Let out one huge sigh of relief: The April 15th tax deadline has come and gone, so we can finally breathe again. (Unless you forgot, and then, well – get to it!) The start of a new fiscal year can also mean the start of a new routine. If you’re getting a tax refund, why not use it to invest in your health? Here are a few luxe splurges to spend that “hard-earned” money.
The Skinny On Beautiful Skin
“Radiant, clear and glowing skin is a sign of inner health,” explains aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Miriam Casal. ClassPass members are already doing their skin a favor by committing to a consistent workout routine. As Casal explains, “Steady exercise regulates cortisol and can reduce hormone induced inflammation, which for many of us shows up as adult onset acne. Sweating is a great way to expel toxins from pores. And new studies suggest that exercise may even reverse components of aging skin.”
Why not complement your workout with a few smart skin splurges? Facials and chemical peels can make your beautiful skin glisten even more. “If you’re acne prone,” she says, “the extractions under steam will prevent clogged pores. Glycolic acid chemical peels, done at the dermatologist office, are a sure way to achieve a glow with no downtime.”
Get the Kinks Out
Massages are not only a luxury but can actually help you reach your fitness goals faster. “Massage speeds up athletic recovery,” explains licensed massage therapist and certified physical trainer Polina Savelieva. “Research shows how massage reduces inflammation which is responsible for muscle soreness and accelerates the replacement of old damaged cells with new muscle tissue. This means that you can get back to your workout faster and go harder.”
Not only does massage help your body recover, but it can also help to relax your mind which Savelieva says can contribute to your overall performance and training goals over time. She elaborates, “Scheduling a sports massage is a great idea for anyone from competitive athlete to someone who just started a demanding workout program.” Massage is an incredible way to get extra tension out of your body and your mind.
While you love taking classes and going for a run in your hometown, everyone needs a break from their routine. If you want to get away, not spend too much and still get in a sweat, check out Ketanga Fitness Retreats. From Costa Rica and Cancun to other destinations, you can select where you want to go and what you want to do. Yep, that’s right – not just yoga on the beach, but boxing, strength-training and running retreats, too!
Blend It Up
While it might just seem like an expensive blender, splurging on a Vitamix is totally worth it. Not only can you make delicious post-workout smoothies, but healthy dips, spreads, breads, soups…the list goes on. And unlike juicers, Vitamix blends whole food, keeping all the nutrients and health benefits in your green drink.
As Bloomberg.com describes it, “A Vitamix blender is a symphony of precision engineering, with motor, container, and blades working in powerful harmony. The container is curved at the bottom to create a vortex that pulls food through the blades, which are surprisingly dull. That’s because a Vitamix doesn’t chop or slice, as we imagine blenders do. Instead, the angled blades, which travel at speeds up to 240 miles per hour, simply obliterate whatever is inside. The process creates enough friction to boil soup.”
Yes, you can actually boil soup using a Vitamix. And it self-cleans in 30 seconds making clean-up super fast and easy. While it may seem like a splurge, you will likely make the money back in savings on $10 smoothies and eating out. Plus, you control what goes in the blender, ensuring healthful, mindful eating.
We might be biased, but a great way to invest in your health is through a ClassPass membership! ClassPass allows you to switch up your workouts and try new things for a monthly fee. The unlimited options won’t allow you to plateau or get bored. Signing up for classes via ClassPass keeps you accountable and motivated. Plus, it gives you the perfect opportunity to check out new neighborhoods in your city and meet new people. So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!