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How to Look Great at the Gym

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Look Great at the Gym

 

Losing weight and staying fit is tough work and sometimes it’s hard to look your best when you’re covered in sweat from head to toe. But, if looking extra fly will motivate you to work out harder and more often, then you must try to get some new gym wear that will inspire you to hit the treadmill. The right gym clothes will not only make you look amazing but also make your workouts more efficient and easier. So, what to wear, what to wear?

Undergarments

Even though it looks super cute on you, that lace bra and underwear might not be the best gym clothes option. It certainly makes you feel sexy on a date night, but it will only make you feel uncomfortable at the gym. In general, no underwear will be as comfy during exercise as a sports bra and athletic panties. Sports bras provide some extra support, limit breast movement and pain, and typically come in light and breathable materials that help keep your skin dry. Men have it a bit easier here, just make sure your undies are comfortable.

Socks and shoes

Athletic socks should be your number one choice to wear during your workout because they’re made of light, synthetic materials that wick away sweat and don’t scratch your skin. No matter the length you prefer, sporting goods stores have all kind of athletic socks for you. When it comes to shoes, you should choose them according to your preferred activity. For instance, if you love to run, then getting cross trainers is just not a great idea, and if you’re an avid weightlifter, running shoes will not do the job. Don’t be scared to splurge some more money on high-quality shoes, otherwise, you’re risking injuries and all sorts of unwanted side-effects. But, generally, look for shoes that are light, comfortable, keep your feet cool and provide ample support.

Shirts

Both women and men have a wide variety of options here. Ladies usually opt for T-shirts, tank tops, long-sleeved shirts or sweatshirts for the gym. In general, gyms permit all sorts of tank tops, but halter tops and shirts that show excessive cleavage are usually frowned upon. Just to be sure, check your gym’s dress code to ensure which shirts are appropriate. Guys better avoid tiny tank tops, even if you’re a pro bodybuilder. We get it, you have a killer body, but obviously, you have an even bigger ego. Instead, get a high-quality sleeveless shell tank that will show off your arms and hint at your abs just the right amount. And as with all gym clothing, ensure your tops and shirts are made of light, stretchy fabric that keeps you cool and doesn’t limit your mobility. You can also check out some moisture-wicking options.

Pants and shorts

For many women, the only criterion when buying gym pants is that they match with their shirt. But, your foremost priority should always be to find shorts, yoga pants and sweatpants that are light, comfortable and allow a wide range of movements. Some ladies prefer elasticized biking-style shorts, while others favor the comfort and freedom they find in yoga pants. When it comes to the gentlemen, don’t try to make your swim trunks do your gym work. Instead, pick up a few pairs of men’s gym shorts that offer breathability and comfort.

Hair and makeup

If you feel too naked going to the gym without any makeup, then choose a sheer, light foundation, a couple of coats of waterproof mascara and pull your hair out of your face. It’s an easy and functional look that still allows you to look polished at the gym

Now that you know what to wear and what to avoid in the gym, there are no more excuses. Grab your gear and hit those dumbbells.

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Doing These Things Regularly Will Make You A Natural Beauty

Doing These Things Regularly Will Make You A Natural Beauty

If you want to be a natural beauty, you need to make sure you get into a consistent routine. Doing the things in this guide regularly will make you glow from the inside out, not to mention feel great. You’ll soon realise that you don’t need to wear a ton of makeup or spend hours getting ready in the morning to look beautiful. Read on to learn what to do!

Get Your 5 A Day

It’s recommended that we all get 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day to stay healthy. Not only will it mean health in the long-term, it’ll mean looking and feeling great. Fruit and veggies are a great way to get our fibre intake up, as well as healthy carbs, and more color in our diets! Try to have a portion with each meal, and figure out healthy snacks you can have throughout the day. Fruit salad, vegetable sticks and hummus, and even vegetable rich foods like stews and stir frys are all brilliant examples. If you don’t currently ‘like’ vegetables, commit to trying one new one a week until you find something you like. It can take a little while for your tastes to change, but the more you cut down on junk and eat better, the more you’ll crave better foods.

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Drink 3 Litres Of Water

People don’t tend to drink much water, and this leaves them feeling lethargic, amongst other things. Most people don’t realise that by drinking a large glass of water upon waking each morning, they can feel alert and energised almost right away! Add fruit to water to make it taste better, rather than cordials and things that can have bad ingredients. Drinking water with honey and lemon upon waking is a great alternative to coffee, and many amazing supermodels and celebrities swear by it too!

If you need motivation to drink water, you could download an app that allows you to track your water intake – some fitness trackers allow you to do this too. You can even carry a large bottle with you each day, and mark the times throughout the day on it, aiming to have drank that much by that time. You will eventually be drinking 3 litres of water naturally, and as your body gets used to it you won’t be making as many toilet trips.

