Treat Yourself to Better Health in 2016

How many times have you thought to yourself I deserve this just before splurging on a new leather bag or eating an entire carton of ice cream? Sure, they both probably made you feel great in the moment, but why should the idea of treating ourselves be associated with guilty pleasures and over-indulgences? Well, the VIM & VIGR team doesn’t think it should, which is why we’re giving new meaning to the phrase this year. Instead of giving ourselves permission to buy, eat or do something that only offers short-term happiness (like skipping the gym three days in a row or binge drinking on a Friday night) because “we deserve it,” we are going to give ourselves permission to make better choices because yes, we do deserve it. Here are three easy and inexpensive ways to get started:

  1. Guzzle H2O—Drinking plenty of water all day long has numerous benefits to your mind and body, from keeping you alert and energized to enabling proper blood circulation and aiding in healthy digestion. It’s recommended to drink about 64 ounces of water each day—each glass is an opportunity to do right for yourself! Plus, when you drink at the right times of day, you can maximize the positive effects on your body. Seeking Health shares that by sipping on 2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs, drinking 1 glass of water about a half hour before each meal will help digestion, 1 glass before showering helps to lower blood pressure and 1 glass before bed is good for cardiovascular health. Coffee and wine may taste delicious, but they just can’t compare to the health benefits of H2O.
  2. Eat to Live Your Best Life—Food plays a major role in our health, mood, energy and more. Regardless of what your weight goals are, you can’t go wrong by replacing processed, greasy foods with natural, nutrient-dense options. Firstly, make sure that you’re getting enough protein each day. According to Authority Nutrition, proteins, or the building blocks of the body, are used to make everything from muscles and skin to enzymes and hormones. Some delicious and healthy protein sources include black beans, quinoa, lentils, tuna, chicken breasts and turkey cutlets. Secondly, focus on getting enough vitamins and nutrients by eating colorfully! According to SF Gate, the colors of fruits and veggies have big implications on what they have to offer. For example, blue and purple foods like blueberries, cherries and plums contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which helps boost immunity and acts as an anti-inflammatory, protecting against heart disease and stroke.
  3. Dress to Compress—Wearing clothes that support you in your style and comfort can change your life. If you spend most of your day either sitting in your chair or up on your feet, you have probably come home to stiff knees, swollen ankles or sleeping toes. This is because you’re legs aren’t getting proper blood circulation, which can lead to varicose and spider veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), high blood pressure, heart problems, hypertension and more. Wearing skin tight clothes can also inhibit healthy blood flow, and they definitely don’t allow you to get up and stretch, which you should do at least once every hour! Another stylish solution to poor circulation is to wear VIM & VIGR’s high quality compression tights, socks or leg sleeves! Each product is made with Advanced Gradient Pressure™ knitting technology that works hard to relieve your legs of aches, pains, swelling and sluggishness by increasing your blood flow even when you’re sedentary. Now THAT is a treat.

How will you treat yourself this year? Share with us in a comment below—we’re always looking for new ideas!

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