With all the stresses of everyday life, getting through the day can be challenging.
We’ve got simple ways to melt away your stress, leading to a healthier life.
Finances: Juggling resources during tough economic times cane be stressful
Errands: Busy schedules can leave us fatigued and with no time to spend with ourselves
Weight Gain: Do you turn to food in times of stress? If you’ve noticed an increase in your waistline, it could be due to stress. Abdominal fat is associated with a higher risk of diseases including metabolic syndrome, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.
Injuries: Current and past injuries can cause excess stress to the body and interfere with everyday activities
I Don’t Feel Good About Myself: Stress is amplified if you’re not happy with the way you look or feel about yourself
Kids: Stressed by running the kids from one activity to the next? Did the babysitting cancel, again?
Lack Of Energy: Feeling overtired, drained, or exhausted with little energy to do much else?
The Physical Toll Of Stress: Chronic headaches, backache, tight shoulders, stiff neck, breakouts, insomnia, and upset stomach are just a few signs that you may be under more stress than you realize. Depression, moodiness, and irritability are other signs to watch for.
HOW TO RELAX
Don’t let stress wear you down. Try these tips for some head-to-toe instant calm.
- FUEL YOUR BODY WITH PROPER NUTRITION
Learn how to avoid stress eating and to make healthy food choices that will not only help you lose weight, but feel great. Are you getting you adequate daily does of vitamins and minerals? Proper supplementation can improve your heart healthy, boost your mood, and benefit your brain. Make an appointment to visit a PRO dietitian to help you get started.
- FAMILY TIME
From Discovery Bay, to youth activities and camps, to 20/20 Kids, PRO Sports Club is committed to kids and families. Explore all the possibilities we have to offer you and your family.
- EASE PAIN
Visit any of our physical therapy locations in Bellevue, Seattle, or the Performance Center for an evaluation of your condition and a treatment plan to get back on track. Even if it’s a minor pain, it’s better to have it looked at before it becomes a chronic condition.
- DEVELOP HEALTHY SKIN CARE HABITS
Skipping daily cleansing or moisturizing stresses your skin, leading to breakouts, lines, and wrinkles. Obtain long-lasting results with just a few minutes of a consistent home-care routine. Visit an esthetician at The Spa or at our Medical Spa to find the best skincare routine for your particular needs.
- MANAGE YOUR RESOURCES
Take stock of your priorities and manage your time and finances according to your long-term goals.
- LEARN HOW TO MEDIATE
Just 10 minutes a day of mindful relaxation, such as meditating or deep breathing, can calm the mind. Try this simple technique. Breathe in deeply through your nose to a count of eight, and slowly exhale through the nose for a count of eight. Studies show that deep breathing can lower blood pressure and restore a sense of well-being. Add a mind-body class such as yoga or Pilates to your routine to further enhance your well-being.
- EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
The myriad of services available at the club such as personal training, 20/20 Lifestyles, physical therapy, Executive Health, and Medical Spa can help you look, feel, and function at your optimal level
It’s not only good for relaxing body and soul, but massage has also been shown to improve circulation and alleviate muscular tension and pain.
- SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Save gas and optimize your time by taking advantage of PRO Sports Club’s amenities such as auto dealing, dry cleaning, floral design, the Pro Shop, The Bistro’s Grab and-Go, curbside delivery to your car, gift cards, and more.
Originally from PRO Pulse March-April 2009
By Marisa Anderson and Alcides Morais, PRO Personal Trainers