Taking Care of Your Health Past Youth

If your youth feels like it’s coming to an end, more and more health conditions are likely to arise. It’s the sad truth. No matter how well your diet is going, you are just more likely to catch diseases due to factors as basic as a weaker immune system. That said, there is no concrete rule which makes you ill past the age of 50, you can most definitely avoid serious illnesses by improving your general lifestyle. While it may be hard to introduce changes into your life, especially ones that initially conflict with your daily routine, it is most definitely worth it. You will see a difference, and your loved ones will too.

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Dietary changes

If you feel overly sluggish and tired all the time, it might not be due to the fact that you’ve been busy. It is very possible that your general diet is lacking in certain areas, or maybe overcompensating in some. We’ve all heard the endless slogans and ranting about balanced diets while we were kids and in our adulthood, but rarely do people actually take it to heart. Balancing your diet is an important aspect of nutrition but sometimes it just isn’t enough. Dietary supplements can go a long way, and can act much quicker than slow dietary changes. Supplements tablets like Spirulina or Chlorella are great for everyday use for general purposes, but tabs for more specific conditions also exist. Hitting more niche areas such urinary tracts disease or bone density, there are a few products which you can research first, feel free to some reviews of AlgaeCal online before purchasing if you happen to be interested.

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Sleeping habits

Now, if you are well past your twenties, chances are your sleeping schedule is nowhere near as wild as it used to be, despite that it probably still isn’t perfect. Keep in mind that sleeping habits include more than just the hours you sleep. You should start considering more things which have an impact on your sleep which you might not even know about. Eating late, being one of the most common factors. If you eat within 2-3 hours of bedtime, you might have a hard time falling asleep, eating releases a dose of stress hormones and keeps the body in high alert. As opposed to what it should be doing, which is slowly relaxing and dozing off. There is also a correlation between eating late and high blood pressure, which is definitely something which should be taken into account at an older age. If you wake up aching and unrested, feeling more tired than the night before, you might want to change what you sleep on. If you have an old mattress with springs sticking out everywhere, you should probably replace it asap, no point cheaping-out on your back’s health. If your mattress is fine, but you still don’t feel too good in the morning, maybe it’s time to try something new entirely. Memory foam pillows and mattresses are a relatively new technology that has proven itself to be quite the upgrade for some people, and while they do come at a steeper price tag, if you value your night’s sleep then it is worth considering.


Things to Consider Before Investing in Expensive Gym Equipments

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Gym equipment is not cheap by any means, and just for start up at home equipment can cost you a few hundred dollars. No one wants to invest a huge amount of money and then see it waste away on equipment you rarely use or equipment that has to be upgraded. Here are a few things you should consider before choosing to invest in any expensive gym equipments.


Before you choose to even start looking into workout equipment you should always set a budget for yourself. Gym equipment can range from high to low prices for the exact same features, thus making it difficult at times to choose between models.

For example if you plan on buying a treadmill, you can find many that are cheaper and offer less functions than others, however you can also find higher end models that offer LED screens with TV, apps, etc. These are some examples of cheaper treadmills that still are effective.


Before even beginning to look at all the type of fancy features offered in recumbent bike models, make sure to have a good idea of which features you value more. Do you want basic functions with minimalistic features? Do you want a higher end equipment that includes extras like a fan, HD screen, and app customization and tracking?

Remember the most important aspect of gym equipment is going to be its effectiveness, not its features. There’s no point in investing in a piece of equipment because it looks fancy and can perform more functions than it’s meant to do. It’s no use to buy a piece of equipment if it’s going to fail at what it’s meant to do.

Gym membership

Sometimes investing in equipment for at home use can be more trouble than it’s worth. Getting a monthly gym membership might be more ideal for your individual needs.

If you keep racking your brain struggling to decide what budget you have, and which features you want, you can easily take these considerations out by purchasing a gym membership that includes a variety of different equipment.

Gym memberships can also range from high end to low end, but are most likely going to have a range of workout equipment options for you to use. An added benefit with a gym membership is that you may even be opening yourself up to a bigger variety of equipment than you would originally have if you were to personally invest, and also open yourself up to classes.


