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One popular belief says that in order to lose some weight and obtain that slim look you always wanted, you need to exercise like crazy. Well, it’s time to bust the myth: That’s not true. You can lose more weight if you start eating less, instead of exercising. Actually, you can do it by paying more attention to what you’re eating and don’t exercise at all.
The idea is simple: in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Exercising consumes far fewer calories than many people think. Let’s say that you go for a 30 minutes jog. In that amount of time, you manage to burn less than 350 calories, as long as you have a constant pace, but more people can’t do this, so the amount of burnt calories is smaller.
Sure, exercising has its benefits, but there are way more problems with it when it comes to relying on it to control your weight. And studies also confirm this.
A 2011 meta-analysis – a study of studies, that is – found that being active is not actually the key determinant in whether a child reached an unhealthy weight. As for the adult population, studies had difficulties finding if a physically active person is less likely to gain excess weight than a person who can be considered sedentary.
Besides all these, it’s important to mention that exercise increases appetite. Therefore, if you go for a jog – or any other type of exercise – it’s somehow difficult to lose weight if you can’t control your appetite, as your body will send signals, asking you to replace them.
But we’re not saying that exercise and maintaining a good fitness state plays no role in your mission.
Adding exercise to diets is definitely beneficial! The idea is to combine exercise with diet, for more sustained weight loss, but for longer periods, like at least a year. Studies have shown that doing this for shorter periods, like six months, made little to no difference.
Therefore, why this belief that only by exercising you can drop some pounds? It’s actually very simple.
A lot of people can manage to find at least an hour in their daily schedule to go to the gym, but complain that they don’t have the time to prepare a healthy meal, able to help them with their weight loss efforts. The truth is that if they would try spending just half the time they dedicate to exercising to prepare a healthy meal, they would see much better results.
Last but not least, we need to mention one more aspect that has a big impact on your weight: stress. It is highly recommended to totally avoid it and your fitness can significantly improve.
A great way to relieve the pressure of everyday life is through massage. Thanks to specialized training and years of experience, as well as an Asian heritage, Maria’s Professional Massage can help you obtain a healthier mind and body.
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If you had a long day, sitting relaxed on the couch with your significant other and watching some Netflix sounds very good. But how about enjoying that amazing feeling you get after working out intensely, right after you’re done with your job?
Of course you do, but in order to achieve this, let’s see how we can get you motivated enough!
Set some personal goals
…and we’re not talking just about setting them in your mind, as writing down is one of the best things you can do. Seeing the things you want to achieve jotted down on a piece of paper can have a powerful impact, as it reminds you why you’re going to the gym. And this is the key to staying motivated!
For an extra boost of gym motivation, pin that piece of paper in your office, so you can see it all day long.
Plan your workouts
Putting down your workouts ahead of time will make you less likely to skip them. In order to do this, start your week by deciding which days you will be visiting the gym and plan a routine for each one.
At the end of the workout, look back at your plan and see what you managed to accomplish. This will make you feel amazing and keep the momentum going.
We know, this may sound a bit unusual, but starting up the day with a great breakfast will help you throughout the day, as your body remains energized and ready for a workout when you clock out.
Get equipped before leaving work
By doing this, you’re basically giving yourself a visual reminder that you are committed to working out as soon as you leave office, not to mention that it’s great for holding yourself accountable.
The idea is simple here: after changing into your workout clothes, you will feel way worse about backing out. And there you have it, gym motivation in an instant!
Track your progress
No, we’re not saying that you should post on social media or check-in each time you enter the gym – after all, what normal person still does that? – but keeping record of your training sessions in a dedicated app can actually transform into some real gym motivation.
When you will see better and better results with each day, you won’t be tempted to skip your after work session anymore. After all, you want to beat last week’s personal record, right?
Train with a gym buddy
The simple fact that you’re meeting a friend at the gym – and you don’t want to make him or her wait for you and train alone – will make you less likely to back out. Eventually, you can grab dinner and some drinks together, after the workout. And this sounds even better if you have a cheat day…
On the side, after an intense workout session, you can also opt for a massage! Besides relaxing your muscles and helping you avoid any pain, a massage will also reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health and well-being.
