Finding Your Center: 4 Pointers to Aligning Your Energies

When you’re trying to improve your health and achieve a greater balance in your life, it’s easy to overlook your energy. After all, it’s something that doesn’t get discussed as often as diet or exercise. There’s a tendency for people to focus on the physical side of life even when they would benefit by taking better care of their mind and their energy. The good news is that it takes just a few simple practices to get your energy aligned and have a sense of peace, no matter how stressful your life may be. Here are four ways to align your energy.

Visualization

Never discount the power of your imagination. Your thoughts often become your reality, and that’s what makes visualization such a useful tool. Visualization is a common practice among people who need to perform in high-pressure situations, such as elite athletes.

To use visualization to your advantage, you simply need to clear your mind of other thoughts and envision yourself achieving something you want. It’s important that you paint a vivid picture in your mind of yourself doing this. When you focus completely on a goal and see yourself accomplishing it, that helps you keep track of what’s important in your life.

Meditation

It’s easier than ever to get overwhelmed and feel like you have a million different things running through your head. You probably spend your day receiving emails, text messages, phone calls and emails, and perhaps your to-do list is a mile long. When you feel like you’re being pulled in different directions it can leave you unbalanced and out of sync.

Meditation is the perfect practice to help you stay in the present moment instead of getting stuck in past or future worries. Although there are different types of meditations you can do, the easiest option is to just spend time clearing your head. Focus on yourself breathing in and out, and if any thoughts come to mind, let them go. Meditating is particularly useful in periods of considerable stress. It can also help to look into learning the chakra chart so you can focus your energies on the areas that need it most.

Self-Reflection

One of the reasons you may get out of alignment is because you’ve fallen into a routine. It’s easy to feel like something’s missing when you’re following the same basic pattern every day of going to work, relaxing at home and repeating ad nauseam. Self-reflection can help you fix that.

This practice is exactly what it sounds like—you’re reflecting on your life, and this can mean that you look back on your life or that you look forward to the future, or both. One good way to self-reflect is to write down some of the things you’re grateful for in life. You should also write what you would like to accomplish moving forward, as goals can keep you on the right track.

Affirmation

An affirmation is a positive phrase to tell yourself as encouragement. As simple as it sounds, positive self-talk can be very useful in building and maintaining a positive mindset. For an affirmation to be effective, it needs to be something that’s meaningful to you.

For example, let’s say that your goal this year is to make exercise a regular part of your life. Your affirmation for that could be “I love working out,” and you would tell yourself this before and during a workout. You don’t need to say it out loud, although you can if you want to. As you say this to yourself, it reinforces a love for exercise inside of you.

All it takes is a little focus and determination to better align your energy. Give the practices above a try, and you may find that your life is mo

According to Dr. Charles (Chuck) Basch, author of Healthier Students Are Better Learners, health issues, which disproportionately plague low-income urban minority youth, play a major role in limiting students motivation and ability to learn.

It is estimated that 800 million people are spending at least 10 percent of their household budget on out-of-pocket health care expenses, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to health care costs. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 aims to achieve Universal Healthcare for all people by 2030.

According to Kara Hanson, Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, there are two main challenges for healthcare in low and middle-income countries. The first challenge is the “growing burden of non-communicable diseases.” Hansen says that “more than half of the disease burden in lower-middle income countries is due to non-communicable diseases, and even in the lowest income countries, non-communicable diseases are responsible for one-third of the disease burden.”

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“There are so many challenges confronting humanity that we need to be deploying capital differently,” says Bonnie Chiu who argues that “impact investing is the key to funding universal access to healthcare.” A Columbia University study found that in 2008, the average doctor in the US earned $186,582, while in Canada, a country with higher healthcare satisfaction, the average doctor earns $125,000. “Broadening taxation and reducing spending would be ideal ways to balance the books,” says Jacob Navarette. “A truly modern health system needs to focus on enabling choice within itself,” notes James Kernochan.

The Millennial Bloggers are Alusine Barrie, Sajia Darwish, James Kernochan, Kamna Kathuria, Jacob Deleon Navarrete, Reetta Heiskanen, Shay Wright, Isadora Baum, Wilson Carter III, Francisco Hernandez, Erin Farley, Dominique Alyssa Dryding, Harry Glass, Harmony Siganporia and Bonnie Chiu.

