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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca B.

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

We can’t always feel our best or be at our best. But in order to live a happier and more stress-free life, there are certain things you can do to help the tough times flow by faster.

Exercise More

Did you know that exercise actually makes you happy? While doing your workout, your brain recognises the activity as stress, which is why it releases endorphins which are also known as the hormones of happiness. And the more you “torture” your body with exercise, the happier you are afterwards! You can even get hooked on your daily workout and it is probably the best addiction you can develop. There is a long list of benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels, a slimmer figure, a sense of achievement, better mental health, to name but a few.

Most people find it hard to endure a certain type of exercise. We tend to give up for all sorts of reasons: it is too hard, we don’t have the time, it is more fun to do other things or we simply get bored of repeating the same drill over and over again. You can solve this problem by changing the type of workout you do. Combine different activities such as running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym. Or try out some fun new ways to keep fit such as power yoga, pilates, kickboxing or even dancing.

Enjoy a Long Walk by Yourself

If you want a quick fix for your body and soul, then go outside and take a stroll by yourself! Did you know you can spend a lot of calories just by walking? In one hour, you can burn about 200 calories, which is one snack. And just being outside alone and enjoying the fresh air will help you clear your mind and forget about anything that was previously bothering you. Beautiful scenery will help you even more, so go to a park, forest, river bank or simply stroll along quiet streets.

But what if it is too hot, too cold, too windy or too rainy outside? Then you can walk at home! All you need is a few square meters and a step counter. You can play the music you like or even watch a movie! And if you need extra motivation, find walk at home videos online.

Eat Healthy

Changing your eating habits can also help you feel better about yourself. If you want to lose weight, start counting calories. You can download an app to help you monitor what you eat and achieve your goals. You should also carefully choose the food you eat. Read the labels and avoid products which contain additives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, nitrates, and other nasties.

You should also try to eat more organic food and cook your meals from scratch. Instead of buying a pasta sauce or mayonnaise, why not make them yourself. Fresh, healthy food tastes better anyway! Whenever you can, cook your meals, because it can be so rewarding. And if you don’t have time to do that, buy healthy, quality ingredients which can be tossed together and prepared quickly, or order food from trusty restaurants.

Have a Cosmetic Procedure

Not happy with your looks? Why not treat yourself with a cosmetic procedure! If you need a small boost, try one of the non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement, face fillers, acne treatment or laser hair removal. Perhaps you have a tattoo you are no longer happy about? That can be fixed too!

Cosmetic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of if it can actually improve your overall wellbeing. A small intervention can boost your confidence and let you embrace new opportunities in life easier. In some cases, it can even improve your mental health!

Have a Pampering Session

 

And occasionally spoil yourself with a pampering session! Book a treatment at a beauty salon to fix your brows, get a wax or have your nails done. It will make you feel so much better about yourself! Or even go to a spa and enjoy a massage, an indulgent cosmetic treatment, a sauna or an energetic swim in the pool. It is a great idea for a girly outing with your bestie!

Alternatively, stay at home and dedicate an evening to yourself. Light up your favourite candles, make a bubble bath, put a rejuvenating mask on your face, do a scrub and use your most loved lotions and potions. Then tuck yourself in comfy pajamas and watch a series you are hooked on. It is one of the best ways to end the day and fill yourself with positive energy.

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Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

 

 

Just because you’ve reached a mature age, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. Granted, keeping fit as we grow older can present its own, unique set of challenges – we lose muscle mass, our mobility is lower, and our joints can become stiff. However, these problems can be overcome or worked around. Here are some of the best activities for seniors, and how they can help us be our best selves well into old age.

Why exercise matters

As we age, our bodies start facing new issues that just weren’t there when we were younger. Exercising can help address and alleviate these problems. Heart disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses that plague the modern man. There are many lifestyle aspects which can contribute to it, but our mostly sedentary lifestyle is one of the main culprits. Regular cardio training can help you avoid this serious health problem. Seniors often have to deal with poor balance and slow reaction times. This general lack of agility can be annoying in day to day life, and, in some situations, even downright dangerous. Exercising can also help us maintain healthy weight (or lose excess weight), build muscle mass (which is generally known to diminish with age), and improve our flexibility.