There’re almost 0 reasons to invest in a piece of gym equipment you’re not even going to use it on a regular basis. Think about your fitness goals, are you going to want to prioritize cardio over strength training? Does the equipment you want to invest in have a longer or shorter time span use?


Not all equipment is going to require maintenance, however occasionally you’re going to run into gym equipment that will have to be replaced or maintained.

A few examples of this is like a recumbent bikes band need to be replaced depending on the make and brand. Stretch bands can lose their effectiveness and resistance over time. Basically, if the equipment has any bolts or screws, those also may need to be tightened on a regular basis.

So just make sure before you purchase equipment that you know what type of maintenance it needs. Sometimes these fixes will have to be sent in instead of being manually done by yourself. These issues are always going to end up in extra time, effort, and money.

In conclusion

Thinking about all these expectations before you purchase any equipment is going to save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Many people fall victim in believing that spending more money is better, more features result in better longevity, and that every equipment is built equally as long as they fall in the same price range.

Taking all these factors into consideration will not only save you a bunch of struggles and frustrations, but will also save your wallet from falling victim to many commercial gimmicks that try and tempt you to shell out more money for what something is not worth.

I’m James Hood from FitnessAbout.com. I’m a vegan bodybuilder. I believe in holistic development. I believe in workout body and as well as mind

Feeding Your Fitness: The Definitive Way To Eat For Physical Performance

Reaching the peak of your physical fitness takes much dedication and hard work, and good choices on what to fuel your body with. After all, you wouldn’t expect the best performance from your car if you put the cheapest gas in it now, would you? So why should you think anything different to about your body? Of course, this depends on you already knowing what is best for your body regarding food for when you are trying to reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, with health and diet foods being an industry in itself, it can be pretty tough to decipher what is good for you when you are training and what is not. Luckily, for all you searchers you will find some info on this very subject below. So keep reading to find out the definitive answer on how to feed your fitness.

Balanced diet

First of all, going back to basics to achieve peak physical fitness you have to have a balanced diet. That means it should include all of the four main food groups as described in this video at Youtube.com. These include vegetables, carbs, dairy, and protein. All of these are needed in different amounts to create a healthy and fit body, and although your calorie consumption may go up a bit if you are training hard every day, working out is certainly not an excuse to eat whatever you want.


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Instead, you should be aiming for a healthy diet that consists of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, two portions of protein, three to five portions of carbohydrates, complex ones made from whole grains, and two to three portions of dairy including things like egg, cheese, and milk.  

Of course, you can decide for yourself how to arrange these through the day and what meals to create from them. However, hitting these basic amounts is pretty important if you want to work at the peak of your physical fitness.


In addition to the basic nutritional load, some folks when working out choose to use supplements to enhance their fitness and performance. In particular, protein seems to be the watchword in fitness right now, with a protein shake being one of the trendiest gym accessories to take with you for your workout. Checkout out the post at greatist.com for some more information on this product.


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Supplements tend to fall under one of three two categories. The first is the pre-workout, designed to improve performance and give you a boost. The second is the post-workout often designed to help you recover faster from your efforts. The third type are anytime supplements. These are designed to add to your healthy balanced diet and supply you with more of the nutrients you need to maintain your progress.


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Such supplements can be bought in regular supermarkets, pharmacists, and even online, although many that would argue that they are unnecessary because you can get the same benefits from eating real, natural food that hasn’t been processed into powders or shakes. This is especially relevant about protein, and you can learn more at Mobilityguardian.com about which foods are great to eat if you want to avoid the whole supplement trend completely. Something that could not only save you money but may actually be healthier for you and your body in the long run.

Exclusion diets

Next, let’s take a look at exclusion diets. These include programs such as Paleo, Atkins and the like. The idea of these plans is that you eliminate a particular food group, carbohydrates in this case and this triggers weight loss, something that many people often try to achieve alongside their physical fitness goals.

The problem is that these elimination diets can negatively affect your fitness levels because they do not contain all of the energy that you need to complete a regular effective workout. This is typically the case with ones that cut out all form of carbohydrates as they can leave you sluggish and tired, ultimately comprising your physical performance goals. Something that makes them a bad idea if fitness is a top priority.


