Easy Exercises That Don’t Ask Us For Too Much


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If you really want to get your body ready for the summer, but you just hate working out – the solution is here.

You don’t have to go to the gym every day or take hardcore spinning classes. – There are many other exercises that are easy to do but burn away those calories that you probably shouldn’t have eaten last week.

Here’s a list of the best exercises that won’t ask you for too much.

 

 

Walking

 

Yes. Just walking around is enough, you don’t have to go for a run. Make a conscious effort to walk to your destination instead of driving or getting public transport. That way it won’t even necessarily feel like you’re ‘going to workout.’ Instead, you are simply ‘going to the shops.’

If you do decide to start, it would be wise to invest in a good pair of shoes. Even if you’re just walking and don’t plan on running, it is still very important to have the right footwear otherwise you may just end up causing yourself an injury.

 

 

Cycling

 

Like walking, this is another thing that you can use to replace your driving with something better on your body. But if you’re not one to enjoy riding outdoors, you don’t have to. You can buy an exercise bike instead. You will still get the workout, but it can be done within the comfort of your own home, even in front of the tv! – You can’t get a more relaxed setting than that to exercise in.

If you’re not sure what the best stationary bike would be for you – do your research. It’s not good just choosing what looks the prettiest. You need to take into account the size, the features and if it’s comfortable.

 

 

Swimming

 

Wind down and have a relaxing swim. This feels great after a busy day at work or a stressful time at home, and it’s very easy to do. You don’t need to be racing up and down each end of the pool going as fast as you can. Even when you’re going at a slower pace, your heart will be pumping, and your body will still be having to work hard.

Swimming is a wonderful workout for the entire body as it engages every single muscle, so not only will you be burning off calories, but you will also be toning up at the same time.

 

 

Dancing

 

Dancing definitely doesn’t feel like a chore to do, and it never should! It makes you feel like a kid again; without a care in the world, dancing around the bedroom to your favorite songs on blast. – Burning fat has never been so much fun! So turn up the radio and get moving.

Dancing not only keeps you fit, but it also makes you feel great mentally. It fights off stress by causing your body to release endorphins, which make you feel really happy! So let’s dance!

 

 

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Now you know what to do, put some of these ideas in action and see how you start to feel physically, and mentally.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Are You Ready To Be Honest About Your Body?


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If there’s one thing that the vast majority of people have in common, it’s that they don’t have a particularly accurate perspective on their own bodies. It’s pretty understandable that this would be the case. The media is constantly bombarding people with images of the perfect body is supposed to be. You’re constantly told how you’re supposed to look, how you’re supposed to feel, who you’re supposed to be. It’s enough to make anyone feel as though their body isn’t good enough. But how can you get past that feeling? There’s no value in spending your entire life comparing yourself to anyone else, especially not completely unachievable images that are thrown around by TV and films. So what do you do? Well, it comes down to one simple thing: you need to start being honest about your body. That’s not always easy, but once you’re able to do it, it will be like a great weight lifting off your shoulders. Here are some simple things that you can do in order to start being more honest with yourself when it comes to your body.

 

Be proactive when it comes to your health

 

Far too often people hide their head in the sand when the time comes to have any kind of check-up. This could be anything from a routine physical exam to some worrying symptoms that people refuse to get checked. A lot of this is because going to the doctor involves confronting the reality of your health and your body in a way that many people aren’t comfortable with. There are plenty of things that you can do to make this less uncomfortable. One of the best is to talk to a Dr online. That way you don’t have to drag yourself to the Dr’s office and can speak to them from the privacy and comfort of your own home. Being proactive when it comes to your health is one of the best ways to start gaining a greater understanding of your body.

 

Understand the things that you’ll never be able to change

 

There are plenty of things that you can do to change your body. You can lose weight, build muscle, increase your energy levels, etc. But then there are things that simply aren’t within your power to change. Your body is going to be a certain shape and, unless you take some seriously drastic measures, you’re probably not going to be able to change that. The same goes for things like stretch marks. These are things that are a part of your body no matter what. And since you can’t do anything about them, you might as well just come to terms with them.