Take a dip

We Australians are blessed with so much coast that water sports are practically in our blood. Lucky for us that water sports are an amazing way to stay fit. They provide excellent cardio and build muscles. This is a low impact form of exercise that is ideal with people who have sensitive joints. If your joint issues are the result of arthritis, make sure you choose a pool with appropriate water temperature. Many senior communities in Australia, like the luxurious Mark Moran Vaucluse, have their own pool and offer activities such as swimming, aqua aerobics, or even water polo.

Relax with yoga

Yoga is an amazing choice because it supports both a healthy body and a healthy mind. It puts great focus on proper breathing, which can help your body with everything from stress relief to heart problems. Physically, yoga works on stretching and improving flexibility and balance. It’s ideal if you’re feeling stiff, or if you just don’t like very intense, sweaty work-outs. However, don’t be fooled. Yoga requires a lot of strength, focus, and skill. It’s best to start with a class for beginners and ease into the practice slowly. Before you start, explore what type of yoga is the right fit for you. Combining yoga with meditation and mindfulness practice, it can help you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.

Improve your strength with weights

Lifting weights is not just for the young ones. Two weekly weight-lifting sessions can do wonders for your overall strength and muscle mass. It’s crucial, of course, to start slow, with lighter weights, and then gradually progress as your body adjusts. In time, you should reach the phase when you can do sets of up to fifteen repetitions. You can use classic weights, like dumbbells. But strength training is just as effective when using other methods, like resistance bands, or the machines at your gym. Remember to always get warmed up before you start, though! The last thing you want is to injure yourself.

When it comes to working out, it’s important to acknowledge the transformations our bodies are going through, and adapting our exercise regimen in a way that our changing bodies can handle. Staying active should be an essential part of the senior daily routine, since it adds to longevity and vitality. And always remember, even if you can only start small, it’s still a step in the right direction.

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3 Natural Ways To Accelerate Muscle Growth

3 Natural Ways To Accelerate Muscle Growth

We’ve all been in this situation before; we look at ourselves in the mirror and just wish our muscles were a bit bigger and more defined. We feel like we put in a lot of work in the gym, so it’s not fair that our results aren’t as great as some of the units you see trampling around the gym floor.

 

Of course, most of the massive guys in the gym are packed full of so many steroids they could open up their own pharmacy. The question is; can your speed up muscle growth naturally? The answer is; yes, and here are a few ways you can do it:

 

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Boost Your Testosterone

Have you ever wondered why men are naturally more muscular than women? It’s mainly to do with the amount of testosterone we produce compared to them. Testosterone is the primary hormone behind muscle growth. As a result, if we produce lots of it, our muscles grow faster than someone with low testosterone levels. Consequently, if you want to accelerate muscle growth, then try boosting your testosterone. There are natural supplements on the market like Tongkat Ali – which is an extract of an Asian plant. Things like this help you raise your T levels without adding anything unnatural to your body. It can take a few weeks for your testosterone to lift itself, but the results after this are astonishing!

 

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Improve Your Form

Loads of people have terrible form when they’re in the gym. Even some of the classic exercises like a bicep curl are done with bad form. Why does this matter? Because proper form means you take a muscle through the proper range of motion so it can contract and relax to its full extent. Getting an adequate stretch on a muscle is vital as it leads to more muscle fiber damage, which will result in more significant growth. In fact, your muscles will grow a lot faster if you lower the weight to a point where you can really crank out quality reps that your muscles are in full control of. Don’t assume that lifting heavy is always beneficial – particularly if your form is off. By all means, go as heavy as you can, but make sure your form doesn’t suffer.

 

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Rest Your Body

What’s the natural thing to do when you want to achieve muscle gains quickly? You work out more often and train pretty much every day. You think this helps as you can squeeze in two arm workouts a week, or two leg days a week. Surely, this means you’re overloading your muscles and helping them grow big and strong? Well, no, not really. If you don’t give your body the proper time to recover, then your muscles can’t grow properly. It’s recommended you have at least one rest day per week where you don’t train at all. As well as this, make sure you don’t train the same body part in consecutive days – give it time to heal. For example, train arms on Monday, then legs on Tuesday, then maybe chest on Wednesday, back on Thursday, and shoulders on Friday.

 

You don’t have to turn to unnatural things like steroids to supercharge your muscle growth. Try all of these ideas, and you’ll soon turn heads on the beach this summer.

