Beauty Products To Add To Your Bucket List

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Everyone has a bucket list. That’s a fact. Whether yours is literally hung on the wall beside your bed and made up of maps, polaroids and physical lists or just in the dark recesses at the back of your mind; everyone has a bucket list and they are almost always packed full of things that will ultimately enrich-slash-change your life.

Drinking a magnum bottle of Chateau Lafite from your birth year. Watching the sunset at Cape Point where the waves of two oceans collide. Enjoying a picnic on the shores of Lake Como. Starting a chinwag with a total stranger on a bus as you make your way home after work. Run a marathon. Raise a ton of money for a charity that is close to your heart. All of these things fall within the life-enriching category. They also have a defining factor that links them altogether, sort of like a common denominator, and that is the fact they’re all experiences, something that certifies the notion that money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy you some gorgeous, life-changing products, the kind that really do keep their word.

Most products tell invalid truths (which is just a poetic way of saying, “they lie”), but some really do possess the power to enrich the user. They can rid your skin of scars or balance out oily skin or simply be a cheap unbranded cosmetic that delivers the same quality as its $100 counterpart. These may only be small impacts, but it is the little things in life that can boost our morale the most. So, without babbling on anymore, let’s get straight to it. Here are the beauty products that will change your life. Period.

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No More Slouch Bags

The only problem with the Stacked Skincare Micro-Roller is its appearance. Don’t get us wrong, it looks stylish and cool, ergonomic and slightly futuristic, all of which are plus-points. However, it also looks slightly ominous, terrifying and intimidating, none of which is helped by the fact the roller part of this device is covered in lots of teeny-tiny needles. Still, this beautiful little tool works wonders and could be the answer to those bags under your eyes. Yes, this thing can banish them from your life for good, which is why it should become part of your daily essentials. But that’s not all. This micro-roller is also incredible at reducing any skin irritations you may have, as well as enhancing your collagen levels to make your skin look plumper, and we all wish our skin could look a little plumper.

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The No Smudge Lipstick

Beauty Bakerie is a little brand that has seen a real surge in popularity as of late. It is like the Bernie Sanders of the lipstick world, and rightly so because their Lip Whip line not just promises to be smudge-resistant, it actually delivers. Waterproof, smudge-proof, scratch-proof, just about anything-proof. We’re telling you in no uncertain terms, this is the lipstick you want to wear if you’re heading out for a daytime date with that guy you crush on. You can eat lunch, drink coffee, nail back a few shots, cycle around the park in 85-degree weather and then head to a bar safe in the knowledge that lipstick of yours is not going to falter. Oh, and if that isn’t life-changing enough, you also get the added benefit of being charitable.

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Wave Ba-Bye To Those Scars

Your teenage years were bad enough having been plagued by acne, so the last thing you want is to be constantly reminded that you haven’t quite come out the other side unscathed as you apply layer after layer of thick makeup in order to hide your scars. That is where Dermefface FX7 becomes the right-hand woman you have always pined for. Don’t just take our word for it, though, just take a look at these Dermefface FX7 reviews. Part of adulthood is battling back the scars of life, whether that be acne scars, burns, stretch marks, surgery scars or just the reminder of that accident you would have rather forgotten. That is what this product is ace at. It is a Godsend when it comes to finally eliminating your scar tissue, meaning you will find yourself skipping through town, with less makeup on than Alicia Keys and wearing that one thing that completes all outfits; confidence.

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Lashes To Rival Kim Kardashian

There is a lot of things that make KK an absolute tonic for tired eyes, from her curves to her hair to the way she dresses, but the dirty little secret to her appearance is her eyes. Her eyes always look incredible. Unfortunately, not all lashes were born equal. When we leave ours untouched you can barely see them they’re that thin and translucent. Yes, the struggle is real. That is where the wonderfully named Too-Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara drops into our lives like some sort of cosmetic SWAT team. It built it’s success off the back of hype and it delivers like nothing else. If super-long lashes without any clumps is the aim, then TFBTS mascara is the game. We read one review by a well-known beauty blogger and this what she said, “ If I could only choose one beauty product to use for the rest of my life, this would be it.” Strong but valid.

