As far as relaxing holidays go, nothing can beat a spa holiday and whilst you can, of course, choose to visit a UK spa, to get the very most out of your holiday it’s well worth considering travelling abroad to a leading luxury spa. There’s literally tonnes of health benefits to be had from a luxury spa holiday and to outline just a few of these to you, we’ve teamed up with the guys behind the Banyan Tree Spa in Phuket, Thailand!
Above all, when you book and go on a spa holiday, you’ll end up doing very little other than relaxing and receiving relaxation treatments! From massages to sessions in the sauna, you’ll spend day after day looking after yourself, taking it easy and enjoying the peace and quiet. It’s miles away from your usual schedule and routine and you can literally forget all of life’s stresses and worries whilst you’re away! You’ll return feeling a different person, completely chilled out and with a different outlook on life. You’ll realise that you don’t need to let life’s little and insignificant stresses get the better of you and that, after a period of relaxation and the like, you feel so much better in yourself! Stress does you absolutely no good at all and getting yourself worked up over little things you don’t need to won’t do you any wonders at all and will simply end up with you run down and ill!
Secondly, when you’re at the spa, there’s a very good chance that you’ll eat and drink considerably better when you’re at home! You’ll drink far more water and healthier food and, above all even if you don’t fully detox, your body will thank you for it! Simply cutting out rubbish junk food, caffeine and other such baddies for a few weeks will do your body wonders and you’ll certainly thank yourself for it!
Whether you simply fancy a relaxing holiday or feel that life’s stresses and strains are getting to you, a health spa in the likes of Thailand could be just the break you’re looking for and we can almost guarantee that once you return, you’ll feel a completely different person with a whole new lease of life!
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from insomnia and have done so for many years, then you’ve probably tried every over the counter remedy known to man. You will have most likely been to visit your doctor on many occasions and been prescribed a variety of drugs to help you break the cycle of sleeplessness. I know when I last visited my GP that is what happened. I didn’t feel completely happy with the outcome but when you are desperate for sleep you will try anything. When I got back home I turned on my computer and did a bit of research on the medication I had been given. I was horrified to discover that I could become addicted in as little as five days. Now how is that going to help in the long run? Surely that’s just going to add to the problem when you have to wean yourself off them as well.
A modern approach seems to be going down a more alternative route and the National Sleep Association has begun to recommend the use of hot tubs to help with the problem. As most people know, hot tubs can be a great way of relaxing and after a huge rise in popularity, they are now being recognised for their many beneficial properties. By using a hot tub for around 15 minutes or so before going to bed, it has been discovered that insomnia can be relieved for many sufferers. Now that’s not to say it will work for everyone but the signs are that this method can be successful for many and any form of treatment that doesn’t involve the use of drugs must surely be a bonus. So, just give it a go as you have nothing to lose but much to gain and it may turn out to be just the treatment for you.
This guest post came courtesy of the team over at Vita Spa UK, importers of the fantastic range of hot tubs from Arizona, USA!
Now that summer is well and truly here, wouldn’t it be great to have your own swim spa or hot tub? You could spend some serious “time out” chilling in your garden in the long summer evenings, but is your own swim spa going to be a worthwhile purchase? Well that largely depends on you and your family. If you are the type of family who doesn’t enjoy the outdoors or taking much exercise, then probably not. If you aren’t going to make the most of it and are only going to use it for relaxing, then maybe buying a hot tub would be a better alternative. On the other hand if you are the sort of person who gets up at the crack of dawn each day to swim at the local public swimming pool, then a swim spa is going to be a very worthwhile purchase for you.
You are going to be able to stay in bed a bit later each day and there’s going to be no travelling involved as you can just jump straight out of bed and into your very own pool. Of course, you can still use it in much the same way as a hot tub, as most models come complete with seats for relaxing and enjoying the massage jets. Just remember that a swim spa will take up far more space than a standard hot tub and will take a little longer to install, but as this is all done for you then it’s not really going to be a problem. A swim spa will also add to the appearance of your garden and can be a feature for you to sit round, whereas a hot tub will not look quite so decorative.
So, just be brave and place your order. You won’t be disappointed and will enjoy hours of fun for many years to come.
This is more one for those parents out there, however it’s something which all readers should take on board to a certain extent! When it comes to meals at home; do you find yourself reaching for the takeaway menu more often than you should or do you consider yourself a Jamie Oliver or a Delia Smith in the kitchen? It’s absolutely vital that you eat healthily when possible and even more so at this time of the year when it’s cold outside and there’s bugs going round! As a family, you need to ensure that both you and your kids stay healthy and well over the winter months and it’s amazing how much a good diet can do towards fending off unwanted colds and coughs!
