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4 Benefits of Joining a Wellness Retreat

Want to know the 4 benefits of joining a wellness retreat? Last month we visited Rancho La Puerta,“The Ranch,” a fitness and spa retreat in Tecate, Mexico. What we found was a space to detox, destress, connect and reflect freely amidst nature. Detox If you’re thinking of signing up for a wellness retreat it’s probably because you’re looking to make a healthy change. Many retreat programs offer healthy, well-balanced meal options that prepare the body and mind for transformative detox. At The Ranch, we were served a fresh and chemical free lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (no poultry or meat), including seafood, which provided us the essential protein, vitamins, minerals and probiotics needed to support our week of fitness activities. Photo Courtesy...

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Easy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe with Almond Milk

If you’re looking for a healthy and filling snack, try this gluten-free chia seed pudding recipe packed with essential nutrients and minerals that will leave you feeling full and energized until your next meal. What are chia seeds and why should you eat them? Chia seeds date back as early as the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations. It was believed that the seeds gave warriors extra energy and endurance in battle. Chia seeds are versatile and can be used in many different foods and products from eggs to health drinks. When added to liquid, chia seeds expand and form a gel-like substance.   We asked Katie Di Lauro, registered dietitian nutritionist from Nutrition By Katie about the benefits of eating...

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4 Best Exercises for Skiing

While winter is melting away as we head into spring, the heavy snowpack will keep ski resorts open longer this season. Get in shape with these four best exercises for skiing that will help build the strength you need to conquer the slopes. Jump Lunges (40 Reps, 20 per side) To get your butt and legs in shape for skiing and build heart strength, add jump lunges to your exercise routine. Start with your right foot forward in a lunge position. Jump up, switching your feet mid-air to land with the opposite foot forward. Continue to alternate each side landing so the knee hovers 2 inches above the ground. (Add dumbbells for extra burn) Jump Squats (15 Reps) The perfect...

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Why You Should Start Journaling

Journaling is a great way to find clarity amongst the chaos. Here we provide some reasons why keeping a journal (or a few), helps you realize your full potential as you navigate through the road blocks of life. After all, we could always strive to be a better version of ourselves, right? Serves as Meditation   There are many different forms of mediation from seated, walking (Zen), moving (yoga), hands (mudra) to singing (tantra), but all with one end goal - mindfulness. In mediation, you can use different tactics like breath work or pranayama to focus your attention internally and awaken your life force. Similarly, journaling allows you to consciously meditate on paper, helping you “exhale” out stale words that do...

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The Importance of Taking Time Off

The more connected we’ve become through advances in technology and social media, the more difficult it has become for us to disconnect. We interviewed yoga instructor Kathryn McCann on the importance of taking time off and more planned vacations. Kathryn McCann, a former professional ballet dancer and performer, founded Hang Zen Yogis, to bring yoga and wellness programs to corporate America.   Her Vinyasa style yoga classes which focus on linking breath to movement, allow employees a break from the monotony of work to breathe, rejuvenate and refresh. According to Forbes, 75% of Americans don’t take the paid time off they are due each year. In a survey taken by Glassdoor, Harris Interactive, only 25% of paid workers out of the...

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