Monthly Archives: March 2018

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Did you know stretching is just as important for your mind as it is for your body?

Stretching can provide a mental break, calm the mind, and give your body a chance to recharge.  If you need a longer tension release, consider joining a yoga or pilates class, where you’ll spend an hour physically and mentally releasing tension.

Stretching for your physical body helps flexibility; lengthens tight muscles; prepares muscles for work to decrease potential of injury; and reduced muscle soreness from the increased blood and nutrient supply.

Stretching is more than just touching your toes and stretching your hamstrings.  We’re talking about stretching your whole body.  Here are some tips on what body parts to stretch and why:

Feet
You probably never thought about stretching your feet, but they should be a vital part of your warmup process.  The muscles in the bottom of your feet connect to the muscles in your hamstrings and calves.   Any tightness in your feet can lead to poor anklet mobility or inflexibility in your legs.

Ankles
Your ankles are key to any type of lower body exercise you perform.  If they’re not strong, your bound to risk injury.

Quadriceps
A good quad stretch involves both the knee and the hip at the same time.  Since squats and lunges are putting all those joints (and muscle) into play, you need to stretch them all before your workout to get them ready for their job to avoid injury.

Chest
The chest is usually over-worked and under-treated.  Be sure to loosen the muscles by opening the chest and stretching it out.

Calves
Your calves are your body’s shock absorbers – if they are tight, you’re going to end up with knee pain.  Be sure to stretch out both calves before you workout to keep your joints injury-free.

Hamstring
Although it’s the biggest muscle, it can still get injured.  Instead of touching your toes to stretch it out, bring your legs up to you to stretch out the hamstring.  This will stretch out the entire (large) hamstring muscle at once.

Neck/Shoulders
Again, not something you think you should stretch, but in today’s world, the tension in your neck is elevated with the use of electronics and it’s carried into your mid and upper back.   A cat stretch and overhead wall or doorway stretch will loosen everything from your back to the base of your skull.

Glutes
Did you know your glutes are the most powerful muscles in your body?  But they get mistreated by being sat on all the time and become tight and inflexible, which can lead to back and leg pain.  Stretching your glutes by doing a pigeon stretch will help.

Hips
When you have tight hip adductors – the muscles you use to bring and hold your legs together – you feel it in your groin.  Without stretching your hip adductors, your entire core is compromised.

Your hip flexors are also important.  They become tight from sitting at a desk all day being kept at a 90-degree angle rather at their full 180-degree angle.  This shortens the length of your hip flexors and can cause destruction of not only your hips, but your thighs and lower back as well.  Doing simple hip flexor stretches are important on a daily basis.

A small stretch session each day will make a huge difference for your body and mind in the long run!

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Everyone says it’s all about genetics. But that may no longer be the case.  New studies have recently shown you may be able to change the way you age.  Telomeres, the parts of the chromosome which affect aging, become shorter as a person begins developing age related diseases.  But new studies have shown that making simple changes to your diet, exercise, stress management and social support may lengthen the chromosome that affects the aging process. It’s really quite fascinating.

Some ideas to get your started on your long, happy, healthy life:

1. Start a laughter club

Laughter can improve your immune system, reduce stress, and even relieve pain. So start laughing and make your family and friends join you.  Laughter clubs are rapidly increasing in numbers across the world.  Participants, many of them with chronic illnesses, get together to laugh.  Start your own or find a club near you at laughteryoga.org.

2. Get your ZZZs

If you are over 50 years old, you should be getting at least six hours of sleep, but no more than nine.  Sleep strengthens the connections between the brain cells, helping you process information better so you think better.  Worried about wrinkles?  Fine lines, uneven skin tones, and reduces elasticity is more predominant if you get less sleep.

3. Don’t Worry About Your Weight

Worry about your waist circumference.  This is more important than your body mass index.  Your waist circumference is one of the strongest predictors of current and future health.  Even thin women who carry their weight in the abdomen have three times the risk of dying as thin women whose waist sizes are smaller.

4. Do Yoga

Yoga slows down the aging process by increasing DNA-protecting telomeres.  It also helps build stronger bones to help prevent fractures, improve balance and can be great therapy for rheumatoid arthritis and musculoskeletal pain.

Yoga can also help you trim your waist line (see #3), prevent heart disease, and it will make you feel good.  The best part - it can be done right in your own living room.  We have everything you need to get started right here with our brands, Gaiam, SPRI and Natural Fitness!

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As the warm weather arrives, the heavy clothes start to shred; it’s time to work off that winter weight.  Here are 10 things you should start eating today to get into shape and feel healthier!

  • Sweet Potatoes: Did you know they have tons of fiber, potassium, beta carotene, and vitamin C? They are so full of flavor they don’t need much sprucing up! This can save you a ton of calories.
  • Nuts: They are great to help you curb hunger between meals. They're high in fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. They can promote weight loss and improve cholesterol levels. But eat them in moderation – they’re loaded with calories!
  • Raw vegetables: This makes a great snack! They’re full of water to help keep you full, they satisfy the desire to crunch, and they’re low in calories.
  • Eggs: A great source of protein and other nutrients, one egg only has only 75 calories! Your body will burn more calories digesting a protein than carbohydrates! If you have high cholesterol, choose egg whites, which are cholesterol free but still packed with protein!
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurts and takes longer to leave your stomach, keeping you satisfied longer.
  • Quinoa: (Pronounced keen-wa), is a whole grain cooked just like rice, and has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in one cup, along with vitamin E, zinc, iron, and selenium.
  • Pears and apples: They are high in water content, and the peels have extra fiber!
  • Watermelon: is rich in water and keeps you full longer. It’s also a good source of vitamin A and C and the antioxidant lycopene.
  • Green Tea: Studies have suggested that drinking green tea several times a day may actually promote weight loss by stimulating your body to burn abdominal fat. It contains catechins that affect the metabolism.
  • Coffee: It actually stimulates the metabolism. It may sound too good to be true – but don’t overdo it. Water is still your best beverage of choice along with the green tea.

Although you've probably seen these foods on a list like this before, hopefully seeing them again will help you make better choices. Making healthy food choices today will equal a healthy life tomorrow.

If you'd like to add exercise into your new (or existing) healthy routine, Wholesale Point has the accessories to assist you. Our strength training section has products such as dumbbellskettlebells, medicine ballsresistance bands and even kickboxing and martial arts equipment. Or perhaps you’d like to try yoga or pilates?  We've got exercise mats,  accessories, and balance and stability products including foam rollers. We also have heart rate monitorspedometers, and other equipment to keep your exercise goals on task!

Keep checking our website for details on new products and brands as we expand our catalog! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily reminders and updates as well!

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Will you help spread the word?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms inside a vein, usually deep within your leg. As many as 900,000 Americans a year get one, and up to 100,000 die because of it.*

Awareness is the first defense. You can help prevent DVT by sharing the following graphics with your customers on your sites, social media channels, or in your emails.

Tip: SIGVARIS will share one image per week in the month of March on the SIGVARIS Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media channels (linked in the footer of this email). Sharing these posts is an easy way to participate.

  • Tuesday, March 6 @ 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13 @ 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20 @ 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27 @ 9 a.m.

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