Where we see many people’s downfall, however, is that they simply can’t be bothered to cook or don’t think they have time! Believe it or not, however, you can actually cook a meal yourself for far cheaper than you’d pay for a microwaveable meal or a ready packaged meal and it’s far better for you! Cooking yourself from scratch means you can use completely natural ingredients and ensure you’ve ditched all the additives and preservatives which come in with pre-packaged food. It’s a fantastic way to make sure you and your family eat healthily and have a balanced diet … as this way you know exactly what you’re eating!
In terms of overcoming the fact that many people feel they don’t have time to cook, however, our suggestion is to put together a menu planner alongside your kids and make sure you stick to it! If you plan the meals you’re going to eat at the weekend for the week ahead, you can make sure you buy the ingredients when you go shopping to make sure everything is in the cupboards! From then on, it’s a case of having a look online or in your favourite recipe book for a number of family recipe ideas which everyone likes the look of!
More than anything; involve your kids in planning healthy meals and make sure you’ve got everything in the cupboards in advance and you’ll surprise yourself just how easy and quick it is to eat healthily! In addition, you’ll also find you feel great in the colder month’s and manage to keep away many of the colds and coughs other people have!
If you’ve had the unfortunate event of being involved in an accident, you quite rightly so may be going through a tough time. The aftermath of an accident, however serious, can take its toll on people in different ways but the main thing to remember is that you’re NOT alone and that there IS people here to help! From friends and family to your local NHS trust; there’s always someone there who can help you get back on your feet, back behind the wheel or in a mentally better position.
First things first; however minor you may think your accident has been; get yourself to the hospital and have yourself checked out! Injuries aren’t always visible and often complaints can occur later in time following an accident which you didn’t think was serious. Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident, had a slip or trip or been on the receiving end of a workplace accident, take the trip to your local hospital or GP surgery and get the OK from a health professional.
Once you know the extent of your injuries; don’t be afraid to speak with someone! Whether you speak with a professional councilor who can help you get over the incident or simply speak at length with friends and family; don’t be afraid to speak out and never bottle things up inside! In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do. In many instances, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you may very well be entitled to claim accident compensation. Get in touch with a company such as www.ayblaw.co.uk who specialise in such claims and have a chat with them about what you may be entitled to! Many such solicitors work on a no win no fee basis which means you won’t pay a penny unless you’re successful!
Above all; never forget that there’s people around you to help! Speaking with people is the best way to recover from an accident so never be afraid to do it!
When it comes to setting and meeting goals for physical training, be it simply in an attempt to get fit or in order to take part and succeed in a race or event, you need to put together a training regime and stick to it. As part of a training plan, however, many wonder whether or not they should be using bodybuilding supplements as part of this in order to get the very most out of each training session. We spoke with Simon James of Muscle Force Supplements, a leading UK retailer and producer of a wide range of supplements, about the use of supplements and whether or not they come recommended for use as part of a training plan.
In short, stated James, “supplements should be utilised to some extent by anyone looking to improve their strength, stamina or overall fitness levels. There’s such a wide range of supplements on sale, both through ourselves and other retailers, for a whole range of uses and, as such, there really is a supplement suitable for everyone’s individual needs and requirements.”
With this in mind, it’s an absolute no brainer as to whether or not you should be using supplements as part of a training regime. Of course, it’s not essential that you use them, however doing so ensures you get the very most out of each and every training session you undertake. Be sure to spend time researching the most suitable supplements for your needs and, if unsure, contact a professional such as Simon at Muscle Force Supplements who will be more than happy to chat you through the most suitable supplements for your needs and go through what supplements work for different parts of a training programme.
Above all, using supplements can enhance your training sessions to make sure you get the most out of them. At least take a look into whats on offer and see if they can fit into your current training regime.
Let’s face it, we could all do with improving our health – even those who already consider themselves to lead a fit and active life, and although you may not have given it any serious thought, taking up golf could be just the thing.
As the average golf course provides up to 4km of walking, then it can be extremely beneficial to your heart. Add to this all the pulling and carrying of your clubs, then it can give you an all round work-out at the same time. If you are trying to loose weight, it can give your weight loss a huge boost as you burn extra calories and tone up your muscles. Stress can also be reduced, due to not only the physical exercise but the sheer pleasure of being in an open-air environment and a countryside setting.
