Monday, July 30, 2018

4 Ways to Keep Your Spine Healthy

This is a sponsored guest post by Alex Berger, but all opinions are her own!

We run through the daily motions of life so quickly nowadays that we forget to take care of ourselves and this can lead to health issues, including the very common health issue of back pain. It seems like most Americans deal with some sort of back pain now and I believe that we need to focus on it more because if you are in pain, it can limit the activities that you are able to do. Life is all about living to the fullest and if you are not able to do so because of your pain, something needs to change.

Focus on posture
The Alternative Daily says, “Spinal problems can begin as early as the late twenties, and some unfortunately have problems even earlier due to sport injuries or bad posture.” “We have all been told by our parents to stand up straight, but many of us don’t do so regularly, and as a result suffer with back pain or stiffness from time to time. Eventually these problems can become permanent and develop into further strain and injury. Practicing good posture isn’t something you do only when standing. Many of us sit for long periods of time hunched over our desks. This isn’t good for our backs either.” Most people now do have poor posture and it is very hard to improve, but if you try to focus on it each day, it is possible. There are many ways to improve posture. For example, you can tuck your chin in, tuck your tailbone under, stand with your feet slightly apart, put weight in the balls of your feet, etc. but, these tips will not help you if you do not make the effort to actually work on your posture, so make sure you are actually focusing on it throughout the day.

Add yoga to your lifestyle
If you do not want to do a structured yoga class, that is okay, but the simple stretches of yoga can really help your spine. There is this saying that you are only as young as your spine is flexible and yoga or simple stretches will definitely help you take your spine through a full range of movement, increasing flexibility and ability to do things with ease.

Get adjusted
Chiropractic services are becoming increasingly popular as the general population seems to be dealing more and more with spine-related issues. Chiropractic services is a form of medicine that is widely known as “a science of healing without drugs,” which is always good, in my opinion. There are many benefits from getting adjusted such as, headache relief, reduced back pain and muscle tension, improved posture, and more. If you are in the New Jersey area, AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine is one of the best chiropractors in the Monroe Township (Middlesex County) New Jersey area and they specialize in not only chiropractic care, but all around pain relief and wellness. Other than chiropractic services, they also offer physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and more. Dr. Alfieri is a chiropractor committed to providing pain relief for many symptoms and conditions so that you can have a higher quality of life. He implements a formula that has proven to be immensely effective in alleviating all types of pain, by using a multidisciplinary approach all under one roof, which is not only convenient and time saving for you, but it will allow you to feel better a lot faster.

Know what you are eating
Spine-Health says, “Eating a balanced diet with the right amount and variety of vitamins and nutrients can reduce back problems by nourishing the bones, muscles, discs and other structures in the spine. While a healthy diet calls for many vitamins and nutrients, this partial list highlights a number of healthy choices that can be directly beneficial for back pain patients.” Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Vitamin C, Protein, Vitamin B12, Iron, and Vitamin D3 are all essential when it comes to a healthy spine, so think about adding things like kale, Salmon, almonds, oranges, eggs, avocados, yogurt, bananas, lentils, beans, and more into your diet.

Monday, July 16, 2018

New York City Summer Guide

There is so much to do in the summer in New York City. I've already shared my summer bucket list and I wanted to follow up with some of my favorite activities. 

Today I shared a travel guide video with some of my recommendations. As per my video, I'm including a few more ideas here!

MOVIES IN THE PARK: Several parks in the city show movies on summer nights. The most well known is Bryant Park, offering movies every Monday through August. The NYC Parks Department lists all the options here.

ICE CREAM SHOPS: My summer guide video could have easily become a ice cream recommendations video so I decided to not share any options in the video but include them all here! My favorite ice cream shops (in no particular order) are Emack & Bolio's [two blocks from my old apartment on the UES!],  Milk & Cereal BarGelato & CoForty Carrots [froyo], and Chloe's Soft Serve [fruit based/non-dairy option].

YOGA: Bryant Park offers free yoga on Tuesday mornings and Thursday nights all summer. Mats included as long as you sign up!

ROOFTOP BARS: There are a plethora of rooftop options. I love 230 Fifth and Loopy Doopy [they serve prosecco with popsicles!]

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Joe and I finally got to attend one of these shows last summer. It was phenomenal! You can enter the lottery through TodayTix or wait in line at the park. Tickets are free for all!

PICNICS: Picnics in Central Park, Bryant Park and Prospect Park are one of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening.

Make sure to watch my summer guide video:

More fun summer ideas to share? Leave a comment below!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer 2018 Reading List

Last week I received an email in my [work] inbox sharing how important reading is. The e-mail referenced several different great minds and how much they regularly read. Did you know that Bill Gates reads 50 books every year?!

They challenged us to commit to reading 10, 11, or 12 books this quarter. I took the pledge and opted for 10 books. I love to read and listen to audiobooks [which totally counts for this goal!] but I struggle to make the time. I am   slowly incorporating more books in my commute, which is helping a lot.



I've already started a couple of these books and I'm excited to dive into the others. If you have any book recommendations and/or want to join my reading challenge, please leave me a comment!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

5 Tips For Weekend Travel

For the past two months, Joe and I have traveled every single weekend. It was so much fun and glad we did it but it was exhausting. We slowly found little crucial things to make our weekend travels smoother. With summer in full swing, I bet a lot of you will be going on some weekend adventures. Hopefully these tips will help you have better weekend trips!

1. Bring cash: always grab some cash before traveling - typically I take at least $40 out of the atm before every trip.
2. Pack an external charger: most of us probably already do this because let's face it - we're always draining our phone batteries. Joe and I have a couple external chargers and this one lasts for 4-5 full charges AND can charge multiple devices at once. It is a must for any weekend travel or even a day out in the city. 
3. Use Packing Cubes: I love these for any length trip but they are especially great for weekend vacations. I either categorize my clothing into separate cubes or divide it up by outfits. This makes packing so easy!
4. Set a routine for your return day: Joe and I always got home on Sunday nights. My routine includes washing my hair with my Sunday shampoo and conditioner followed by laying out my outfit and packing my workbag. This insures I feel refreshed and ready for work on Monday. 
5. Always unpack the day your return: we've found that when we unpack right after we return, it makes the transition easier. This is infinitely more important with weekend travel, which leaves you without downtime before returning to work. Joe and I generally pack one carry on piece so unpacking takes under 10 minutes!

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