Health

Tips to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

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Fall and winter are a time where you may have to admit, laziness can occur. The cold weather, Thanksgiving, holiday dinners and vacation can keep you from eating healthy and exercising everyday. Don’t worry: these tips will help you set your limit and keep you from going overboard.

Set your goal and limit:

If your goal to stay healthy is too general or vague, you will less likely to 100% reach your goal. Establish specific guidelines including a weekly meal and exercise plan. For example, you can allow yourself to eat one or two desserts a week and walk thirty minutes a day. Regularity and uniformity is key to helping you reach your goal.

Fall foods:

Eating fruits and vegetables based on each season are helpful because it is more affordable, more nutritious, and it tastes better. Pumpkins, apples, and Brussels sprouts are all in season!

Enhance your immune system:

It is typical that this season is known for people getting sick, especially children who are in school. To help you from getting sick this fall, eat simple and nutritious foods. Limit sugary foods and boost your vitamin intake!

Hydrate:

Even if it’s not hot like in the summer, it is still important keep yourself hydrated to keep your body running well and staying healthy.

At home fitness:

Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to stop working out. You can create a small workout station in your home. You can do similar exercises that will keep you just as fit as you would if you were working outside.

 

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How To Reduce Stress In Your Life

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You’re probably thinking, that is absolutely impossible, but you would do anything to eliminate stress from your life. Stress is by far the number one factor that people deal with almost everyday. Whether it is work, school or other obligations, it widely affects our lives in the worst ways.

If you conquer stress, you are set for life. Feeling stress-free will automatically improve your mind, health, and body. Here are some tips to eliminate stress from your life:

Identify the stressors 

Take a few minutes to think about all the things that are making you stressed out. Make a list if you want. See which things you can eliminate that are making you stressed out, and things that you absolutely cannot eliminate. For the things that cannot be eliminated, strategize ways to make them less stressful. That is the first step into living a reduced stress life.

Stop unnecessary duties

Everyone has obligations in their life like work, school, running errands, etc, but are you taking on other commitments that are adding unnecessary stress to your life? Take steps to delete those activities that stress you out the most. This will already lift a weight off of your shoulder.

Procrastination 

All of us have procrastinated in our life at least once…or twice. Procrastination is one of the largest factors that cause us stress. You have a big project to do and you end up spending hours and hours trying to finish it the day before it is due. Allowing things to keep piling up does cause us a lot of stress. Find different ways to organize your responsibilities and create a top priority pile. Learning to be more organized and keeping your inbox clear will save you a lot of time to work on other things for yourself.

Being late

Being late to a very important meeting or to a class is something that stresses us out frequently. If you forget to set your alarm the night before, the feeling of having to rush to get everything ready and run out of the door is not fun at all. Learn ways to be early to places. Time yourself on how long it takes you to get ready and out the door, then set your alarm accordingly. Once you get in the habit of being early, you will more stress-free than ever before.

Get a massage! 

Did you know, massages are equivalent to getting 7-8 hours of sleep? When you don’t get enough sleep, stress piles on making your muscles extremely tense. After that one hour massage session, you will feel better already. Getting massages now and then will take the feeling of stress away and will help you feel a lot more relaxed in a short amount of time. Cope with your stress by scheduling a massage with us today! Find your location here.

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Are You In A Funk?

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Do you ever feel like time is just dragging? You may be feeling more sluggish or tired, and not worrying so much about your body and health. Sometimes life can get you down, but it is our own duties to keep our spirits high. Here are a few tips to keep you going during the rough times:

#1 GET A MASSAGE

It’s really quite simple. We promise you won’t regret your decision. A massage could be the kickstart to a new week and a new mind set.

#2 TAKE A WALK

If you have an office job, you may know this dilemma very well. The sun is almost rising on your way to work and the sun sets just as you are getting out. Fresh air is so important when we are feeling down. It could really change your entire day around by just spending 15 minutes outside.

#3 SPOIL YOURSELF

I’m sure most of us can say that we don’t spoil ourselves as much as we should. Life is short, buy those shoes you’ve been staring at for far too long.

Rough times will pass! So make sure that you keep a positive outlook and you take care of yourself every day of the year.