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When to eat

Lastly, it’s not just what we eat that can affect our physical performance but also but when we eat. Food is fuel, and as such should be consumed in small amounts throughout the day to keep your energy steady.


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That means great big heavy meals are out of the picture, especially if you do your fitness regime in the evening, as no one can effectively workout on top of this. So instead split your allowances down into 5-6 small meals, evenly spaced out through the day, as the post at wsj.com suggests. Perhaps with an unrefined carbohydrate 30 mins before your workout, such as a banana, as this should help you feed your fitness session and over time achieve peak physical performance while maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.

Yummy Tummies! Achieving a Healthy, Strong Core

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We live in a society that is obsessed with personal appearance. We take pictures of ourselves and post them online for the approval of family, friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, and strangers. We spend more of our hard-earned cash than ever on beauty products and cosmetics. Everything is about how we look. But with so much focus on physical aesthetics, it can become easy to forget to pay attention to what is truly important: our health. There’s no use looking great if you feel awful at the same time and are having a difficult time functioning. So, it’s time to strike a compromise between the two. Here’s how you can look and feel great at the same time. Let’s focus on the centre of our bodies first. It’s time to start working towards a yummy tummy!

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If you experience bloating or perhaps suffer from a condition such as IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome), you’ll be extremely familiar with the importance of diet when it comes to the overall health of your gut. Try to incorporate as many gut-friendly foods as possible into your diet. Bananas are a good place to start. They help to restore normal bowel functioning, reinvigorating your body with lost electrolytes and potassium. Bananas also contain plenty of fibre to aid digestion. Whole grains are also a great source of fibre. Aim to get between twenty and thirty grams of fibre into your diet each day. For a complete gut-friendly meal, try kimchi. This is a Korean dish that comprises cabbage, radish, onion, and plenty of spices. If you’re looking for quick results that can offer you a Flat Belly Overnight, you can try out specialist diets. However, when it comes to changing your body shape, it’s beneficial to remember that patience is a virtue.


Having a strong core is massively beneficial for your overall health and will also have to give your outward appearance a toned, athletic look. Consult your GP or a professional personal trainer and request help with drawing up an exercise regime that will be able to tone up your abs. This will likely consist of stomach crunches, oblique crunches, the plank, the side plank, and variations on these moves. Do a ten-minute exercise regime every day, and you will see positive results sooner than you’d expect.


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You shouldn’t attempt to change your body shape when you’re pregnant. Afterall, your body’s changing shape to accommodate the growth of your child. However, there are certain things that you can do to make things more comfortable and to reduce changes in your permanent appearance once you’ve given birth. Try out cocoa butter on the stretched skin across your stomach to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and soothe any tenderness.

So, there you have it! Achieving a healthy, strong and smooth stomach area can come down to the right combination of diet, exercise, and specialist knowledge. Remember to consult your GP before making any major changes to your lifestyle so you can achieve the best results possible in the safest manner.

What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.



Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.



Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

Self Care Must Do’s For The Unwell

One of the most important, powerful things you can do for yourself when you’re sick, is care for yourself. While others may offer to care for you (and of course you can take them up on this), you’ll have a much speedier recovery if you choose to care for yourself too.

Here are the must do’s for when you’re feeling sick or under the weather:

Rest Up

First of all, you need to take some time to rest and recuperate. Even if you have a simple cold, attempting to carry on life as normal can hinder you in the long run. Going to the gym might not be the best idea and make you feel worse. Would it kill you to have a day off work too? Do you really want to spread your germs to others?

Getting ill can be annoying, especially if you’re really busy, but it can sometimes be a sign from your body that you need to slow down and relax, so take as much time for yourself as you can.

Take A Long Bath Or Shower

Staying clean will not only help you to avoid spreading those germs, it’ll make you feel much better. Take a bath or shower, whichever you prefer. If you can handle the heat, it could also help to clear your head and sinuses.



