Need More Salt?
You may have heard or read somewhere that people who work out need to replace the salt their bodies lose when they perspire. The reality is that unless you’re an endurance athlete—a marathon runner, for example—who does your exercising in extremely hot locations, you probably don’t have to worry about adding salt to your diet.
Most of us get more than enough salt from the food we eat. You’re probably better off making sure you’re drinking enough water.
Source: A. Weil, Eating Well for Optimum Health. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2000.
Looking for something different to soothe chapped lips and skin this winter? Try lotions made with calendula. Calendula is a plant with bright orange blossoms. During the Civil War, doctors sometimes used calendula leaves to salve wounds.
You can find calendula lotions and salves in health food stores and whole foods markets. Calendula can also be effective on insect stings.
Source: J. Swerdlow. Nature’s Medicine, Plants that Heal. National Geographic Society, 2000.
What to Expect from a Gym
If you’re one of the many people who will be joining a gym or health club this winter, keep these common-sense criteria in mind when you’re figuring out where you want to be a member:
- Make sure the location is convenient to your work and home. If it’s not, you probably won’t go as often as you’d like.
- Ask about the newest pieces of equipment. If they haven’t bought anything new in the last year, they may not be keeping themselves up-to-date.
- Make sure it’s clean there. Check out the showers—especially the corners.
- If it’s classes you’re after, take part in one or two before joining. You need to make sure you enjoy the way the instructors teach.
- Don’t sign up if it seems too expensive. Getting yourself into financial stress will not be good for your mental state! Look for a gym that meets your financial needs.
Do you ever secretly get bored on vacations? Too much lying around or driving around and too little activity? If you’re planning a winter vacation this season, consider one that’s got some action packed into it. You don’t have to be a skier to have a healthy winter vacation. There are places that emphasize winter hiking, indoor activities like yoga and other classes, etc.
You can find places that offer activities for children as well.
Call a travel agent or search the Web for a different kind of winter vacation this year. You may find yourself coming home feeling more rejuvenated than ever.
Are Spa Treatments Worth It?
Bathing in chocolate, being surrounded by hot rocks, soothing your skin with mango-tangerine “skin polish”… is all this a bunch of nonsense or is it worth a try?
If you enjoy being pampered, then spa treatments probably are worth it. It’s all about relieving stress, relaxing, letting go. And that’s good for you. Some therapies offered at spas, such as water massage and other types of massage, may actually provide additional health benefits beyond the relaxation.
So don’t feel guilty about indulging in these kinds of pleasures. Try them out. If they make you feel better, that’s what it’s all about.