Holiday Recovery Tips!

4 Jul

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Ah yes, the summer holidays.   A time for fun and festivities, friends and family, and for a lot of us, a bit of over indulgence.  From salty snacks and sugary treats to adult beverages and too much sun, holidays can wreak havoc on our bodies.  Here are some quick tips to help you get back on your feet and ready to tackle the week ahead!

  1.  GET SLEEP!
    A good night of sleep after a long day of indulging is crucial to a speedy recovery. Among many other benefits, getting a good night of sleep has been shown to help maintain a healthy weight, lower stress levels, put you in a better mood, and increase immunity.  (www.webmd.com)
  2.  GET HYDRATED!
    It’s an absolute must to replenish your body’s water levels throughout the day and at the end of the day.  Water benefits your body in a variety of ways including promoting cardiovascular health, helping your joints and muscles work better, and most importantly in this case – cleansing toxins from your body. (www.onemedical.com)
  3.  GET VITAMINS!
    Fat-soluble toxins must be detoxified before they can pass through and out of the system. Much of this process takes place in the liver, which metabolizes these toxins to turn them water-soluble. There are many vitamins and antioxidants that can aid in this process including A, C, E, K, B1, B6, beta carotene and biotinGreat sources of these are vitamins are nuts, whole grains, yogurt, bananas, citrus fruits and dark leafy veggies. (www.livestrong.com)
  4.  GET MOVING!
    Okay, so you’ve gotten a good night of sleep, you’ve properly hydrated, you’ve enjoyed a delicious, vitamin rich smoothie – now what?  Get to the Studio, of course!  A solid workout can counteract some of those tell-tale symptoms of an “overly festive” occasion.  Moving your body and getting some exercise, even when you don’t necessarily feel like exercising, can help stimulate the release of endorphins again, resulting in a better mood and a better state of mind as you recover.  Look for lower-intensity methods of exercise that can help restore your mood and energy without making you feel sick – a pilates class would surely do the trick! (www.livestrong.com)

Have a great week and remember:  Be the best version of you that you can be! 

~Dayna Ganiko
PX Studio

 

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2 Responses to “Holiday Recovery Tips!”

  1. Jeannetteb July 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tips, Dayna! I’m working on it! Any ideas on how to counteract too much sun?

  2. Pilates X Studio July 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Hi Jeannette! Thank you for visiting our blog. That’s a great question!

    Much of the damage to our skin caused by the sun can be prevented. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. It is important to remember to apply sunscreen before going outside, and if you plan to stay outside for more than two hours, sunscreen should be reapplied.

    Another way to protect yourself is to cover up with sunglasses, proper clothing and a hat. If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, find a place with shade to protect yourself from the UV rays.

    If you’ve already gotten too much sun, here are some tips:
    1. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve) to decrease pain and inflammation are useful, especially when started early.

    2. Aloe Vera gel or aloe-based lotions may soothe irritated skin. These can be found in the drugstore.

    3., Cool (not ice cold) baths may help. Avoid bath salts, oils, and perfumes as these may produce sensitivity reactions.

    4. Avoid scrubbing the skin or shaving the skin. Use soft towels to gently dry the body. Don’t rub. Use a light, fragrance-free skin moisturizer after you dry off.

    What’s important to remember is that prolonged sun exposure does not cause your vitamin D levels to increase further, but does increase your risk of skin cancer. And when the UV index is high, anything over 3, you will want to avoid sun exposure all together.

    ~Dayna

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