Relax for your health

Content couple enjoying head massages poolside outside at the spaAh, a spa day. It’s just what you need to relax.

But wait. Isn’t a spa day just a luxury? Something that takes up valuable time that could be spent doing those necessary things… like work.

Actually, a spa day is much more than a luxury. It actually is necessary. (Well, relaxing is necessary – so why not relax with a spa day?)

Relax. Refresh. Restore. These activities should be an integral part of your routine if you want to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet and incorporating exercise into your day are also important parts of a healthy lifestyle. And they tend to get a lot more attention than relaxing. But relaxing also is important to your health.

We’ve all heard a lot about stress and its negative health impacts (higher blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and heart attack), so avoiding those negative effects should be a top priority.

Here’s how relaxing can help:

1. It helps keep your heart healthy.
2. It helps your body fight inflammation.
3. It helps your brain work better.
4. It helps lower feelings of depression and anxiety.
5. It helps you be more productive when you do go back to work.

With all of these things in mind, how can you afford not to take time to relax? You will be refreshed and restored. And we can’t wait to help with your perfect spa day!

Get moving

47297430 - happy couple on a bike ride in the countrysidePhysical exercise is one of the most important parts of living a healthy lifestyle. You have to get moving every day. You don’t have to run a marathon – or even train for one. You don’t have to spend an hour in the gym every day. But you do have to move.

Too many people equate an exercise routine with a strict gym regimen, but that doesn’t have to be the case. As long as you make some type of physical activity a part of your everyday routine, then you are on the right track! Go for a nature hike. Ride a bike. Play catch or shoot baskets with your kids. Swim. Dance.

Whether you are already in the habit of daily exercise or whether you are just getting started, there are a couple of things to remember. One is to start slowly. If you haven’t been very active lately, then don’t jump in and overdo it. This can actually cause more harm than good. Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns. Then start small. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you need to take care of your body after you exercise, especially if your workout is more strenuous or includes lifting weights. Your muscles will be sore. So don’t skip the cool down. You can use some exercises designed specifically for sore muscles like these from Shape magazine. Massage can also help with sore muscles by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.

So get moving! February is Heart Health Month, so it’s a great time to start on the right path to a healthier you.