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5 Strategies for Glowing, Vibrant Skin

JJ Virgin May 21, 2015 Wellness

 Beyond a great moisturizer, fabulous skin evolves from what you eat. Beauty comes from within, and the best dermatologist and cleansers can't rescue a terrible diet's detrimental effects on your skin. My friend employed these five strategies. For a younger, healthier, more vibrant complexion, you should too.

The Dangers of Sitting All Day and 5 Things To Do About It

Alishah Merchant Apr 21, 2015 Wellness

The vast majority of us spend hours at a desk in front of a computer every day. Even after the workday is complete, many of us go on to sit more while in a car, bus, or the subway and then again at the dinner table, and in front of the television. Even if we take time out of our busy day to engage in physical activity such as walking, biking, running or weight training, the proportion of this time is minimal compared to the hours and hours of sitting we log.

Research studies indicate that too much time spent sitting and being sedentary can lead to very negative health outcomes including increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, not to mention the higher rates of obesity, depression and hypertension.

There are many reasons for the negative health consequences related to prolonged sitting. The most clear and straightforward relationship is that sitting burns fewer calories than standing or walking. This is because sitting is quite passive especially if you are sitting with poor posture. Your muscles don't need to do much to hold you up and you expend very little energy because you are being supported by a chair. While standing, your leg muscles, core muscles and back muscles have to work harder in order to hold you erect against gravity. Fewer calories burned can lead to obesity which can lead to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

There are other metabolic effects that occur at the cellular level that can also explain the harmful consequences of sitting all day. From an evolutionary perspective, we are meant to be moving creatures and our muscles and muscle cells have been built and specifically designed to manage higher levels of activity than modern man typically engages in these days. It has been shown that muscle cells that are idle do not react to insulin (a hormone that carries glucose to cells for energy) as easily and thus the pancreas has to produce more and more of the insulin hormone for the same response (also known as insulin resistance). Long-term changes in blood insulin levels can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. In addition, excess insulin in the blood encourages cell growth, which can explain the rapid cell growth of cancerous cells. It is also believed that the expression of certain genes that work to suppress inflammation are decreased in sedentary individuals. This can explain many conditions that are related to inflammation such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Obviously this is some serious stuff so here are some ideas to get you moving more throughout the day:

1. Walk part way or all the way to work! If you drive, park further away. In some cases parking further away is cheaper but regardless you are forced to walk before you start your work day as well as at the end of the day on your way home. If you take the subway or bus, get off a stop or two earlier and walk the rest of the way. If you live close by, think about riding your bike or walking to work.

2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Consider taking the stairs up to your office at the beginning of the day, at lunch and at the end of the day. Stair climbing adds resistance to your legs and forces your leg and core muscle to work even harder than walking alone. It can also help to increase your heart rate. You will notice that this task becomes easier and easier as you do it more because your muscles will become stronger and your cardiovascular system will become more efficient.

3. Drink lots of water throughout the day by always keeping a bottle of water on your desk. Water can help to cleanse your body of toxins and keep your cells hydrated. In addition, you will need to use the restroom more often and this will force you to get up from your desk more often.

4. Go for a walk at lunch. Force yourself to take a break at lunch and incorporate movement during this break. Do not go directly from your desk to the lunch-room or cafeteria only to sit more. Eat quickly and then spend the rest of your lunch break walking outdoors. This will help clear your mind, get your blood flowing, increase your metabolism and prepare you for the rest of your day at work. You will notice that your work productivity will actually increase if you make the time to do this.

See related article Sitting At A Desk All Day? (Do This Instead)

5. Stand up at work whenever possible. There are standing desks available and many other opportunities to stand up while you are on the phone or when you are brainstorming ideas. Consider walking over to a fellow colleague's desk instead of just sending them an email or calling them. The ideas are endless if you actually consider all the times at work that you can actually stand up and move around.

Lasting Effects: Five Tips to Continue Feeling Great After Your Massage

Elements Massage Nov 3, 2014 Wellness

  Receiving a great massage that relaxes your mind, relieves tension from your muscles and rejuvenates your soul can have a lasting effect on your mind and body’s well-being. But, to continue getting the most out of your great massage experience well beyond your session, it can be helpful to adopt some of the following post-massage healthy habits.

Pure Barre for The Average Woman

Jennifer Gillis Sep 15, 2014 Wellness

Pure Barre is a great and fun work out for any woman. A low impact work out utilizing the ballet bar to perform small isometric moves to great music in a welcoming environment and a guarentee you will have a blast while lifting, toning and burning! 

The Art of Aging: Look, Feel Great with Massage

Elements Massage Mar 27, 2014 Wellness

The way you feel is more important than the number of candles on your birthday cake.  But inevitably we all get older and experience the effects of aging on our minds and bodies.

Age may be just a number, as the saying goes.  But certain ages are significant benchmarks for many.

“A lot of people have a specific birthday in their heads that they believe will be the turning point when they will start experiencing the effects of aging,” explains Bonnie Vaniea, massage therapist at Elements Wilsonville. “It varies from person to person, but that date is when they start noticing new aches and pains.”

Whether your 40th, 50th or 60th birthday is your turning point, incorporating massage into your regular lifestyle can help you age wisely and gracefully.

What Do You Love Most About Massage?

Elements Massage Therapists Feb 17, 2014 Wellness

Massage therapists from Elements Massage around the country describe what they love most about massage.

Massage Provides Mental, Physical Treatment Options for Children with Autism

Elements Massage Jan 27, 2014 Wellness

Autism is a condition that has been around for decades, but society is just recently becoming more familiar with it as diagnosis and awareness continues to increase in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism.  And studies show that the condition is four to five times more common among boys than girls. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by autism and government statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10-17 percent annually in recent years.

Pregnancy Massage

Posted by Elements Therapeutic Massage, North San Antonio Apr 24, 2013 Wellness

  You may think of massage as a luxury to indulge in on occasion. But one of the most beneficial times for massage may be during pregnancy. What Is Pregnancy Massage? Pregnancy massage is a catch-all term for any hands-on massage during or after pregnancy (prenatal or postnatal massage). A pregnancy massage typically lasts an hour. Some practitioners use a pregnancy...

Improve Health and Well-Being by Beating Workplace Stres

Mar 5, 2013 Wellness

Tight deadlines, never-ending multitasking, huge project piles and multi-source pressures from bosses, customers and co-workers are all too common characteristics in today’s workplace environment. Working every day in this type of environment can leave employees feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted.

Fix It with Massage - Mens Health

Mar 5, 2013 Wellness

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