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Anti-Oily Skin Foundation

There really is only one pitstop you need to make on this front, and that’s at Estee Lauder-ville because their Double Wear foundation is phenomenal. Phenomenal. Phe. Nom. E. Nal. Even those who truly were not blessed on the skin front have revered this product like it is some sort of Greek Goddess. We’re talking about ladies that have acne scars, oily skin and pores the size of moon craters all celebrating what this product has achieved. It is the full coverage you have always hoped for but never ever gotten from a foundation. Yes, it leans slightly toward the expensive side of the scale, but it is one of those things that we will use no matter what, even if that means begging a loan shark for money because we have gone broke.

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What Do We Want? Plumper Lips.

Since Kylie Jenner got all that surgery done at the age of fifteen (oh, come on, be realistic, of course she had work done), big lips have been all the rage, and rightly so because Kylie looks absolutely stunning. I mean, she managed to steal the name Kylie from Minogue, that takes some doing. Anyway, the whole reason we are mentioning this is because we have discovered the mother of all lip plumpers and it’s called Niod Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate. Sure, it isn’t exactly the catchiest of titles but don’t let that detract from what this product achieves. The reason why it takes the top spot without question is simple: it enhances your pout in the long run. Yup. No more using a lip plumper that adds volume for approximately nine minutes, meaning you have to nip off to the bathroom 36 times on date because the Niod rendition uses a cocktail of peptides and bio-tech that actually encourages the production of collagen in your lips. Like we said, your pout will be blessed with longevity

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The Best Comb Ever Made

Now, in recent years, the Tangle Teezer has made all the headlines. However, this is just proof of how a good marketing strategy can sell more products even though it is not the best on the market. That title goes to The Wetbrush. We understand that may divide people because Tangle Teezer-lovers (of which we are most definitely one) will refuse to hear anything bad said about their saviour. But hear us out. We’re saying anything bad against the TT. We love it. However, the Wetbrush is easily on par with how easy it is to use and how effective it sorts out the mess of hair you are battling again. The reason we give it the nod ahead of the Tangle Teezer is to with the delicacy in which it operates. Some people love the scratchiness of the TT, but we can find it too much at times. The Wetbrush, however, is spot on. After using this product, you’re life will be split into a time before the Wetbrush and your life after its discovery. It glides through even the most tangled hair, wet or dry, without any fuss, which is why we will never go back.

The cynics amongst you will probably have read this blog, shaken your head slightly and rolled your eyes at the prospect any of these products can change your life. However, one try, just one try of any of these and you will realise how naive you were to ever think badly against their genius. They really do keep all the promises they make, which is both rare and refreshing. Putting our name to just one of these products would be hard as they all revolutionise different areas of beauty. However, what we will say is this: each one gets our seal of approval. All of them.

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Ready to Move? Here’s a Pre-Move Checklist to Complete Before You Say Goodbye to Your Neighbourhood

Moving home isn’t something we do very often in life. Unless you’re a traveller that loves exploring the world or a business person that moves around a lot with their company, then you’re probably used to the same rooms, walls and people that live in your local neighbourhood. Moving is a huge decision because you’ll be saying goodbye to what you’ve grown used to. As shown in this article from http://www.positivelypresent.com/ it’s possible to conquer your fear of change and it’ll come in handy for when you finally make the decision to move.

To help you get off to a great start and finalise your move with zero hassle, here’s a checklist of essentials that you should keep handy anytime you or someone you know is moving.

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Sort out your belongings

The first thing to keep in mind is how you pack your belongings. Make sure you sort out your stuff by decluttering your home first and then categorising all of your items. This will make it easier to put items into different boxes or bags, making it easier for you to unpack in your new home.

Look for the right services to help you

Look online for movers such as https://www.mybekins.com/location/santa-fe-springs-ca-movers/ because it’s far more effective than doing it yourself or by asking your friends. It’s more expensive, but you need to keep in mind that you’ll save a lot of time and hassle when relying on professional movers.

Keep a folder with all of your documents

Whether it’s documents from the mover or your move itself, keep every paper document related to your move in a single folder and keep it close to you in a personal rucksack or bag. This will ensure that you don’t lose any important documents that are related to your move.

Cut utilities and order new ones

If necessary, remember to cut your existing utilities and order new ones at your new property. This doesn’t take long to do but you may be asked to pay a cancellation fee. Read up the terms and conditions of your supplier to check if this is the case.