 

Acknowledge the things you love about it

 

Of course, being honest about your body doesn’t just mean being critical of yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having things about your body that you love, in fact, it’s incredibly healthy! Being able to look at yourself in the mirror and point out things that you like is an incredibly important step towards accepting yourself for who you are. It might not be perfect, but it’s your body, and there’s nothing wrong with loving it!

Tummy Troubles? It Could Be Your Diet

 

Tummy troubles are both painful and a little gross. Nobody wants vomiting, cramping, constipation or diarrhea in the morning when they wake up. The good news is that the vast majority of tummy troubles are short-lived and related to eating contaminated foods. However, for some people, tummy troubles are chronic and can last for years.

 

According to ibsrelief.com, digestive issues can leave you feeling trapped and stressed. It’s not nice worrying all the time about whether you’re close to a loo and whether you’ll be able to excuse yourself if nature calls. It turns out, however, that many of your digestive issues could be the result of the foods that you’re eating, especially if those problems persist long term. Here are some of the foods that you might want to try cutting out to see whether they have an effect on your tummy troubles.

 

Refined Sugar

 

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Refined sugar is, in general, a health disaster. But not only can it spike your insulin and cause you to gain weight, but it can also affect your stomach. According to Robynne Chutkan, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, eating too much sugar can lead to an overgrowth of the wrong type of bacteria in your stomach. If you have too much sugar-digesting bacteria in your stomach, you can run into problems when you try to eat healthier food. Often there simply aren’t the bacteria present in your stomach in the numbers you need to process all that fiber, especially in the colon. This can lead to extreme flatulence where people are expelling more than 20 gallons of gas per day.

 

Dairy

 

From an evolutionary perspective, dairy is a relatively new food. Humans have only been consuming it for a few thousand years. People who have European heredity are genetically adapted to drinking milk, but many millions of people, especially in Asia, are not. This is because they do not produce the enzyme lactase which breaks down the lactose sugar in milk. Again, drinking milk when you don’t have the enzyme required to break down the sugars can lead to terrible flatulence.

 

Fizzy Drinks

 

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One of the main overlooked causes of tummy troubles is soda. Many people think that it’s the carbonation of soda that causes problems, but according to Chutkan, it’s actually the citric acid, the sweeteners and the preservative, sodium benzoate. These chemicals, he says, can be hard on the stomach and can make you feel as if your stomach is upset. The sweeteners can ruin the balance of bacteria in the gut too, making it more likely that you’ll suffer from obesity in the future.

 

Caffeine-Containing Food And Drink

 

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Another cause of an upset stomach is caffeine-containing foods, like coffee and chocolate according to health.com. Scientists have known for a while that caffeine relaxes the sphincter that connects the stomach to the esophagus. When it relaxes, it can lead to acid reflux from the stomach into the gullet which results in pain. Just like peppermint tea, chocolate and coffee can lead to just above the stomach, especially at night when you lay down.

 

Eye Caramba: Factors that Have a Surprising Effect on Your Visual Health


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It’s easy to take your eyes and sight for granted. But a deterioration or loss of sight would have the most dramatic of effects on your life. We worry so much about our weight, blood pressure and other health factors that our visual health is often swept under the carpet until there’s an emergency or seriously worrying change to our eyesight. But our eyes deserve just as much love as the rest of our body. Here are a few things that can have an astounding effect on your eyes without you even noticing it.

 

Diet

 

Okay, maybe the old wives tale of carrots holding the magical ability to help you see in the dark doesn’t hold up too well when it comes to scientific experimentation. But your diet can have a profound effect on how well your eyes function. Fill your plate with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and lutein. The easiest places to find these nutrients are citrus fruits and juices, leafy greens, eggs, nuts, beans and oily fishes like salmon and tuna. This will ward of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

 

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Regular eye tests

 

It’s recommended that you book in for an eye test every two years. Most people don’t bother going until they’re experiencing a noticeable degeneration in their sight. Why wait until there’s a problem? As we all know, prevention is better than cure. So book in with your local eye specialist, and if any problems are found, they can book you in for a further contact eye exam.

