Noise pollution is among many factors that can trigger your body’s stress response, which can negatively impact your health. If you deal with chronic stress, or just want to take some time to calm yourself, find a place without a lot of noise. Here are some possible locations where you can find your quiet place. (more…)
Training for power, as opposed to just training for strength, adds a time element. Think of power training as high-speed strength. Power training focuses on the speed of the weight lifted compared to strength training where you focus on the amount lifted. This is especially important for athletes, but it’s also important as we get older, too. Here’s why and how we should train for power as we age. (more…)
Most adults may have noticed that food portions have gotten larger, not only in restaurants but at home as well. In the age where you can super-size almost anything, many meals have become enough food for at least two people. With this growth in portion size comes an increase in the average person’s waistline and body weight. Follow these guidelines to learn how to prevent weight gain from these current excessive portions. (more…)
Many of us perceive stress as unhealthy, but stress isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. Stress can be healthy when avoiding an accident or meeting a tight deadline. We all feel stressed at times, but each person fights stress in different ways. It’s important to understand what kind of stress you are dealing with, and in some cases, use it to your advantage. (more…)
You are never too busy to take a break. Taking a break is good for your brain because it refreshes the mind and increases creativity. Going too long without letting our minds rest can lead to stress and frustration. Regular breaks increase performance and allow you to focus better when you return. Breaks from life, exercise, and work are important. Here’s why:
It’s a well-known fact that exercise is good for your body. It’s also very well-known that exercise can be good for your mood. While any type of movement can be credited toward both of those “good for you” categories, aerobic exercise holds an extra special place. Swimming specifically is known to drastically increase physical health as well as mental well-being in ways that other activities just might not be able to do. When swimming, you use a whole lot of muscle, increase your blood flow drastically, and repeat the same motions, allowing you to slip away into relaxation and de-stress. Among others, these reasons are considerable examples of how swimming for exercise is great for a well-rounded health. (more…)
What is the biggest-selling prescription medication in the United States? Many would be surprised to find out that it is a treatment for acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the technical term for reflux, is the number one disease of the digestive tract. Almost everyone will experience heartburn and/or reflux at some point in their lives. To the few that are plagued by these conditions, stay tuned to learn more about which foods to add and avoid to improve your symptoms. (more…)
Andrew Jungbluth is the Operations Manager at Elite Sports Club-Mequon. Andrew started working at the front desk, so he’s familiar with the social aspect of the clubs. If you’ve never taken the time to talk to Andrew, he recommends interacting with staff and asking questions to enhance your club experience. Get to know more about Andrew here!
Do you feel like you’re always on edge, stressed, or overstimulated? Finding ways to calm yourself down can be tricky. Too much of any type of stress (chronic or acute), can be very overwhelming. So, here are some tricks that you can use to take the edge off:
Close Your Eyes
Shutting your eyes gives your brain a much-needed break. Our eyes bring in sensory stimulation, so when closing them it feels as if you are pausing the world for a minute for some chill time. Don’t hesitate to take in a few deep breaths as your eyes are closed to feel a sense of yourself and to gather your thoughts.
Stretching can relieve tension throughout your body. Take a minute to roll your shoulders, and stretch your arms and your legs. Stretching improves elasticity and mobility, which will allow for relaxed movements with less tension. Try incorporating yoga into your life to help you remain calm for the days ahead!
Shake it Off
Shaking it off will loosen your muscles and rid your mind of fear and anxiety. Shake your hands, your legs, your whole body! Therefore, by shaking it off your body will feel more relaxed and less tense. By letting go of whatever is bothering, you can get rid of negative thoughts.
Listening to music will allow you to remove yourself from a stressful environment. Take a moment to put on your headphones, play your favorite playlist, and get lost in your tunes. Music expresses what cannot be said. Furthermore, the healing power of music is amazing and great for those who want to silence their minds.
Take a Walk
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. It helps to blow off steam and releases endorphins. Taking a walk also takes you out of a stressful situation. Therefore, it is beneficial in multiple ways. Going for a walk allows you to reframe, to think, and to return with an open mind.
Take a Break
Likewise, taking a break from whatever is making you overwhelmed is beneficial. For instance, reading a book, watching your favorite show, talking to a friend, or working on your hobby can help you take your mind off of the stressors of life. As a result, taking a break with something you enjoy will give you peace of mind and will help you relax mentally and physically.
Laying down and tensing your muscles and then releasing throughout all your muscle groups will leave your body feeling relaxed afterward. This also allows you to focus inwardly on yourself instead of what is bothering you.
Find a way to calm down that works for you
Finding a way to calm down is different for everyone. We all have our own way of calming our mind, so find what works for you! If you have any tips and tricks for calming down, please share!
Learning how to swim at a young age is important for so many reasons. Besides the safety aspect, basic swimming skills can give a child confidence, allow them to have fun and be active in the pool, and create a foundation for competitive swimming later on in life. If your child is just starting out or new to Elite, we have a guide to help you determine in which level of group swim lessons your child belongs. (more…)