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- How to stay fit on holiday Yoga: Take a yoga mat with you! The beauty of yoga is that you really can do it anywhere, and your mat can be taken as hand luggage on all airlines. If you're heading to a beautiful beach, why not indulge yourself with some one-on-one time with your yoga mat. Up the ante at the hotel gym: Combine two basic strength exercises, a core exercise and some cardio equipment for an intense but quick session by performing ten squats, ten chest presses (if there's a machine) or ten push-ups, and 30 seconds of walking planks three times each with no break! It'll take about 20 minutes with a quick warm up and you'll be burning calories all day! Get the family involved: Renting bikes for the day can be a healthy, fun-filled way to see many cities and get around famous landmarks while walking tours are very low cost or even free, and can be fun for everyone. theactivelifestyle.net
- Three favourite books for healthy living Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr Even Kris Carr’s biography is an outstanding story. The young woman riddled with cancer who has survived against all odds by devoting herself to clean living and eating, her books (and YouTube channel) are entertaining and full of energy while her recipes are brimming with happy, healthy and utterly enjoyable ingredients. Scandilicious by Signe Johansen Ok, so this isn’t really a health book, but between the fresh ingredients and the outdoorsy lifestyle that Signe Johansen denotes with memories of foraging with her grandmother in Scandinavia and hearty breakfasts with freshly baked loaves, there is something refreshingly healthy for mind, body and soul in these recipes. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz There’s something deliciously likeable about Cameron Diaz as she shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier and stronger in her guide that’s rooted in science and inspired by experience. It’s not about one-size-fits-all, it’s about finding something for everyone in this empowering handbook that all women can fall in love with, because here is a woman who loves cheese and carbs and gives one hell of a pep talk!
- Detox your mobile phone How did people ever get by without their iPhones? Miraculous as these little computers are though, sometimes our health and wellbeing requires distance from all that e-smog. Here’s how to make a difference in your home… Turn off: it sounds as though we are about to suggest the unthinkable, but here goes. Every now and again, try turning off your Wifi, just for a little while, to give you and your household a digi-break. You might be surprised at what an impact it has, quite literally at the click of a button. Go outside: we are all unusually stressed out most of the time these days, but mobile phones can add to that sense of being just a bit frazzled. The best advice would be to head somewhere remote without phone signal and preferably near a flowing waterfall. Those may well be unlikely prospects for most of us, but heading out to a park or somewhere green is a very good place to start! Alarm bells: we all do it, but using a mobile phone as an alarm is a big no-no. Electronic devices in your bedroom are highly likely to reduce your quality of sleep – something none of us can afford to do. Bedrooms should be for sleep, sex, and possibly an over-stuffed wardrobe, so why not invest in an old fashioned alarm clock and get back to those important nighttime ventures.
- Beauty products in your kitchen cupboard Beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune; in fact sometimes it’s as simple as having a nose around your own kitchen cupboards. Just check out these skincare wonder products! Coconut oil: seriously gentle, totally natural and magnificently multi-purpose, coconut oil has been the beauty buzzword on everybody’s lips. A seriously proficient body moisturiser, it sinks into the skin without leaving you greasy. It can also be used as a conditioning hair mask and a bath or massage oil – turns out happiness does come in a jar! Honey: It’s soothing, antibacterial and gentle, not to mention cheap. You could even mix it with a little of that coconut oil and perhaps a favourite essential oil to really get that spa feeling at home! Oats: are a wonderful scrub for face and body, can help to treat acne gently and soothe dry or irritated skin. Simply soak them in warm water and then apply direct to the skin, or add to a warm bath and soak up all that goodness.
- Flower power As the summer gets into full bloom few things can produce a purer sense of happiness than the brightly coloured flowers blossoming in the parks and hedgerows around us. Hey, even the freshly cut ones on the kitchen table induce a smile every time we walk past. Speaking to Sue Davis, Naturopath at Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Essex however, flowers mean so much more than pretty colours and nice smells, they have some serious healing power as well. Sue is an expert in flower remedies, which go back to the 16th century when a physician decided to try using the distilled dew from flowers in the belief that they would have healing properties. To obtain the energy from a plant and thus its essence, practitioners pick fresh blooms and place them in a crystal bowl. They allow the sun (or moon, or sometimes both) to beat down, and when the flowers wither the extracted essence is combined with alcohol to preserve it. Most of us will have come across flower remedies in the form of Bach’s Rescue Remedy and they work on a similar level to aromatherapy. Therapists believe you are drawn towards the essences you are lacking and research has been done in Australia testing energy fields around people before and after flower therapy showing significant changes. The therapy is designed to reinstate balance in the body – practitioners believe that our energy fields change before we see physical signs of illness, and ailments themselves are the final materialisation of an ongoing imbalance. Flower remedies address that at an earlier stage, which is why they can be used for a particular problem, or simply to help individuals to feel better. The somewhat spiritual aspect of the practice begs the question as to whether you need to believe the remedies will work in order to see a result, and on this point Sue is refreshingly pragmatic: "of course it works best if you are open minded about it, but because it works on a physical level it does work for everyone."
- The ultimate green smoothie Here is a recipe to trump them all thanks to the wellness team at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Essex… Ingredients: A quarter of a pineapple, one celery stick, two golden delicious apples, half a lime, peeled, slice of lemon with peel, thumbnail of fresh ginger, quarter of an avocado, two cubes of frozen spinach, 30ml of CherryActive, BlueberryActive or BeetrootActive concentrates, 1-2 tsp Kiki Natures Living Super Greens, one tablespoon Kiki raw hemp protein powder, water Method: Simply add all ingredients into a high powered blender such as a Vitamix and blend until smooth. Add water to thin as needed. Why it is so good for you? Pineapple contains bromelain a potent digestive enzyme to help with bloating. Apple contains anti-aging pectin. Lime contains vitamin C which makes iron bioavailable in spinach. Avocado is full of skin and heart friendly omegas. Spinach is full of iron.