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Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Simple Style Guides for the Perfect Playsuit Outfit

 

 

 

Year after year, these amazing one-pieces keep making a comeback. We are talking, of course, about playsuits. They are the easiest thing in the world to make into a full outfit and they fit nearly everyone amazingly. But there are a few tricks to making a playsuit look good, and once you master them, it will surely become your new favorite piece. So to help you be perfectly on trend this summer, here is exactly what you need to know about wearing this fabulous piece of clothing.

Choose the right style

Just like you can’t bundle up all dresses under one name, you can’t do it with playsuits either. And a lot of people give up on a playsuit just because the first one they tried on didn’t fit them the way they wanted it to. For starters, let’s look at the tops. Tops of playsuits vary as much as tops in general, so going for something that you usually like to wear as a top will give you a better chance of finding something you like. If you wear wrap tops, tank tops, or off-shoulder tops, find a playsuit that features a similar style. As for the bottoms, there is a clear distinction: playsuits feature shorts, culotte jumpsuits are a bit longer, and traditional jumpsuits have a full-length bottom. Choose something you are comfortable with, that fits the occasion and that shows off your personal style.

Sizing

This is the tricky part. Even when buying a fitted dress, you can’t just drape it over your body. You need to see if the waist is in the right place, if there is enough room for the chest, etc. With rompers, it’s a step further than that, because you also have to figure out how high the crotch should be so that it looks flattering. This will depend mostly on the size and length of your torso and your legs. When you are picking out a jumpsuit, or ordering online, you might want to aim for a size up, unless you are very petite. A baggy look is a lot more forgiving than something too tight, so use that to your advantage.

Layers

An amazing way to style playsuits is to layer them with something. Because they are an outfit all by themselves, throwing in something over or under the playsuit can make all the difference. If you live in a colder climate like Scandinavia, you can still wear playsuits, layered perhaps with a turtleneck underneath. Or if you live somewhere where the weather changes often, like Sydney, summery playsuits in Australia can be worn with a rain jacket tied around the waist, ready to be put into action if it starts to rain.

Accessories

Depending on the print of the jumpsuit, you might not have to accessorize a lot at all. If it is a busy print, then necklaces and other jewelry will just get lost in the clothing. In those situations, consider accessories that don’t overlap with the romper, like hats, shoes and bags. However, if you are wearing a plain black jumpsuit, then it’s the perfect time for a colorful belt, long necklace, bracelets and all the other pieces that make your style truly your own. This can also help you with choosing your playsuit initially. If you are someone who likes to accessorize, don’t go for a heavy print, and vice versa.

Playsuits aren’t going anywhere as a style, and there are more and more of them to choose from every season, so get comfortable and remember – going to the bathroom in a romper is not as scary as everyone thinks it is!

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Meaning of Yoga – “Inhale the Future and Exhale the Past”

Meaning of Yoga – “Inhale the Future and Exhale the Past”

Yoga is excellent. It teaches us how to embrace small things in living and helps us to fight depression and stress. Yoga not only improves our physical and mental health, but also contributes to turning master in bed. It makes us stay completely fit and healthy.

Yoga beautifully connects us with our partner- physically, spiritually, and yes, sexually by strengthen the body muscles and improving the blood circulations.

There are many yoga poses which increase the energy, and also fire up the libido and sex life.

Down here, there are few yoga poses that works amazingly for the pelvic region and make the entire area to stay fit, fresh and alive for a longer time. So, you can stay love-fuelled; fun-filled under the sheets with your love!  

Author bio: Karan is a blogger, optimizer and owner of For The Closet – online sex toys store. who lives in Hertfordshire, UK. He creates the blog posts to publish his work that users can find interesting too.

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How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

How To Make Your Health a Daily Priority

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Today our lives are busier than ever – building careers, family commitments, juggling hobbies and essentials – it’s no wonder really that modern life can often feel quite overwhelming.

 

But what consequences does having so many daily responsibilities have on our health and well being?

 

Well, when life gets super busy, as it often does, it’s easy to fall into the trap pof short cuts and bad habits that don’t prioritise our health. Acting on autopilot, we sacrifice ourselves and make a short-term choice, be that grabbing the quick dinner that we know is less than healthy for us or choosing to skip workouts and meditation sessions that normally keep us grounded.

 

By default, we tend to operate on auto-pilot mode, muddling through the days and making excuses to ourselves. The side order? A healthy dose of guilt and blame, as we recognise deep down that we aren’t making the choices we need to for our long-term health.