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Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

Don’t let all your hard work at the gym go to waste. You need all the energy to give it your all during your workout to see the best results. Here are 8 snacks you should be eating before and after the gym:

Pre-Workout Snacks

  1. Banana and Peanut Butter
  2. Coconut Water
  3. Breakfast Smoothie
  4. Oatmeal

Post-Workout Snacks

  1. Quinoa
  2. Turkey Sandwich
  3. Chocolate Milk
  4. Chai Seeds

Get the most out our your exercise routine, and make sure that every week you take some time to cater to yourself and take care of your body.

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National Staying Healthy Month

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In honor of National Staying Healthy Month, let us tell you about total body care:

Life in general takes a toll on our bodies every single day. PTA meetings, soccer games, dentist appointments, work, school and everything in between, we are constantly on the move. Its on us to stop and hit the pause button. Taking a pause on the daily grind is an essential part of life.

Massage Envy can help. Let us help you take care of your body. Getting a massage or facial shouldn’t be a luxury. A regular massage can give your body the room it needs to stay healthy and nourished for a better life. A regular facial isn’t just maintenance for your skin. It will leave you with results that can be everlasting to your face.

The next time you need a break from this thing called life, let us be your partner in managing your body.

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Healthy Winter Diet Ideas

Winter is here. Even though that doesn’t mean much to us Floridian’s, we can still follow everyone else’s winter diet plans! Our foods are so much limited in the winter, but here are 4 foods that you should be eating more of over the next few months:

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants! Remember, only the juice and seeds inside are edible. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates keep for up to 2 months. It is proven to fight high cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It also increases the speed at which heart blockages melt away.

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Kale thrives in the winter months. It is particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K. When they are steamed, their benefits of lowering cholesterol are much higher than if you ate them raw. Kale is also believed to fight cancer with a substance called sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. The body is normally missing the minerals your body needs, but Kale is a plant-based source of calcium and magnesium that will replenish the body.

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Oranges are the juiciest in the wintertime. Not only do they give you the best source of vitamin C, they can help you fight off any cold or allergy you may have from the “colder” weather. It is a great snack for any time of day. It is important to drink orange juice in the morning so your body can hydrate and get the vitamin C to function for the start of your day.

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Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and B6. They are also a good source of foliate, which is especially great for women of childbearing age. Did you know potatoes have more potassium than a banana does? Believe it! Potassium is a mineral that is part of every body cell. It helps regulate fluids and mineral balance for the body. It also helps lower blood pressure.

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5 Tips to Stay Happy and Healthy Through The Holiday Season

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Drink Lots of Water

The holidays are a time to celebrate, and because of that people tend to drink more alcohol. In order to stay healthy it’s important to make sure you’re drinking tons of water to stay hydrated! Get in the habit of filling up a bottle of water in the morning and making sure you finish it by the end of the day.

Wash Your Hands

The single biggest threat to your health is the germs on your hands! Whether your traveling or just doing some last minute shopping, make sure to keep some hand sanitizer with you at all times! No one wants to be sick on the holidays.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Eat what you are looking forward to the most, but make sure it’s in moderation! Don’t over indulge yourself in all the dessert. It’s important you are getting enough of the vitamins you need. You’re going to need all the extra energy!

 Stay Active

We have the tendency of putting fitness on hold around the holidays. If you are unable to make it to the gym, take 20 minutes out of your day and go for a walk or a job around the neighborhood. Do this 2 or 3 times a week and you won’t gain that access weight you are over-thinking about!

 Controlling Stress

Treating yourself to a massage or a hot bath could be the thing you need to stay relaxed. We seem to get so caught up in the holidays that we forget the important things like taking care of YOU. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take some time for yourself and enjoy alone time. You’ll thank yourself later.

Thank you for allowing us to take care of you! Stay tuned for our next blog post and make sure that every week, you are able to enjoy some ME time.

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5 Reasons to Eat Healthy

At Massage Envy Central Florida, our purpose is to help you live the best life you can. Whether you need help relaxing and revitalizing your body with a massage, or want to take care of your skin with one of our Murad Facials, we are here to join you in the path to better health.