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Perfecting Peace: 4 Tips to a Better Meditation Session

If you’ve been looking to improve your mental health, you’ve likely read about meditation. This is a practice that’s so simple, it seems difficult. Meditation involves concentrating on the breath and observing thoughts as they arise. It allows us to gain better control over our emotions and actions. These four tips to a better meditation session will be of great help to you.

Eliminate Distractions

In our world of constant notifications and instant responses, it’s hard to imagine being completely isolated. When meditating, you need to be focused on yourself and your breath. Set a timer (no longer than ten minutes to start), close your eyes, and just watch your breath. You will become distracted by other things. There might be sounds outside of your room. A surefire distraction will be your thoughts. They’ll come to you in waves, often about things that frustrate and anger you. Let them be. There’s no shame to be felt in emotions. What’s important is monitoring them so that they don’t gain control of you.

Use Accessories

If you want to get the most out of your meditation session, you might introduce some trinkets. There are things you can use, such as an aromatherapy necklace, which will help you relax all the more. You want your meditation experience to be as comfortable as possible. While you shouldn’t fall asleep, you can still use these tools to help you. Look for stores that specialize in new age products. They’ll help you determine what can help you the most on your journey towards enlightenment. Something as simple as a mat could go a long way towards making your experience more gratifying. Just remember to not feel like you need to fill a void. You can meditate well with nothing as long as you are devoted to the present moment.

Read

The concept of mindfulness is so complex. While you don’t need to become a scholar in order to meditate, you want to learn as much as possible. There are all kinds of texts you can find to learn more about this ancient practice. You can find these at your local bookstore or public library. You can also find out a great deal online. Check out forums that deal with meditation. Here, you can learn from experienced practitioners about what helped them on their journeys. Feel free to share your experiences with them. They’ll be welcoming to you, as everyone starts out as a beginner. With more practice, you might find yourself eventually giving advice to new meditators.

Be Consistent

Imagine if you went to the gym a couple times then never went again. You wouldn’t get anywhere, right? Similarly, you need to meditate on a regular basis. Some people get the idea that meditation is only beneficial when they’re particularly stressed out. Adhering to this will only get you into trouble, as you’ll be too agitated to focus properly. Even if you feel on top of the world, you can benefit from meditation. You want to be as in tune with your mind as possible. Over time, meditation can become as natural to you as brushing your teeth. Consider it your way of refreshing your mind. The more you meditate, the clearer your mind will become. And the clearer your mind becomes, the more enjoyment you’ll be able to wrest from life.

Meditation is such a rewarding process, because it allows you to get to know yourself. By adhering to a regular practice, you can open your mind to such wonderful and enlightening sensations. Take this tips to heart and realize how much potential is waiting to be unleashed

12 Wellness Holidays to Make You Healthier in 2018

 

The New Year has just begun which brings more focus on health, fitness and well-being as you look ahead to a year of possibilities. Welcome the new year and make one of your resolutions to make time for a health or fitness holiday. Whatever your goals in 2018, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists will find a break to meet your wellness needs; be it detox, meditation, yoga, sports or sleep, you can be as sociable or as solitary as you wish. With the support and assistance of experts available in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, choose a wellness holiday to make you healthier this year.

 

The Sports Performance Break – Palacio Estoril Sports & Performance, Portugal

Hitting an athletic plateau is demotivating, but unbelievably common. On the sunny coast of Cascais, luxury 5-star resort, Palacio Estoril, offers sports enthusiasts an opportunity to overcome physical and mental barricades, enhancing performance and refining skill. Utilising treatments such as physiotherapy and Chinese medicine, guests benefit from improved posture and well-being. In addition to an array of fitness classes, the programme focusses on nutritional performance enhancement, providing all the tools necessary to achieve athletic goals.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Palacio Estoril from £1,495pp and £2,100 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Luxury Beach Spa Break – Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand

Amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture, Amanpuri exudes timeless luxury. The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul. Indulgent spa treatments such as cranial sacral therapy compliment the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support. With spiritual guidance, a 5-star spa, and a private beach on your doorstep, Amanpuri is perfect for those looking for a luxury, yet authentic, beach and spa getaway.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Amanpuri from £6,210pp or £7,815 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a choice of wellness programmes, return flights and transfers.