 

Avoid smoking

 

We all know the numerous risks that smoking poses to our health. But it even goes as far as to cause problems with our eyes! Smoking can damage your optical nerves, increase your risk of cataracts and sight degeneration. So if you do smoke, it might be the time that you look into quitting. Your body will thank you for it.

 

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Monitor your use of laptops and phones

 

You know when you were little and your parents would tell you off for staring at the TV for too long? “Your eyes will go square!” Well, maybe your eyes won’t go square, but there was a reason for their warnings. Staring at screens for too long can wreak havoc with your eyes. With jobs requiring the use of the web and the increased popularity of social media, we’re looking at screens more than ever before. But this can cause eye strain. To combat this, make sure that you are wearing the right prescription glasses or contacts (if you need them), avoid glare from windows and artificial lights and take regular breaks from the glow of the blue light emitted from your devices.

 

Wear Sunglasses

 

Summer is approaching, so the days are getting longer, and our general outlook is brighter. But remember to protect your eyes. We wear suncream to protect our skin from damaging UV rays. Your eyes aren’t immune to these. Wear sunglasses with sufficient UV protection on sunny days or on vacations to hot, sunny locations.

Beyond Your Health – Working Out To Sculpt And Tone

We all know we need to be active and exercising about five times a week. It’s a bit tricky fitting all that in though. Being healthy simply isn’t an easy thing to achieve! You need strict diets and grueling workouts, right? It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, then changing your daily habits for life could be the toughest challenge. But what about improving the appearance of your body? Can sculpting and toning be a healthy option too?

 

Yes. Any activity that moves your body is going to be beneficial. Even gentle stretching boosts the circulation, warms the muscles, and keeps your tendons, joints, and skeleton mobile. Think of it as the first step towards a healthy body. Of course, if your activity happens to tone the muscle at the same time, then that’s an added benefit! So what kind of workouts are best when you’re focusing on a more sculpted look?

 

Stretching is always the first thing to tackle. If you want to do anything with your muscles, you need to get the blood flowing to them, so they won’t overstretch as you work. It’s best to stretch everything if you can, but if you’re short on time, make sure you’re focusing on the muscle group you want to work.

 

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Now your muscles are warm, you can start selecting the best exercises to tone them. If you don’t want to bulk up your muscles, stick with lighter weights. Using hand weights is a great way to give the arm, back and shoulder muscles a little extra work, without bulking up. Gentle reps and rotations can help you tone the forearms as well. Keep your posture strong and straight while you work, controlling your core and your breathing.

 

If you’re wondering how to get a bigger butt, then consider what positions your body is in when you’re using those upper legs. Squats, or standing and lowering to sit, are one of the best approaches. They’re not always popular though. Instead, get down on all fours on your workout mat. Be aware of your core and use it to help you retain your straight back and balance. Now straighten and lift one leg up and behind you. Don’t let your head hang or neck tense as you work. Try ten repetitions on each side.

 

Love those slender ankles and defined calves? Believe it or not, rollerblading or skating can be excellent for ankle strength and definition. If you’re not keen on donning your wheels, a simpler approach is to stand with feet together. Then raise up onto your toes and lower slowly. Focus on the sensation in your lower calves as you do this, and use your core for good balance.

 

Sculpting and toning the muscles that others see can help boost your confidence. Most importantly, it can help keep those muscles healthy. They will be strong enough and flexible enough to support your body through all the different activities you enjoy. And they look pretty good too!

