Day: August 10, 2012

Self-care

In today’s fast-paced world of work, home life and working out, sometimes we forget to schedule a little down time for ourselves. A few minutes of self care every day can go a long way towards reducing stress, relieving muscle fatigue and increasing energy levels.

A massage is a wonderful way to treat yourself and give your body the therapy and relaxation it needs in order to recuperate from intense workouts, heavy exercise or a stressful work week. Here are some things that you can do in the meantime to help maintain a healthy body and relieve stress levels when you don’t have enough time for a full hour of treatment from a specialist.

Heat/Sauna
A good sweat every day is not only healthy for your skin and your circulation, but can also help the body flush out toxins and waste products more efficiently. 20 minutes in a nice hot sauna will help the body flush things out and clear the mind after a workout or a long day. After a sauna, an ice dip or one-two minute cold shower helps reduce the body heat and bring blood supply back to the core and organs of the body. The body is like a sponge. Heat and cold are like the hands that help squeeze out the sponge, clearing out waste products and toxicity.

Water
While spending time in a sauna is very beneficial to your health, it’s very important as well to replenish your body’s fluid supply with fresh water. SAC has filtered water with ice at the cafĂ© station just outside the locker rooms. It’s a good idea to drink two or three glasses of water to help keep your fluid levels up when having a nice sweat!

Electrolytes
In addition to water, electrolyte balance is extremely important when doing heavy exercise or having a sweat. NUUN and Emergen-C are two great products available that contain a good balance of calcium, magnesium, and potassium to help keep the body’s electrolytes balanced. The SAC Cafe and vending machines also stock coconut water, a natural supply of electrolyte balance which has been said to have the closest similarity to blood plasma available in nature. It’s a great way to rehydrate very quickly. And, it tastes best over ice!

Foam Rolling
Many people know the benefits of a great massage. But sometimes when you need a quick fix, a foam roller can do the trick. The SAC has foam rollers in the mat stretch area upstairs available for you to use at any time. Using the foam roller to slowly roll out your IT band, quadriceps, glutes and back can be a great way to relieve tension on the go. Foam rolling, when done correctly, is very beneficial to the tissue and can help relieve tightness in the muscles and tendons. Ask a member of the fitness or massage staff to show you the correct way to take advantage of foam rolling.

Healthy diet
We all know the benefits of eating a healthy diet high in fiber and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Summer is an awesome time to enjoy the benefits of shopping in the market right next to the SAC. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the area abound. And of course we are famous for our seafood and “flying” fish!

If you need additional guidance regarding nutrition and diet, contact our Nutritionist, Kathryn Reed at 206-443-1111 ext. 261 for an appointment.

Take care and have a healthy, active summer!