Drink Plenty Of Liquids To Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated at all times is important, but especially when you feel unwell (unless you have been told to avoid drinking too much by a medical professional). Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and potentially juice. You can also make yourself nice soups. These liquids will stop you from feeling too lethargic and groggy and clear up your sinuses further.

Have A Contingency Plan In Place

If you feel you need to carry on your life is normal even though you’re sick, then that’s how you feel. However, you should at least put a contingency plan in place so that you and others can have peace of mind. Save important numbers in your phone, and consider your options. For instance, medical flight services are available for serious instances. Ideally, you’ll take the time to rest, but we understand this isn’t always possible.

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

Drugs like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine will only make you feel worse and prolong your illness. They aren’t going to do your body any favors!

Enjoy The Simple Things

Now is a time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. Spend the day watching an old favorite film, reading a book, and doing other low-energy activities that make you feel good. Don’t wallow in your own despair!

Seek Help If Your Symptoms Persist

If your symptoms persist, it could be time to go and see a professional. They might not seem serious at first, but there could be something scarier at play. Make sure you take your health seriously if you have these symptoms for longer than a few weeks.

Care for yourself and you’ll likely recover much faster!

The Actions to Take When All Else Wont Work with Your Teeth

Everybody, whether they care to admit it or not, has a desire to have nice looking teeth. It’s not a bad thing — not by a long shot. Everybody wants to have the confidence to smile whenever and whenever they want. Everybody wants to have others compliment them on the state of their teeth. Everybody wants their teeth to look fabulous. Unfortunately, however, a lot people today are stricken with the plight that is an unhealthy looking set of gnashers. And what’s even more unfortunate is that a lot of people give up on their oral hygiene because of the fact that they don’t think anything works for them. But this may just be where they’re wrong — there may be hope out there yet. And that hope may come in the form of the advice found below, so make sure to read on!

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Natural teeth whitening remedies

If it is the whiteness and brightness of your teeth that is stopping your smile then you’ve probably tried everything imaginable in trying to whiten them. You’ve probably tried all the teeth-whitening toothpastes on the market. You’ve probably done everything your dentist has told you to do. You may even have cut down on your tea and coffee intake, in the hope that doing so will stop your teeth from becoming stained! And, you’re probably still finding that your teeth are nowhere near as white as you would like them to be.

But, fear not as there are a host of natural remedies out there when it comes to teeth whitening — you just have to be willing to use them. And one kind of remedy that you should be willing to use, if you are serious about whitening your teeth, is the mixing in equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. When this done, and more to the point done correctly, a paste will be formed that is the number one fighter of plaque in the world of plaque fighting. What’s more, because of how strong a paste it is, any germs harbouring in the mouth won’t stand a chance. But, because it’s so strong a paste, you have to create and use this paste with caution. First of all, you have to be cautious with the way you mix the two substances because too much of either one will create a substance that will have the ability to seriously damage the enamel on your teeth when it touches it. And, you should never allow the substance to stay in your mouth for too long — 30 seconds will do.

Book an appointment with a different type of dentist

You can do everything right when it comes to oral health and still have a set of teeth you’re not proud of. You can visit your dentists regularly, take all the advice they give you and even floss, yet still have a set of teeth you’re not willing to show off in a smile. And it is because of this reason why you should be willing to book an appointment with a different type of dentist. If it is the positioning of your teeth that bothers you, then you should be thinking ‘where is the closest Orthodontist near me?’ — and you should then be booking an appointment with them! What an Orthodontist does is specialise in tending to the teeth of patients that improperly positioned or out of place. And whether it be surgery that they suggest, dentures or braces, they will find a cure to any teeth that are not positioned correctly in your mouth.
You could even go one step further and seek what is known as Digital Smile Design (DSD). What the dentists who are trained in this particularly unconventional branch of dentistry do is make their customers satisfied with their teeth using artistic vision. Basically, they go beyond and above what a normal dentist will do in regards to the aesthetics of the mouth and will fulfil the artistic potential of every set of teeth they work upon.

