Make A Bang Up Job Of Toning Up

Sometimes it can be the easier task that we are given, that is the more difficult to do. We see this phenomenon when trying to tone up as opposed to attempting to lose a lot of weight. Maybe it has something to do with having to have more commitment to a bigger, task. So when you do get going, you have enough moment to keep going? But whatever the reason, it’s true that some people can really struggle to get tuned up for the summer months. But it really doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to find out more.

 

 

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Working with weights

 

One of the first thing that jumps to mind when we need to tone up is to start working with the weights. Weight like dumbbells and kettlebells are a cheap and effective way of toning up our muscles, and they are often available in gyms for this purpose. Which makes it pretty easy to get in shape.

 

 

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Of course, it not just about the equipment that you use but also the technique. For example, kettlebell workouts include swinging the weights to make them more effective and help you to strengthen and tone all of your muscles and ligaments.

 

Vibration plates

 

Another, fairly modern development in the area of toning up is the vibration plate. Popularized by many celebrities including Madonna and Victoria Beckham, this is a raised platform that you stand on while working out.

 

The platform vibrates, making any exercise you do on the plate much harder and so more effective to the muscle group that you’re working. There is alls sort of vibration machine workouts that you can do including squats, step ups, and kick backs, and you can even get a machine for your very own home, which make this sort of exercise very easy to do daily.

 

Stretching

 

Of course, we cannot discount the power and effectiveness of simple stretching when attempting to tone up our muscles.

 

You can follow along with an ordered routine on Youtube, or from a fitness DVD. Or take a class that is based around stretching and holding poses such as Yoga or Pilates.

 

 

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Although it is good to remember that, even though they are similar they are not the same. Yoga is an ancient practice designed to make the body flexible and quieten the mind to allow a long period of meditation.

 

Whereas Pilates is a modern activity design to strengthen the core and other muscle groups through body weight and resistance exercises.  

 

Bodyweight exercise

 

Talking of body weight exercise, this can also be seen as a separate category. This is because many people partake body weight exercise but in the form of pilates.

 

 

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The basics of this activity are that you use your body’s own weight and resistance against itself. Thus strengthening and toning your muscles.

 

It is particularly popular because you don’t have to invest in a lot of fancy equipment to do it, and it can be pretty much done anywhere from your home to a hotel room, a beach or even at the office.

 

 

 

 

 

How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:

 

First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!

 

However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!

 

This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.

 

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Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.

 

The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.

 

While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!

5 Ways To Show Your Man You Still Love Him

 

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No matter how long you have been in a relationship, there is always the need to remind your partner how much love them. If you have a boyfriend or husband who has been feeling neglected recently, here are some great ways to remind them how much you care.

Be romantic

You know what turns your partner on, so surprise him with a romantic evening. Whether it’s setting the mood in your home, with candles and a bed coated in rose petals, or taking a walk under the stars, it is the thought that counts. Wear that sexy outfit he enjoys, treat him to the food he loves, and offer him a night of unbridled passion.

Visit somewhere he enjoys

You have probably dragged your partner around the shopping mall on several occasions, but chances are this is not his location of choice. Think about the places he enjoys visiting, such as the cinema, the beach or a hike in the country. Relationships are all about compromise, so while it would be great to visit a place you mutually enjoy, grit your teeth if he chooses something else, such as the vintage car museum!

Offer him a massage

After a long day at work, your partner may arrive home stressed and in need of relaxation. Show your appreciation by giving him a long, intimate massage. Use oil, so your hands glide smoothly over his body, and apply pressure on his pent up muscles. Have calm, relaxing music playing in the background, and scented candles situated around the room.

Buy him something nice

Whatever he is into, buy him something that will make him happy. Check here for

gift ideas specifically for men, and perhaps purchase something you can both enjoy together. Men enjoy gadgets, be it the latest games console, or tablet. It may not be your idea of a good time, but show consideration for his wants and not yours.

