmer powder pick up the light, which can make your face look younger and detract from wrinkles.
August 20, 2012 - 5:00AMFill your life with experiences. Boredom can lead to unhealthy behaviors such as drinking or smoking to alleviate tedium. Challenge yourself!
August 13, 2012 - 5:00AMSummer months can be tough on outdoor workouts; be sure to use sunscreen, drink plenty of water and wear a hat whenever possible to beat the heat.
“Snack,” not “Meal”
August 06, 2012 - 5:00AMTry to keep snacks between 100-200 calories to avoid inadvertently adding an extra "meal" rather than a "snack."
July 30, 2012 - 5:00AMVisit your pharmacy during slow business hours to encourage full attention to your prescription and your questions.
July 23, 2012 - 5:00AMStrong exfoliating products can cause skin conditions, irritation and thining, which may make your skin even more sensitive over time. Be gentle.
Take a Chance
July 16, 2012 - 5:00AMTake a calculated risk! Getting out of your comfort zone can boost confidence and open the door to opportunities previously unseen.
July 09, 2012 - 5:00AMStudies show that weekly phone-based accountability increases exercise compliance by 2200%.
July 02, 2012 - 5:00AMAre you sure you know what your portions are? Try pouring your cereal in it's usual bowl and then measure it out with a cup. You might be surprised!
June 25, 2012 - 5:00AMFilling a new medication? Take the proffered pharmacist consult to confirm your doctor's prescription, avoid errors & drug interactions.
A Lighter Foundation
June 18, 2012 - 5:00AMRemember ladies: thick foundation sinks into fine lines, making them more noticeable. Be light on this aspect of your make-up routine.
June 11, 2012 - 5:00AMHelp Dad decompress this Father's Day with a sport-specific massage or a men's facial; work-life balance means self-care too!
Pump Up the Fun
June 04, 2012 - 6:00AMTo increase your fitness & fun, exercise to the beat of music slightly faster than your current walk, jog, elyptical or cycle pace.
May 28, 2012 - 6:00AMHealthiest snack? 1 piece of fresh fruit and 8 walnut halves or 12 almonds!
Acupuncture During Pregnancy?
May 21, 2012 - 6:00AMAcupuncture is a safe, and good, option to treat symptoms such as pain, headache and nausea associated with pregnancy, without medications!
Heat it Up
May 14, 2012 - 6:00AMA heated towel rack can bring a wonderfully relaxing spa indulgence home!
Beware of Toxicity
May 07, 2012 - 6:00AMBeware of toxic friends and energy drainers. Take care of yourself by surrounding yourself with positive people who share similar goals.
Supplemental = Sustainable
April 30, 2012 - 6:00AMCar trouble? Sick children? Supplementing gym workouts with regular, home-based exercise reduces dropout due to unforeseen obstacles.
April 23, 2012 - 6:00AMSlimming option for yummy margaritas: tequila, agave, lots of fresh squeezed lime juice and a splash of any other fruit juice of choice.
Calm & Collected
April 16, 2012 - 6:00AMMany Complementary & Alternative medicine treatments can help stress, directly calming our stress response & boosting relaxation.
Less is More
April 09, 2012 - 6:00AMA thin layer of moisturizer is all you need; anything extra can just sit atop the skin, leaving you with a greasy look.
Sing Away Stress
April 02, 2012 - 6:00AMAnother great stress-reliever: singing aloud in your car! You don't need to worry about who can hear; just enjoy the release.
March 26, 2012 - 6:00AMFads can come and go, so look for fitness programs and trainers that rely on evidence-based practices.
March 19, 2012 - 5:00AMTry beans on your salad as a vegetarian protein option instead of chicken. Black, kidney, pinto, any are delicious!
March 12, 2012 - 5:00AMWe just wrapped National Sleep Awareness Week. Have you tried creating a peaceful environment to rest in and limiting technology at bedtime?
March 05, 2012 - 5:00AMTwo of the most important areas of our skin that often get overlooked? The neck and hands, which will show aging prematurely!
February 27, 2012 - 5:00AMTake time for your favorite hobby or talent! Doing things you love can boost your happiness and enrich lives around you.
Tied to Your Desk?
February 20, 2012 - 5:00AMIf you are chair-bound during your work day, try stretching or doing a little yoga on your coffee breaks.
February 13, 2012 - 5:00AMNeed sweet? Slice an apple, place in mircowave dish, drizzle with 1 tsp. maple syrup & a dash of cinnamon, cover and cook 6-7 minutes.
February 06, 2012 - 5:00AMTop ways to prevent a cold: get enough sleep and keep your stress low to maintain a thriving immune system.
January 30, 2012 - 6:00AMIf you're feeling too keyed up to sleep, try unplugging! Electromagnetic fields emitted from electronics can cause restlessness.
