Healthy Lifestyle

Wellness travel isn’t just spa weekends and yoga retreats.  It’s an approach to travel that nourishes mind, body and spirit, which is important for people of all ages.  Read on to discover how you can adopt wellness travel in ways that will benefit everyone in your family. 1. Ask what they want to do. Your family will enjoy their vacation more if everyone participates in the planning.  Ask kids where they’d like to go and what they’d like to do while they’re there.  You don’t have to consent to all of their suggestions but at least allow them have a say. 2. Find something for everyone.  Once you’ve...

Wellness travel has become a popular trend in recent years, encompassing everything from yoga classes to eco-tourism.  To better understand what this concept really means, we looked to the seven foundations of wellness (physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental and occupational wellness) to see how these aspects of health relate to travel.  Read on to learn about wellness travel and what you can do to incorporate it into your next vacation or business trip. Physical.  Most of us understand what we need to do to take care of our physical health:  eat well, exercise regularly and get adequate sleep.  But these simple steps can become a...

Travel can really take a toll on your health and wellbeing.  Even when you’re on vacation, the physical and mental rigors of travel as well as the disruption of your normal routine can leave you feeling tired and worn out. But travel ought to be a rejuvenating experience.  It should be an opportunity to step back from daily life to reflect and to refresh your overall health and state of mind.  Try these tips during your next trip to get the most out of your time away from home and to be your best! 1. Use a small suitcase. These are easier to carry and help...

Wellness-minded travelers can now find a guest room of choice at the Silversmith Hotel, right in the heart of downtown Chicago.  This exceptional boutique property offers guests the health and wellness experience of Pure Rooms, which help promote self-improvement and peace of mind. The Silversmith provides the ideal location from which to explore the best of the Windy City.  Situated just one block from Millennium Park, guests at the Silversmith can walk to cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Children’s Museum, as well as world-class shopping, dining and entertainment nearby.  Metro stops for all of Chicago’s “L” lines make...

Now that spring has arrived, many people are looking forward to a warm weather vacation to help shake off the winter blues.  This is a great time of year to travel, so we put together our best tips to help you and your family get the most out of your spring break. Pack for the climate.  Overpacking is a common travel mistake, especially when you’re excited to break out your summer wardrobe. You’ll make your trip simpler and easier by limiting the clothes you bring. Purchase tickets in advance. The busy spring travel season means that many sights and attractions will be packed with other tourists.  Take...

Happy World Sleep Day!  This annual holiday is organized by the World Sleep Society and has been celebrated every year since 2008.  The goal is to educate people about the problems caused by inadequate or insufficient sleep and to promote the benefits that healthy sleep provides. Read on to learn about some ways that you can get involved today on World Sleep Day and help raise awareness about this important health issue. Educate yourself.  For example, did you know that sleep deprivation costs the US around $400 billion each year?  The more you know about sleep and its impact on people’s lives, the better you’ll be...

For travelers looking to explore the greater San Francisco area, nearby Walnut Creek makes for a great place to stay.  This charming city in the East Bay features a historic downtown with high-end shopping and dining while also providing convenient access to San Francisco, Oakland and Napa Valley.  And for wellness-minded travelers, the Embassy Suites Walnut Creek now makes this area even more attractive.  The hotel offers guests the option of a Pure Room during their stay, which helps promote well-being as an integral part of the guest room experience. Our Pure Rooms at the Embassy Suites Walnut Creek have been comprehensively treated to...

Wellness is about taking a proactive and holistic approach to your health.  Many of us only think about our health when something is wrong but adopting a wellness perspective can help you prevent problems before they start. One of the best ways to begin a wellness lifestyle is through diet.  Because we eat everyday, food allows you to supply your body with the nutrients it need to stay healthy and active.  Try incorporating these 10 foods into your diet more often and in greater quantities every day, not just when you’re sick. 1. Sweet peppers. When many of us think about vitamin C, citrus fruits are...

Do you have more difficulty sleeping at certain times of the year?  Changes in the seasons can disrupt your circadian rhythm, your body’s natural sleep/wake cycle that helps you maintain a healthy sleep pattern.  If you’ve started having more trouble falling asleep or staying asleep the past few weeks, make sure you’re following these wellness habits for better sleep until spring. Stick to your sleep routine. Because it gets dark out earlier, you may feel tired and want to get to bed earlier.  Avoid this temptation and maintain your normal sleep and wake times throughout the year.  It’s natural to sleep a little more during winter...

Wellness is about more than your physical health.  It’s a holistic concept that takes a proactive approach to all aspects of your wellbeing, including your social and emotional health. It’s easy to neglect these mental aspects of wellness, especially when you live a busy lifestyle and already feel pressed for time.  But these mental wellness tips are easy steps that any of us can take to reduce stress, relate better to others and adopt a more positive outlook on life. 1. Seek out positive messages. Many of us are bombarded each day with negative news stories, violent images in the media and interactions with unhappy...