 

The Yoga Trip – The Retreat Costa Rica Yoga, Costa Rica

The Retreat is a Costa Rican haven set amid Quartz mountains and lush vegetation. Master the asana’s and find inner peace with daily private and group yoga practices. For beginners and advanced yogi’s alike, a week of seclusion and serenity will be beneficial both physically and mentally, improving flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as emotional clarity and stress. This healthy yoga escape also includes a hike, wellness workshops, a healing massage and a trip to a local farmers market.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The Retreat Costa Rica from £2,960pp or £4,100 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a yoga programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Mediterranean Healthy Escape – Ayii Anargyri Healing, Cyprus

A boutique hotel amid a valley of mature trees in the village of Miliou, Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri promotes an idyllic location for a healthy healing escape. Restore well-being as you harness the time-tested, natural healing powers of the areas mineral-rich waters. Find profound calmness and tranquillity through hydrotherapy treatments such as underwater massage, and treat ailments in the phlebology, kinesiotherapy, and rheumatology pools. The healing waters are also utilised in spa therapies such as the indulgent mud therapy cocoons and massages.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from £1,860pp or £1,580 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of healing programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Family Sports Holiday – Forte Village, Sardinia

A Sardinian paradise for sports loving families, Forte Village will leave guests spoilt for choice. In addition to a plethora of activities such as cycling, football academy, basketball, tennis and boxing academy, fitness lovers can get involved in various activities from Zumba to yoga. Located next to the beach, water babies can also enjoy a range of water sports including paddle boarding, windsurfing, and diving. The kids club can also keep the young ones (and teenagers) occupied whilst you indulge in some ‘me time’ at the spa.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Forte Village Resort from £1,090pp. Price includes half board, return flights and transfers.

 

The Detox and Pilates Break – Amatara Detox, Thailand

With stunning views out over Cape Panwa, Phuket, Amatara is an idyllic destination for a relaxing detox and Pilates retreat. Following a juice cleanse and healthy eating regime, achieve optimal well-being with treatments such as colonic hydrotherapy, coffee cleansing, manual lymphatic drainage, and detoxifying ayurvedic massages. Gain strength and flexibility with mat Pilates and private reformer Pilates in stunning surroundings. This healthy holiday will give you the chance to experience your most energised and most radiant self.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights with Amatara Detox from £2,845pp or £3,485 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Trip of a Lifetime – Ultimate Around the World 1 Year Wellness Trip

The Ultimate Around the World Wellness Trip is an unbeatable opportunity, both in terms of experience and luxury. Enjoy yoga on private island ‘parrot cay’ one week, then scuba diving in The Great Barrier Reef the next. Other highlights include ayurvedic therapy in India, hiking in Utah and a guided tour of Istanbul’s architecture. With over 20 stops on this year-long voyage you will become both vastly cultured and a master of your own health and fitness.

Pricing starts from £156,000pp with Business class flights for 12 months around the world wellness trip. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com)

 

The Tennis Holiday – Pine Cliffs Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Portugal

Whether your dreaming of Wimbledon, or simply getting the ball over the net, the Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs in Portugal is guaranteed to improve your game leaps and bounds. With five group tennis lessons throughout the week, all of which utilise the professionally developed ‘movement and repetition method’ expect to see advances in skill, stamina, and style. Guests also receive an invigorating sports massage, the perfect way to unwind after a morning on the court.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Pine Cliffs from £1,325pp or £1,055 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a tennis training programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Safari and Yoga Break – Karkloof Safari & Yoga, South Africa

Combining passions for yoga and nature, this wellness holiday takes you to one of the most exceptional and unspoilt areas of South Africa. During the Safari & Yoga programme at Karkloof Safari Spa, guests experience two game drives, observing wildlife such as giraffes, rhinoceros, and a plethora of bird species. With daily yoga classes, mountain biking, fishing, and guided hikes, finding your connection with nature and developing inner peace has never come more naturally.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Karkloof Safari Spa from £4,650pp or £4,770 for single occupancy. Price is all-inclusive, with a programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Sleep Retreat – Lefay Sleep Well, Italy