January 23, 2012 - 6:00AMCheck in on your New Year's resolutions peridically, and give yourself leeway to change your goals as your priorities may shift over time.
January 16, 2012 - 6:00AMReframe the way you think about your workouts, for example: "I love the energy I get from cycling!" Keep it positive for best results.
January 09, 2012 - 6:00AMEat too much over the holidays? Commit to two days of lighter eating to compensate for a day of indulgence.
Stay Up on Your Health
January 02, 2012 - 6:00AMOnly 43% of Americans know their current cholesterol levels; stay on top of your health numbers with an annual physical!
December 26, 2011 - 6:00AMBring Spa elements home by using "yin," (calming) colors to ensure a peaceful sleep. Greens, blues and violets are restful.
December 19, 2011 - 6:00AMWhen pursuing Goals, track successes in units that are observable & measurable; use numbers like pounds, inches, days or weeks.
December 12, 2011 - 6:00AMIf the gym is getting dull this winter, challenge yourself to a new activity this season like snowshoeing, skating or snowboarding.
Easy Salad Dressing
December 05, 2011 - 6:00AMFor a low-sodium, no additives, salad dressing mix 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp water, juice of 1 lemon & a pinch of salt and pepper.
Avoid Kidney Stones
November 28, 2011 - 6:00AMWant to avoid kidney stones? Stay hydrated, consume calcium-rich foods but moderate your sodium and protein intake.
Optional Spa Classes
November 21, 2011 - 6:00AMMany Spas now offer more than just relaxation: look for options that appeal to you such as healthy cooking or hiking classes.
Show Your Thanks
November 14, 2011 - 6:00AMFor healthy relationships, thank others often: Be specific about what they did, the effort it took them and the difference it made to you.
Warm it Up!
November 07, 2011 - 6:00AMStretch after you've warmed up your muscles; try 5-10 minutes of light cardio activity then stretch.
October 31, 2011 - 6:00AMPortion out that Halloween candy and save it as the treat that it is! Try storing some in freezer bags for later.
October 24, 2011 - 6:00AMDid you know? Cracking your knuckles stretches your ligaments beyond their intended range and can cause joints to wear out prematurely.
October 17, 2011 - 6:00AMJust as you would mention medical concerns to a spa therapist, alert your esthetician if you wear contacts before a facial.
October 10, 2011 - 6:00AMListening to calming music can lower your blood pressure, relieve anxiety & trigger the release of endorphins-the 'feel good' hormones.
October 03, 2011 - 6:00AMAlways maintain an open airway when doing resistance exercise or lifting weights; your body will feel better with more oxygen!
Try Nut Butter for Breakfast
September 26, 2011 - 6:00AMTo lower inflamation in the body, which causes chronic disease, use natural nut butters daily. Try on toast for breakfast!
Generic Drug FYI
September 19, 2011 - 6:00AMGeneric drugs are allowed to vary from brand by 20%, so remember they are similar, but not identical to, brand name drugs.
Skip These at the Spa
September 12, 2011 - 6:00AMSome things can be just as well left at home during a Spa visit: cell phones, perfumes and personal items like jewelry.
Window of Focus
September 05, 2011 - 6:00AMBuild 5 minute “windows of focus” into your day where no multitasking takes place to increase your attention span and concentration.
August 29, 2011 - 6:00AMSet a timer at your desk or work station and stand up to stretch every 30 minutes. You will feel benefits the first day!
August 22, 2011 - 6:00AMAdd 1 cup pomegranate juice to a quart of green tea and pour over ice for a refreshing fruity drink high in antioxidants.
August 15, 2011 - 6:00AMVaricose veins can not only be cosmetic problems but can become inflamed and painful; however, new treatments are available!
August 08, 2011 - 5:00AMWhile drinking water is always a good idea before and after a spa treatment, try to limit eating to at least an hour before.
Humor for your Health
August 01, 2011 - 5:00AMFinding humor in a situation, being able to laugh at yourself and not taking yourself too seriously can do wonders to manage stress.
July 25, 2011 - 5:00AMA waist size >40" for a man and >35" for a woman significantly increases the risk for heart disease and cancer. Stay trim for your health!
July 18, 2011 - 5:00AMFreeze fresh blueberries now, while they are inexpensive, for use in winter months! Just wash, dry and place in sealable containers.
July 11, 2011 - 6:00AMAn annual physical is a good first step toward managing your health.
July 04, 2011 - 6:00AMTo avoid irritation, remember to shave at least two hours prior to your spa treatment.
Small Steps to Change
June 27, 2011 - 6:00AMWhen making a change, acknowledge each small step forward with a healthy reward to stay motivated, reminding yourself you're in motion.
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