 

But life isn’t going to let up anytime soon, so what can we do to make sure health becomes a daily priority? It turns out some simple strategies can stop you having to compromise all the time…

Recognise The Choice Cycle

 

Trapping in feelings of self-doubt and tiredness, many of us avoid acknowledging our own agency in the matter. It’s easy to blame circumstances from ‘stopping’ us maintaining our health, but the truth is, although we can’t avoid what life throws at us, we can choose how we deal with it.

 

That autonomy is our gift, and refusing to accept that prevents many of us from achieving our wellbeing goals. Take a moment to step back from the situation and remove emotion from the equation. What would you say to you best friend or a relative that complained they were too busy to take care of themselves? Instead of judging yourself or blaming circumstances, acknowledge that life is busy and can be overwhelming – but also that you have a choice about how you react.

 

If you don’t actively choose to break the cycle, you’re going to end up stuck in a helpless, chicken and egg scenario – too tired and run down because of lack of exercise and healthy eating to make the right choices. Choose to prioritise your health – even if it means sacrificing something else. For example, if you love to fit in a morning HIIT workout, but don’t have enough time before heading to work – could you set the alarm a half hour earlier to fit it in? What if this meant going to bed a half hour earlier? What would you be missing? If the answer is another episode of that box set or a scroll through social media feeds then the choice becomes very clear.

 

What do you need to do in order to detox your body and mind? Treat being kind to yourself as a commitment that you choose to prioritise over all the noise in daily life, and you are taking back to the power and making a positive step – and that in itself can be very energising.

 

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Isolate Your Eating

 

How many of choose to eat while distracted? In fact, sitting there munching mindlessly while we catch up on emails is very harmful to your health. Studies have shown those who eat while distracted consume more calories, as the brain is switched away from it’s task of sending the message that you’re full to your stomach. So when you eat, make it the main event.

 

Sit down properly at the table and take the time to engage your senses – what can you see, feel and smell? If you need to, scheduling in a half hour for a meal really emphasises your commitment to mindful eating. Ask yourself about your emotional state if you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat you don’t need. What is making you crave it? Are you bored or upset? Resolve to fix the root cause rather than using food as an emotional tool. Savour each bite, learn to recognise when you’re approaching full up and reconnect your mind and body as you eat. When your finished, you’ll find that you feel more satisfied and are free to continue your day with renewed energy and a clear mind.

Have a Plan for Stress

 

Stress is a daily factor in our lives. In fact, a little bit of the right kind can be very effective as a motivating factor that keeps us on track – so you shouldn’t be seeking to erase every trace of it from your life. The key is to learn how to manage stress. If it gets out of control, it can act as a major trigger for overeating or drinking too much alcohol, cause relationship issues and get our hormones out of alignment, leading to multiple health problems.

 

Recognise that you can’t control every factor and that life will throw you curveballs – but understand also how to deal with them. Keep crucial perspective by moving yourself forward in time mentally – will this issue matter in a week? A month? How about in a year’s time? Learn what it takes for you to avoid critical levels of stress – do you need to learn how to delegate more at work? Do you need to put aside more time to rest? Or is it simply a question of scheduling in 10 minute power walks outside to keep you balanced and get some fresh air?

Treat Health as Its Own Reward

 

If you choose to ‘reward’ yourself with food and alcohol, it promotes all kind of negative associations and cycle of guilt and rebellion. Recognise that these things are not ‘bad’ or ‘good’ in themselves, it’s our approach to them that has positive or negative intentions. Processed treats should never be used to cope with stress or as a reward for doing something. Choose health and wellbeing for its own sake, as a conscious decision that you know enhances your life. Find comfort in other things, such as a deep aromatherapy bath, spending time with your loved ones, or finishing a chapter of that must-have thriller novel. Turn around your reward system and the effects can be life changing.

 

Choosing to put your health first is not one big decisions – it’s a series of daily choices. Commit to them and you will see positive results!

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Beating The Body Blues: Positive Changes To Boost Your Spirits

Beating The Body Blues: Positive Changes To Boost Your Spirits

You wake up each morning and stare at yourself in the mirror as you get changed for work. There are a number of things about your appearance that you wish you could change instantly. From lumpy love handles to blemished skin you’re becoming increasingly unhappy with the way you look. You need to take action and start to work on your beauty insecurities; they will never better if you sit back and complain about them. You have a handful of options at your fingertips so start exploring what might work for you and feel body beautiful again.

