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.

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Make Sure Your Hair Holds Up for Winter

Winter can be pretty harsh on your hair. If it’s not getting blown about in the wind, it’s being dried out by air-conditioning when you’re inside. You need to take good care of it through the coldest months so that you can come out the other side and plan your awesome new spring style. There are a few things you can do to make sure your hair is ready for winter and that you protect it while it’s cold outside. Whether you want everyday tips for your hair or advice on how to keep your Christmas party look in place, have a look at this wintry advice.

Be Ready to Stay Hydrated

Your hair can really get dried out in winter. The wind can affect it, and both the cold weather and dry air inside can suck the moisture out of it. Staying hydrated is important for both your hair and your skin. In addition to making sure you’re drinking enough and sleeping enough, you can keep your hair conditioned to ensure it’s silky and smooth. It will help you deal with frizz and static too. To make sure your hair is ready for winter, start with repairing any damage that might have been caused over the year by coloring or anything else you might have done to it.

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Get Your New Hairstyle

The changing of the seasons is the best time to change your hairstyle. That’s especially true for winter, when you’re sure to have plenty of festive events coming up. You could decide to do anything, but you might want to think about how to make your hair easier to handle. Maybe you’ll go for some Brazilian hair extensions or decide that it’s time to cut your hair short. Perhaps you’ll think festive and get something especially for Christmas if you’re feeling jolly.

Boost Your Volume

Cold and wet weather can make your hair go limp, as well as induce the frizz. And winter hats don’t help. If your hair falls flat during winter, you might want to boost its volume, so it doesn’t make you feel as deflated as it looks. Get a good hairspray that will hold your style, even when it’s under your woolen hat. Some sprays are designed to be using with straighteners, curling tongs and hair dryers so that the heat helps them to work your magic and keep your hairstyle in place.

Have Regular Trims

Dry hair in the winter can cause split ends galore, so make sure you don’t neglect your ends during the cold weather. Start off the season by having a haircut and maintain it throughout the season so you can keep everything looking neat. Getting a trim is something you should often do anyway if you want your hair to look and feel healthy. But it’s especially important in the winter when your hair might not be at its happiest.

If you want to have luscious locks all through winter, start prepping them now. If you start as you mean to go on, your hair is sure to stay beautiful.

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.

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.

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.

Do You Let Your Skin ‘Breathe?’

We’re often told to let our skin breathe. According to plenty of beauty experts, it’s essential to avoid clogging up your pores, keep your skin in good health, and give you a beautiful, glowing look that will be the envy of everyone.

So, first thing’s first – your skin doesn’t actually ‘breathe.’ Ask any dermatologist you like, and they will all confirm it. The fact is that the top layer of your skin is dead, and the living, growing cells below your top layers are given oxygen from your blood supply.

As https://www.allure.com/story/does-your-skin-need-to-breathe points out, what people are actually saying when they mention your skin needs to breathe is that is that you need to avoid clogging up your pores. Failure to clean up properly will ultimately result in breakouts, acne, and other skin problems like oiliness, flakiness, and damage.

So, the big question is, what can you do to make sure your skin can breathe – or in this case, stop your pores from attracting vast amounts of sweat, pollution, grime and other nasty substances that will end up causing breakouts? We’re going to take a look at some of the simple things you need to consider – let’s get started right away.

 

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Clean properly

Wearing makeup for 7-10 hours a day won’t cause you too many problems – unless you are wearing the wrong type of makeup, of course (we’ll go into that in a moment). However, if you go to bed every night without a proper cleaning routine, you are going to cause yourself problems. Cleansing is critical to any skincare routine – and if you skip a night, don’t be surprised to see a pimple or two developing.

Use the right makeup

A lot of makeup products are full of heavy oils, preservatives, and all kinds of allergens, which could be causing you problems. Most products are harmless, but some can be harder to remove and cleanse properly, so consider switching brands if you keep getting breakouts. According to https://soundbodylife.com/best-all-natural-mineral-makeup-brands/, products with natural minerals can help your skin ‘breathe,’ and you should also consider spending a full day a week without any makeup at all. A good excuse for a lazy Sunday, perhaps?

Exfoliate

As we discussed in the intro, as hideous as it sounds, all the skin you can see on your body is already dead. And unless you remove it, it will look even deader in a few days time. You’ll notice this pretty quickly if you don’t exfoliate, as your skin will take on a really unhealthy looking pallor – a dull, pale sheen, and blotchiness is a common result. Ideally, you should aim for giving yourself a scrub at least a couple of times a week.

The inside counts

Finally, to clarify – there isn’t much you can do to make your skin actually breathe from the outside – it doesn’t work like that. It’s the inside that counts. Drinking lots of water and eating plenty of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables will result in more oxygen being delivered to your skin via your bloodstream. You’ll also avoid getting dry, flaky, and tight skin, and look a lot younger for much longer.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Four


Woohoo! Week four’s mission is here! I hope you had a fun time writing letters last week, I know I did.

This week I’m asking you to leave a positive or encouraging message on at least one public bathroom mirror! Bonus points for multiple mirrors! Be sure to take a picture and share them with the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission (but not location, both for safety and for fun!)

This is one of my favorite missions, so you may see this again in the future.

I hope you are all also continuing to spread kindness and love. Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in these weekly missions.

Have a great week everyone!

Leopard On A Mission – Week Three


It’s mission day!! How did the first two weeks go for you? I hope you are finding a little more positivity in your life, while adding some light to other people’s lives.

This week’s mission is easy, write at least one letter. Not an email or text, but an actual letter. Bonus points if you write multiple letters! Thank a friend for the help they gave you, say hello to a Grandparent, tell a family member you love them.

Mail it, or hand deliver! Think of the recipient’s face when they receive such a heartfelt message.

I can’t wait to hear how this week goes, don’t forget to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission on social media so others can see the kindness you are spreading!

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.