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Day by day, we keep seeing tons of ads for various products, promising to keep us looking as young as possible. Apparently, people are terrified by the idea of getting older and try to hide any signs age puts on their faces. Sure this can be done with make-up, intense training, a healthy lifestyle and, why not, some Botox.
But these do cost. A lot.
What if we told you that there are a few secrets of how can one stay young and have a great health, without using any of the above-mentioned things? Let’s take a few moments, relax, and see what can you do…
Take a break
If you’re reading this while on a comfortable chair, you’re on the right path, as one of the most important things you can do is to give yourself a break from time to time.
According to recent studies, stress causes physical changes in the body, thus accelerating the aging process. These days, there are stress factors all over, so the most effective way to break this destructive chain of events is to meditate. Even if it’s for as little as 10 minutes per day.
Pick a quiet place, close your eyes, fully relax and breathe deeply. Then thank us in a few years.
Besides helping you lose weight and being excellent for your health, regular exercise is also great for toning muscles, building healthier bones and – very important – boost your mood and help you think clearly.
Actually, there’s a connection between physical exercise and better brain power!
“Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s by 40 percent,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center on Aging. “Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank.”
A few short workouts per week are a great start. Running, biking, swimming, you name it. If it gets you off the couch, your health can improve and you will stay young!
Drink some wine
Believe it or not, a study showed that mice on a high-fat diet supplemented with a substance found in the skin of grapes had way longer average lifespans than those who weren’t given the substance.
Resveratrol, the substance we’re talking about, reduces the risk of diabetes and liver problem in mice, besides other benefits. So basically, if you’re drinking one glass of wine per day, you’re constantly helping it to maintain its health. Just make sure you keep it within the limits.
Consume more good fat
This can be a pretty surprising piece of advice, but we’re actually talking about fats that are good for your health, like Omega-3 fatty acids, like the ones found in salmon. These play an important role in stabilizing your mood, as well as maintaining bone structure and helping prevent visible signs of aging, something we’re all after.
“Omega-3s also boost the ability of the body’s enzymes to pull fat out of storage — from your hips, say — and use it as energy,” says Nicholas Perricone, MD, a leading anti-aging expert and author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. “Omega-3s keep you healthy and your skin radiant.”
As mentioned above, the best way to start this journey is to relax from time to time. Meditation can be great, but sometimes, nothing compares to a good massage. And Maria knows exactly how to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health and well-being.
Schedule an appointment today and embark on the road to obtaining a healthier body and mind.
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Looking forward to having a productive day? Then you should start with a perfect morning! As you’ve probably read, a lot of successful people have their own morning routines, planned to the tiniest detail, but the truth is that there is just one thing that matters when starting the day: convincing yourself that you have the day on lockdown!
On the other side, if you’re a fan of routines, you should know that there are a few habits you can make part of your morning, to have a great start. And they are also excellent for your health! Let’s find out more about them, shall we?
Start with making your bed
Sounds like pretty basic, but actually, this can set you up for success. Organizing and leaving your bedroom in a presentable condition reinforces to your still asleep brain the idea that order and calmness abound. And this equals less stress and a better mood, this leading to more productivity!
Get yourself hydrated
As mentioned above, some morning habits are great for your health, getting hydrated being one of the best examples.
After a few hours in which they have been waterless, your cells are in big need of water – coffee also works – in order to be prepared for efficient work throughout the day. If you manage to sip water throughout the entire morning, it’s easier to achieve your target of consuming two liters per day.
Make a plan for the whole day
We’re not saying to plan in detail every step you’ll take, as a simple to-do list, with a few items, should be enough. Add the time of the day until you want them completed as well!
Basically, by putting these tasks on paper or your phone, you can take away the stress of remembering everything you need to do, not to mention that it severs as a reminder of your goals. Remember, those who fail to plan plan to fail! Prioritize the most important things and the whole day will run smoothly.
Play some of your favorite tunes
A morning soundtrack should be a must, especially if it consists of uplifting, energizing tunes. These will help prepare your mind for positivity all day long, so pick some songs that make you happy and use them to get through everything you need to do before leaving the house.
Move. A lot!
The best way of feeling better through the afternoon is to take a few moments in the morning to get your body in motion. Whether it’s a few moments of stretching or even going for a quick run, this will improve your well-being and maintain your body’s health. Also, you’re prone to making better food choices if you’ve done something for your body early in the morning!
