Healthy Lifestyle

For many people, the idea of wellness brings to mind images of yoga studios, kale salads and spa days. The truth is, it’s more than that. The reality is that a positive and proactive approach to health is beneficial for everyone, especially men. In fact, men die younger and suffer from health problems like cancer and diabetes at higher rates than women, making the wellness concept even more important for men to understand and adopt. In honor of Men’s Health Month, we’re bringing you our best tips to help men feel happier and healthier: 1. Lower your cholesterol.  Men tend to have higher levels of cholesterol than women, which...

June 8th is Family Health and Fitness Day so we’re bringing you our best tips to keep you and your loved ones active.  When you make health and wellness a priority in your family, it’s easier to make changes and adopt a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime! 1. Talk about health and wellness.  When kids are young and healthy, the importance of diet and exercise may not be obvious to them.  Frame the discussion on their terms by explaining how these help them feel good, do well in school and have more energy for their favorite activities. 2. Set a good example.  Healthy choices about diet, exercise and...

If you’re among the 50 million people with allergies or the 26 million people with asthma, you know that traveling can prove challenging. Differences in altitude, temperature and air-quality are just a few factors that can trigger serious asthma and allergy symptoms. Because of this, it’s important for travelers to be prepared before and during their trip. Taking the following steps will help you prevent symptoms and know what to do should they occur. Know your triggers. One of the best ways to prevent symptoms is to know what triggers them. Whether it’s pet dander, certain foods or cold weather, identifying these factors will help you avoid them when you’re in an...

Not getting enough sleep is nothing to brag about. It’s estimated that 35% of Americans aren’t getting the recommended 7+ hours of sleep each night, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Insufficient or inadequate sleep causes serious concerns such as high blood pressure, anxiety, reduced concentration and a weakened immune system. The Better Sleep Council is sponsoring Better Sleep Month in May to help raise awareness about the benefits and the need for consistent, high-quality sleep. If you’re concerned about the amount or quality of your sleep, try these tips to feel better, have more energy and be your best every day! 1. Get more sunlight.  Sleep works through...

Who doesn’t love to travel? The opportunity to get away and experience new people and places (as well as old favorites) is something that many of us look forward to as we go about our daily lives and routines. But travel is more than just fun and games. It’s also a vital part of our economy, our culture and even our health. That’s the theme for this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week, which focuses on the ways that “Travel Matters.” Here are a few key reasons why travel is so important for both the country and the communities where we live and work. Jobs. Travel is big business....

Traveling for work is often stressful and can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being.  Unfortunately, business travelers are often underappreciated and many don’t take the time to care for their health away from home. In recognition of the second annual National Business Travelers Day on April 24th, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you reduce stress and take better care of your mind and body when traveling for work. 1. Plan for delays.  Doesn’t it seem like your flight is cancelled or delayed whenever you have an important meeting?  Make contingency plans and arrangements ahead of time so you’ll...

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...