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travel benefits
We sometimes think of our travels as just the pretty pictures we take and the magnificent tan we get on tropical beaches. Yet the benefits of travel go beyond an eye-catching skin tone. Getting away is good for us, both...
2013
It’s something we just can’t escape! As December 31st approaches, we feel the need or desire to adopt resolutions that will get us off on the right foot for the new year. This tradition certainly has its upside, but we can all feel discouraged when those resolutions prove hard to keep. It’s important, then, to make resolutions that reflect our personalities and to vary them from one year to the next. Here are a few suggestions for original New Year’s resolutions. Dare to try something new. Have you always wanted to try hot yoga, scuba diving, snowshoeing, speed skating, zumba or snowboarding? Now’s the time to start! Take advantage of...
Nordic Bath
Winter impacts our bodies in many negative ways: dry skin, chilblains and respiratory difficulties, not to mention the stress, chronic fatigue and mood-related problems that can plague some people due to lack of exposure to the sun. Scandinavian baths are among the most effective relaxation and well-being options for regaining physical and mental vitality, especially in the depths of winter. A three-part treatment Scandinavian or Nordic baths work on the principle of hydrotherapy, a type of treatment involving stimulating the body with alternating hot and cold temperatures. The contrast between the hot and cold seems to be therapeutically beneficial. This method involves three phases, as Émilie Mazet of Scandinave Les...
Stretch
Is there a secret to energetic people? Do they know something we don’t or possess something those who are less energetic do not? If there’s one thing that is measurable amongst vital people it’s their habits, or rather their series of habits. Probably one of the single-most important attributes of energetic people is diet, and a healthy, well-rounded one at that. Quite simply, food is fuel, so making a choice to commit to a variety of nutrient-dense foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry or lean meat and dairy products like yogurt and low-fat milk is key. In addition to a good diet, when it comes to energy,...
They're a happy couple
Balancing the stresses and responsibilities of everyday life can feel like adding an extra chore on the TO DO list. The key is to make small changes and allow yourself to take a break. A few small things added (or subtracted) can provide some welcome breathing space in our busy lives. Start the day right : A nutritious and balanced breakfast fuels the body and gives you a sense of well-being.  Some fruit and a yogurt containing probiotics plus a whole-grain homemade muffin can get you out the door fast and recharged. Drop activities that sap time and energy : Maybe you need to excuse yourself sooner from conversations with a gossipy...
Smiling and eating
Mornings can be the busiest time of the day.  There are usually mouths to feed, lunches to be made and—of course—the battle over the bathroom.  Not to mention coordinating dinner, pick-ups and evening activities before everyone goes their separate way.  Taking a few things off the morning agenda by planning ahead can give everyone a little bit more peace as they head into a new day. Planning lunches the night before is an obvious time saver, but having a roster of standards can make life easier.  Tuna, hummus with cucumber and low-fat cheese bagels are all quick, nutritious options.  If you’re cutting veggies Sunday night, slice up enough for the...
Woman practicing yoga at sunrise
What does it mean to be vital? To possess vitality? Definitively, in the dictionary, it means to have “Physical or intellectual vigor; energy”—so what does that look like in modern life? For your consideration today, when thinking about your own daily vitality, here are five things to try: Something to look forward to: Think of something you’re looking forward to, like the weekend, a vacation, date night or time with your kids. This can help to keep your spirits up and put you in a positive frame of mind in tough moments. Mediating: This isn’t new to us—we know it’s good for us already! But did you know that meditation...

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