3 Easy Changes To Boost Your Health This Month

From the NEWEST TECHNOLOGICAL INVENTIONS to the latest holistic trends,
PENNY MC CORMICK gives simple tips to ease comfortably into THE AUTUMN SEASON …

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1. TAKE A BREAK

THE EXPERT: Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health & Fitness Travel, predicts a rise in bleisure travel – mixing business with leisure – with many resorts now offering advanced office facilities on site.

Oxygen therapy and fitness training at hotels is another by-product of our increasingly polluted environment, as are active meditation vacations. Also on the rise are back to nature spas using organic products in al fresco environments.

Finally, healthy foodie holidays are increasing in popularity: “With a range of healthy diet and nutrition options at retreats around the world, foodies can choose tailor-made wellness meal plans, including alkaline, Ayurvedic, macrobiotic or raw food diets. Juice cleanses are now taking a back seat to soup cleanses,” Joseph says.

BOOK: The Healthy Holiday Company offers a wide variety of trips including six nights at the five-star Hotel Aguas de Ibiza with fitness classes, kickboxing and runs. It’s a different side to the party island. www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk

USE: For pre-holiday prepping, apply Legology’s Air-Lite Daily Lift for Legs – a contouring cream from former Telegraph beauty editor, Kate Shapland.

READ: Inspired by the perennial allure of American interiors? Pack In Pursuit of Beauty, The Interiors of Timothy Wealen (Rizzoli).

LIFE HACK: Input your travel dates, destination and usual sleeping times to Jetlag Genie and this clever app will work out a personalised alarm clock to soften the blow of jet lag – great for long distance travel.

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2. SAY THANK YOU

THE EXPERT: Lifestyle and wellness expert, Padma Coram, practices from the exclusive Grace Belgravia Health Club and Spa. “Studies suggest that a positive attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business and a faster rate of recovery from surgery,” she says. “That’s why practising gratitude needs to be constant. It’s not a blindly optimistic approach either in which the bad things are ignored – it’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention.” Coram suggests keeping a journal to list things for which you are thankful on a daily, weekly or monthly frequency. “When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. I have a gratitude group and we meet on the phone once a week – this has had an amazing impact on my life.”

STAY: At any of the Hastings Hotels (including Culloden Estate and Spa and Ballygally Castle) you can immerse yourself in a foodie experience and enjoy Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. Each hotel enlivens menus with charming suppliers’ stories too, such as Who Made My Breakfast?

READ: Life Hacks: Handy Hints to Make Life Easier by Dan Marshall or Life Hacks by Keith Bradford. Both are anecdotal and a mine of little-known but useful facts.

LIFE HACK: “Utilise your creative energy first thing,” advises Salman Rushdie. “You wake up every day with a little package of it and you can waste it on emails and phone calls. I go straight to my writing desk before I even have coffee.”

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3. RECALIBRATE

Inspired by the Rio Olympics and the inevitable back-to-school feeling, it’s time to audit your annual to-do list and get back on track with an exercise programme.

READ: The Feelgood Plan: Happier, Healthier and Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day by Dalton Wong and Kate Faithfull-Williams. Jennifer Lawrence, just one of Wong’s many A-list clients, writes the foreword to this inspirational book.

THE EXPERT: Wong believes that you don’t have to join a gym to get fit: “Depending on your fitness levels, do ten to 50 squats first thing in the morning and before you go to bed for a toned bottom and legs. Breathing is a critical component to help relieve stress. The more you practice breathing from the diaphragm, the stronger your core will be and the more relaxed you will feel.”

The good news is Wong’s regime allows for treats too. “By performing high intensity exercise before your little indulgence, your body will use that cake for fuel. I like to set a timer for 15 minutes, which is only one per cent of your day. I advise clients to use sprinting as a good form of fat burning. It’s free and all you need is a pair of trainers and some space. If you don’t like to jog, then try using a rower, bike or even skip. Just get moving!”

STAY: There’s still time to enjoy a jaunt to Biarritz. Stay at Sofitel Le Miramar Thalassa Sea and Spa where designer Alberta Ferretti goes to recalibrate each year; its thalassotherapy facilities are impressive.

LIFE HACK: Learning a new language? Listening to related podcasts in your sleep will speed up absorption.

Penny McCormick

This article appeared in a previous issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our September issue, out Saturday September 3.

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