Communicate your love

Whether your partner is at home or work, remind him through words of your love. Be daring and send flirty text messages. Whisper sweet nothings when you are both out with friends. Compliment him on his appearance and give him a boost to his self-confidence when he does something well. If he prepares dinner one evening, but it didn’t go as planned, don’t criticize but tell him it tasted great anyway (then suggest you might both go out for a meal next time).

We don’t only communicate with words. Use your hands to convey affection, and look lovingly into his eyes when you are with him. Sometimes actions speak louder than words so surprise him when you can.

Finally, you don’t always need to be the one doing the talking. Listen to him when he tells you about his day, and try and be genuinely interested in what he is saying. Take an interest in the subjects he enjoys, such as sport or movies, and have conversations with him about them. He listens to you, so be there for him.

 

 

 

Vacay Ready? Not Without These, You’re Not!

 

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Now that we’re almost officially in summer, it’s time to start getting vacation ready. Whether you’re visiting family for a few days, heading to the beach, or even flying out internationally, there’s nothing quite like the promise of a vacation to make you feel happy. But, before you get too excited, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got everything in order to have a good time. From your beauty prep to your packing prep, you’re only vacay ready when you’ve got these covered…

 

A Manicure

 

No holiday is perfect without a manicure to match. When you’re heading out to the beach for the weekend, or going on a romantic break away, you’re going to want to make sure your nails are up to scratch. Because a nice shiny manicure always makes you feel holiday ready. If you’re going to a hot climate, you’re going to want to make sure you have the pedicure to match too.

 

Luggage

 

Okay, so you’ve probably got some big suitcases tucked away in storage ready to check in for your flight or chuck in the boot of the car. But, what about your carry on? When you’re heading on a flight or a long road trip, you need to make sure that you have your essentials in one place. From you iPad for entertainment to your travel itinerary, it all needs a safe place to stay. For gorgeous, printed and monogrammed purses, browse at VivandLou.com.

 

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Summer Reads

 

No beach vacation is complete without the right summer read. Even if you’re heading out to a cozy cabin in the woods, or a super chic ski resort, a good book is perfect to help you relax and unwind. When it comes to finding the perfect read to keep you entertained while you’re away, you’re going to want to check out a list of summer beach reads and see which is right for you. With settings on the beach or in a city, you’re bound to find a book to match your own vacation.

 

Moisturizer

 

When you’re heading out to a hot location, your skin is going to suffer a little. We all know that we need sunscreen at the beach, or whenever the sun shines on our skin, but are you also packing enough moisturizer for your trip? When your skin starts to get dry, you need to make sure you can keep on top of your moisturizing regime to ensure that it stays healthy. It’s also important for colder climates, to keep your skin as hydrated as possible.

 

A Tan

 

And who doesn’t want to hit the beach with a perfect base tan? If you’re not lucky enough to live in a sunny climate and catch some rays at the weekend, you can always fake it. There are so many tanning lotions that can give you that perfect summer glow before you get there. So, take a look at the brands and styles available and see which tanning product is perfect for you.

 

 

More Interesting Gifts For Men

Buying gifts for men can be a real struggle. Every time you ask what they want, you’ll just get a grunt and the occasional ‘I don’t mind’. That would be fine if it were true, but you know that they are going to be disappointed if they don’t like the gifts that you get them. A lot of the time, men end up getting lumbered with socks or a new tie every birthday because nobody knows what else to buy for them. It doesn’t have to be anything amazing, just something a bit different for once. If you are struggling to buy a gift for one of the men in your life, here are a few ideas for something a bit more unusual that might surprise them.  

 

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Suit Pajamas

 

The suit pajamas that first shot to fame after they were worn by How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson ae a great novelty gift. Everybody loves to look good, and now you can look great even when you’re in bed.

 

Ballpark Blueprints

 

Sports-related gifts are always a fairly safe bet for most men, and something a bit more personal is usually a hit. Ballpark blueprints are a great combination of the two; you can get a custom made blueprint of their favorite baseball or football stadium and have it framed.

 

Grooming Gifts

 

It might not be the most exciting thing for a gift but you can be sure that they’ll be grateful for it. Go to places like Manly Matters for great reviews on male grooming products. Shaver’s are a good choice, as well as beard grooming kits, if he has a beard of course. If you are going to get grooming products, make sure that you get something good quality and not just a cheap supermarket shower-gel kit.