Regain control over your sleeping pattern on an invigorating sleep wellness retreat overlooking beautiful Lake Garda. Find relaxation and pure bliss with a selection of indulgent, pampering, and holistic spa treatments. Improve your sleeping patterns as you are guided by the energy flow of Chinese medicine combined with locally grown healthy cuisine as you are taken through a journey to better health and peaceful state of mind, ensuring you get a good night's rest.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Lefay Resort & Spa from £2,155pp or £2,640 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, with a sleep programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Winter Sun Fitness Holiday – BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness, St Lucia

If you’re looking for winter sun, it’s a struggle to comprehend a destination more perfect than St Lucia with an activity for every type of active traveller. From 7am beach workouts to 8am yoga along with daily spa treatments, enjoy a personalised Fusion Fitness programme designed for you. Achieve optimal well-being with a choice of private activities from tennis lessons, bike rides and sports weight training to ocean sports, Tai Chi, Pilates and meditation.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at BodyHoliday from £2,790pp or £2,810 for single occupancy. Price is all-inclusive, with a Fusion Fitness programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Short-haul Health Booster – Six Senses Kaplankaya De-stress & Reconnect, Turkey

Give your health a well-deserved boost this year as you enjoy a selection of indulgent spa treatments including massages and body wraps at Six Senses, Kaplankaya. Disengage from the stresses of daily life as you find your calm with sunrise yoga or a morning coastal walk, then work out your tensions in an invigorating personal training session. Whether it’s a quick break or an extended getaway, this Turkish stay is guaranteed to help you take a step back, finding clarity in the process.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £1,380pp or £2,300 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, with a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

 

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891

 

 

About Health and Fitness Travel

Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph and Adam Heathcote as a result of their passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.

 

Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of trademark healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness™ BodyBreaks™ and Discover Recover™, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com

What to Eat Healthy? 5 Ways to Make a Great Diet Plan in 2018

The New Year is here, and you might be working hard on meeting your goals in terms of fitness and nutrition or you might already realize it’s harder than it looks. Goals and resolutions aren’t easy, but that’s what’s so beautiful about them. If they were meant to be easy, you’d change your life without any issues, without any growth, or without any changes. Not only can meeting your goals change your life in the way you mean for it to change your life, it can teach you a lot about patience, perseverance, and it can help you grow. If you want to create a healthy diet plan for 2018, you need some help.

 

Start with a Goal

You want to eat healthier, which is why you have a diet plan in mind. However, you must have a goal in sight. Do you want to lose weight, feel healthier, or manage a health problem you’re living with? The goal determines the kind of healthy diet plan you’re looking to create. Knowing what you want to accomplish helps you incorporate the right kind of food in the diet plan because not all healthy foods are created equal.

 

Ask for Help and Accountability

Something positive in any healthy diet plan is accountability. You’re more likely to achieve your goals when you have someone to report to. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by continuously failing to make positive diet choices, and that’s how being accountable helps. With an accountability partner or group such as Plan 7 Coaching, you have someone there for you, someone to listen to you, and someone to help you stay on track.

 

Start with New Plates

Here’s something you didn’t know would help you meet your diet goals in 2018. Get rid of your large plates. Buy small ones, and learn to trick your body into eating smaller portions using this age-old trick. Your mind things your body is fuller, and it sends that message to your stomach when it sees you eat an entire plate of food. Smaller plates mean your plate looks fuller than it would on a larger plate, and your servings are automatically smaller.

 

Start Small

Don’t change your entire diet overnight. Instead, change your diet plan a little at a time. Introduce one or two healthy new foods every week. At the same time, eliminate one or two unhealthy items each week. This helps your body grow more accustomed to the changes you’re making rather than overwhelming you with them.

 

Make a Meal Plan

This one does seem to be common sense, but many people realize just how helpful it is. Make a meal plan, stick to the meal plan, and change your life. You’re more likely to succeed when you know in advance what you’re eating every meal than if you’re left standing in front of the fridge or the take-out menus without a plan.

The new year can be your year if you work hard and make a goal. It’s easier to achieve that goal by breaking it down into smaller goals you can achieve more often. This keeps you feeling motivated and excited, and

Sick To Death - Press Relese

 

About Sick to Death!