Your teeth are yours forever, and thus you should be proud to show them off forever. But, as you know, you can’t do this alone. You need help, but it’s down to you to seek that help and subsequently use it. Your dentist isn’t going to go out of their way to chase you up in regards to booking an apportionment. They aren’t going to come round your house to give you a check up. No, it’s down to you to seek the help you need — and that could very well be any of the help or advice found above.

Taking Ownership Of Your Life After Tragedy

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Sometimes life can test us, wouldn’t you agree? So often we can compare our life to pack of cards. Some hands you are dealt are life-changing and winning opportunities, others are sent to test us or certainly seek out our best poker face to get through. Life is challenging, there is no shying away from that fact. So what happens when tragedy strikes? Maybe you have lost a loved one, a marriage is ending or you have been involved in an accident that has left you with life-changing injuries, these are all things that can have an adverse effect on us. When the hand you have been dealt right now isn’t looking to promising there really is only two ways you can handle it, feel sorry for yourself or take ownership and move forward. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can move forward when tragedy has struck. I hope it offers inspiration and hope that things can and will get better.

Fix what can be fixed

In some cases fixing something sounds extremely simple and often it isn’t as easy as that, I understand that. But fixing something can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, a tragic accident leaving you with a painful back injury could mean that a simple positive step to see a spine doctor could improve your lifestyle dramatically. Opening up a line of communication between you and loved one could be the positive step for reconciliation. A job loss can be fixed by being proactive with hunting for a new one. Money problems can be solved with budgeting and taking ownership for your current situation. I understand that not all situations can be fixed, but you can choose to take the right steps forward.

Acceptance can be a vital step

As previously pointed out, often in some cases things can’t be fixed. The loss of a loved one or family member can be devastating, and you can’t exactly bring them back into your life, but acceptance of this time could be the positive step to take to move forward. Perhaps a relationship has broken down for good, maybe something unforgivable was done, so accepting instead of feeling hatred or hurt could be the ideal next move to make. It’s important to understand what you can do and what you can’t. But acceptance in both parts is a vital step.

Positivity can get you far

Positivity is something that has already been mentioned and it is something that can get you far with the process of moving forward and taking ownership of your life after tragedy. Negativity breeds negativity and you may find that the black hole you feel you are in now is only going to get worse if you wallow in self-pity. Make a habit of a positive thought process and don’t allow yourself to dwell for too long on anything negative.

Start taking care of you

Finally, start by taking care of yourself a little more. Accept when you need time, indulge in what makes you feel good and take care of yourself. No one can run on empty and it is vital to fill yourself up with your own fuel of positivity and energy. That might come from a long soak in the bath or some time doing a hobby you enjoy. Look at what you love and enjoy and make time for more of it. You will be a better person for it.

7 Golden Rules For Healthy Looking Skin

There’s much we can do to feel our best, but don’t we, ultimately, also want to look as good as we feel? If our skin is looking tired, lifeless, and lacking that punch of zest that makes it look healthy, then it’s impossible to look the best we can. The good news is that there’s no mystery when it comes to having healthy looking skin; we just have to follow some simple rules give us that glow. Below, we take a look at seven golden rules you need to incorporate into your skin regime.

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Don’t Overdo the Cleaning

Yes, it is, of course, important to wash your face and get rid of the buildup of dirt and grime that daily life brings. However, it’s crucial you remember that there is such a thing as washing your skin too much. If you’re using too many products to scrub away the dirt, you’ll be liable to dry out your skin too much, which could result in breakouts and other things that limit how good we look. There’s such a thing as scrubbing too hard; go soft, with products that agree with your skin.

Get the Right Vitamins

Having the right diet will ensure that you’re able to keep a great figure, but the importance of what we eat goes beyond keeping our weight under control. It’s also important when it comes to how healthy our skin looks. There are four vitamins you need to have in your diet, and these are: vitamins D, C, E, and K. If you have a diet that includes plenty of fresh fish, raw vegetables, and grain-based meals, then you’ll be getting the good stuff you need. Also, if you were looking for another excuse to give up those fatty fast foods, then the effect it has on your skin is it!

