Walking through any town in The Hamptons, you are likely to see plenty of people holding a bright green iced drink. Wondering what it is? It’s called matcha, a Japanese green tea powder produced from dried tea leaves. This vibrant drink not only makes the perfect iced beverage for the summer, but is packed with health benefits. Keep reading to learn about the many health benefits of matcha!
High In Antioxidants
Matcha is a great source of antioxidants, containing up to 130 times the amount present in green tea. Increasing your antioxidant intake has several health benefits including helping prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and promoting weight loss.
Matcha is a source of caffeine, which reduces fatigue and improves concentration. However, unlike coffee, matcha also contains an amino acid that prevents overstimulation. These components together increase overall productivity.
Matcha has anti- inflammatory properties which have been found to benefit individuals who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Boosts Immune System
Matcha’s anti- inflammatory properties additionally support the immune system. Reduced inflammation increases the body’s ability to fight pathogens. In addition, the chlorophyll present in matcha, which creates its vibrant green color, help detoxify the body from chemicals and toxins.
Include exercise as a vacation activity
A hike, bike ride or beach walk is the perfect addition to any day on vacation. Whether you’re with family or friends, opt for a bonding activity that gets your body moving. Choose a location that will be worth the trip, with scenic views that will make for great photos.
Cook or order meals with fresh, local ingredients
Wherever you are enjoying your vacation, meals with local and fresh ingredients are both delicious and healthy. In the Hamptons, choose meals with fresh produce and fish. Explore the endless tasty options packed with nutrients to keep you feeling your best.
Whether your vacation means exploring a new city or laying on the beach, it is important that your body is properly nourished. Choose to pack snacks to avoid relying on less healthy options. Some examples of healthy snacks on the go are nuts, protein bars, carrots, apples and bananas.
Have the treat!
Vacation destinations can be filled with sweet treats that make your mouth water. Instead of restricting yourself, choose to enjoy the treat. Indulging will not break your health progress. In fact, it has been found that consuming desserts every once in a while can help reduce the urge to binge on sugar later on.
Take time for yourself
However you define “you time,” it is a necessity on vacation. Find time to do what you love to relax and rejuvenate yourself before returning to the hectic energy of everyday life. Whether that means reading a book, listening to your favorite music, or having your favorite drink, find the time and enjoy!
Just finished your Elements Barre class in East Hampton? No worries, there are still plenty of fun, healthy ways to spend the remainder of your day in the Hamptons other than relaxing on the beach! Check out these ideas:
Pick up fresh food at a farm stand
East Hampton has countless farm stands stocked with fresh foods. Whether you’re seeking a snack or an ingredient in an elaborate recipe, stop by the nearest farm stand. Pick up freshly grown fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and even homemade sauces and desserts. Check out the East Hampton Farmers Market each Friday and Sunday for a wide array of fresh foods from multiple sellers.
Cook a healthy meal
Cooking a healthy meal is the perfect use for fresh ingredients from the farm stand. Whether you are experimenting in the kitchen or using a cookbook, the options are endless. Choose a family favorite and admire the power of fresh foods. Pack your meal up and bring it to the beach at sunset for a special evening.
Go kayaking or paddle boarding
In the mood to be active in the water instead of laying on the beach? Go kayaking or paddle boarding from some of East Hamptons most beautiful beaches. Check out Louse Point or Cedar Point Park for calm water and beautiful views! Elements also offers SUP Excursions and Events, where we provide the paddles and boards, location, and instruction if you’re new to the board. Email us at [email protected] to schedule a session!
Find a book to read
Not sure how to spend your beach days? Stop by Book Hampton and search for a book that inspires you. With so many options, there is no doubt that you can find a read that will help you achieve personal growth this summer.
Go on a bike ride
Not quite sunny enough for a beach day? Hop on your bike and explore East Hampton. With so many scenic routes, you’ll enjoy every minute of it! Take a ride down Gerard Drive, or simply take a family bike ride into town for lunch.
The Growing Importance of Workplace Wellness In Small Business
If you’re busy thinking of new ways to both attract top talent and keep your current employees happy and engaged, you’re not alone! According to the SunTrust Banks annual Business Pulse Survey, about half of small and mid-sized businesses felt that attracting and retaining employees would be their most significant challenge.
Although recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge that all businesses face, it may be even more difficult for SMBs due to smaller budgets and fewer resources. If you’re looking for a quick solution or a good place to start, consider implementing a wellness program for your employees.
Wellness is a proven, effective tool for recruiting new talent. Plus an engaged, healthy, and happy workforce is likely to stick around longer. Improved recruiting and retention, as well as reduced health care costs and absenteeism, can impact small businesses in big ways.
When it comes to company culture, making the effort to improve the health and well-being of your employees won’t go unnoticed. Don’t let the size of your company or allotment of resources be a reason to fall behind the employee wellness trend. For more information about Elements’ Corporate Wellness Program, email us at [email protected]!