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The Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Posted on October 25, 2015 by Allyn Lewis | 0 Comments

The Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

According to Glassdoor's Q1 2014 Employment Confidence Survey, the average U.S. employee only takes half of his or her eligible vacation time. While taking a vacation and actually using up all your days off might seem like an unnecessary luxury that falls to the bottom of your priority list, a getaway is actually more necessary for your health and wellness routine than you think!

Your Career: 

If you're worried that no one else will be able to handle your daily tasks at work, or the thought of the pile of work that will be left on your desk when you come back is giving you major anxiety, this is just further proof you need a break from the daily demands of your life. 

Ernest & Young, an accounting firm, did an internal study of its employees in 2006 that found for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings from supervisors improved by 8%. Why? A well rested and rejuvenated mind is often more effective and has improved intellectual functioning. 

Your Health:

As demonstrated by several studies, vacations are certainly known for reducing stress. What we tend to forget is that by reducing stress, we also reduce the risk for several health conditions like headaches, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and immune system distress. Blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of epinephrine – a stress hormone – tend to decline after only one or two days away.

Plus, a vacation also gives you the opportunity to catch up on both sleep and exercise! 

Your Relationships: 

Vacations can strengthen relationships in two ways: 1) by giving your family the opportunity to spend time together outside of your normal, most likely stressful, daily routine, or 2) giving you a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh from your responsibilities within your family dynamic - let's face it, we all need time away from our loved ones sometimes. In a previous study, 53% of Americans said they come back feeling reconnected with their family after vacation. 

It doesn't need to be 3 plane rides south in the Caribbean or a 2 week road trip across the country. Just planning a few nights away where you can leave your worries behind will do the trick! AND it's not just the time away that's beneficial. Having something to look forward to is incredibly rewarding and you can feel the planning effects up to 8 weeks before your trip

 

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Tips for Staying Fit When You're Always Traveling

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 0 Comments

Tips for Staying Fit When You're Always Traveling

Part of living #TheLucyLife is exploration, travel adventures, and embracing your inner wanderluster alongside of being the happiest, healthiest version of you! But, it's hard enough to get to the gym and eat healthy when at home, let alone on the road - regardless of if you're traveling for work or pleasure. Either way, traveling is not a sufficient excuse for slacking on your health and fitness goals! Here's a few super simple tips on staying fit no matter where life takes you!  

Workout anywhere 

No hotel gym? No problem! Workout right in your room before you go anywhere (because it's a lot easier to blow it off later when you don't know what the rest of your day may bring). There are plenty of apps, websites, and YouTube channels out there for you to explore. If you don't know where to start, head back to the basics. There's nothing wrong with conventional burpees, jumping jacks, crunches, planks, and push-ups! Or pick a few from this list of 50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Stay hydrated!

Pack a water bottle and take it with you literally everywhere. Airplanes, road trips, and going off road of your typical schedule all play a larger role in dehydration than you may think. Not only does being dehydrated leave you feeling sluggish, but it also affects your body's ability to burn fat. 

Track your calories consumed and burned

One of the best parts of traveling is trying all the local food. There's no need to stop that, just be mindful about it. Control your portions and track what you're eating along with the physical activity you're doing (we love myfitnesspal for this). It's a lot easier to stop overindulging in it's tracks when you can see the numbers. Over your goal by the end of the day? Try taking a walk after dinner or going for a late night swim - anything to get you moving! Even things like taking the stairs can add up extra calories burned throughout the day! 

Pack healthy snacks 

When traveling, you often don't know when your next meal will be. And if you're traveling with others, we all know it can take a few hours to decide on where to go. Make it easier on yourself and be always prepared to combat hunger. Granola bars, nuts, and dry fruit are great options that won't get smushed hanging out in your bag throughout the day. 

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The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

Posted on August 03, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 0 Comments

If you're wondering where the heck August came from, we are right there with you. Summer is sadly winding down, so to help you make the most of every last moment, we've put together an awesome bucket list for you to tackle this month! Don't forget to hashtag your summer memories with #TheLucyLife! 

#TheLucyLife Summer Bucket List

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8 Ways to Simplify Your Life Immediately

Posted on June 06, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 2 Comments

1.) Declutter 

Get rid of what's unnecessary. Physical clutter causes mental clutter. It's amazing how much clearer life can get when you take a few hours to get rid of the material things you don't need that are physically clogging up your space! 

2.) Donate 

Getting rid of unnecessary material possessions is liberating on its own. Take decluttering to the next level by donating items to those in need instead of just throwing everything away. 

3.) Complain Less

Give life a break. It's never perfect and it never will be. Complaining won't change anything about the situation, it will just give you a bad attitude and will also rub off on others. Complaining encourages discomfort and discomfort can make life complicated. 

4.) Say "No"

Over booking yourself and constantly extending your energy way beyond your limits makes day to day life extraordinarily complicated, not to mention exhausting. By over-accommodating  others now, you're burning yourself out and limiting what you can do for those around you in the future. 