Biggest Danger: The Sun

The sun is the biggest threat to your skin. While it can be nice to lounge out on a sunny day, it’s crucial that you limit how much time you’re exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Spending time too much time outside on a sunny day won’t just age your skin prematurely, it can also induce conditions such as Cutaneous Lupus. If spending time in the sun is beyond your control, then make sure you’re fully topped up with suntan lotion, and wear sunglasses, so you don’t develop wrinkles around your eyes.


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Stay Calm

There’s a lot of things in modern life that can induce stress. This can have terrible effects on other areas of your health, such as your mental well-being and your chances of serious heart conditions, but it can also affect how our skin looks. Having a chaotic lifestyle will make your skin more prone to breakouts. If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed by life, it’s time that you take a look at some tried and tested techniques to keep the stress out of your life, such as yoga, mindfulness, and spending time in nature.

Keep Things Moisturized

It doesn’t matter where you live: the elements will be wreaking havoc on your skin. This is especially the case when you live in areas that have a lot of wind and rain. If you live in places like that, your skin will receive a battering on a daily basis. To ensure that its effects are minimal, make sure you’re keeping your skin well moisturized. It’ll be the first layer of defense when you’re going out about your daily business.  

Getting Active

Everyone knows that it’s important to have an active lifestyle if you want to have positive all-around health. As well as ensuring everything is in good working condition, you’ll also be improving your circulation, and will end up with a healthy ‘glow’ after you’ve finished working out. If your skin looks tired in the morning, go for a quick fifteen-minute jog, and your skin will look fresh and alert.

Clean Living

The biggest factor that’ll determine how healthy your skin looks will be your environment and lifestyle. If you’re having too many late nights, or you drink and smoke alcohol, then it’ll begin to show on your skin. Cut out the things you know are bad for you, get a few more early nights through the week, and you’ll be back looking your best in no time.

We sometimes think of our skin as something that’ll just do its own thing, but as we’ve shown above, you have much more control of how it looks than you think you do!

Don’t Get In Your Own Way, Tackle Your Motivation Issues

Some people occasionally feel like the wind has been taken from their sails. Others feel like it has never been there to begin with. Motivation is a key factor in life, one that we don’t always take as seriously as we should. If we’re motivated, we might not find it easier to work through the strain in life, but we find ourselves more equipped to dig in and keep doing it. So, if you feel like you have the get-up-and-go that others do, what do you do to get it?



Make your goals clear

Naturally, finding what motivates you is key to your motivation. You might very well have a sense of what kind of life you want to lead and what aspects you don’t like and want to change. But if you don’t take the time to actually create actionable goals out of them, it’s very easy to treat them like something nebulous and far away. Whatever your long-term wants are, start taking them seriously. Break them up into goals and give yourself a place to start even if you don’t know the whole journey yet. Actually writing them down, reading them aloud, and acknowledging them is important, too. It gives you the sense that you’re laying out something concrete rather than dreaming up a what-if scenario.

Find your mantra

When you write them down, they can also become something more valuable. You can call it a mantra, you can call it inspiration, you can call it support. Finding a source to replenish your motivation over time is crucial. It can come from all kinds of places. A supportive group of friends to help keep you accountable. A role model or mentor who inspires you to keep going. You might even serve as your own mantra. For instance, you can create a journal in which you recount every attempt and every bit of progress you make towards your next goal. Seeing how far you’ve come and getting a positive emotional kick for seeing what you’ve accomplished can keep you engaged with the goal.

The body matters

Motivation isn’t all mental, either. Our physical reserves of energy, the balance of hormones in our body, these are also important. For instance, exercising helps you not only become more physically active. It also sharpens the mind. Carb-heavy foods are well known to make people feel mentally sluggish as well, so they might be worth avoiding. There are even supplements that can help you improve your energy and motivation, too. Testosterone might be considered a “male hormone”, but even women can benefit from balancing their body with a Tongkat Ali dosage. The body and the mind are intrinsically linked. If you make changes to one of them, you’re going to feel some effect on the other as well.

Motivation is vital to exercise, to career, to your personal pursuits and development. It helps us focus on what’s important in life and the feeling of using that motivation to get a “win” is the kind of fulfillment that can stop us from getting in a rut. Take your motivation seriously.