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Wellness
Published Thursday Jan 10, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

6 Simple Ways to Not Get Sick This Season

2019 is here, and you want to make it the happiest, healthiest year yet. Nothing quite gets in the way of that goal like cold and flu season. We all know how it goes: you’re forced to sit next to that sneezing, sniffling coworker, and before you know it, you feel that tickle in your throat. 

Whether you’re at the Pilates studio, sitting at your desk all day, or doing dinner with friends, save yourself the troubleand the tissuesby following these go-to tips on staying sick-free!


Keep moving.

how not to get sick exercise fitness

While we know that working out while you are already sick is not good for your body, there’s healing power in breaking a sweat. Long-term, regular exercise can not only improve the immune system, but it’s also beneficial in fighting viral infections such as the flu and a cold. Want to fight off that looming sickness? Book a Pilates or circuit training class on MINDBODY! PSA: Please, always wipe down your machines to prevent germs from spreading. 

 

Get enough sleep.

benefits of sleep sickness

Say it with us: sleep more, sneeze less. Getting at least seven hours of shuteye is crucial in fighting viral infections and inflammation. "There's evidence that people who don't get enough sleep show higher levels of inflammation," says Sheldon Cohen, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University.  

 

Drink lots of lemon water. 

lemon water benefits health

Give your immune system a boost (and add some flavor to your drink) by squeezing fresh lemon in your hot or cold water. A great source of Vitamin C, it helps your body stay hydrated, aids in digestion, and balances pH levels. 

 

Wash your hands.

health benefits washing hands

Listen upit’s time to lather, rinse, and repeat. When you don’t wash your hands, you spread germs and infections to others. It’s the best way to protect yourself from a cold or flu and actually reduces your chances of getting sick by 45%. In a hurry? Use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol! 

 

Try massage therapy.

massage therapy health benefits

Researchers have found that massages can reduce the body's production of immunity-weakening stress hormones and increase feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin. The rejuvenating touch of massage also does wonders for circulation! Consider this the perfect excuse to hit the MINDBODY app and book your next massage, or should we say preventative self-care sesh?


 
Clean your phone.

clean phone germs health

While washing your hands is a top priority during the sick season, there might be something you’re missinghere’s a hint: it’s right under your nose. That’s right; it’s your phone! They spend a majority of our day in our hand and studies have found your cell phone is actually dirtier than a toilet seat, with around 25,000 germs per square inch. Yuck. 

You can transfer germs from your fingers to your device and back again, so make sure to clean it on a daily basis with a mixture that includes isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Don’t forget to wipe the case with a disinfecting wipe, too! It will make all the difference. 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.