If you are driven by the desire to get rid of those extra kilos, then you have a very good reason to hit the gym. Maybe, you want to become slim and fit, flatten your belly or tone your thighs. Or you want to become healthy and prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. There is a plethora of benefits you can get out of regular exercise even on beauty. If you recognize the powerful effects exercise has on your overall health, then you have that extra incentive you need to start working out. Let’s take a look at some of the beauty benefits you can achieve with exercise.
When you work out, your skin receives oxygenated blood and the nourishment it needs to give your skin an instant glow. The heart rate increases as you exercise and this also promotes proper blood flow which pushes minerals, vitamins and oxygen into the tiny capillaries which are located within the skin layers. Oxygen and blood are both needed to give a youthful glow to the skin and a flush to the cheeks.
The body contains stress related hormones known as cortisol and when you exercise, you are able to maintain healthy levels of this hormone in the body. You must take note that elevated levels of cortisol can lead to excessive production of sebum which can result in acne breakouts. Excessive cortisol levels can also result in the breakdown of collagen in the skin which can cause sagging and wrinkles. Read more
Have you ever wondered how some people are able to maintain a healthy weight? If there are people you look at everyday and wonder if you could be that slim and fit, then you must know that their secret to losing weight is not difficult. You can also succeed and have the body you had always dreamed of by following some simple steps. Just little bit of planning in advance can help you get rid of those extra kilos. Here’s a look at 5 things that you can do tonight to lose weight tomorrow.
1. Pack Your Lunch
One of the major factors that cause weight gain is not planning in advance. What this basically means is that you are easily tempted to eat countless calories when you are out. So when you have plans to go out, why not pack your lunch. If you plan in advance, you will be able to choose the ingredients wisely. Salads are great because they can help you satisfy your hunger and prevent you from packing unwanted calories. When you choose the right ingredients for your salad, you can control the amount of calories you will be consuming for lunch the following day.
2. Think What You Will Have For Breakfast
You must know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having proper breakfast can help you boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full all morning long. In addition, having breakfast will also help you eliminate the urge to pack on more calories during the day. But your choice of breakfast also matters. While it is true that you may already have a habit of eating breakfast, planning at night can help you avoid that bowl of cereal and go with a much healthier option. Read more
Weight loss is not easy. “Unless you hit the gym, sweat or starve yourself, you are not going to lose a pound.” This is what we believe or rather what the fitness industry wants us to believe. But the truth is that if you have a weight loss goal, achieving it doesn’t have to be difficult. Even for the laziest people on earth, there are tips and tricks that can help them shed the extra pounds. Let’s take a look at the top ten lazy ways to lose weight.
1. Drink water before every meal
Water contains no calories but your food does. So drinking one or two glasses of water before you start your meal will make you feel fuller instantly. This will prevent you from overeating and it will also keep you hydrated.
2. Make some changes in your diet
Making little changes to your diet can help you cut down on calories. For example, if you are having salad for lunch, opt for a healthy dressing instead of those that will turn your salad into fat bombs. Stay clear of ridiculously unhealthy dressings like Creamy Caesar, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Creamy Italian Garlic Dressing and others. Going for fresh fruits instead of dried fruits can also save you some calories.
3. Control your portion size
If you are planning to lose weight, you must control your portion size at every meal. Do not eat snacks from the bag and stop only when you feel like eating no more. Measure your snacks and foods beforehand so you know how much you are supposed to eat. Use small plates during mealtimes so you are in control of how much you eat. Read more
If you could burn more calories, lose weight and get fit by exercising at the perfect time, you most probably would, right? The time of the day you work out has been getting a lot of attention, but does it really matter? Is there a time of the day that is perfect for exercising? If so what is the best time?
According to a number of studies and researches, the perfect time is not clear cut but there are a number of factors that determine what time of the day may be the best time. Obviously, exercise is better than no exercise and you must schedule your workout when you know you have the best chance at it.
Studies suggest that working out in the morning is the best if you are looking to get a good night’s sleep. The research that was conducted tracked the sleep patterns of individuals between the ages of 40 to 60 who worked out on treadmills for at least 3 times a week. These participants exercised at different times of the day such as at 7 in the morning, 1 in the day and 7 in the evening. Result showed that individuals who worked out in the morning slept longer than those who worked out at other times of the day. In fact, these individuals spent about 75 percent more time in the deep sleep stages which is also known as the reparative stage. Another benefit was that these individuals experienced a reduction in blood pressure by about 10 percent during the day. Read more
Whether you are vying for those big biceps and strong muscles or not, lifting weights is very important. Most people are convinced that you should shun the weight training room if you don’t want to look like The Hulk. But this is not true, especially for women since they don’t have high levels of testosterone like man. Besides, lifting weights offers numerous benefits for the heart and overall health. Here’s a look at the top 10 reasons you must include working with the weights in your fitness regime.
