The Importance of Using The Right Sunscreen On Vacation

Many of our childhoods included sunny days in tank tops and shorts, running and playing outside at home or on vacation to a sunny destination. As years have gone by and science has More »

How To Stay Healthy During A Napa Valley Vacation

Napa Valley is a mecca for wine and food enthusiasts, and it’s really no wonder why so many visitors tend to pack on the pounds during their relatively short stays. However, a More »

Air Conditioner Safety Tips

Summer is almost here. Well, maybe it’s already here for states that aren’t Michigan. As the weather begins to heat up, you’re most likely turning on your air conditioning unit more often. More »

5 Different Ways To Exercise On The Beach

As the weather warms up, you may start thinking about how you can lose some of those unwanted pounds you packed on during the winter. And if you happen to live near More »

5 Travel Destinations to Help Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal Depression occurs in the winter months when the weather isn’t as nice and you find yourself stuck inside for days at a time. Traveling to warmer weather can help beat seasonal More »

 

The Importance of Using The Right Sunscreen On Vacation

Many of our childhoods included sunny days in tank tops and shorts, running and playing outside at home or on vacation to a sunny destination. As years have gone by and science has progressed, we are even more aware of the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin, but still, Americans fight against the wise advice to use sunscreen. A study found that even many melanoma survivors are back to tanning sans-sunscreen once they have completed treatment.

The problem of sunscreen is even more complicated for those who do choose to wear it. The concept of SPF is misunderstood, and finding the right sunscreen is more and more difficult as there are more options on the shelves. Between SPF level, application method, and ingredients, consumers are very confused about how to select the right sunscreen. Here’s a three-step guide to purchasing sunscreen for everyday use and vacation:

How To Stay Healthy During A Napa Valley Vacation

Napa Valley is a mecca for wine and food enthusiasts, and it’s really no wonder why so many visitors tend to pack on the pounds during their relatively short stays. However, a visit to the country’s most renowned wine region doesn’t have to leave you with some unwanted souvenirs. Here’s how to stay healthy during a Napa Valley vacation without sacrificing a good time.

Air Conditioner Safety Tips

Summer is almost here. Well, maybe it’s already here for states that aren’t Michigan. As the weather begins to heat up, you’re most likely turning on your air conditioning unit more often. Air conditioners are a great way to beat the heat, but you still need to take precaution when running them. Here are some safety tips for air conditioner use this upcoming summer.

5 Fresh Caught Seafood Restaurants To Try in Fort Lauderdale, FL

With the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, and a maze of canals as a backdrop, Fort Lauderdale’s restaurant patrons enjoy the perfect setting while enjoying some of the freshest seafood around. Enjoying the fresh seafood is just a small part of a Fort Lauderdale vacation. Consider staying at a vacation rental with Fort Lauderdale Stays to complete your getaway. Here are five seafood establishments that should be on everyone’s list for a taste of Florida’s fresh caught seafood.

5 Different Ways To Exercise On The Beach

As the weather warms up, you may start thinking about how you can lose some of those unwanted pounds you packed on during the winter. And if you happen to live near a shore or are heading out on vacation, the beach is the perfect place to get started. Here are some ways to get exercise while enjoying the sun, water, and balmy breezes on the coast.

5 Travel Destinations to Help Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal Depression occurs in the winter months when the weather isn’t as nice and you find yourself stuck inside for days at a time. Traveling to warmer weather can help beat seasonal depression symptoms and provides much needed Vitamin D. There are several destinations within the U.S. that are warm and welcoming right now. Here are a few destinations to help you beat the winter blues.

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.