Life is inevitable, but stress is not. The way that we react to difficult situations becomes the moment where we can choose whether or not to allow stress to surface. To help you strengthen your resistance to stressful thoughts and feelings, we’ve developed a defense plan that works like a charm.

Move it Whether you’re sweating it out or stretching it out, physical movement is a great way to channel whatever energy you’d normally put towards stress, into something productive and healthy. Release your tension and try some Power Yoga for a dynamic and positive sweat session or Chill Yoga to wind down and mentally disconnect. Stressed for time? HIIT 30 is a half hour of non-stop movement that will leave you feeling exhilarated.

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Meet Adrienne Nolan-Smith — exhale guest, founder of a media and lifestyle brand called WellBe and @getwellbe), a board certified patient advocate, speaker and a wellness activist. We asked Adrienne to tell us a bit about her journey and how she stays well. How did you get started on your wellbeing journey? I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease at age 11. I was prescribed antibiotics, but since I’d had symptoms for nearly a year before I was diagnosed, the antibiotics were too late — and didn’t help. Thus I began a multi-year journey to heal. Where did you start? My mom was determined, and researched many different integrative therapies from Chinese herbs and acupuncture to supplements and following a clean diet.

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  You’re working hard towards your fitness goals. You have a vision in sight, and the motivation to get there. You’ve tuned up your diet, built time into your day for exercise, and you’ve made the switch from soda to water. Great! But did you build rest into your routine?   A rest day is the one day of the week when you deliberately don’t work out or push yourself hard. Both awake and asleep, rest is important to your fitness goals because it allows your muscles and cardiovascular system to recover and rebuild. Working hard every day to reach your goals without rest may feel like the most productive path, however, it can actually lead to overtraining and injury. So, what should you do on your day off?   Active Rest Days If you’re the type of person that can’t sit still on a day off, you might want to consider planning a bit of active rest into your day. This will allow you to “clean” your muscles of any built-up lactic acid and get in tune with your body at a slower pace. Over time, as your fitness improves, you may even be able to incorporate more intense exercise on a rest day, because it will take more work to raise your heart rate. Keep the following in mind on your active rest days:   • Keep the pace low: You should be able to hold a conversation during active rest activities. A very light jog, hike, or bike ride are all great ideas.   • Watch your heart rate: Below 130 BPM is a normal target. Anything above that can trigger hormones to release which are associated with physical stress, canceling out your goal of recovery.  

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Some men may feel that they are too manly to go and get a massage. Many others may feel that it is too expensive and that they could spend their money better in other areas. To be honest, these are very common misconceptions. The stress that every day life provides can be very taxing on our bodies. I would like to discuss a number of ways in which men are struggling to care for themselves properly.   

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  More inner calm. More outer strength. More head-to-toe, mind-body satisfaction.   No matter what your more is, we can give it to you — however and whenever you want it. Whether you’re looking to focus on fitness, sink into spa, or bask in a balance of both, you have the freedom to customize your overall experience. To help you build your perfect Exhale experience, we are breaking down all our membership options.  

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For those of us who have attempted the feat of a diet, we know how difficult it can be to stick to limitations while remaining satisfied and motivated. A diet can be considered a short-term approach towards achieving a health goal. The restrictions that go hand in hand with diets may work for some people to achieve a goal quickly, but it may not work for others. Some may find themselves frustrated if they do not see the results as quickly as they’d hoped, and some may feel imbalanced from the sudden change in regimen.   An alternative approach towards achieving a goal and bettering yourself is making tweaks to your overall lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle takes into consideration how you approach exercise, how you manage your time, how you deal with stress, how you speak to yourself

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Spring is the season for cleaning out and sprucing up. That’s why we want to encourage you to give your stomach a little cleansing TLC.   Eastern healing meets Exhale-style rejuvenation with the Acu-Organ Detox. This healing therapy releases toxins, relaxes your abdominal muscles and improves your digestive movement. Now, let’s get down to bodily business and break down the details of the acu-organ detox. Exhale’s Director of Healing, Dr. Robert Macdonald, shares his insight into the ancient healing practice.

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