Confirm all important dates

Use a calendar app on your phone or write down important dates of the move. Write down when your utilities are coming in, when they’re cut at your previous property and when the movers are coming. This is so you can be clear when everything is happening over the few days that you’ll be moving.

Pack a bag of essentials

Keep a separate bag that contains your important documents, a spare change of clothes and your basic toiletries. The last thing you want to do after moving is unpacking everything because you’ll be tired and worn out, and this bag of essentials will make it easy for you to live in your new home without having to unload all of your belongings.

Take time off work

Lastly, remember to take time off work. Tell your employer that you’ll be moving into your new home and ask for a few days off to help you settle into your new location.

Gracias, Merci and Other Better Ways to Say ‘Thank You’

Thank you. These are two little words that we hear uttered over and over again. And like anything that you become too used to, the words will start to lose all meaning. Sometimes, you want a better way of expressing your thanks that truly encapsulates your gratitude for an act of kindness that someone has done for you. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about a few more effective ways that you can express your thanks to people. This way, you are better able to show people when they have done something that really matters to you.

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Use Words like ‘Appreciate’ and ‘Grateful’

There is no doubt that the phrase ‘thank you’ is overused, so you can instead use some other words that better express how you are feeling. Telling someone ‘I really appreciate it’ or ‘I am so grateful for what you did’ instantly has a much stronger meaning, and helps to convey to them that they have done so much to help you out. It may be simple, but just using some words other than ‘thank you’ can make all the difference.

Explain How They Helped You

Rather than just expressing your thanks and going no further, you can show people that you appreciate what they have done by explaining exactly how it has made a difference to you. It could be something as simple as expressing to a work colleague how busy you have been, and how pleased you are that they were able to take something off your plate. The other advantage of properly expressing your gratitude is that people are much more likely to help you out when you find yourself in a similar situation in the future.

Tell Them You Will Repay Them

People can tell that you are truly grateful when you make an offer to repay them for their kindness. Use a phrase like ‘how can I repay you?’ to do this. A lot of the time, people will respond that there is nothing that you need to do, but you can really go above and beyond by offering to do something for them anyway. Even if it is only a small gesture, people still appreciate that you have acknowledged what you have done for them.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The old adage in the title is one that you will have heard a million times before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. So, if you have been to an event that they have organised, you could send them a personalised thank you note from Giftsin24. The simplest way of expressing your thanks is by offering a reciprocal gesture.   

These are just a few of the ways that you can go above and beyond when you are saying thank you. Expressing your gratitude is a great way to build on a relationship with someone, and it is also something which is very straightforward to do.

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.

Budget

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.

Features

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.

Usage

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?

Maintenance

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

5 Reasons Why Toner Is A Vital Part of Your Skin’s Health

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Toner is one of the beauty products that a surprising number of people neglect to use. It is also one that could help you to unclog your pores and improve the overall quality of your skin. Hopefully this article will convert you to a toner advocate. Anyway, here are some reasons why toner is so important.

Moisturising

Toner actual helps to moisturise your face. Mostly this is exclusive to toners in the humectants, however, if you use these, then it will help your skin stay younger for longer. It is one of those added benefits that only makes the product better and gives you extra reasons to apply toner.

Restores pH Balance and Shrinks Pores

Skin is naturally slightly acidic, and generally, the pH balance of your skin will be in the region of five or six. However, that balance can get upset due to cleansing. This is because cleansers contain alkaline as is natural for a type of soap. However, this means that your skin is being put under undue stress to rebalance its pH. Fortunately, though toner can help to fix this imbalance. That is why adding toner for face is an important step after cleansing as it helps restore your skin’s natural balance and improve its overall health. Additionally, every time you use toner you work to shrink your pores. It is best applied with a cotton wool ball or pad. This will help to remove oil and help to shrink your pores.

Added Protection

Another thing that toner does it that it adds an extra layer of protection to your skin. This means that it reduces the impact of everyday impurities and atmospheric contaminants to your skin. A lot of toners also include some sort of rudimentary sun block meaning that they can stop UV rays from damaging your skin, too. There is little sense in not wearing something that protects your face to this extent. However, everybody’s face and skin types are different, so make sure to get a toner that is right for you.

