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Spa Owners Offer Women's Wellness Tips...


When it's hot, hot, hot...

- Sightsee in early morning or late afternoon.
- Don't exercise or work in the heat of the day.
- Wear loose-fitting, light coloured cottons and avoid synthetics.
- Safeguard yourself from UVB and UVA rays with high-protection factor sunscreens, sun glasses and wide rim hats.
- Take frequent cool but not icy showers.
- Drink at least 10 liters of water daily. Light colored urine indicates that you are well-hydrated. Carry bottled water with you if necessary.
- Remember that coffee and alcohol tend to dehydrate.

(SOURCE: M. Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo, President of the International Association for Medical Travellers (IAMAT))

Making the most of your day spa...

Want to be wonderfully relaxed and beautifully groomed for a very special event?
- Book spa appointments well in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Arrive on time to get ready for treatments and to make the best use of your time.
- Don't add stress before you de-stress. Plan to have a relaxing day off and don't schedule other types of daily appointments around your treatments.
- If facilities are available, try and stay overnight. There's nothing like a spa mini-getaway to renew your mind, body and spirit.
- Wear casual attire and no make-up.
Bonus: Bring your swimsuit to those spas that offer an opportunity to use their relaxing water facilities -- pool, jacuzzi or hot tub.

(SOURCE: Staff at Millcroft Inn, Ontario, Canada

Walk your way to fitness...

Think you can't do the cardio required to get your heart into shape? Think again. Even a modest walking program can bring body benefits. In a recent study involving 40,000 women, study participants who walked as little as one hour per week had a significantly lower risk of heart disease than those participants who were sedentary. Walking one hour per week at a moderate pace can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 50%.

(SOURCE: MountainFit Adventures)

Tense and Release Exercise for Relaxation...

Relax, relax, relax! Tense your feet tightly for 10 seconds, then release. Continue up the body through calves, thighs, buttocks, belly, & chest, isolating and tensing each muscle group independently. With arms at sides, bring shoulder blades together; squeeze shoulders towards ears. Let your head fall forward and back gently. Scrunch up your face. Purse lips, then draw them back towards ears. Say the vowels of the alphabet, A-E-I-O-U, audibly, three times. Take a breath and release it through the mouth two times. Now notice how much more relaxed you feel!

(SOURCE: Wellness Encounters,

Stop dieting and lose weight...

Follow these steps to end weight struggles forever, without dieting!
- Eat according to internal cues that tell you when, what and how much to eat. In other words, eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full.
- Eat sensibly, and realize that sensible eating can include your favorite foods and taste great!
- Find enjoyable ways to move your body. That way, you're more likely to move it regularly!
- Focus on getting fit, not on losing weight. Let your healthy behaviors take your body to its right weight.

(SOURCE: The experts at Green Mountain at Fox Run,

Iced tea is not fuel for your cooling system...

Iced tea, iced coffee, an ice cold beer or caffeine-containing colas may seem like the perfect thirst quenchers when you are hot and tired. Wrong! They are all dehydrating and will increase your body's fluid loses. So, go ahead and enjoy them. But always be sure to down a couple of water chasers.

(SOURCE: Thirst Quenchers by Rosie Schwartz, GUSTO!, Summer).

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