 

Personalized Superhero Action Figures

 

If he’s a fan of the Marvel movies, then this is the perfect gift for them. It’s about as close as they can get to being a real-life superhero without putting on a pair of tights. You simply need to send in a photograph of them and choose which superhero you want and they’ll send you back an action figure that looks just like them.

 

Bacon Salt

 

Everything is made better with bacon, and salt is no exception. Help him get his bacon fix wherever and whenever with bacon salt. It can be added to anything you like to get that delicious crispy bacon flavor.

 

Man Crates

 

A lot of men might be a bit perturbed if they received a nice gift basket complete with ribbons and frills. That’s where the man crate comes in. Instead of an intricate basket, it comes in a wooden box. You can fill it with all sorts of smaller gifts to ensure that there’s at least something that he’ll like. You can custom choose your own or you can pick certain themes.

 

Survival Bracelet

 

A great gift for somebody that loves camping is the survival bracelet. When you’re wearing it, it’s a very sleek black bracelet that you would hardly notice. But it turns into an excellent survival device once you remove it. It’s a sixteen foot parachute cord that also has a fire starting device attached.

 

Make Any Event That Little Bit Fancier

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary – whenever it is time to celebrate something, you will probably want to make sure that you do it in style. As it happens, there is always a way to make that happen, just so long as you are happy to change a few of the details around. But what can you really do to make any event much more special, especially if you are keen on not spending too much money in the process? Let’s have a look at some of the easiest and cheapest ways to make any event that little bit fancier for you and everyone else involved.

 

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Get There In Style

 

Wherever you might be going, there is a lot to be said for getting there in style. You might not even have considered this to begin with – people frequently overlook this aspect of the process, and it means that their evening is not as special as it could be. Actually, getting to the party or whatever it might be in style is pretty easy to do if you know how. One of the most popular ways to do this is to hire a limo using a service like this limo rental from Bergen Limo. You might be surprised at how cheaply and easily you can actually find a limo these days – and it will definitely be worth it when you arrive in it. Of course, this is not your only option. Increasingly, people are using horse and carriage for special occasions – these have a way of lending a certain old-world charm to any event. However you do it, upgrading your transport can help you to make the most of pretty much any occasion.

 

Dressing Up

 

Whatever it might be, you always want to look your best. But knowing how to do that is something else altogether. In part, this is because you need to be careful about choosing your outfit, as it needs to fit well with the occasion itself. But you also need to make sure that you are comfortable with whatever you are wearing. Comfort really is key – without it, you can’t be sure that you are going to enjoy the day as a whole, and that is what you are going for above all. Spend some time finding the ideal outfit, perhaps including some jewelry just for the occasion, and you should find that this makes a huge difference to the day.

 

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The Right People

 

Finally, let’s not forget what a difference it makes to have the right people on board. If you are not nearly happy or close to the people you invite, then this can unfortunately very quickly spoil any occasion. However, as long as you are happy with the people you are sharing the experience with. You will find that you enjoy it all the more. Be careful about who you invite, and do so sensibly, and you will make for a much better day.

Are You Ready To Confront Your Eating Habits?

We’ve all done it – we’ve all planned to be good with food only before eating an XL pizza with a stuffed crust all to ourselves. It’s far too easy! Bad food tastes great, doesn’t it? Every once in a while, indulgence in terrible food – ice cream, french fries, cakes, fried chicken is great and can do a lot for our mental health, but when these foods start to become a staple of a diet, things can head downhill fast. So when the fries become more of a habit than a treat, it might be time to start having a conversation with yourself – even then, the next time you weigh yourself you might be in for a shock.