 

Stay Hydrated In The Heat With These Four Simple Tips

When the weather hots up in the summertime, it is so important to make sure that we stay hydrated. Now, don’t get me wrong; it is important to stay hydrated all year round. But it is especially important to stay hydrated in hot weather, as we lose more water from our body when it is warm. So if you’re going to be doing about your daily business, as well as exercising, then you need to be drinking more water than ever. But are there any other things that we should be doing to make sure that we stay hydrated? Here are a few ideas for you.

 

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Eat Food High in Water Content

 

While drinking lots of water is important, you can help yourself by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Plus, as they are fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a vitamin or antioxidant boost from them too. The best fruits to look out for and consume plenty of are things like watermelon (or any melon in fact), as well as grapefruit, strawberries, and pineapple. There are lots of veggies to consume that have a high water content too. Tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce, and broccoli all have a water content of over 90%. So it is no wonder that we crave salads in the heat. Have one with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, and a glass of water, and that will be a great meal.

 

Juice Your Veggies

 

As has been just said, there are plenty of veggies that have a high water content. One way to make sure that you get all of that important water but with the nutrients that come from the veggies is by juicing. Juices are different to smoothies because they just take the juice and you’re left with some pulp, unlike a smoothie that will include it all. So alongside drinking plenty of water, you could mix things up with a kale and cucumber juice from time to time, for example.

 

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Use Ice

 

Ice is, you guessed it, made of water. But consuming it in different ways just makes it easier to get hydrated, without having to drink gallons and gallons of pure water. I know a lot of people like to chomp on crushed ice, so that is a good way to feel like you’re eating something, as well as helping your hydration. You could also make things like Hawaiian ice as a treat, with some fruit puree for the sauce or syrup, as well as make yourself some frozen popsicles using water and fruit. There are a lot of ways to use ice to keep hydrated and keep you cool.

 

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

 

It can be tempting to drink cocktails all summer long in the sunshine. But alcohol is actually dehydrating, and you get a hangover because you’re dehydrated. So where you can, limit how much alcohol you are consuming. It is a good idea to have a glass of water alongside an alcoholic drink to help to keep you as hydrated as possible.

 

 

Holistic Treatments To Keep You Healthy

While doctors and medicines will always have their place in this modern world, there was a time when our bodies knew how to heal themselves during illness. Of course, our lifestyles were vastly different back then, and we fought disease with natural remedies and holistic treatments. These treatments are now making a comeback, as people are educating themselves to the benefits of alternative medicine, in terms of both health and finances. Many complementary and alternative therapies are now offered in clinics and hospitals around the country and their use and acceptance is growing rapidly. Here are a few holistic treatments you can use to fight minor illnesses.


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Acupuncture

Although it is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine used by millions of Americans each year, there is still a lot of debate about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Some believe it works like a placebo, while most patients have found it helpful for treating chronic pain and depression. The theory is that acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Other stimulation techniques include manual massage, heat therapy, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is pretty widely accepted in the medical community, and thus qualifies more as a complementary medicine than an alternative one. However good it may feel, seeing a Chiropractor is more than just getting your back cracked. Chiropractors correct the cause of pain through spinal manipulation, or “adjustments.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event (exercise) or through repetitive stress (sitting with poor posture for extended periods). Chiropractic adjustments provide powerful pain relief for headaches, lower back pain, and even sciatica.

Reflexology

Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands, or ears, believing that these points correspond to different body organs and systems. Pressing them is believed to positively affect these organs and a person’s overall health.

Whether you believe in its effects or not, you can’t deny the benefit of having someone massage your feet on a regular basis. Many of us find ourselves on our feet all day at work, and even if you work in an office you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. We know that stress has an overall effect on your body, so it makes sense that massaging our feet can relieve the symptoms of stress that have manifested in other parts of our body. After all, we’ve all felt how a back massage alleviates stress and other symptoms in our body, so why shouldn’t the same logic apply to reflexology.

Thousands of alternative physicians around the world have been using reflexology for generations, with surprisingly positive results. Regular patients have reports that reflexology improves nerve function, energy levels, circulation, and other issues.