Ahh—the joy of a simple stretch. A long ago episode of the Flintstones still makes me laugh. Fred was taking ballet lessons and an emphatic dance instructor bellowed out as he danced around on his toes, “Stretch, Mr. Flintsone! — sttrrrrretch!! Sometimes we need a ‘stretch’ reminder. Stretching is essential for overall body wellness and fluidity. It is beneficial for anyone with osteoarthritis. Before stretching, a short cardio warm up of 5-10 minutes is a good way to start out. It’s important to stretch both before and after workouts, for injury-free fitness. Whatever your activity, or if you do a lot of stairs daily as I do, make an effort not to neglect stretching. We can all take a tip from our feline friends. Cats love to stretch and ‘hold’ that stretch. Stretching and holding a stretch for up to 30 seconds helps avoid strain, overuse and unnecessary wear and tear. Tip: If you work at a desk all day, get up! Stand up. Take a stretch break. Drink plenty of water to keep muscles hydrated. Regular massage therapy, pilates and yoga are more great ways to give your muscles a friendly treat. Do yourself a favour everyday — strrrrre—tch.
There are countless positive reasons to invest smartly in caring for your skin on a daily basis. #1, as your body’s largest ‘organ’, our skin is impacted not only by the food we eat and aided by drinking and hydrating with at least 8 glasses of water daily, it’s continually affected by the environment around us, including products we put ‘on’ our bodies. We all know about the importance of protecting our skin from over-exposure to sunlight. My grandmother had lovely skin into her 90s and swore that wearing a hat in the heat of the day made a difference. She was years ahead of her time. In addition to protecting our skin from too much sunlight, we need to eat well, hydrate, exercise and always use a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen daily. In addition, a daily skincare regimen using products that protect your skin without the use of potentially harmful ingredients is a worthwhile investment. Your skin will thank you! Discover the science of skincare at Usana’s ‘Ask the Scientists.com’, check out the beauty/wellness benefits of Sensé, and stay tuned to my blog and upstreamdream.usana.com for Usana’s whole new level in skincare ‘intelligence – Celavive‘ (coming soon!)
Healthy living is about choosing and enjoying great foods, rest, relaxation, regular exercise, and more…but how to get it right is sometimes challenging. The Mayo Clinic’s ‘2017 Guide to Healthy Living‘ is a great place to start if you are serious about getting on track and making the most of your wellness or personal renewal routine, (including diet, exercise and resiliency). The Guide helps you to develop a positive personal wellness plan, (from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program). One truly great tip I enjoyed in the Guide is allowing yourself room to modify your wellness plan as you go. Don’t be rigid about having to do this or that. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Both are motivation killers and can stop you in your tracks. The Guide delivers smart common sense information about looking and feeling better and managing stress in a way that suits you. This isn’t about pleasing others, but it is about being happy about your wellness journey. I also highly recommend adding the Clinic’s A to Z Health Guide as a resource for your wholesome wellness journey. Live each day well!