 

When eating and indulging in bad foods becomes a long term habit (remember how quickly an average person can build a habit – it takes just under a week of repeated activity to build a habit) we can seriously suffer. A week of comfort eating can lead to years of bodily neglect. Now – there’s a lot to be said for bad foods. They taste great, they do make us feel good (even though it’s short term) and there is an abundance of it – plus it’s cheap. However, we owe it to ourselves to eat good food. Why? Because bad food can take its toll. We can gain weight, bad foods can lead to neurological issues. We can get heart disease and even cancer from eating bad foods. In small doses, bad foods are fun – in large ones, they can present all manner of issues.

 

What are bad foods? Well – anything fried, processed, cured, salted is usually quite bad for us. Overindulgence with any type of food can turn it into a ‘bad food’ – candies and boiled sweets full of sugar serve less benefits to us than chocolate (which is still bad in excess). Alcohols and overconsumption of beers, lagers, spirits and wines are unhealthy and just as bad as sugary soft drinks.


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How do we confront our bad eating habits though? Well – it can be hard. In the first instance, realizing that you’re eating terrible can be tough, you might not know. You simply need to start eating mindfully and thinking about everything going into your mouth. Question it – what benefit does it serve, is this giving you nutrition? When we start to realize the heavy impacts of bad food, we can change for the better and treat bad food as a treat. The way it should always be.


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Others choose to confront their eating habits via diets and eating plans. Diets like hcgdiet.com are great as they give you a plan to stick to. If you can’t discipline yourself, you can certainly learn how to through a diet.   Treating food like finance and budgeting yourself with calories is a good way to control your intake of food and also a path onto mindfulness – if you can take the time to realize what is in your food, it might benefit you more!

 

Treat your body well and confront your bad eating habits before the bad effects emerge.

 

5 Ways To Make Your Skin Sizzle This Summer

We all love the summer but it can take its toll on the skin. We may love the heat but our skin does not. On top of that, it must cope with pollution, humidity and strong sunlight. This can wipe the glow off your face! As you pack up your suitcase for your summer break, make sure that beautiful skin is part of your summer look. Get it back with these 5 essential tips for radiant summer skin.

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  1. Sunscreen is a must!

A large proportion of summer skin problems is caused the intensity of the sun. This causes damage. The only way to slow this process down is to apply sunscreen. If you find an old bottle at the back of your cupboards you should throw it away. Fresh sunscreen is the best! Buy a product that is available in SPF 30 and SPF 70 and use about a teaspoon on your face. It should be reapplied every 1-2 hours if you want to see the difference in your complexion

    2. Moisturize as much as you can

Our skin loses a lot of moisture in the summer and dryness can be a problem. There are some great korean skin care products to choose from which will soothe and refresh sun-frazzled skin. Don’t just focus on the face. The whole body needs a summery lotion. Thick winter body butters will feel too heavy at this time of year so pack them away. Invest in some light summery lotions that your skin can easily absorb.

Gels and purees work well and light fruity lotions are always popular in the summer. The best time to apply them is right after you get out of the shower. It doesn’t matter if your skin is still a little damp. The moisturizer will seal in the moisture.

    3. Start as you mean to go on

You may be glowing by the end of the summer but you don’t want to start off looking washed out. Why not add a little summer tint to your skin at the end of Spring. Using a sunless tanner will give your tan the kick-start that it needs. You will feel confident enough to wear all your strappy dresses. Choose a facial moisturizer that builds a bit of color at a time and soon you will be able to ditch the foundation and concealer.

    4. Start from the bottom up

Our poor feet are trapped away in boots all over the winter months and can emerge looking a little sorry or themselves. Now that sandal season has arrived it is time to do something about it. A professional pedicure is the best option but you could do it yourself if you on a budget. Scrub off the dead dry skin several times a week and apply a bright nail polish.

    5. Drink, drink, drink

Hydrating your body is always important but in summer you need at least 8 glasses of water a day. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere and drink at least once every 30 minutes.

Getting There Is Half The Fun!

Sometimes our with our exercise schedules, we can get so focused on the goals we are working towards. Whether it’s losing weight, toning up, or increasing our PB, we forget to actually have fun while we are exercising because we are so focused on the outcome. But moving our bodies should be fun, as that is just what they were designed to do! So read on for some tips on how to enjoy your workouts more.