Thyroid disease, and its accompanying symptoms and related disorders, is a very confusing health challenge. The purpose of the Sick to Death! project is to create a resource for health seekers that can assist in confirming that what they are experiencing may in fact be thyroid disease.  With the assistance of a huge community, the Sick to Death! project seeks to improve the medical establishment’s response to thyroid disease.

In Sick to Death! Hadleigh-West exposes AbbVie Pharmaceuticals and their drug Synthroid, one of the most profitable and most commonly prescribed drugs for thyroid disease - yet it under treats 90% of people that suffer with this illness.  Patients are rarely given options for treatment or even told that there might be a more effective treatment.  Sick to Death! uncovers the often ineffective TSH test which leaves millions of people without proper diagnosis for their chronic illness.

Sick to Death! premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in October 2017 to two sold out shows and was nominated for an audience award.  It won three Global Film Awards 2017 “Impact Docs” awards, and Hadleigh-West received a Guggenheim Award to make the film.

After drinking radioactive iodine to kill her overactive thyroid, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West catapults into illness only to run smack into a complicated medical maze.  In Sick to Death! Hadleigh-West exposes her own disturbing, yet determined, thirty-year struggle to regain her spiraling health. After seeing hundreds of doctors who either disregarded her symptoms, misdiagnosed or under treated her, Maggie discovers that her life-long thyroid problem was a fully understood medical issue as early as 1914, yet it’s been obscured by systemic medical corruption, pharmaceutical greed, and physician negligence, leaving more than 750 million people sick and suffering world-wide.

Follow Maggie as she brazenly uncovers the medical corruption and negligence that obscures medical practice – only to find yet another disturbing personal revelation. Sick to Death! is both a call-to-action and a quirky film, which seeks to understand and change this disturbing medical reality.

About Maggie Hadleigh-West

In 1991 Maggie Hadleigh-West made the very first film on sexual harassment in public called War Zone which garnered world-wide attention and completed a first feature of the same name in 1998.  Sick to Death! is her fourth film and second documentary.  Hadleigh-West is a 2017 Impact Doc Awards winner, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Award Winner, 2010 Indie Fest: Audience Impact Merit Award Winner, 2010 Accolade Merit Award Winner, 2009, 2006, and 2005 Alcyon Foundation Fellow, a 2004 New York State Council on the Arts Fellow, 2001 University of Louisville Distinguished Professor Nominee, 2000 Rockefeller Fellow Nominee and a 1998 Berlin Film Festival Caligari Nominee.

Hadleigh-West lives in New Orleans.

Feeling Pain or Numbness? 4 Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

It’s easy to tell when you have a cut or a fever. A herniated disc can be more difficult to detect, as the symptoms can occasionally be vague. Sometimes they can be chalked up to simple aging. It’s important to pay attention to the signs, though, so you can seek one of the many herniated disc treatments quickly and feel better faster. Here are four symptoms of a herniated disc.

Arm or Leg Pain

Depending on the exact location of the herniated disc, you’ll feel pain in various locations. If the disc is in your lower back, the most intense pain will be in your buttocks, thighs, and calves. It may be only one leg or both. If the disc is in your neck, your shoulder and arm will feel the most intense pain. In either case, sneezing or coughing may cause the pain to shoot into your arm or leg, as can shifting your spine into certain positions.

Numbness or Tingling

Similar to the “pins and needles” feeling that you get when a body part has fallen asleep, you may feel numbness or tingling in the body part served by the nerves affected by the herniated disc. This numbness or tingling may not affect the entire body part. It may only affect a particular area, such as the thumb side of an arm, or the little toe and outside of a foot and leg.

Weak Muscles

The herniated disc affects the nerves that serve various muscles. Those muscles tend to weaken. Depending on the area of the disc, this can lead you to stumble or have trouble standing, or it could impair your ability to hold and lift items. Muscle weakness tends to be one of the more serious symptoms of a herniated disc and often requires surgical intervention as quickly as possible.

Back Pain

The back pain may be dull or throbbing, constant or intermittent, and possibly accompanied by stiffness. The disc may also cause muscle spasms, which might be alleviated by a couple of days of rest with ice and heat in a supportive recliner or lying flat with a pillow beneath the knees. Back pain is more likely to be present in the lower back than the neck.