Prevents Spots and Reduces Likelihood of Ingrowing Hairs

If you are one of those people who suffers from acne, a toner can help to alleviate the symptoms. It does thanks to being able to remove oils and other impurities as mentioned above. It is thanks to this that it can also help prevent ingrowing hairs thanks to the glycolic or other alpha hydroxy acids included in the toner. If you suffer from either of these conditions and aren’t currently using toner, then consider finding a toner that is right for you and start applying it regularly.

It Smells Nice and Makes You Feel Good

This can not be understated. Toner makes you feel fresh, revitalised, looking and smelling lovely. It performs a lot of major and important tasks for your face and skin plus it makes you feel great afterwards. There are few things better than having skin that smells and feels lovely, so make sure to incorporate toner into your regular beauty routine.

Getting Into The Gift-Giving Good Books

It’s that time of year again, when the festive adverts appear on TV, and the aisles are packed with gift ideas, decorations, and all the seasonal treats imaginable. If you’re a fan of getting things done early and avoiding last-minute shopping stress, now is the time to start ticking those names off the list and putting presents away ready for Christmas morning. If you’re keen to get into the good books this year, here are some golden rules to follow.

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Take yourself out of the equation

You may want to treat yourself to a gift or two this Christmas, but when you’re looking for inspiration for others, take yourself out of the equation. Focus solely on that person’s interests and look for items or ideas that will appeal to them. Don’t buy a bag for your sister that you love if you have a completely different sense of style. Concentrate on finding something that they would pick out if they were there shopping with you.

Go for want over need

On Christmas Day, you don’t really want to tear open the paper to reveal a collection of essential items for the house, garden or car. Christmas is a time when we can spoil the people we love, so go for gifts that your loved ones would want, rather than things they need. You want to see a beaming smile when they open their present.

Channel their passions

Shopping for other people can be difficult, but you can make life a lot easier by channeling their passions and hobbies. How do they like to spend their time? What do they spend their money on? If you’ve got a fashionable man in your life, why not buy some new jeans, take a look at Dickies jackets or add to their sneaker collection? If your mom loves cooking, invest in a new gadget for the kitchen, a recipe book or some baking classes. If your dad is into sport, browse autobiography titles, book some tickets to a game or order a customized shirt or track top.

Get more for your money

For the majority of us, Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. Typically, the average American spends up to $900 on gifts alone. If you’re keen to buy brilliant gifts without breaking the bank, set a budget in advance, start buying presents early and shop around to get the best deals. At this time of year, you’ll find that retailers offer discounts and flash sales to try and outdo competitors. If you’re not already signed up to discount shopping sites or you haven’t subscribed to the mailing lists of your favorite stores, do this now, and you could save a fortune on your shopping.

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Christmas is coming, and it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. While shopping under pressure on Christmas Eve can be exhilarating, most of us would rather have our feet up in front of the fire. Use your loved ones’ interests and passions to get inspiration, shop around for great deals and offers, and try and put your own taste and style to one side.

How To Prepare For A Spot Of Winter Sun

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When you’re used to going on vacation in summer, it’s quite easy to get yourself prepared. First of all, you’re probably used to a set way of doing things, and have a routine that you like to work through. But when it comes to going on a vacation in winter, you can be completely thrown out. Sometimes, you even decide to go on your trip last minute, which makes everything a bit more of a rush. And that can definitely complicate things. But you can still get things done quickly and easily.

If you are heading out on a winter vacation sometime soon, then you’ve come to the right place. As we’re going to talk you through exactly how you can prepare for your winter break, even when you feel completely out of practice. So let’s take a look at what you can do to get ready and make sure that you have a great time when you’re there too.

Research The Weather

First of all, you’re going to want to figure out what kind of weather you’re going to be faced with. Because although you’re heading out on a winter sun holiday, it’s not always guaranteed to be good weather. You need to find a weather website that you can search historical forecasts and predictions on for the place that you’re going to. Then, depending on what it’s going to be like, you can then finish the rest of your preparations.

Raid Your Wardrobe

Then you’re going to want to raid your wardrobe. More often than not, you’ll be able to find that you have enough clothing to take with you already, but you also need to be sure. Not only should you look to see if anything you have is suitable, but you should also make sure that things still fit and are in good condition. As you don’t want to leave things too late and find they’re broken or don’t fit.

