It’s that time of year again! The Arizona heat is settling in and people are starting to pack their bags to depart on summer getaways. Although vacations are meant to be relaxing, stress and exhaustion can interrupt your plans with the hassle of planning and expenses. Make the most out of your vacation and utilize your time away by recharging your body and mind with healthy, fun and relaxing activities.
Going out to eat and indulging in the destination’s cuisine is all part of the experience. However, trying new foods does not mean overindulging. Having variety in your diet is beneficial by introducing your body to different vitamins and nutrients. Step out of your comfort zone and try something different, you never know if your new favorite dish may just be a bite away!
In between laying by the pool, enjoying meals and shopping, take some time to stimulate your brain. The brain is a muscle just like your biceps or heart, and it needs exercise, too. With age, the brain’s signals can slow down and cells can start to die. New places have a plethora of knowledge and culture to offer. When you learn new things, you are stimulating your brain. On your vacation, take advantage of guided tours, museums and mini history lessons that are available to you.
Rest and Relaxation
Vacation is a time to unwind and take a break from your stressful daily routine. Massages can help prevent and heal distress. Distress is a negative stress reaction that can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and sleeping problems. Clinical studies have shown that massage can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels – all of which help reduce stress. Your vacation should be filled with lasting feelings of restfulness, relaxation and happiness – all of which can be triggered by massage.
Change of Pace
You’re on vacation, so take a vacation from your normal workout routine. Workout experts actually suggest that taking some time off from your workout regimen can ultimately enhance your performance. However, it is important to continue to be active daily so your body does not become sluggish and when you return to your regular workout routine, it does not cause too much stress or soreness on your body. Make it a point to be active for 30 minutes a day, whether hiking through the mountains or partaking in yoga on the beach.
Summers are filled with vacations. Make the most of your vacation and take the time to recharge your mind and body. Yes, we all want to get as much accomplished as possible on our getaways; however, it is just as important to get some rest and relaxation in our hectic lifestyles. Rejuvenate your vacation with adventurous foods and fun activities while enjoying a break from reality. QCBN
For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist or esthetician, visit massageenvy.com, call 928-526-ENVY (3689), or visit one of Arizona’s 36 Massage Envy Spa locations. The Flagstaff location is at 1235 S. Plaza Way in the University Plaza Shopping Center off Milton Road next to Ross and Safeway.
Mark Love is co-owner of Massage Envy Spa. For more information on the benefits of massage, visit MassageEnvy.com.