However, if you’re still feeling tired after a full day, even after implementing these habits, you can try getting a massage. Maria can help you relief from tension and stress, but also help dissolve pain and discomfort, so schedule a massage session now!
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Let’s say that you’re at work and, suddenly, you begin to feel a pain caused by having sore muscles. At least one of your colleagues will suggest some magnesium supplements, in order to avoid such problems in the future. And you know what? This is actually one great solution!
Magnesium supplements, a must for an active life
Technically speaking, the flow of magnesium and calcium through the muscle cells is the one that controls contraction and relaxation, so taking supplements makes total sense. Besides this, magnesium, along with minerals like sodium, potassium, and calcium, are lost through sweat, so a few magnesium supplements, after a workout, is very popular among athletes.
But back to the initial question: can magnesium fix your sore back issues? Currently, there are no studies proving this, but this doesn’t mean that this solution should be ignored.
“Scientists are now saying that cramping is related to neuromuscular fatigue in the exercising muscles so it’s not necessarily the low levels of a particular electrolyte that is directly leading to the cramp,” says Katherine Shone, spokesperson for Sports Dietitians Australia.
Is it that good for your body?
Nevertheless, let’s take a few moments and see exactly how magnesium works and what is good for…
Every organ in your body – especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys, operate properly in the presence of magnesium, an essential mineral which also keeps our bones and teeth strong, but also assists with energy production. Therefore, it’s pretty obvious that an eventual lack of magnesium can have an impact on the well-being of your muscles, including the ones supporting your back.
In order to get a sufficient magnesium intake, it’s highly recommended to consume fibre-rich foods. For example, one cup of kidney beans, black beans or lentils should provide around 25 per cent of the daily requirements, while an additional cup of rice is another 25 per cent.
Overall, anybody who follows a healthy diet, including fruit, vegetables and nuts will surely have enough magnesium in their diet and manage to avoid suffering from a sore back.
How bad is a lack of magnesium?
There are situations in which people with chronic health conditions have a magnesium deficiency, meaning that back pain is something common for them. However, supplementation does the job and the pain is not that strong. Generally speaking, serious magnesium deficiencies are very rare, but, on the other side, borderline magnesium deficiencies are common.
To wrap it up, if muscle cramping is your main issue and it’s affecting your back seriously, simply focus on fueling before a workout, then recover with protein, fruits and veggies. Or you can also opt for a professional massage service, like the one offered by Maria.
Besides relieving from tension and stress and helping dissolving pain and discomfort, her services can help you improve your muscle tone and flexibility so that sore back that kept making your life hard.
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Due to their daily activities, which usually include sitting on a chair in front of a PC all day long, many people complain about pain and other related issues, seriously affecting their musculoskeletal system.
As previously, discussed, deep tissue bodywork is a great way of getting rid of such problems. Anatomically speaking, the body’s soft tissues include not just the muscles, but also the connective tissue and nerves that support the skeleton and enable movement. These tissues go layers-deep beneath the skin and sometimes can be relatively difficult to isolate. However, this is where deep tissue bodywork comes in.
This type of massage pinpoints exact soft tissues and treats them, eventually getting rid of pain and restoring all functions of the musculoskeletal system.
Over the past years, a few deep tissue methods have proven to be the best choices for various problems, becoming very popular. Let’s take a few moments and find out more about each of these methods.
Active Release Technique
This method of deep tissue bodywork is considered the gold standard for treatment of athletic injuries, but it has a wider spectrum of users. The technique addresses the whole ‘package’ surrounding an injury: muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve, and fascia.
Massagists use this method to promote smooth tissue movement, restricting the breakup of a scar tissue, as well as the restoration in function in the shortest time possible.
Moving on, we have another deep tissue bodywork technique which recognizes the musculoskeletal system as a seamless network of interactive tissues, instead of a collection of distinctive parts.
A rolfing technique mostly focuses on optimizing the connective tissues, in order to have them released and realigned, balancing the entire body. There are situations in which the fascia surrounding your musculoskeletal structures can become imbalanced, resulting in over-stretched or overly shortened tissue.
After applying this technique, the balance in your musculoskeletal system is restored, thus promoting a better posture, as well as coordinated movement and significantly less pain in the muscles.
