Six Health And Wellness Tips From A Two-Time Olympian
U.S. Snowboarder Elena Hight’s Advice Includes Meditating, Practicing Yoga, Going Outdoors, Eating Fresh Produce and Soaking in Epsom Salt
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It can be difficult to make changes that improve your health, your diet and your fitness, but two-time Olympian Elena Hight has some smart suggestions. The snowboarder’s tips include meditating for a few minutes each day, practicing yoga, going outdoors, eating fresh produce and soaking in Epsom salt.
“A lot of people are overwhelmed by healthy living, because they don’t know where to start,” Hight said. “Simplifying it really helps.”
Hight, 24, has competed in the 2010 and 2006 Olympics in snowboard halfpipe, and she’s been accomplishing the unprecedented since she was a kid. At age 13, for instance, she became the first woman in a competition to land a 900 – the equivalent of 2.5 complete rotations. At last year’s X Games in Aspen, Colo., Hight also became the first snowboarder to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in a halfpipe competition.
One of Hight’s tips: adding two or three cups of Epsom salt to a bath and soaking for 15 to 25 minutes.
“It’s such an easy go-to when you have sore muscles or after a hard fall,” said Hight, whose workout regimen earned her a place in ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 Body Issue. “It relaxes my muscles and rejuvenates me.”
As part of her beauty routine, Hight also mixes Epsom salt with coconut oil or another essential oil for a body scrub.
“I just find it really hydrating, and a great exfoliant,” Hight said. “I spend a lot of time in the wind and outdoor elements, and I get a lot of dry skin. This helps slough it off.
“Epsom salt is one of those great things you can find anywhere – any grocery, any pharmacy.”
Other tips from Hight:
-- Cook with organic, local foods, use fresh produce and free-range, organic meat and eggs. "I try to bring out the best in foods and not try to cover them up." -- Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day to help stay calm and focused. -- Do yoga for benefits similar to meditation. Newcomers should try different studios near their homes to find where they'll be most comfortable. -- Going outdoors and making fitness fun. "As long as you're enjoying yourself, you'll want to go out there and be active." -- Buy beauty products that are made without any animal-cruelty. Many products advertise this on the package, or there's a list kept by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx.
About Elena Hight
Elena Hight is one of professional snowboarding’s shining stars. At 24, she is already a two-time Olympian in snowboard halfpipe. Elena became the first woman to land a 900 in competition at only 13-years old in 2002. In 2013, she became the first snowboarder to land a double backside alley-oop rodeo in Superpipe competition at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado. In addition to snowboarding professionally, living an active, healthy lifestyle through sports and the outdoors has always been a priority of Elena’s. Surfing and cooking are two passions in her life. Her personality is often described as the All-American girl next door with an incredible athletic talent. To learn more, visit www.elenahight.com or watch her first-person webisode series, Hight Hopes.
About Epsom salt
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For more information, please visit either www.epsomsaltcouncil.org, www.facebook.com/epsomsalt.
SOURCE Epsom Salt Council