A herniated disc can be a painful experience. If you suspect that your symptoms are caused by a herniated disc, it’s best to get it checked out quickly by a professional, like those at Southwest Florida Neurosurgical & Rehab Associates

12 Wellness Holidays to Make You Healthier in 2018

 

The New Year has just begun which brings more focus on health, fitness and well-being as you look ahead to a year of possibilities. Welcome the new year and make one of your resolutions to make time for a health or fitness holiday. Whatever your goals in 2018, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists will find a break to meet your wellness needs; be it detox, meditation, yoga, sports or sleep, you can be as sociable or as solitary as you wish. With the support and assistance of experts available in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, choose a wellness holiday to make you healthier this year.

 

The Sports Performance Break – Palacio Estoril Sports & Performance, Portugal

Hitting an athletic plateau is demotivating, but unbelievably common. On the sunny coast of Cascais, luxury 5-star resort, Palacio Estoril, offers sports enthusiasts an opportunity to overcome physical and mental barricades, enhancing performance and refining skill. Utilising treatments such as physiotherapy and Chinese medicine, guests benefit from improved posture and well-being. In addition to an array of fitness classes, the programme focusses on nutritional performance enhancement, providing all the tools necessary to achieve athletic goals.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Palacio Estoril from £1,495pp and £2,100 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Luxury Beach Spa Break – Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand

Amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture, Amanpuri exudes timeless luxury. The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul. Indulgent spa treatments such as cranial sacral therapy compliment the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support. With spiritual guidance, a 5-star spa, and a private beach on your doorstep, Amanpuri is perfect for those looking for a luxury, yet authentic, beach and spa getaway.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Amanpuri from £6,210pp or £7,815 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a choice of wellness programmes, return flights and transfers.

 

The Yoga Trip – The Retreat Costa Rica Yoga, Costa Rica

The Retreat is a Costa Rican haven set amid Quartz mountains and lush vegetation. Master the asana’s and find inner peace with daily private and group yoga practices. For beginners and advanced yogi’s alike, a week of seclusion and serenity will be beneficial both physically and mentally, improving flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as emotional clarity and stress. This healthy yoga escape also includes a hike, wellness workshops, a healing massage and a trip to a local farmers market.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The Retreat Costa Rica from £2,960pp or £4,100 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a yoga programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Mediterranean Healthy Escape – Ayii Anargyri Healing, Cyprus

A boutique hotel amid a valley of mature trees in the village of Miliou, Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri promotes an idyllic location for a healthy healing escape. Restore well-being as you harness the time-tested, natural healing powers of the areas mineral-rich waters. Find profound calmness and tranquillity through hydrotherapy treatments such as underwater massage, and treat ailments in the phlebology, kinesiotherapy, and rheumatology pools. The healing waters are also utilised in spa therapies such as the indulgent mud therapy cocoons and massages.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from £1,860pp or £1,580 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of healing programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Family Sports Holiday – Forte Village, Sardinia

A Sardinian paradise for sports loving families, Forte Village will leave guests spoilt for choice. In addition to a plethora of activities such as cycling, football academy, basketball, tennis and boxing academy, fitness lovers can get involved in various activities from Zumba to yoga. Located next to the beach, water babies can also enjoy a range of water sports including paddle boarding, windsurfing, and diving. The kids club can also keep the young ones (and teenagers) occupied whilst you indulge in some ‘me time’ at the spa.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Forte Village Resort from £1,090pp. Price includes half board, return flights and transfers.

 

The Detox and Pilates Break – Amatara Detox, Thailand

With stunning views out over Cape Panwa, Phuket, Amatara is an idyllic destination for a relaxing detox and Pilates retreat. Following a juice cleanse and healthy eating regime, achieve optimal well-being with treatments such as colonic hydrotherapy, coffee cleansing, manual lymphatic drainage, and detoxifying ayurvedic massages. Gain strength and flexibility with mat Pilates and private reformer Pilates in stunning surroundings. This healthy holiday will give you the chance to experience your most energised and most radiant self.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights with Amatara Detox from £2,845pp or £3,485 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Trip of a Lifetime – Ultimate Around the World 1 Year Wellness Trip

The Ultimate Around the World Wellness Trip is an unbeatable opportunity, both in terms of experience and luxury. Enjoy yoga on private island ‘parrot cay’ one week, then scuba diving in The Great Barrier Reef the next. Other highlights include ayurvedic therapy in India, hiking in Utah and a guided tour of Istanbul’s architecture. With over 20 stops on this year-long voyage you will become both vastly cultured and a master of your own health and fitness.