 

Don’t set unrealistic goals

 

The first thing that you have to do to enjoy your workouts more is to not set unrealistic goals. If you are always pushing yourself beyond your limits, it is a great strain on your body and your mind and can leave you exhausted and drained.

 

Instead, work to smaller realistic, achievable goals. That give you a sense of satisfaction when you achieve them, but don’t become the be all and end all of your workouts. In this way, you will help build your own confidence and keep yourself coming back for more.

 

Change it up

 

Something else that you can do to make your workouts more fun is to change up what you are doing. I don’t just mean using a different machine at the gym or wearing a different headband though.

 

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Instead, challenge yourself in a new way and do something totally different. If you’re a runner, try one of the many dance classes available in your town. Or if you are a weight lifter, why not try aqua aerobics instead?

 

As they say, change can be a god as a rest, and it can really help you appreciate your regular exercise routine, as well as experience fun by doing something else.

 

Use music

 

Music is something that can really help people enjoy their workouts a lot more. It’s because music is so emotive, and can have an effect on our moods. For example, it can make us happy when we feel down. Or help to motivate us when we are tired.

 

So have your favorite music on while you workout, and it is bound to increase your enjoyment of whatever activity you are doing.

 

Take it outside

 

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Sometimes a change of scene is what you need to enjoy what you are doing, a little more. So why not take your workout outside? Yoga done on the beach, or in a beautiful garden is fantastic.

 

As is running outside in the breeze seeing all the landscape go by. Instead of being stuck in a stuffy gym with strangers.

 

Let go of perfectionism

 

Lastly, a sure fire way to enjoy your workouts more is to let go of that voice inside you that demands perfection. Contrary to what that voice says you don’t have to be perfect.

 

You don’t have a look the best in your workout clothes or be the fastest runner in your club.  You do have to achieve a certain time, or life a certain weight.

 

It’s enough that you turned up and you are doing something. After all, you’re lapping everyone that is sitting on the couch right now!

 

Don’t Let the Plights of Old Age Hold You Back

Ageing perfectly is everybody’s dream. Everybody wants to age well in some form or another, whether they openly admit it or not. Everybody wants to be complimented and praised for their youthful appearance. But ageing well in regards to appearance is not the only thing you should care about as you enter your twilight years. No, what you should also care about is that you don’t let the plights of old age stop you from living. These plights, such as injuries and illnesses that are specifically induced by old age, should never be accepted without a fight. And there are plenty of things to help you fight them! Below are just a few of them.


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As you age you shouldn’t lose your ability to smile wherever, and whenever you want. That is a right that all humans should be afforded — young or old — and you should never be held back from doing it. Sometimes, however, the impact that ageing has on the teeth can mean they can weaken, damage and even fall out. And when this happens to a person it can mean that they are then not confident enough to smile anymore. It is for this reason that the plight of old age that is weakening teeth should be fought. And one of the best ways to fight this is to have implants, such  as those provided by All on 4 Dental Implants, fitted. They seek to restore their patient’s teeth to their full potential. Subsequently, this means their patient’s smiles are restored to their full potential also!

 

And as you age you shouldn’t stand for losing your ability to see absolutely everything around you at all times. Like it does with the teeth, ageing has a detrimental effect on the eyes. But there are a number of ways to protect your vision as you age — one way is to make changes to your diet. If this is a venture you wish to take, then cereals with whole grain should be atop of your next shopping list. You should also put foods that are a good source of protein on your list too. And when it comes to cooking, you need to do so in a way that brings out the very best in each dish. Specifically, you need to cook in a way that makes fats as healthy as can be. By making these sorts of changes to your diet you are giving yourself the best chance of fighting the bad eyesight induced by old age.

 

Old age naturally brings with it a whole host of plights in the form of illnesses and injuries. And as you age you shouldn’t stand for them. Just because these types of ailments are natural, it doesn’t give them the right to hold you back from living. It doesn’t mean they have the right to hold you back from doing anything you enjoyed doing during your younger years. So, do all you can to stop the plight of old age holding you back, and you’ll live a happier elderly life for it.