We all know that sitting is the new silent killer. Standing desk options are the new norm but why not take it up a notch for your wellness-minded attendees with a wobble board!
If you travel often, the effects that flying has on your body is probably the last thing you think about. From where you’re going to park your car for the trip to how long the security line is going to be, there are so many other things that take precedence when we consider flying somewhere. But at thousands of feet in the air in a pressurized cabin for hours at a time, our bodies work overtime making sure to keep us healthy, and they can be put under a lot of stress.
Business trips are usually packed with meetings and client dinners. The options for healthy, high quality are limited and usually far out of your way. Couple that with a back-to-back schedule, unavoidable sugary meeting snacks and a lot of sitting and doing nothing and chances are you aren’t going to feel your best when you get back home.
The Saint Charles streetcar line has been running since 1835, making it the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. Now, in 2016, as we run throughout the city, along the lines of this historic New Orleans icon, we can feel the age of the dirt beneath us and the vibration of the streetcars as they approach and pass us. What a unique addition to a morning run!
Ok firstly, anyone who can take down an entire Muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery deserves a rightful chapter in the "I can eat my freakin' face off" book. They are huge!!! Conservatively speaking we are talking about 775 calories. So if you chose to indulge in one of these gluttonous behemoths, here are 5 things you can do to burn that monster of a sandwich off.
Today’s vehicle of choice: not our feet, not our cars, not the street car, but our PEDALS! Yes, biking is one of the best ways to get active in the great outdoors without inducing the anxiety or dread that - let’s be honest, for most of us - running does. Getting up on two wheels can be enjoyable on even the most scorching of NOLA summer days. No longer simply a two-wheeled feat for our five-year-old selves, biking allows adult-us to enjoy leisurely, breezy relaxation in a matter of seconds, all the while our bodies burning calories and working to increase our metabolism.
Elizabeth Nicholson fell in love with New Orleans the first time she ever set foot on its cracked sidewalks. She never thought she'd be lucky enough to call this magical city home, but in 2010, the fates conspired to help her do just that. She came down from New York City - where she had been living for ten years - to perform in Let Freedom Swing! at the National World War II Museum (oh yeah, she's a classically trained actress, singer and dancer). The gig lasted three months, after which she planned to return home to NYC, but, as so many of these stories go in the Big Easy, the show closed and she just didn't want to leave. The rest, as they say, is history.
Although the Lafitte Greenway has been underway since '06, not many people are aware of its existence nor its many offerings. Oftentimes, people will even find themselves strolling along the Greenway without realizing that they're doing so. This is because the Lafitte Greenway is an inconspicuous, seamlessly intertwined stretch of walkways and bike paths spanning all the way from the top of the French Quarter, past the Bayou St John waterway, through to our lovely City Park.
For those eager to explore New Orleans beyond the boundaries of French Quarter, be sure to make a visit to Crescent Park. Sitting on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Crescent Park runs on the riverfront of Bywater neighborhood known for its multicolored homes and fabulous bars and restaurants. Crescent park provides a more intimate experience with the river than the famous Woldenberg park in the French Quarter and certainly provides a calm getaway from the madness of Bourbon Street.
Have you ever been on a business trip and never left your hotel or the convention center? Or perhaps you did get out of the hotel, but sadly it was for the preplanned corporate events you were forced to attend. I certainly have been guilty of falling victim to this from time to time. The problem with it is that nothing different ever happens. You don't meet anyone new, you don't find the local, crack in the wall restaurant with the best tamales on the planet and you certainly don't home with a great story.
Travel is hard on our systems, both physically and mentally. Air travel in particular has some pesky annoyances that can quickly go from annoying to having an all out tantrum. Packed security lines, being late to your flight, the crappy airline service all add fuel to the fire. Top that with sitting in a cramped metal tube thirty five thousand feet above sea level and your system can become wrecked. Airport restaurants have gotten better, but for the most part, finding a healthy meal in airport can be tough. Here are 5 simple, healthy snacks for your next flight:
Sitting down in a chair all day is really bad for you. The short-term effects are tight hips, loss of flexibility, poor circulation and digestion. The long-term effects could result diabetes, heart disease and a serious hunch-back. We all know it’s bad, and we all can’t get those nifty stand up desks or sit on a set on a purple exercise ball in an office setting. Combine the physical stress with the mental and emotional stress of life at work and the office can be a dangerous place to spend 8 – 10 hours a day. Here are a few things you can do to help.
Here at The Sweat Social, we believe in balance. So if you get a workout on your next trip, you've earned the right to have a cocktail or two! When you are on the road, it may not be appropriate to tell your Mixologist to make you a cocktail full of anti-oxidants, but when you get home you can make some great cocktails that take advantage of some miracle ingredients. Here are some tips:
A lot of people believe that exercise is the way to weight loss. It certainly helps, there’s no doubt about that, but the real driver of weight loss is proper dieting. In my opinion dieting is a lot harder than exercising. And although physical activity certainly will accelerate weight loss, it isn’t the primary driver of it. So if you are trying to lose weight by working out and think that you can stuff your face with anything you want, you probably will be disappointed by your results after the first few months (unless you work out like an Olympic athlete or have magical genetics). You simply can’t eat anything you want, do some exercise and expect to continuously lose weight.
Gracie is New Orleans native that loves exercising in every and all capacities. She was always a fervent soccer, volleyball, and tennis player, and now, post-college, she loves to incorporate running, cycling, and rollerblading into her daily activities. Aside from getting her sweat on by leading the Sweat Socials guided runs, Gracie participates in the local New Orleans film scene and is actively pursing a career in film here in Hollywood South. Feel free to ask her for restaurant, bar, and general fun suggestions anywhere in the NOLA area!
Most hotel managers have realized what a special market wellness travelers make up. They are mostly professionals, easily spend more than 50% than normal tourists and the market is growing 9% faster than the rest of the travel market. With wellness travel spend accounting for roughly $450 billion annually; it's hard to ignore this market segment.
Growing up, my dad traveled for work, a lot. I’d always look forward to him coming home. He’d usually be wearing a suit, and I’d rush the door looking for the presents he certainly brought me which usually included a few bars of chocolate a bag of honey roasted peanuts from the airline. What I only realized after I started the path of traveling for work, was that he was exhausted. Spending 5 days on the road and coming back to house chores is not so awesome.
So by now you’ve probably got a good idea of what we do here at The Sweat Social. But you might be wondering what brought us to the amazing city that has given us the opportunity to live our dream.
Our story starts in 2000, when I spent a summer in New Orleans teaching drama to twelve-year-olds for a program called Breakthrough (formerly known as Summerbridge). I loved it. I stayed with a family in the West Bank and had the time of my life. I enjoyed encouraging my students and made great local friends that I still keep in touch with today. In 2005, I met my husband-to-be. I was working in New York City for the investment bank Merrill Lynch; he was in Los Angeles working on his first startup. After one year of long distance torture, he decided to move back to New York City.