Pricing starts from £156,000pp with Business class flights for 12 months around the world wellness trip. Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com)

 

The Tennis Holiday – Pine Cliffs Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Portugal

Whether your dreaming of Wimbledon, or simply getting the ball over the net, the Tennis Academy at Pine Cliffs in Portugal is guaranteed to improve your game leaps and bounds. With five group tennis lessons throughout the week, all of which utilise the professionally developed ‘movement and repetition method’ expect to see advances in skill, stamina, and style. Guests also receive an invigorating sports massage, the perfect way to unwind after a morning on the court.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Pine Cliffs from £1,325pp or £1,055 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a tennis training programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Safari and Yoga Break – Karkloof Safari & Yoga, South Africa

Combining passions for yoga and nature, this wellness holiday takes you to one of the most exceptional and unspoilt areas of South Africa. During the Safari & Yoga programme at Karkloof Safari Spa, guests experience two game drives, observing wildlife such as giraffes, rhinoceros, and a plethora of bird species. With daily yoga classes, mountain biking, fishing, and guided hikes, finding your connection with nature and developing inner peace has never come more naturally.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Karkloof Safari Spa from £4,650pp or £4,770 for single occupancy. Price is all-inclusive, with a programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Sleep Retreat – Lefay Sleep Well, Italy

Regain control over your sleeping pattern on an invigorating sleep wellness retreat overlooking beautiful Lake Garda. Find relaxation and pure bliss with a selection of indulgent, pampering, and holistic spa treatments. Improve your sleeping patterns as you are guided by the energy flow of Chinese medicine combined with locally grown healthy cuisine as you are taken through a journey to better health and peaceful state of mind, ensuring you get a good night's rest.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Lefay Resort & Spa from £2,155pp or £2,640 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, with a sleep programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Winter Sun Fitness Holiday – BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness, St Lucia

If you’re looking for winter sun, it’s a struggle to comprehend a destination more perfect than St Lucia with an activity for every type of active traveller. From 7am beach workouts to 8am yoga along with daily spa treatments, enjoy a personalised Fusion Fitness programme designed for you. Achieve optimal well-being with a choice of private activities from tennis lessons, bike rides and sports weight training to ocean sports, Tai Chi, Pilates and meditation.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at BodyHoliday from £2,790pp or £2,810 for single occupancy. Price is all-inclusive, with a Fusion Fitness programme, return flights and transfers.

 

The Short-haul Health Booster – Six Senses Kaplankaya De-stress & Reconnect, Turkey

Give your health a well-deserved boost this year as you enjoy a selection of indulgent spa treatments including massages and body wraps at Six Senses, Kaplankaya. Disengage from the stresses of daily life as you find your calm with sunrise yoga or a morning coastal walk, then work out your tensions in an invigorating personal training session. Whether it’s a quick break or an extended getaway, this Turkish stay is guaranteed to help you take a step back, finding clarity in the process.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £1,380pp or £2,300 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, with a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

 

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891

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About Health and Fitness Travel

Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph and Adam Heathcote as a result of their passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.

 

Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of trademark healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness™ BodyBreaks™ and Discover Recover™, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com

 

5 Tips that help you to reduce weight quickly

 

Gaining few pounds has become a dilemma and you’re looking for some healthy, sustainable way to lose weight? There are plenty of ways to slim yourself down. You have to cut your calories, exercise regularly, resist junk food, stick on water instead of juice or soda, walk 30 minutes a day etc. loosing and maintaining a healthy weight can be tougher or you may find trouble to get motivated. Joshua C. Klapow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham stated:

The key to staying motivated to lose weight is similar to the [amount of] fuel in a car—you don't need the motivation tank to be full to drive, you just need to prevent it from running empty. If you notice that your weight loss motivation is waning, give yourself a break from your diet or exercise plan for one to three days.

