Here it is: Your top source for health and wellness tips compiled into one handy newsletter. Read on and you’ll also learn about an addition to BeFit SRQ you’ll definitely want to experience.
Exercise Of The Month: Wall Sit
This lower-body strengthener is the glue holding all the previous Exercise of the Month routines together. It takes pressure off the back (where it has settled after years of bad posture) and puts pressure on the legs and hips where it belongs. Here’s how to do it:
- Stand up straight with your lower back against a wall.
- Slowly walk your feet forward.
- Keeping your feet pointing straight ahead and hip-width apart, slide down the wall until your knees are at a 90-degree angle.
- Press your lower back into the wall by shifting your weight off your toes to your heels.
- Relax your abs and shoulders as you feel your thighs burn.
- Beginners should hold the position for 30 to 45 seconds and repeat 2 to 4 times. If you’re at an intermediate level, try holding for 45 seconds to 1 minute and repeat 2 to 4 times. Those who are advanced should hold for 1 to 2 minutes and repeat 2 to 4 times.
With this simple exercise, you’ll work your quads, glutes, hip flexors and hamstrings. So what are you waiting for? Get to it!
What Are You Made Of?
Drum roll please! This month, we’re introducing the InBody 570, a body composition analyzer that goes way beyond traditional body composition analysis. This assessment not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have but also your total body water, intracellular water and extracellular water. These values are important metrics used to understand someone’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness and fitness contexts. So schedule your InBody assessment today and be armed with a wealth of knowledge.
Welcome Spring With These Essentials
The birds are chirping, the snow has melted (well, maybe not in Sarasota) and spring is officially here. It’s a wonderful season to get outdoors and garden, hike or cycle, but if you’re one of the many allergy sufferers out there, you’ll want to have some natural remedies on hand. Here are two essential oils that will help you combat those pesky allergies:
Peppermint works as a natural decongestant to alleviate nasal and sinus congestion. And unlike most essential oils, peppermint oil can be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil. But keep in mind, a little goes a long way – this oil leaves an intensely cooling sensation on the skin. Use a single drop under your nose to help sinuses drain or apply a couple drops to your temples to alleviate sinus headaches. Then wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes.
Eucalyptus is an excellent expectorant that helps clear sinus and lung congestion. It’s particularly effective at alleviating stuffed nasal passageways. Just place a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply for five to ten minutes. Or put the oil in an aromatherapy diffuser to help with allergy congestion. Some people can handle a drop of eucalyptus oil neat (undiluted) on the palm of their hands, but you can also dilute it in a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.
Here’s What a BeFit SRQ Client Has to Say
Don’t believe us listen to our wonderful and strong client, Betty Schoenbaum at 99 years young!
Breathe Easy Through Yoga
Do you feel like you’re balance-challenged? Do you feel like you’re not very flexible? Do you feel like you need to work on your breathing? If you’re feeling any one of these things (or all three!), give yoga a try. There are benefits for everyone, from the most active athlete to the most sedentary among us.
Mary teaches a semi-private ashtanga gentle flow yoga class every Wednesday at noon at BeFit SRQ as well as private, one-on-one classes.
Come Out And Play!
Enjoy a sidewalk sale with boutiques, shops and galleries at the Burns Court Sidewalk Sale on April 21 and 22.
And all the tennis fans out there can look forward to the 2017 Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open this month from April 15 to 23. Let the games begin!