5 ways to stay healthy when the forecast takes a downturn
Special to Lake Tahoe Action
Just when you thought we were about to officially start beach season … winter-like weather rears its cold, miserable head.
With the forecast calling for rain, snow and all around bleakness, you’re going to want to do what you can to prevent fatigue and illness. Before you know it, the summer weather will return and you don’t want to miss a single paddle on the lake or day on the bike.
To keep your body healthy and balanced, make sure to practice a little self care so you can keep on enjoying all that Tahoe has to offer.
DRINK YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES
While cooler weather makes it tempting to dive into comfort food — I’m looking at you, 2,000-calorie baked macaroni and cheese — keeping your body supplied with vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to staying well.
Buy a freshly-squeezed juice chock-full of fruits and veggies. Sprouts Natural Foods Café in South Lake Tahoe has over 30 smoothies and juices from which to choose, like the Whole Damn Garden (carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic and wheatgrass) and the Flu Fighter (carrot, orange, ginger, lemon, celery and parsley).
The Mill Juice Shop in Truckee serves up concoctions like the hangover-curing detoxifier, Back In Black (orange, lemon, honey, activated charcoal, and water), as well as the energizing, immunity-booster Green River (kale, apple, cucumber, celery and lemon).
TREAT YO’ SELF
Treat your slope-weary legs to a deep tissue or sports massage at Edgewood Tahoe’s peaceful spa in Stateline on the South Shore. Follow it up with an espresso mud body treatment or a hydrating oxygen facial.
Don’t feel like leaving the cabin? Some businesses like Tahoe City’s Lighthouse Spa will deliver a massage therapist to your home for an additional fee.
Improve flexibility and circulation with a yoga class. In South Lake Tahoe, find classes for all levels at Lake Tahoe Yoga.
In Tahoe City, get deeper into downward-facing dog at The Yoga Room where classes come with beautiful views of the mountains.
And in Kings Beach, strike a warrior pose at The Sanctuary. After class, you can also enjoy the center’s other wellness and spa services.
HEAT IT UP
Try a far infrared sauna at Aloha Spa Tahoe in Incline Village or Lake Tahoe Wellness Center in Kings Beach to relax and increase circulation.
Unlike regular saunas that heat the room with wood or electricity, far infrared saunas warm the body directly using light waves without actually heating the air in the room. The infrared heat penetrates the body more deeply, giving sauna users a more vigorous sweat without the stifling heat.
PUT A PIN IN IT
Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions from muscle pain to headaches. At Elevate Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, licensed professionals put needles in acupuncture points to restore the circulation of “qi” (pronounced “chee”), which helps bring the body back to a balanced and healthy state. The wellness center also has an apothecary and tea bar.