Keeping fit both day and night
Fit for life
Sneak in exercise while doing routine things like brushing your teeth. At the Oaks at Ojai Spa in Ojai, California, guests learn moves like rolling up and down on their toes to help strengthen the backs of their legs, and squeezing and releasing their glutes to firm them while waiting in line.
Tone your tummy with an exercise ball, like the one used in yoga classes at the El Monte Sagrado Living Spa in Taos, New Mexico. Sit on the ball instead of a chair or couch while you're watching TV, talking on the phone, or working on the computer. The act of trying to stay balanced on the ball helps contract and tone your abs and straighten your spine.
Follow the 5-minute rule, suggests Michael Hewitt, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist and research director for exercise science at Tucson's Canyon Ranch. When you're tired or having trouble getting motivated to work out, promise yourself you'll exercise for just 5 minutes. If you're still tired after that, quit. But chances are you'll be energized to keep going.
Award yourself a gold star after each workout -- literally, says Hewitt. First, set a fitness goal you can reasonably achieve, like exercising three times a week, and write it on a month-by-month calendar. Hang the calendar where you can see it, and stick on a star for every completed workout. "Even as adults, earning a gold star feels good," says Hewitt.
Aid your digestion and sleep more easily after a big dinner by massaging your belly in a clockwise direction. This technique, taught at the New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York, helps to relieve a bloated feeling and calm nerves.
Get in the mood to snooze with a cup of valerian tea (such as Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra Wellness Tea); but don't use this herb if you're pregnant or nursing. Or try a decaf green tea, which has been shown in studies to unclutter the mind, says the Red Mountain Spa's Ralph Ofcarcik. Besides, the ritual of sipping tea is undeniably relaxing.