INDULGE IN OVERALL WELLNESS
Get ready for the New Year by scheduling your spa services throughout the holiday season to prevent injury, stress-related illness and cold-weather skin issues. It's recommended that people get one massage every four weeks for general health and well-being; facials are recommended every 28 days in coordination with your skin cycle, and it's always the right time for a relaxing manicure or pedicure. We can't wait to see you at The Spa in 2013!
—Amber Maurer, Massage Therapist
BALANCING YOUR WEIGHT
Your weight is a balancing act, especially around the holidays. How can you lose weight? With diet and exercise. Diet just means eating healthy, lower-calorie meals. Exercise means being more active. Whatever activity you choose, do it regularly. When you're active, your body uses energy to work, helping burn the calories you take in with food you eat. If you have serious health problems because of your weight, your doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications.
— Overlake Hospital Medical Center
MORE FUN WITH VEGGIES
Adding colorful vegetables to your meals makes them more appealing and healthy. Add yellow peppers to salads, or top marinara spaghetti with fresh parsley, and you've just added a lot of phyto-nutrients. Did you know that one pound of vegetables contains only 100 calories? So fill up, and enjoy all those delicious flavors!
—Laurelee Misseghers, Registered Dietitian
VITAMIN C MAY SHORTEN A COLD, NOT STOP IT
After dozens of studies, it appears the idea that vitamin C prevents colds is just a myth. But there is evidence high doses of the vitamin may slightly shorten the length of a cold. Citrus fruits, dark green vegetables, peppers, strawberries and cantaloupe are all good natural sources of vitamin C. To maximize the vitamin C you get from food, the National Institutes of Health recommends eating fruits and vegetables fresh and raw.
Stress season is in full swing with holiday preparations and out-of-town guests. Excessive stress can affect your blood pressure, lower immunity and lead to sleep deprivation. To get yourself back on track, try these simple ideas.
• Inhale while walking four steps and exhale while taking another four steps. Repeat as necessary. This helps relieve nervous tension.
• Sit in a comfortable position, either in silence or with soothing music, and let your mind relax. Focus on your breathing to calm your worries.
• Work out! Whether it's something high-energy like Zumba, or peaceful like yoga, exercise is a great way to treat your body.
—Sue Matyas, Fitness Director