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How Sleep Can Improve Your Overall Wellness #SleepBetterLiveBetter

When it comes to our overall health and wellness, sleep plays a vital role in protecting and improving our mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

Quality sleep helps improve our cognitive function, personal performance, and cardiovascular health. When life gets busy, sleep can be the first thing that is affected. We often put sleep on the back burner to get more done during the day when in fact, when we are getting adequate sleep, we perform more efficiently throughout our waking hours.

Our brains need sleep to function properly and to help us prepare for the day ahead. Studies have shown that a good night’s rest improves our learning capacity, helps heal and repair our muscles, heart and our blood vessels, while also supporting our immune system and a healthier metabolism.

When we make sleep a priority, we enhance our well-being. We can wake up in a better mood, thinking clearly, with a healthy mindset to start the day. Proper sleep, a balanced diet, and a regular workout routine help to keep us healthy while preventing pain and discomfort down the road.

Take a look at the infographic to the left for more ways sleep can improve your overall wellness.

If you are having difficulty sleeping because of pain or want to improve your sleep environment, visit your local Relax The Back location to speak with a trained consultant who can help you try our numerous sleep products to create the ultimate sleep environment in your home. With the proper support, you’ll be on your way to a better night’s rest.

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How 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Can Improve Health

 

Did you know 9% of premature deaths globally are due to physical inactivity? That’s roughly 5.3 million deaths that could be avoided each year. Studies have shown staying physically active reduces the risk of arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases, to name a few.

Even with this information, when life gets hectic exercise (and often sleep) is one of the first things that gets put on the backburner. This in turn leads to your health suffering and medical expenses accumulating later on in life.

We only need 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week to start seeing improvements in mood, brain power, sleep quality, and overall happiness.

It’s never too late to make your health a priority. The benefits of only 30 minutes a day of exercise are vast. Take a look at this helpful infographic to read more about the risks of inactivity, the benefits of exercise, and more.

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6 Resolutions for a Pain-Free New Year

If last year was spent dealing with pains, aches, and discomforts, vow to make this year a healthier, pain-free year with these 6 resolutions.

  • Resolve to listen to your body: No one knows your body or your discomforts more than you do. Be sure to listen to your body when it is giving you signs – take a break, change your eating or exercises habits, or make adjustments to your workspace or schedule.
  • Resolve to be active: Maintaining a regular workout routine will not only help you feel more energized and productive throughout the day, it will also help prevent future injuries. There are different exercises that can be done to help different parts of the back and spine. While cardio aids in losing weight that would otherwise drag down tendons, muscles, and ligaments in the lower back, a strong core will help support and protect the spine.
  • Resolve to make quality sleep a priority: Make sure you have a proper mattress and pillow to allow for a comfortable night’s rest as well as adequate support of the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. The positive effects of quality sleep include tissue repair and healing, reduced recovery time for injuries and improvements in mood and personal performance, to name a few.
  • Resolve to evaluate your workspace: For desk job workers, back, neck, and shoulder pain may be caused by a poor ergonomic workstation. Resolve to put an end to these aches and pains by setting up your workstation accordingly. Follow this visual guide to office ergonomics to maximize comfort, movement, and productivity.
  • Resolve to stretch: There are many benefits of daily stretching. This allows for flexibility in spinal muscles, helping ensure good posture and proper/normal alignment. Increased range of motion and flexibility help to prevent injuries from occurring. Stretching also relieves muscle tension, reduces fatigue and increases blood flow.
  • Resolve to drink more water: Staying hydrated not only helps with digestion and concentration but it is also very important for muscle recovery, spinal health and injury prevention. Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs. aim to drink at least 65 oz. per day.

Tips From the Experts: Better Sleep Council

The Better Sleep Council is a non-profit organization, devoted to educating the public on the importance of sleep. Established in 1979, they believe in the positive impact sleep has on one’s quality of life. Their goal is to ‘wake up’ the world to the value of a quality mattress and the vital role better sleep plays in having a happy, healthy lifestyle.

They share how one can improve their sleep environment with this tip:

For more sleep and mattress advice, be sure to visit BetterSleep.Org and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Tips From the Experts: Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is a passionate yoga instructor and the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, a yoga studio in New York. Her approach to yoga, nutrition, and everyday well-being are relatable and inspiring.  Tara has several DVD series, two top selling books and is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line.

As a busy and accomplished yoga instructor, Tara gives her tips for staying productive throughout the day:

She explains each tip further for maximum comfort and productivity:

1. Stay Hydrated: Keep a big glass of water with you at your desk and in meetings. It’s great for staying hydrated, cutting cravings, and also keeps you getting up and moving around (on your walks to the bathroom)

2. Take mini-yoga breaks: Even at your desk there is so much you can do. Easy twisting side to side, Alternate nostril breathing for focus, and eagle arms to release tension in your shoulders and back.

3. Office Yoga Class: Get your co-workers involved. Round up your office to participate in a lunchtime yoga class, or even before or after work class. At a studio or in the office, practicing together is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing and also good team building!

4. Take a Deep Breath: Find the ease. This is a nice result of regular practice of yoga and meditation and you can also practice during the day. When something is frustrating, take a deep breath or go for a walk if that works for you. Then come back and proceed with ease. Water is stronger than rock – this mindset works in negotiation, just like in yoga class, and the rest of your life. Stay easy and enjoy the ride!

 

For more inspiring tips and yoga tutorials, follow Tara on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook as well as on her website, TaraStiles.com.

Five Healthy Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

If you’re expecting a check in the mail this year from Uncle Sam, here are our top five tips for making the most of your hard-earned tax return

  1. Invest in Fitness – One way to long-term wealth is long-term health. By getting fit and healthy now, you can save a fortune in medical bills later. Consider using your refund for a gym membership or appointments with a physical therapist. There’s something for everyone in the wellness industry including programs to help you stop smoking, reduce stress, lose weight, etc. If back pain health is your focus, we have products to get you back to feeling your best, whether it’s to relieve tired/injured muscles or to increase strength.
  2. Invest in sleep – Another overlooked way to improve your health is to invest in sleep. Many health problems can be improved with a good night’s rest as sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. If you’re not getting the recommended 8 hours every night, you risk (among other things):
      1. Increase stroke risk
      2. Weight gain
      3. Memory loss
      4. Bone damage
      5. Increased heart disease risk

    We take a whole body approach to improving the quality of your sleep, so come visit a store to talk to a trained associate. You might be surprised that your “old mattress” may not be the problem.

  3. Invest in your diet – A change to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation. Rather than dieting (a temporary fix), healthy eating means making changes that become life-long habits. It can help you get the right balance of nutrients and have you feeling and looking your best. Your diet is also a key in preventing and controlling heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
  4. Treat yourself to a massage – Reduce stress and painful aches of a long day with a massage. There’s an option for any price point – from portable, travel-size massage products to a luxurious, 3D massage chair – for all members of the family. Melt away the stress of the pre-tax season by opting for a relaxing, therapeutic experience that comes with many health benefits.
  5. Invest in memories –  They say money can’t buy happiness but you can get close. Reserve your refund for experiences (not material objects) that give you more bang for your buck. For example, a getaway trip with loved ones or a cooking class can lead to increased happiness/health with fond memories. They keep giving long after, unlike a new wardrobe piece purchase.

How will you be spending (or saving) your tax refund this year?