Why Traveling is good for your health

WHY TRAVELING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH (1)Vacation time in the workplace is decreasing.  Which makes my mind twist and turn.  Vacations offer the chance to relax and restore our overall well-being.  As spring break is approaching, I wanted to show the world how important this week of vacation is; not only our mental health but our physical health.

Recharge emotionally

It is known that being near the water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.  Being near the ocean side can help reset our emotions.  The feeling of awe come about when the sea is at your fingertips.

Get back in shape

While some may think a vacation is an excuse to put aside fitness, traveling goes beyond sitting in a beach chair.  As a tourist you are spending many days walking, whether its sightseeing Europe or walking on the sandy white beaches.  As a traveler you are also inclined more to try new actives while visiting your destination.  These activates may be sailing, surfing, hiking, biking, etc.  Many resorts also encourage fitness while at your stay.  The resorts bring in fitness instructress to do water aerobics or beach yoga with the guest.  This allows visitors to boost physical and mental fitness while away from home.

Eliminating stress

Engaging in new surroundingsallows you to eliminate the stress you are leaving back at home.  There are many psychological benefits from change of scenery from home and work.  Humans thrive on freshness, and travel offers the complete package with new faces, sounds, and sights. Leave all your worries at home.

Wind down and rest up

We’re all guilty; little sleep mixed with high stress can lead to irritability and negative consequences on your everyday performance.  Vacations are a great opportunity to catch up on sleep.  To feel more energized, make sleep and resting and important thing you need.  Grab a beach chair and catch some z’s, but make sure you apply SPF before shutting those eyes.

Mood booster

Traveling can improve our emotional state. Surveys have shown that planning one trip a year can make a human feel happier.  When vacations become a routine it makes it that much easier to leave the stresses of life behind and leave the guilt behind.  Regular vacations, while taking time for yourself and your family lowers your stress level that contribute to degrading our mental and physical health.  And who could forget about the memories that last a life time with vacations.  Memories of vacations can trigger happiness long after your trip.

Many physical and mental benefits to traveling are gained when you step out of your comfort zone and explore the culture around you.  With spring break right around the corner, I hope you truly take advantage of it.  You do not need to travel miles away by plane to gain these benefits.  A vacation lies right within your own backyard.

I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

Karlee Fowler

You Salty, huh?

saltyWe as humans are creatures of habit, we do what we’re used to and don’t even question it. This personally reigns true for me when I’m sitting at a dining table and sprinkle some table salt on my food when it doesn’t meet my flavor standards. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that this additional ingredient puts a toll on my well-being.

I generally eat pretty clean, so I had to pause for a minute and question why my seemingly harmless avocado toast was making me feel so bloated and sluggish. My thought process was that I’m better off adding salt and pepper to my food rather than a hefty sauce, butter, cheese, or dressing. Which is true in most senses, but becoming too dependent on salt only causes sluggishness, bloating and cravings for fatty foods.

I realized that once I stopped adding salt to my food I felt comfortably full, extremely energized and not bloated. Once I noticed this difference it made it easy for me to decide to give up table salt for the year. I found myself broadening my horizon to the healthy alternatives to salt and realizing how little sodium we actually need in our diet.

According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that we consume 1,500 mg of sodium a day -which is less than the amount of salt found in a teaspoon. Despite your current health status, this is an easy initiative to limit your risk factors to cardiovascular disease.

If your preferred salt intake is that of a deer’s attraction to a salt lick, this might be a troubling thought to you. However, it is easier than you think to flavor your food without salt, here’s how.

 

  • Lemon: What we tend to love about salt is it’s slight tang. What better way to make up for this with a squeeze of some fresh and tangy lemon juice?
  • Pepper: I have always added pepper to my food, personally if it’s not spicy or flavorful I’m pretty bored with that food. So I always make sure to add Cayenne pepper, or black pepper.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is a great alternative to salt. Balsamic vinegar can help lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels according to livestrong.com. Plus, a little bit goes a long way when it comes to vinegar.
  • Garlic: Adding garlic to food is the perfect zest for you non pepper eaters. Not only does it give food a satisfying, hearty taste but it helps speed up your metabolism and is a good source of iron according to whfoods.org.

 

February is just around the corner, which is American Heart month. What better time than now to make this simple change that can greatly improve your cardiovascular health? Broaden your palate horizon, limit your salt intake and indulge in an energized and healthy lifestyle.

“It’s a good day to have a good one.”

-Alena Purpero

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