5.) Make up your mind 

Lose phrases like "I don't know", or "ask me later". Save some time and energy by challenging yourself to be decisive in the moment. 

6.) Do it now 

Research shows that 95 percent of people report having procrastination problems. So, start making a conscious effort to, as worded by Benjamin Franklin, "Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." 

7.) Think big first 

One of the best ways to stop procrastinating and get tasks off your plate is to put the hardest, most energy consuming task at the top of your to-do list. Not only will you be less stressed for the rest of the day by getting the big stuff out of the way, but you'll also be left with a sense of accomplishment to keep you motivated! 

8.) Ask for help 

There's no need for you to do everything on your own. No one gets an award for being able to do it all. Delegate your tasks at work and trust they'll get done and reach out to the friends and family around you to help manage your plate. You'll be surprise how many people are ready and willing to give you a hand. Plus, asking for help strengthens your relationship with the people around you. 

 

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5 Energy Boosting Easy Snack Recipes

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 0 Comments

You know that annoying 3:00 pm no-energy zone of the afternoon? Instead of reaching for your third (or fourth) cup of coffee or longing for a cat nap, try one of these energy boosting pick-me-up snacks that are ultra easy to make and your body with thank you! 

1.) Yogurt & Granola 

Mix 6 ounces of plain Greek Yogurt with 1 tablespoon of granola, a dab of honey and a few berries. The mix of grains, nuts and dried fruit in grand is packed with nutrients to super charge this snack! / Photo from Health.com

2.) Crackers With Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread and Banana

Spread 1 tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread between 2 crisp bread crackers. Then, top with 1 sliced small banana (a wonderful energy-boosting carbohydrate). At 210 calories with 4g of protein, who can say no to this delicious treat? / Photo via Real Simple

3. Strawberry, Banana And Almond Butter Smoothie

The perfect post-workout drink to put the pep back in your step. Combine: 1 frozen peeled banana, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 cup water in a blender. Season with salt at the end of blending to bring out the nutty taste of the almond butter. / Photo from Delish 

4. Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites 

These naturally sweetened energy bites taste like a chocolate walnut brownie but are 100% gluten free, vegan and protein-packed. Plus, they only use 5 ingredients! Check out the full recipe here

5. Whole-Grain Raspberry Jam Bars

Tasty, low calorie, and packed with Vitamin B for the perfect on-the-go breakfast or midday snack. Here's how to make them

Posted in eat clean, healthy living, life

20 Ways To Build Others Up

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 0 Comments

Lucy Marie Denim - Build Others Up

Our top priority at Lucy Marie is to make women feel amazing about who they are. We exist to encourage women to flaunt their features and own their curves instead of being embarrassed and ashamed of their body.

The world needs less critics and more compliments. Join us in living #TheLucyLife by learning how to build up the people in your own life…

  1. Compliment their character, not their looks
  2. Skip small talk and empty gossip
  3. Send small gifts and cards just because
  4. Opt for a nice lunch instead of drinks at a noisy bar
  5. Phone calls and FaceTime > text messages and tweets
  6. Ask them about their passions
  7. Make time to listen
  8. Remember and acknowledge big events beyond birthdays
  9. Ask how you can encourage them
  10. Keep them accountable and motivated to achieve goals
  11. Always tell the truth with love
  12. Invite them to try something new
  13. Avoid comparisons at all costs
  14. Point out strengths as soon as you see them
  15. Be excited about their dreams and ambitions
  16. Offer (and be ready to) to help in any way that you can
  17. Challenge them to set higher goals and bigger dreams
  18. Make them laugh
  19. Love unconditionally, even if you don’t agree with some of their choices
  20. Treat them with unlimited respect

Posted in advice, life

40 Ways To Live Fully

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Lucy Marie | 0 Comments

Life is too short for “somedays” and “should haves.” We’re only given 24 hours each day and we believe in making the most of every last minute - it's what #TheLucyLife is all about. We challenge you to take on 10 of these tips this week and tweet us your results.

  1. Smile more
  2. Dance like Beyoncé is watching
  3. Encourage everyone
  4. Laugh loudly
  5. Give generously
  6. Show grace
  7. Wake up an hour earlier
  8. Savor every meal
  9. Wear bright colors
  10. Sing at the top of your lungs
  11. Take long drives with the windows down
  12. Travel often
  13. Ask more questions
  14. Turn off the technology
  15. Spend time outside
  16. Quit complaining
  17. Let go
  18. Fall in love
  19. Try something new
  20. Never settle
  21. Stay in the moment
  22. Watch the sun set and rise
  23. Stop the gossip
  24. Take care of your body
  25. Make new friends
  26. Learn as much as you can
  27. Dream bigger
  28. Talk less
  29. Wear clothes that make you feel unstoppable
  30. Test your limits
  31. Flaunt your features
  32. Swim in the saltwater
  33. Escape the ordinary
  34. Find the silver lining in every situation
  35. Surround yourself with good people
  36. Collect moments, not things
  37. Believe in magic and miracles
  38. Stay silly
  39. Love yourself
  40. Love others

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