Easy Enhancements

If there is a certain part of your body that you have been unhappy with for a long period of time, you might want to look into ways to change it. You were born with certain features which make you unique and distinctive, but it is understandable if some of these things are making you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. If you’re serious about making a change then look into a local plastic surgeon, who will be able to advise you. Even if you just book an initial consultation to explore your options, it is worth having a look into how they could help you.

Skincare Smarts

If you’re prone to regular skin breakouts and acne, then it’s likely to be getting you down. Your face is the first thing you will inspect each morning to see how bad your skin situation and it isn’t easy when you have to stare at zits all the time. Try changing up your skin care regime and stop using products which are full of toxic chemicals. Opt for plant based organic products which are made from natural ingredients. Tea tree oil, lavender and rosehip are all amazing products to use for sensitive and spot-prone skin. Use a clay face mask once or twice a week to clear out the impurities in your pores. You will soon have brighter and fresher skin, which will make you feel more confident.

 

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Effective Exercise

You try on a bunch of clothes and you’re never quite happy with how they look on your body. You think your thighs are too thick or your bum is too wobbly; of course these are the things which make you beautiful, but you should consider targeting your problem areas with exercise. You will never be fully happy in your body, so you can’t expect perfection. All you need to do is take part in regular exercise which makes you feel good. If you enjoy the workouts you are taking part in you will soon begin to feel more energetic and positive. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy, so there really is no excuse for skipping out on your next gym class.

Whether you’re looking to straighten out your nose, tighten your wrinkles or tone up your bum, make sure you start being proactive about your imperfections. You don’t need to live with these stresses and strains, just look into your various options and choose what works for you.

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Common Beauty Insecurities And How To Get Over Them For Good!

Common Beauty Insecurities And How To Get Over Them For Good!

There’s no shame in being insecure about something. In many ways, if you’re not insecure about anything, then you’re probably not human! It’s a natural way of life, we all have elements of ourselves that we don’t like. What’s more, it can take a lot to put these negative thoughts out of our mind and get over our insecurities for good. As such, every day is spent looking in the mirror and focusing on the little things that we don’t like, rather than the things we do like.

 

We all have different insecurities, but some are more common than others. Today, I’m going to look at the most prevalent beauty insecurities in modern women, and provide a bit of advice to help you get over them for good. My main hope is that this little guide can help all of you to start loving yourselves more!

 

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My Face Is Full Of Spots

So many women are insecure about their appearance because they have breakouts on their face. They think this makes them look super ugly, and they’ll try and cover the spots up as well as possible. Often, this means going overboard with foundation, which just fuels the spots and makes the breakout even worse.

 

When you have constant issues with spots, it makes you so insecure that you’ll avoid leaving the house unless it’s essential. The thing is, there are so many solutions to this problem, and you’re probably going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying to cover your spots up with loads of makeup, work on addressing the cause of them. Is it because your skin is too greasy or oily? If so, work on cleansing your pores and taking better care of your face. Also, never sleep with makeup on and always wash your face before bed! Then, apply a thin layer of makeup, and only when necessary. If you’re not going anywhere, don’t bother with makeup around the house! If all else fails, see a doctor and they can prescribe acne medication to help you out.

My Boobs Are Too Small

When it comes to insecurities on the body, your breasts are usually at the top of the list. So many girls fear that they’re unattractive because they don’t have big boobs. Once more, the media has a lot to answer for this, as we’ve constantly seen attractive women with big breasts as leading roles in films, on magazine covers, and getting most of the limelight. Needless to say, you can feel very insecure when you don’t have big breasts, and this stops you from wearing things you might like the look of – such as crop tops, bikinis, low-cut dresses, and so on.

 

The good news is there are both temporary and permanent solutions to this insecurity. If you’re super self-conscious about your breast size and would kill to make them bigger, then why don’t you? Breast augmentation is common, and you can subtly enhance the look of your breasts if you want. It’s not for everyone, and I strongly suggest you see surgery details before you go through with this. This is the permanent solution, and the temporary ones can help give your boobs the appearance of being bigger, without actually changing their size. Things like push-up bras or padding can help make your boobs look bigger and fuller. You’ll be very surprised at how much of a difference a good push up bra makes to your breasts, and this can be all you need for a little confidence boost.

