Staying Healthy on a Beach Vacation

If you have spent several months inside your home over the winter, then it is time to plan a warm beach vacation. You want to maintain your health while you visit a More »

Health Benefits of Facials

When you go to a spa, it feels good to get a deep cleansing facial. Getting the dirt out that’s been clogging your skin lets your skin feel soft and new again. Facials do More »

Health Benefits of Alaska Salmon

Alaska is known for its robust salmon fishing industry. Wild-caught salmon from Alaska has an array of health benefits. Farmed salmon may have growth hormones or unnatural chemicals that you shouldn’t put More »

5 Reasons Why Skiing is Great Exercise

Let’s face it. The winter season can make you feel like you’re in a slump. Both mentally, and physically. That’s why it’s important to keep up your exercise routine, even when it’s More »

Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is fun and exciting. Even if you are going slow, it is really something to be sitting up high on a horse. A plus to horseback riding is that the More »

 

Staying Healthy on a Beach Vacation

If you have spent several months inside your home over the winter, then it is time to plan a warm beach vacation. You want to maintain your health while you visit a beach, and here are a few tips for your well-being.

Four Great Ab Exercises For a Healthy Core

Have you ever wondered how many times a day you engage your core? Whether it’s carrying groceries, playing golf, picking up children, or even sitting up and walking around, you are engaging your core muscles constantly, which makes them one of the most important muscle groups to keep healthy and strong to avoid back pain and a series of other problems. We’ll go through a few basic core strengthening exercises that can help improve your posture, and help make daily activities easier on your body.

The Plank

This static core exercise is great for engaging all areas of your abdominal muscles. Lay on your stomach, and place all of your weight on your toes and forearms, and lift your body in the air. Keep a straight line from your head to your toes, and hold the position. If you feel like you’re able to do the exercise without much effort for more than 45 seconds, turn the static exercise into a dynamic exercise by raising one leg or one arm for a ten second period, and then alternate legs and arms.

V-Ups

Start off laying down on your back, then extend your legs to a 45 degree angle while keeping them together and straight. Point both arms at the same angle, and then roll up on your spine until your upper body is at a 45 degree angle. Pause at the top for one to three seconds with your fingers pointed towards your toes, and the roll back down with your spine. Repeat the motion as many times as you feel comfortable. It is challenging to keep your legs pointed and your chest up in the air, but concentrate on maintaining good posture and activating your core muscles throughout the exercise.

Russian Twist

Also known as the seated oblique twist, this exercise helps targets your obliques along with the rest of your core muscles. Start by sitting on the floor with your knees bent and together, with a yoga mat or carpet beneath you. Twist slowly so that your chest is pointing to your right side while your hips face forward, and then smoothly rotate your torso so your chest points to the other side. To increase difficulty, raise your legs off the ground and keep them together. You can also hold a medicine ball, and touch the ground with it each time you rotate. While doing this exercise more quickly makes it more challenging, keep your motions fluid and smooth as to avoid injury.

Supermans

We tend to forget that our core muscles include our lower back muscles, and this exercise targets strengthening those important muscles. Lie on your stomach on a yoga mat or on a carpet and extend your arms above your head. Raise both arms and both legs off the ground and hold for three seconds and then relax. Repeat the exercise for as many times as you feel comfortable. An alternative method is to raise your right arm and your left leg, hold for three seconds, and then switch. This gives you greater range of motion and engages more muscles because you are forcing your body to stabilize itself.

A few tips

Before exercising, make sure that your body is relatively warmed up and stretched before doing any exercises. It is best to do warmup exercises for five minutes and then do both dynamic stretches that target your obliques and hip flexers. When progressing through core workouts, focus first on exercises that target your larger core muscle groups, so do exercises that target your rectus abdominis muscles, or your front abdominal muscles, first, and hold off on to exercises that target the smaller oblique muscles for the end. Check out our earlier post for more ideas on core exercises to help strengthen your abs, and only do exercises that you feel comfortable doing. In no time you will be able to move on to more challenging exercises as you strengthen your core and improve your overall health.

Health Benefits of Facials

When you go to a spa, it feels good to get a deep cleansing facial. Getting the dirt out that’s been clogging your skin lets your skin feel soft and new again. Facials do more than make your skin feel good, they’re very beneficial to your skin’s overall health. Here are the health benefits of facial treatments.

Health Benefits of Alaska Salmon

Alaska is known for its robust salmon fishing industry. Wild-caught salmon from Alaska has an array of health benefits. Farmed salmon may have growth hormones or unnatural chemicals that you shouldn’t put in your body. Wild-caught salmon is filled with vitamins and omega 3s that are good for your health. Here are the health benefits of having fresh, Alaskan salmon in your diet.

5 Reasons Why Skiing is Great Exercise

Let’s face it. The winter season can make you feel like you’re in a slump. Both mentally, and physically. That’s why it’s important to keep up your exercise routine, even when it’s cold outside. Skiing is a great way to get your workout in while having fun. Gorgeous mountain views are just another added bonus. Whether it is cross-country skiing, or downhill, you’re guaranteed to have fun and burn calories doing it. Here are five reasons why skiing is a great form of exercise.

Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is fun and exciting. Even if you are going slow, it is really something to be sitting up high on a horse. A plus to horseback riding is that the trails are beautiful and it is a great way to experience something new as well as taking in all the sights and sounds around you. If you have never been horseback riding you might not understand how fun it can be, but that is not the only benefit. Horseback riding can actually be good for your health as well as good fun. Here are just some of the great health benefits you get from horseback riding.

Safety Tips for Your Furnace this Winter

It is getting pretty close to winter time. Some people may have even turned their furnaces on already. A furnace is a luxury many people enjoy and there is no shock why. When you come in from the cold you don’t want to be just as cold inside. The important thing, however, is to make sure that you are using your furnace safely and properly so that it can have a long life of keeping you warm and cozy. Here are just a few safety tips and tricks to remember when you go to turn the heat up this winter.

Different Types of Massages and Their Health Benefits

If you don’t visit a spa often then you might be unaware that there are different kinds of massages that have different benefits for your body. It’s also important to know that if you have serious back issues, more skeletal than muscular, it may not be safe for you to get a massage. When visiting a spa you should be aware of your body and your limits. If you are willing and able to get a massage then you will want to know all about the different kinds of massages you can get.

Best Types of Office Chairs for Your Back

There is evidence everywhere that says sitting in a chair for eight to nine hours at work is not good for your back. Sitting in an upright position, even if you have good posture puts a lot of pressure on your lower back which can cause problems for you later on in life. So what can you change about having to sit all day? Get a new job? Of course not, just get a new chair. There are some office chairs that are better than others for comfort and support. Here are the top five office chairs for your back, from most expensive to least expensive.

Outdoor Adventures that Help Reduce Stress

Stress is a common problem today. With busy working environments and even busier social lives it seems we can never catch a break anymore. This is a problem because increasing stress, mentally and physically, causes many health problems such as insomnia and loss of appetite. In some extreme cases stress can even lead to heart disease. However, if you love the great outdoors here are some fun, exciting and also relaxing outdoor adventures that can help boost adrenaline and reduce stress.