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The Best Workout for You

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

personal fitnessYou want to get into better shape, but you just haven’t found a routine that inspires you. Or, given your busy life, finding time to exercise seems impossible. While the hurdles to establishing a beneficial exercise routine are many, the challenge isn’t insurmountable. With the right mindset, you can find a fitness regimen that fits your interests, needs, and schedule.

The perfect exercise regimen is far from being one size fits all. First off, think about what activities interest you – a quick Google search will yield myriad possibilities, from hiking and biking to running or tai chi, just for starters. (more…)

Boost Your Confidence

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”   — Eleanor Roosevelt

In the early days of a new year, we tend to have big ideas about becoming better versions of ourselves – but blazing new trails and self-improvement generally boils down to how much self confidence we have. While some personalities may lend themselves to self-assurance, confidence is not something that we’re born with. Rather, confidence is something that can be cultivated over time. To give yourself an instant boost of confidence, try one of these straightforward ideas: (more…)

A Beautiful 2019: Top 5 Skincare Resolutions

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

2019Happy New Year! As we look with anticipation to a calendar full of possibilities, the tradition of making resolutions comes naturally. If you haven’t yet come up with the perfect resolutions for 2019, allow us to suggest improving how you care for your body’s largest organ – your skin. The good news is that making a big impact on your skin’s appearance and health doesn’t have to take hours of your day. With a few simple commitments, you can start the year with a fresh skincare regimen that works.

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Gray Winter Days and Vitamin D

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

If you’re a 122618b-01skin care fanatic, chances are you avoid the sun. After all, too many rays can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. There are benefits to limited sun exposure, however, and some of these are critical to human health; for example, we humans overwhelmingly rely on sun exposure for our bodies to produce ample Vitamin D. But did you know that according to a study published in Nutrition Research, as many as 41.6% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?

Here’s why that matters: Vitamin D is used by the body to help absorb essential phosphorous and calcium from the food we eat. These are used constantly to replace bone tissue and repair muscles including the heart. So a lack of Vitamin D can result in weak teeth, bones, and muscles. (more…)

Holiday Revival: Home Spa Day

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Spa DayPlaces to go, people to see, and gifts to buy. It’s a busy season, and all too often our physical and emotional health pay the price. What we all really need right now is some indulgent relaxation, but a day at the spa may not be feasible due to time, not to mention budget.

Our answer? A bit of pampering at home that’s not only blissful to the soul, but also easy on the wallet. Here are just a few ideas to get you started – we’ve chosen rituals that you should be able to perform with supplies found in your home. Pick and choose activities for a customized session that fits your personality, schedule, and supplies: (more…)

Brrr! Workout Motivation Now

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

We’re in thWorkout Motivatione thick of winter storm season, which can make it all the more challenging to muster up workout motivation. However, in the midst of all that weather lies a season of overindulgence – all the more reason exercise is so important right now. If you’re struggling with staying active, take a look at these top five ideas for making that trek to the gym (or wherever your fitness plans take you) a little bit easier:

Make getting out of bed more pleasant. For morning fitness enthusiasts, program your thermostat to kick on before your normal wake time to make crawling out of your cocoon more tolerable. To further this gentle awakening, (more…)

3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

A Peaceful, Productive Holiday Season

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday PrepIt’s crunch time! Whether you’re wrapping up end-of-year business at the office or trying to squeeze in cookie baking between caroling and ice skating, it’s a season where you can truly have too much of a good thing. But with a planned approach, it’s possible to maintain peace and productivity throughout the holidays. Read on to learn how you can not only survive, but thrive right through the New Year.

Use your calendar. More importantly, stick to it! This applies to both work and play; decide what you want (or need) to accomplish and plan accordingly. On that note, don’t make commitments before consulting your schedule and determining if it’s reasonable. And it’s okay to politely say no; after all, we’re all overextended this time of year and (more…)

Thanksgiving: The Overindulgence Fix

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Thanksgiving 2018While we tend to go into Thanksgiving with the best of intentions, most of us succumb to temptation and overindulge. But once the damage of feasting is done, there’s no need to spiral into an abyss of excess. Take a step back and try some of these tips for feeling better and getting back on track.

Take a walk. It’s always a good idea, and doubly so after Thanksgiving dinner. One study showed that those who walked after a high-fat meal reduced their triglyceride (the fat your body stores for future energy) concentration by 70% compared to non-walkers.

Fight bloat with yoga. Cobra, child’s pose, and (more…)

Welcome Houseguests With Style

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

HouseguestThe holiday season is upon us, and as Thanksgiving draws nearer many of us look forward to hosting overnight guests. But there’s more to graciously welcoming family and friends than simply providing a bed. With a few simple steps, you can make visitors as comfortable as they’d be in a five-star hotel. Ready to become the host with the most? Read on and take note:

Assess the guest room. Many people make the mistake of purchasing a cheap mattress for guests, or retiring a worn-out or uncomfortable master bedroom mattress to the guest room. Have you actually slept on your guest mattress, pillows, and linens in recent history? If not, try them out before guests arrive. This step will also give you insight into other amenities your guest space is lacking, such as extra blankets, (more…)