My Legs Are Too Chunky

Another body insecurity most women have is with their legs. A lot of girls see their thighs as being too chunky and wobbly. They feel like they jiggle when you walk, and it can make you so insecure. Especially around the spring/summer seasons where it gets hot, and loads of people wear shorts and skirts. You feel very insecure because you see everyone’s nice legs, and you think you’re being judged for being the only person still wearing jeans.

 

The reality is, you can easily take care of this insecurity if you’re willing to put in the hard work. All you have to do is start exercising and eating right. This will help you lose body fat, which slims down your thighs. They’ll lose that ‘chunkiness’ you don’t like, and you can also tone them up by doing squats and leg workouts. In fact, I’ll leave a video down below this paragraph of a sample leg workout to help you add muscle tone and firmness. In a matter of weeks, you can transform the way your legs look and feel a lot more secure about them.

 

My Eyebrows Are Too Light

Finally, we end things off with another insecurity that’s found on your face. Having light eyebrows has become a really big issue in modern times. There seems to be a big beauty trend at the moment where good eyebrows are a must. Everyone wants nice dark brows that are shaped well and finely trimmed. If yours are too light, then it looks like you have none at all, which causes major insecurities.

 

Again, there are both permanent and temporary solutions here. The temporary one is simply drawing on your eyebrows whenever you want to go out. Once more, I’ll link a video below this paragraph that gives a few tips on how to do this and make your brows look natural. When done correctly, you’ll see the effect looks so real, and no one will guess your eyebrows are really very light. The permanent solution is to get something known as an eyebrow tattoo. Essentially, you get eyebrows tattooed on you, so they always look a lot darker. It’s not for everyone and can be quite expensive. But, if you’re really insecure and can’t bear to even walk around the house with your natural brows, then this may be your best option.

 

 

As I said earlier, I really want this guide to help everyone with these insecurities. First and foremost; don’t be ashamed if you’re insecure. Secondly; don’t be ashamed about wanting to change things about yourself. A lot of people say you should just grow to love your insecurities, but it’s not as easy as that. Some people get really badly affected by the things mentioned on this list, so doing things to change the way you look can help you love yourself for once!

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Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

 

If you’re aiming to get big, you need to know the right formula so you don’t end up gaining too much fat. This is the trickiest part of getting bulk: you need to find a workout that will allow you to build muscle, burn fat, encourage muscle growth and recovery and decrease fat gain. Finding that sweet spot is not easy and is different for everyone, but here are some of the main points you have to follow.

Say no to alcohol

This is an advice as old as time, and yet, not many people seem to follow it. Taking alcohol while bulking (even if you take the right supplements) will tamper with your protein synthesis and it will take you much longer to get back on schedule. The hangover and the general effect of alcohol will slow down the muscle recovery and it will prevent you from giving your all in the gym. Additionally, alcohol is full of calories and can cause increased fat storage, especially around the gut. So, if you’re trying to see real progress and build muscles and not fat, you should stay away from booze.

Hold your horses!

If you’re used to doing cardio every day (which is great for your heart and lungs), you might actually be harming your bulking progress. Over-exercising can destroy your metabolism, so try to take it easy with cardio; otherwise, you can find it really hard to add muscle mass and keep fat at bay. Exercising always produces adrenaline, but too much of it will cause over-saturation that can make some of your organs feel sluggish. This will slow down your metabolism and boost fat accumulation. Additionally, it can also cause your supply of testosterone to get smaller, and testosterone is highly necessary for muscle growth and recovery.

Have a proper form

One of the classic mistakes people make when bulking is lifting too much weight. However, muscle gains are really made when your muscles are already stretched out. That means you should focus on form, especially “on the way down”. Here’s an example: when bench pressing, keep the weight up for 2-3 seconds and try to slow down on your way down. Make this portion of the movement last for about 5-7 seconds. Try to do same when doing squats, curls and pull-ups.

Pick the right supplements

Supplements are great—they improve your performance and allow you to shed fat and gain muscles more easily. However, don’t think that more pills automatically mean more muscles. Getting the right type of quality pre-workout supplements and hitting the gym hard will give you the best results. Don’t concentrate on supplements so much that you neglect your workouts!