1. Lose more fat
Cardio is important when it comes to burning fat but according to a number of studies lifting weights can help burn more fat. Studies have proven that those who diet without any exercise and those who exercise only to lose weight or perform aerobic exercises lose almost the same amount of weight. However, those who do aerobic exercises plus lift weights as well lose weight of which more is fat. This is because lifting weights promotes fat loss and normal dieting and aerobics results in both fat and muscle loss.
2. Clothes will fit better
People tend to lose about 10 percent of their muscles if they are over 30 years of age. But as they lose muscles, they accumulate more fat. This increases the size of the waist and makes you bigger. Lifting weights helps maintain the muscle mass making you leaner. Read more
Dark circles can be a part of the aging process or they can be hereditary. They can also be caused by stress and a number of other environmental factors. Regardless of the type of skin you have or the color of your skin, dark circles is a problem that can affect anyone. They are a common problem and they can actually make you look much older than you are. The skin around the eyes does not have oil glands and because the skin is very delicate around this area, it is important to give them extra care and attention. In this post, we will look at 10 effective tips for getting rid of dark circles.
1. Sleep well
Getting lots of sleep (at least 8 hours a day) will help you wake up fresh in the morning without circles under the eyes. Sleeping well also means less stress and less puffiness under the eyes.
2. Almond oil
Almond oil is beneficial for the delicate skin around the eyes. Using almond oil on the skin around the eye area can help fade dark circles.
Cucumber is an ingredient that has properties to lighten skin and therefore they can be used to get rid of under eye circles naturally. Keeping cool cucumber slices on the affected area for ten minutes twice daily can help fight the problem of dark circles. Read more
If you are constantly yawning at your desk, feel sleep deprived or have a feeling that you are running on empty, it means it is time now to do something to boost your energy levels. Without energy, it is not possible to carry out day to day activities efficiently. While your body is not a fatigue fighting machine, small changes to your lifestyle and diet can help you improve your performance. In this article, we will take a look at the top 7 ways to boost your energy so you can feel refreshed, revitalized and keep the feeling of sluggishness at bay.
Don’t skip breakfast
People who have busy lifestyles tend to skip breakfast most of the time. They don’t realize that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides the energy you need to start your day right. People who eat breakfast in the morning feel less stress and fatigue during the day. Foods which are high in fiber like oatmeal will keep you feeling fuller for long. They will give you enough energy to accomplish your daily tasks easily.
Increase your magnesium intake
Having a balanced diet will ensure that you are getting all the minerals and vitamins your body needs. But, if you are feeling lazy most of the time, then it is possible you have a magnesium deficiency. Read more
It is quite obvious that getting enough sleep is beneficial for health. Although we may not really understand what sleep can do for us, we know that our minds and body cannot function properly without getting enough sleep. Have you ever felt terrible after being awake till late nights and getting up early in the morning? Have you ever noticed that you are unable to concentrate if you have not been getting enough sleep? If you go without sleep for too long, you will feel really terrible and if you get enough sleep, then you will feel good.
A number of studies and researches have been conducted to understand the benefits of sleep in detail. Whether these studies have been conducted on animals or humans, it has been found that sleep plays an important role in memory, metabolism, immune function, learning and a number of other functions. No one, not even the scientists are really sure why we sleep, but there are numerous ideas about the role sleep plays in our lives. Read more
If you fell stressed, frustrated and anxious, if you have high blood pressure and fast hart rate or you can’t sleep for some reason there is a song that could help you in 8 minutes.
Sound therapy has been used for thousands of years to help people relax, sleep and improve health and well-being, but according to the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song ‘Weightless’ is the most relaxing song ever recorded.
The institution, in collaboration with band Marconi Union carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines creating melody that slows the heart rate, reduces blood pressure and lowers levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. The UK scientists claim that “Weightless” is so effective at inducing sleep it should not be listened to while driving. The song also slows breathing and reduces brain activity. The study “found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or a cup of tea”. Read more