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Shop Online

Your first step for finding new pieces that you need to take with you is to head online. You’re going to want to find stores that still have women’s dresses and sundresses in them as many stores will only have their winter wear out. But when you go online, you can often find lots of summer wear and beachwear that you’re going to want to stock up on.

Search The Stores

Next, you are going to want to think about heading out to the stores too. Because there will be some things that you need that will be available in stores. This is definitely the case when it comes to travel accessories, or even evening wear, as lots of winter pieces may still be suitable for your evening outfits.

Pick Out Your Travel Outfit

Then, while you’re still sorting your clothing out, you’re going to want to choose your travel outfit too. This can often be quite hard when you’re traveling in winter. Because when you head off on your vacation, it can be cold. But it’s going to be hot when you get there – hopefully! So you need to make sure you travel outfit is not only comfortable, but that it’s going to work for both leaving and arriving too.

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Get Your Luggage Ready

Your next job is to sort your luggage. It’s easy to think that your suitcases are going to be fine, just like you did with your vacation clothing. But you really do need to check everything over first. You don’t want to just assume then go to pack and find out that everything is falling apart. If you’re only taking on carry on luggage. You may also want to make sure that you have something suitable for this too.

Plan Your Airport Arrival

Next, you’re going to want to make your airport plans too. Because this can often be a stressful part of going on vacation, so you want to make sure that you get your times right. From knowing that time you need to be there, to finding the right parking, this is often stuff you can do to make it easier on the day.

And Enjoy

Finally you’re then going to want to focus on having the best vacation ever. Because traveling can be stressful, and planning a last minute trip can be hard work, but you don’t want it to ruin things. Instead, you want to make sure that you can make the most of your time away and soak up all of that glorious winter sun.

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.

Supplements

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.

Winter Cooking Tips To Help Warm Your Cockles

The clocks have just gone back an hour, and that means that the dark nights are now here to stay. Sure, that might be quite a depressing thing to think about but at least it means that we are now well and truly in comfort food season!

Are you ready to take your winter cooking to the next level so that you can make the most of these wintry nights? Here are some awesome cooking tips!

 

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Super Soup

Is there a better comfort food than soup? Creamy chicken soup will help you keep the cold at bay, and decadent soups like broccoli and Stilton or cream of tomato will go down really well with a crusty slice of bread. A large bowl of these flavors will definitely warm your cockles! For an extra healthy soup, try making your own so that you can control the sugar and salt levels. If you have a slow cooker, you can add all of your ingredients in the morning, go off to work, and can then return to a steaming bowl of tastiness!

Add An Adult Twist To Desserts

If you don’t cook with spirits and wine already, you really should. Red wine can add an extra depth to tomato sauces, and frying in rum can help you flambe sweet dishes. But adding a little touch of alcohol, such as a dash of Baileys or Jim Bean liquor, can really help you make your desserts feel a lot more adult and sophisticated. Plus, it can help to brighten up these dark and dingy nights!

 

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Go To Asia

It’s a good idea to visit Asia when you cook and make some dishes that are popular with the likes of China, Thailand, and Vietnam. These countries love their spicy countries, and a bit of extra spice to your food can help raise your temperature. Not only that, though, but they also cook with a lot of fresh veggies. Cooking with plenty of vegetables will ensure that you get all the necessary nutrients to stay fit and healthy through the colder months. Plus, lots of Asian countries love their soups, so you get the best of both worlds: super soups and a spicy kick!

Add More Leafy Greens

When you aren’t cooking Asian-inspired cuisine, indulgent desserts, or comforting soups, you should try to add as many leafy greens to your meals as possible. These can help to bulk out your meals so you don’t have to eat so many carbs and fatty foods, and that way, you don’t have to worry about your waistline this winter. But there’s also another reason why you should try and eat as many leafy greens this winter – it’s because they are incredibly healthy! They are full of lots of vitamins and minerals that can help you stay as fit as a fiddle through the season.

So, there you have it. Winter cooking doesn’t have to be tricky, and it certainly doesn’t mean you need to be a slave in the kitchen!

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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Diet

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.

Exercise

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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Pregnancy

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.