 

  • Cut your calories and appetite

It can be very difficult to stick to a low-calorie diet but it is essential to cut your pounds in an effective way to sculpt your best body. Try eating a bit less sauce i.e. ketchup and mayonnaise in your food, avoid sugar-sweetened drinks like soda, coke, and other beverages, avoid adding sugar in your tea or coffee, use a smaller plate, have a half glass of water and walk before dinner, eat more vegetables and chose whole fruits instead of juices. But make sure not to eat fewer than 1,000 calories in a day.

 

  • Walk 30 minutes a day regularly

You don’t need a super sweaty high-intensity workout daily. Just 30 minutes’ walk would not only help you to shed some pounds but also to have a healthy dose of cardio regularly. Moreover, it will also boost metabolism, improve blood circulation, lower LDL-cholesterol, and ward off heart disease. Walking is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, burns belly fat and tone the abdominal region.

 

  • Switch-off the TV at mealtime

The research found those who chew slowly, eat without distraction, and concentrate on the food and eat without any conversation, lose six times as much weight as other slimmers. Paying more attention to your meal would keep you overeating and mindful eating can help you to make healthier choices.

 

  • Sleep

This is surprisingly true that sleep and weight loss are interconnected. Lack of sleep alters the way your brain works. It increases appetite which stimulates hunger, makes you crave fat and carbs. Moreover, poor sleep makes the body’s metabolism work less efficaciously, leaves more unexpended energy to be stored in the body as fat. Research shows that people starved to sleep make bad food decisions. They want more calorie-rich food.

 

 

 

  • Drink a lot of water

Drinking water can help you to support your dieting efforts. It raises metabolism in your body and improves your fat burning rate. It will also make you feel full and consume less food at a meal. Drinking some water before a meal is also a good move that will pay off. Substituting all other beverages, coffee, tea, fruit juice etc. for a glass of water can help to burn calories.

 

Eating the right combination of food and make healthy changes in your lifestyle can help you to drop pounds and even drop them fast. It would be troublesome for some time to stop yourself when you may have a plate of brownies in front of you. If you’re struggling to stick with your weight loss motivation, choose an attainable or realistic goal. Never think that you’ll quickly lose 50 pounds in the next couple of weeks. Find a partner who may also help you out by cheer you on, and work out with will keep you on track. Be patient and give yourself small rewards (must not be food-related) to provide an incentive to keep going.

 

Author Bio

Michelle Hannan is a nutritionist, and she's on a mission to give you all the information you need to successfully lose weight. She also blogs regularly at https://www.hcgdietinfo.net/

Healthful Facts: 5 Ways You Can Take Control of Your Body

People have ignored their health for all sorts of reasons. For example, some simply were just too busy to worry about their health, but that is changing. More and more people understand how important it is to stay on top of their health. Taking control of your health is not too hard though it does require a bit of an investment on your part.

Knowledge

One of the easiest things you can do is learn what is healthy and what is not. You can take better control of your health if you know what is good for you and what might not be. Talk to a health consultant, and make sure you look up information online to further your education.

Take Action

Knowing what is healthy is one thing, but you also have to make sure you motivate yourself to take action by sticking to specific diets or exercise regimes. You could talk to a dietitian and a fitness trainer to help motivate you if you have trouble doing this step on your own. You can also read a few self-help books, which work for some people.

Choose Care

People who wait to the last minute to seek medical attention hardly put any thought into where they will go for help. You need to value choice, and look for a care center that truly cares for you. For example, you may want to look for a personal dentist such as Smile Makers Dental rather than the closest one to your house. Knowing that the dentist provides trustworthy care is one major step in the right direction.

Supportive Team

Some people may be having a hard time letting go of unhealthy habits. This is normal, but you have to make sure that you have a support system. There are support groups for people having all sorts of issues such as overeating or smoking. Admitting to yourself you have a lack of control is important, and it’s yet another step in the right direction.

Peer Pressure

You need make some new friends on this journey of yours that will help focus you and push you. Taking full control of your health is not always easy, so you are going to need friends who care about health as much as you do. Now, those who already have health enthusiast friends may skip this step, but those who do not try to make friends.

There you go, now you know five ways to take control of your health once and for all. Be sure to talk to health care specialists about additional ways you can make this change.

Meghan Belnap / Blogger, Researcher and Freelance Writer

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.