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E-mail box yields helpful tips for Sea Breeze, exercising

E-mail box yields helpful tips for Sea Breeze, exercising

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2008 9:12 pm
By: By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor

I like to use my Just A Thought column to share e-mails that I find interesting but may not have an appropriate place to use elsewhere in the paper.
The latest comes about a product I have sitting on my bathroom vanity — Sea Breeze™. I used it as a teenager and most recently picked up a bottle at one of the local discount stores.
Sea Breeze astringents are multi-functional and are advertised to remove oil, dirt and makeup; unclog pores and remove blackheads; treat and prevent breakouts, blemishes and acne; and cleanse the skin, making it feel clean and refreshed.
But I didn’t know that Sea Breeze can also be used for non-conventional purposes. According to the e-mail, Sea Breeze can be used for:
• Bug bite remedy — neutralizing the sting and itch of mosquito bites.
• Heat remedy — providing an instant cooling effect. This makes it a great remedy to beat the heat. Add it to a bucket of ice and soak a hand towel in it. Apply the towel to the back of the neck or dunk your feet in it to cool off and revitalize hot, sticky, tired feet.
• Manicure/pedicure — applying it to nails and finger tips prior to polishing ensures they are as clean and dry as possible for a good color application.
• Scalp treatment — removing excess oil and drying the scalp cuticle when applied prior to using shampoo.
• Waxing — removing excess oils when used prior to waxing. This prevents the wax from sticking to the skin.
Another e-mail I’ve received has to do with the dreaded word “exercise.”
Harvard Health Publications says you can get in exercise every day — without going to the gym — by using their “stealth” tips.
Writers of the publication say regular exercise can lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Yet many people still aren’t making physical activity a priority.
I hate to say it, but I’m one of those people.
The following are tips provided in the September issue of Harvard Health Letter to get your heart rate up without going to the gym.
• Take the faraway spot. Walking from the farthest corner of the parking lot will burn a few calories. If it’s a parking garage, head for the roof and use the stairs.
• Get into the swing of it. Swinging your arms when you walk will help you reach the brisk pace of three to four miles per hour that is the most healthful.
• Be part of the fun. Adults shouldn’t miss a chance to jump into the fray if children are playing on a playground or splashing around in the water. Playing along will strengthen muscles and bones and set a good example.
• Clean house. Even if you have a cleaning service, you can take responsibility for vacuuming a couple of rooms yourself. Fifteen minutes burns around 80 calories.
• Adopt someone as your walking, jogging or biking buddy. Adding a social element to exercise helps many people stick with it. Even a buddy with four legs will do. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more exercise than the canine-less.
• Be a stair master. Taking the stairs is good for your legs, knees and cardiovascular system. Don’t overdo; take one flight at a time.

Published in The Messenger 9.12.08

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