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy
Developed by Therese C. Pfrimmerr, this method’s aim is to change the muscular structure – only at a cellular level – through cross-fiber strokes. Besides this, it’s designed to stimulate lymphatic and circulatory systems, in order to promote cellular repair, but also get rid of all the toxic waste from muscle cells.
Visceral Manipulation Therapy
Finally, we also have one more deep tissue bodywork method, directed at the body’s visceral organs, supposed to work in full harmony.
Back to the method, it claims that when one organ starts developing an abnormal tone, as well as adhesions or displacement, it may start working against other organs, soft tissues, and bones, resulting in abnormal points of tension and chronic irritation. This type of therapy wants to restore this lost harmony and it’s usually used in cases of pelvic and back pain, but also headaches caused by migraines and other health issues.
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Considering how often people complain about having a life filled with stress and body fatigue, there’s no surprise that massage saloons have more clients than ever. And these are just two of the main reasons why people are relying on such services to feel better.
If you’re a fan of massage yourself, however, you should be aware of a few aspects before deciding to put massage therapy into your regular wellness program. The frequency of your massage therapy completely depends on both your physical and emotional needs, but also your stress levels.
Is getting a massage way too often bad?
The idea is that getting a massage regularly – a few times a week, that is – will allow you to experience several health benefits. Still, this may not be right for each individual!
For example, if you have some injuries causing you pain or other back pains, you definitely need to consult a physician and see what it’s recommended in your case. Also, if you’re hoping to get rid of any type of pain after one massage session, we have some bad news for you: just like going to the gym for one month isn’t going to get you that summer body you always wanted, getting a massage one-time won’t fix an aching body.
If you’re hoping to get rid of muscle tension caused by poor posture, lack of exercise or stretching, or daily stress-buildup, regular visits with a massage therapist should become part of your routine.
What should I start with?
Ok, so it’s all set: you’ve made an appointment and are ready to experience your first massage session. The first thing you should do is to actually talk to your therapist. A great therapist should be a partner whom you trust and handle your body to, in order to ‘fix’ some of its problems.
Take a few moments and discuss your goals, fitness routine, your physical background – make sure you mention any injuries you experienced in the past – and anything else which could affect the way your sessions go. By being open and honest with your therapist you will help them determine how often you should meet.
Is there an exact number of recommended massage sessions per week?
Generally speaking, it’s recommended to schedule massage therapy more often during periods when your stress levels increase or when you have to deal with stress and pain associated with physical and mental conditions. Also, if you know that you have an important event coming up, which can have a negative impact on your stress levels, it’s also highly recommended to schedule a few extra massage sessions.
If you’re searching for an experienced therapist who can help you with this, Maria’s professional massage is one of the top services you can choose. With a diverse background and professional demeanor, she has a proven track record with a wide client base, located in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor Florida and Tampa Bay Area.
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You’ve probably seen a lot of people walking barefoot on the street and wondered what is the actual reason why they’re doing this. Surprisingly or not, they’re part of a bigger community, all of them doing this for its benefits on their health!
Called “earthing” or “grounding”, walking barefoot has numerous benefits, but they are often overlooked by mainstream society, who actually promotes the importance of wearing shoes all the time.
Dr. Mercola claims that walking with nothing on your feet and touching directly the soil allows your body to absorb a number of negative electrons through the Earth. This plays an important role in stabilizing daily cortisol rhythm, but also creates a balanced internal bioelectrical environment.
Barefoot walking fans also say that this is a simple effort, which has way more benefits than one could actually think. Let’s go through a few of the most important and then decide if there’s actually worth it giving up shoes, at least from time to time.
It reduces pain and inflammation
According to a study, in which participants slept on a conductive mattress pad that reproduced the effects of sleeping directly on the ground for eight weeks, walking with no shoes can get you reduce cortisone levels. This automatically means less pain, stress and sleep troubles, as the participants declared.
It helps you sleep better
A different study revealed that earthing can induce relaxation, by influencing physiologic processes. People who tried this…procedure had a better night’s sleep, when compared with those who don’t walk barefoot at all. This happens because it stabilizes circadian rhythms.