Be careful with carbs

A little excess of protein will not make a huge damage to your body, but too many carbs will eventually become fat. But you need carbs to grow! They create fuel for your body, they enhance post-workout recovery and keep your cortisol levels low so the stress doesn’t destroy your body. So, how can you find that golden ratio and get enough carbs, but not too much? Most professional bodybuilders and personal trainers advise loading up on carbs after the workout. This is the ideal way to gain muscles and keep fat from accumulating.

Keep track of your progress

If you’re serious about your muscle gain, you have to keep track of your progress ON PAPER! If you can memorize all your measurements and training statistics, then congrats—you’re a genius, but most of us can’t do that. Writing things down is your safest bet. Putting the numbers of your reps and your weight on paper will increase your chances of reaching your goal. Pro tip: sharing your goal on social media and talking about it with your friends will additionally increase your motivation.

Get enough sleep

Catching enough ZZZs is super important during bulking. If you don’t get 7 or 8 hours a night, you can seriously set yourself back and put your progress in jeopardy. Sleep will recharge your metabolism and optimize your body for fat loss!

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll manage to gain muscles and avoid getting fat. You’ll also feel full of energy, both in the gym and out of it, and ready to give 100% towards reaching your dream body.

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7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

7 Fitness Benefits of Skating

Skating is a sport that is mainly done for fun by many people. However, there are people who also do skating as a career. Skating is a sport that was formerly done on ice alone. However, advancing times and technology led to several forms of skating like hard surface, snow and ice skating, with each having several subdivisions. In addition to being a fun activity for both the skaters and the spectators, skating has several other benefits. It helps in boosting the body metabolism, and also loss of excess weight and fat accumulation in the body.

Here are the 7 Fitness benefits of skating:

  1. It helps in burning down of calories

It is general knowledge that you have to burn down more calories than your daily consumption of calories to enable faster weight loss. There are other exercises that people do like running and jogging that are aimed at losing the excess body fat. However, this may be very tiresome especially if you are not used to too much running. Skating is a cardiovascular exercise. It causes the heart to pump faster and hence faster metabolism. It is also a fun way to lose the extra pounds.

  1. Skating allows you to build up your muscles faster

Skating is very efficient increasing the body muscles in areas that count like the abs, thighs, calves and even the glutes. This helps because you do not have to go to the gym every day to lift weights so that you can build up your muscle. It can also help you to replace the use of the adjustable dumbbells that are recommended for build-up of muscle with a more fun activity.

  1. It helps you to improve your balance

This may appear naturally to some people but other people have to put in some effort to achieve balance. Balance affects the posture of the body when you are doing activities like walking and standing. Having good balance allows you to use less energy to do these simple activities and therefore get tired less often. Poor posture can sometimes lead to back pain which will require sleeping in a good mattress to correct.

  1. It helps to prevent heart disease

Several conditions that affect the heart including heart attack and stroke can be avoided by doing aerobic exercises frequently. This helps to strengthen the heart and prevent it from being susceptible to these diseases. Skating has been known to increase the rate at which the heart beats easily. This is done by increasing the skating speed especially during competitions. Skating can raise the heartbeat to a very fast rate of 180 beats per minute.

  1. Diabetes control

This is also caused by poor lifestyle and poor diet. The recommended control of this disease is regular cardiovascular exercises. Skating is one of the leading cardiovascular exercises that can be done every day. You do not also require too much skating time every day, 30 minutes is enough. Skating also helps to relieve stress, strengthen the bones and heart and reducing blood sugar levels in the body. Another activity that can help reduces stress in playing ukulele.

  1. It helps to give you more body power

Skating allows most of your body muscles to work out since it is a full work-out routine for your body. It is able to engage all the muscles in your body without any risk of accidents and injuries to the muscles. It is also a strength training exercise that ensures your body is strong and able to resist diseases easily. It promotes stronger bones and reduces the risk of getting fractures and other related bone diseases even as you advance in age.

  1. It allows you to be happy

Aside from the physical happiness, the sport is able to get rid of the bad hormones and replace them with the good ones, which are responsible for stimulating happiness. Being an athlete also requires you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, replacing fats and sugar with eating high fiber food also causes you to have an athletic body which is a source of happiness.

In addition to being a fun activity that is mostly done during the winter, skating has many advantages to the body. Due to its positive effects in helping to reduce stress, preventing diabetes and heart diseases, muscle build-up and even burning up of calories, skating is one of the most beneficial sports for the body.

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