One way of enjoying golf would be to take a Sandy Lane Barbados golf resort holiday. Sandy Lane Barbados is home to some of the world’s best golf courses and has been a favourite of the rich and famous for many years. It boasts three superb courses. The Old Nine, The Country Club and world famous Green Monkey which has been carved from an old stone quarry and is exclusive to Sandy Lane guests.
The Old Nine, which was constructed in 1961 is a favourite for many guests and is described as “intimate yet demanding” due to its small greens and tight fairways. The Country Club has been called a “golfers paradise” due to its five lakes and its breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. In 2006 the Barbados World Cup took place here. The Clubhouse has a range of modern amenities and is luxurious in style making it perfect for relaxing after your game.
The famous Green Monkey course, designed in an old limestone quarry features dramatic exposed rock faces which contrast with the rolling greens of the fairways. The perfect setting for getting all the exercise you need along with the necessary relaxation for a fit and healthy body.
When it comes to purchasing a hot tub for your home or garden, many people assume that they’re simply a luxury item purchased by only the rich and famous celebrities! Of course, historically, hot tubs could only be afforded by those with an A List status, however, in 2012, hot tubs actually have a wealth of health benefits and hydrotherapy is commonly used by hospitals across the UK. As such, we thought we’d take a look at some of the benefits of using hot tubs and how they can be used to help with a range of common complaints and ailments.
First things first; hot tubs help you to relax! Have you ever come home from work feeling stressed up to your eyeballs and wishing you could escape for even half an hour? Hot tubs can allow you to do this and even a short soak in your hot tub can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again. Stress is a common cause of workplace absence in the UK (see The Guardian for more) and it’s something none of us want to experience…as such, purchasing and using a hot tub could help to keep it away! In addition, partly as a result of reducing stress but partly due to causing a drop in body temperature…hot tubs can help those suffering from insomnia. It’s been proven in recent studies that a drop in body temperature prior to going to bed can significantly help you sleep and by soaking in a hot tub and letting your body cool down, it could well help if you suffer from it!
In addition, hot tubs can help reduce the aches and pains associated with complaints such as arthritis and can allow sufferers to lead an almost normal daily life through helping reduce associated pain. The ability to have increased movement and less pain for arthritis sufferers could be a god send and the purchase of a hot tub is a small price to pay for this!
Most of all; there IS health benefits to be had from purchasing hot tubs and it should never be assumed that they’re an item only for those who lead luxurious lifestyles as they most certainly aren’t just that and can have benefits to any of us!
This guest post is brought to you courtesy of AquaWarehouse, a leading UK supplier and wholesaler of hot tubs.
A hot tub is an oasis of heated water. It is used for soaking and relaxing. Most hot tubs also feature jets for massage purposes to ease away the day’s stress. Hot tubs are usually located outdoors. They are often built away from other structures for protection and privacy.
It’s a proven fact that the human body renews and heals during a good night’s sleep than it does at any other time. According to the National Sleep Foundation over half of the worlds’ population suffers from some type of sleep disorder. When the body does not get sufficient sleep it feels edgy and abnormal. The resulting symptoms have been linked with weight gain, high blood pressure and decreased productivity. This leaves us feeling bad, short tempered, depressed and withdrawn.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that bathing in a hot tub prior to sleep can ease the transition into a deeper and more relaxing sleep. Unlike using sleeping pills that result in erratic sleep and adverse side effects the deep sleep experienced after using a hot tub is all natural. It is recommended that you do it when you are no longer sweating or over-heated. Plan an evening ritual of a 15-minute soak in appropriately pressurized water approximately 90 minutes before bedtime. This will enable you to relax entirely and fall in a dreamless sleep.
The reason this water therapy works so well is due to the temperature shift. Since the body’s core internal temperature drops after leaving the water, it signals the body that it’s time to sleep. The rejuvenation experienced may also be related due to the hot water’s relaxing effects. The buoyancy of water reduces body weight by almost 90% leading to alleviate pressure on joints and muscles. Thereby making the body feel weightless and at ease. The hot swirling water leaves one feeling mentally and emotionally rested. Thus hot tub-induced relaxation and sleep is a natural remedy for insomnia.
A useful tip is trying spending fifteen minutes in your hot tub before work as well. The warm water will loosen your muscles and help you keep calm and relaxed even in the face of the biggest crisis. It is said that this therapy will soon help solve the financial crisis as well!
A good night’s sleep is just one of the many health benefits of owning a hot tub. Thus three of nature’s most powerfully natural healing forces: heat, water and air come together to alleviate all the aches, pains and stress and induce sleep in a therapeutic manner.