Today, we are going to explore how proper nutrition is going to help you achieve your health goals and feel great. Here are five reasons eating right should be part of your daily life:

It protects your bones 

When you eat healthy food and get the recommended amount of calcium, vitamin D, and folic acid, you will build a strong skeleton. This will also help you prevent osteoporosis and fractures int he long term.

It makes you happier 

Recent studies found have that eating more fruits and vegetables can lead to feeling calmer, happier and more energetic.

It strengthens your immune system

Research has found that if you are getting your recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables, you will boost your immune system and save at least five sick days.

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It results in clearer skin 

Scientists explain that you may be able to eat your way to a clearer complexion if you avoid over-eating certain foods such as sugary foods, dairy, and processed grains.

It soothes sore muscles 

What you eat greatly affects how quickly and how well your body will recover after a workout. For example, protein is vital in helping your muscles recover so if your body is not receiving the appropriate amount of protein it needs, it won’t recover well.

Healing Hands for Arthritis 2015

The 5th annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event and fundraiser was held on September 16, 2015, and we are proud to share that it was a great success across all of our Massage Envy Spa Central Florida clinics. This event helped us raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Thank you for participating and donating to this great cause. Here are some highlights of the great work that was done across our clinics:

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HHFA event at our Waterford Lakes clinic!

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Thanks so much for all you do for Sadie and the other kids with arthritis!!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Oviedo clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Altamonte Springs clinic!

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Our Gainesville team was very excited for HHFA!

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Here is Kenzie participating on our HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Clermont clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Lake Mary clinic!

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HHFA event at our Massage Envy Spa Viera clinic!

4 Ways to Enjoy Some ‘ME Time’ Even If You Are Busy

Being an adult can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be very overwhelming because of the increased amount of responsibilities that you acquire over time. Your to-do list always gets longer as you progress through different stages in life and time is a precious commodity that you can’t afford to waste. If you have been struggling to make time to enjoy yourself or to do some activities to improve your overall wellbeing, take a look at the following 4 tips that can help you accomplish that:

Be Specific

Ask yourself these questions: What specifically do I want to do for myself? What does relaxing, resting, recharging or exercising mean to me? If you are very broad and schedule ‘free time’ for yourself, you are probably going to have a hard time deciding exactly what do to when that time comes, which can lead to wasted time, or you are going to end up yielding that space to on-the-go activities that come up. For example, if you are specific, you know what type of exercise you want to do, instead of just vaguely stating you want to workout. If you want to relax, be specific! Are you going to meditate, get a massage, go for a walk or take a nap? Be specific about what you want to accomplish, start with one or two activities a week and work your way up to integrate more.

Schedule It

Now that you know what you want, you can go ahead and put it in your calendar. This is where you make time for it and find time for yourself. This is as simple as scheduling a doctor’s appointment. You know at what time it is and where to be; by scheduling it you make sure you don’t miss it. So think of your ‘me time’ as the activities that help lift your spirit and keep you healthy. Schedule them just as you would schedule anything important. After all, you are very important!

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Make It Non-Negotiable

Since these activities will probably help you be in a better mood, feel better, be healthier, be stronger, or be more relaxed, they should be regarded as non-negotiable and as part of your life habits. Don’t replace them once you have scheduled them unless an emergency needs your attention. Since you have them in your calendar and you understand that taking care of yourself is very important, block those times out. Those 30 minutes or that hour that you took for yourself will help you perform better throughout the rest of the day.

Get Accountability

If you really want to include new activities on your routine, getting some support along the way will make a huge difference. If your goal is to workout and be more active, getting accountability can be as simple as joining an exercise group and sharing your goals with the instructor so they can help keep you on track. You can also rely on your best friend or partner and ask them to keep you accountable, motivated, and to be supportive. Sharing with someone else what you want to accomplish and asking them to join your efforts will provide you with extra motivation!

Taking time for yourself is important; if you are not well, you can’t serve others well. Making time for yourself doesn’t mean you are neglecting other priorities in your life, it just means that you are also one of your priorities—perhaps the most important one since without your health and well being, none of the other priorities can be met.

We hope you are able to enjoy more ‘ME time’ from now on!