It reduces the risk of heart diseases
Probably one of the most important benefits of walking barefoot on your health is the fact that it can increase the surface charge of red blood cells. This results in a reduction of clumping, therefore decreasing blood thickness. High viscosity has been directly linked to heart diseases, as one of the major issues causing them.
It boosts your energy levels
This is by far the most obvious benefit, but it still had to be mentioned here. It is believed that each time you immerse in the natural work, you somehow pick up on the higher frequencies emitted from nature. This allows you to increase your energy levels and forget about the exposure to modern society, which affects your vitality.
It makes menstrual cramps easier to support
One of the most surprising advantages of walking barefoot is its ability to ease menstrual cramps. Basically, all the pain we feel in our body starts in the mind and manifests as stress. This can have a big impact on menstrual cramps. Try going outdoors and let your bare feet touch the ground for a while, then see what this can do.
It helps loosen tense muscles
Yes, another study! It appears that earthing can prevent muscle soreness from occurring, especially after engaging in physical exercises. Obviously, it can be applied in various situations that cause tense muscles, especially very common ones, like working at a desk all day. Besides loosening tense muscles, it can also help you get rid of migraines, caused by exposure to radiation.
Speaking of tense muscles, another great way of getting rid of this problem is getting a massage. Combining the knowledge of professional massage training with the customs and practices of Asian heritage, Maria is always happy to offer a unique massage experience.
Available for clients in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor Florida and Tampa Bay Area, she is always ready to help you get on the path to obtaining a healthier mind and body.
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A massage session can have way more benefits than relieving back pain after a hard day at work! However, nowadays, things have been taken to a whole new level, as more and more people are trying massage therapy, a concept with some exceptional benefits. Let’s find out exactly how it works and why it’s actually so good for you!
What is massage therapy?
During a therapy session, a specialist manipulates your muscles, as well as other soft tissues, in order to enhance their function, but also induces relaxation. It’s not a new practice, though, as it has been used in China for more than 3,000 years, a lot of people revealing that it even help them get rid of depression, in a certain extent.
The truth is that a great massage has beneficial effects on our bodies, releasing hormones which create a sense of an emotional connection, thus calming your mind and improve your mood significantly.
How can massage therapy help relieve depression?
Let’s put things straight: if you’re suffering from depression, massage therapy probably won’t help you get rid of it completely. However, it can have a major impact on helping you relieve some of the physical symptoms associated with it.
To be more specific, we’re referring to sluggishness, back pain, joint pain, as well as muscle aches. Besides this, it’s also great against fatigue and other sleep problems.
What does massage therapy involve?
Now that we are aware of its benefits, let’s take some time and see what massage therapy actually involves. After all, it’s far from being just your average back rub.
During the therapy, your therapist will perform various moves, like rubbing, stretching, and applying pressure to the muscles in your body. However, there are various styles of massage, some of them including over-the-clothes touching, while others involve direct contact with the skin. Usually, the latter is made using scented oils, acupuncture needles, warm stones, or even some complex twisting poses.
Currently, these are the styles which can be encountered the most across the United States:
Swedish massage: By far the most common form. The therapist applies smooth and circular actions to your muscles, helping them relax.
Chair massage: Unlike most styles, this one doesn’t require sitting on a massage bed, but on a special chair, then leaning forward into a headrest. It consists of short sessions and you don’t need to remove any clothing.
Deep tissue massage: Preferred among athletes and not only, this type of massage therapy focuses on the muscles that are the closest to your bones, but their connective tissues as well.
Shiatsu: Expect some firm pressure during a therapy session including this massage, as it’s very similar to acupuncture. Compared to other types of massage though, Shiatsu massage implies more pressure, but it doesn’t produce any stiffness shortly after.
Reflexology: The therapist applies pressure to specific areas of your body, believed to correspond with the most important systems and organs in your body.
Aromatherapy: The main ‘attraction’ of this type of massage therapy is that it also implies scented oils, these being great for reducing stress and boosting your energy.
Hot stone massage: Your therapist places warm flat stones on your body, in an attempt to relax your muscles and relieve tension.
Benefits of massage therapy
Obviously, if performed by a professional, massage therapy is safe and provides immediate gratification, helping you feel relaxed and calm. As for its ability to combat depression, combined with a more conventional treatment, like medication or psychotherapy, it can deliver some great results.
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