Get Active

Getting and staying active will not only help you lead a better quality of life in the long run; it will make you look and feel incredible. You can better maintain and lose weight by staying active, and many people who exercise look younger later on in life. You don’t need to do hardcore workouts for this to be effective. You can simply make sure you walk a lot. Adding more steps throughout the day can be as simple as parking a little further away or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Swimming, yoga, and pilates are all incredible forms of exercise too. Keep things interesting and varied and you’ll get into a good routine. Once you’re in a routine, it’s really tough to quit!

Eventually, you might feel like trying out a type of exercise that’s a little harder. As long as you always aim to improve, you’re going to look and feel great!

Say Bye To Dead Skin Cells

Dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and rough, on both the face and body. You should get rid of them regularly to make sure you’re glowing. Exfoliation can also keep the blood pumping healthily, as well as reduce lumps and bumps. Read up on reviews of the 10 best exfoliators so you find something that’s suitable for your face and body. The face needs a more gentle product, while the body can afford something a little rougher. There are products out there that aren’t 100% safe, and can actually rip the skin.

Once you’ve found a product that suits you, make sure you get into a frequency that works for you too.

Use A Silk Pillowcase

Silk pillowcases are incredible for all kinds of reasons. When it comes to your hair, they can help to retain moisture and prevent things like split ends from taking place. When it comes to your skin, it’ll reduce drag (unlike cotton pillows) helping you to wake up looking far more refreshed. They are perfect for helping the entire body retain moisture while getting a great night’s rest.

Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins aren’t always necessary; you certainly don’t need to take everything under the sun. However, taking a look at your diet and lifestyle and then selecting vitamins that suit you best is a good way to go about it. For example, if you exercise a lot, taking a fish oil supplement or a vegan alternative will help to keep your joints healthy and lubricated. A multivitamin is a good choice for just about everybody. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, make sure you look into suitable supplements, such as B12. Although these diets can have many great benefits on a person and the planet, you don’t want to develop any deficiencies or issues.

Focus On Self Development

Focusing on your own self development is a beautiful thing, and therefore will help to make you a natural beauty. How can you do this? Read books. Take courses. Follow your interests and passions. Don’t get stuck in a rut and become complacent. Being focused on your own development is one of the most incredible, attractive things you can do.

Start Smiling

Just because some of the biggest celebrities in the world refuse to smile doesn’t mean you should too. Smiling is far more attractive than a straight face, so make sure you do it more. The more you smile, the more you should find your mood lifted too! Smiling at a stranger always feels good and will no doubt make you more of a natural beauty.

Do you do some of these things already, or do you have your own routine that you feel makes you naturally beautiful? Leave your thoughts and comments below. Come back soon!

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Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

Strike a Pose: How Yoga May Combat Depression

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Depression may strike us at any given time, and women are twice as likely as men to suffer from it. Scientists are psychologists provide us with a whole platter of different reasons to this gloomy monster; while some of them point out genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalances to be the source, others point to psychological and sociocultural factors.

Regardless of its source, depression is hard to fight – and especially when you do it on your own. Exercise has proven to work wonders on our mind, though, and certain types seem to be more effective than others.

Why Yoga?

This ancient activity is a sequence of poses and is supposed to clear the mind to prepare it for meditation. Today, we focus more on the physical benefits of practicing – as well as celebrating the added benefits of a calmer and steadier mind. We’re looking at it from the other way around, in other words, where ancient yogis would see added strength and flexibility as a nice little bonus to a quiet and relaxed mind.

By combining these two benefits, the strength a yoga practice can give your body as well as the calm and meditative state we tend to practice in, you achieve a holistic view of your health where the mind, as well as the body, is in focus.

This is important to feel more connected, in general, and to be able to deal with chronic and daily stress.

Health is about more than activity and a peaceful mind, although this certainly takes you a long way. Make sure you eat a variety of food, mostly plants, and bathe your cells in quantities of water every day. Read up on a few AlgaeCal reviews if you’re an aging woman, as we all are, and keep up with the cardio to keep your heart healthy.

To stay strong and vigorous, you need to tackle the problems that are specific to your health; consider supplements if you’re not eating enough nutrients, and always consult with your doctor before taking anything new.

The best poses to combat depression

If you’re convinced, it’s time to roll out your mat and enjoy a deep and energizing breath. Some of the yoga poses are known for its abilities to increase your mindfulness and turn you inwards rather than outwards to bring you closer to yourself. Inversions are usually the best mind-boosting poses you can choose, such as the forward fold and head-to-knee forward bend.

Remember that any forward bend should be equaled out with a back bend, such as the cobra and bridge. If you’re not that advanced in yoga yet, try to modify your bridge by keeping it in a table-top style rather than a full bridge.

Other complicated inversions, such as the headstand and shoulderstand are also known for their healing effects – but again, don’t attempt these without having a yoga teacher around.

Holding these for around eight breaths or up to two minutes is good for both your mind and your body. Breathe slowly through your nose and keep the exhalations as long as your inhalations.

It might not make you instantly healthy, but keep it up and you’ll reap the benefits of your practice with a happy mind that’s ready to tackle the challenges of life

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HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

By Guest Blogger, Sara

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE

 

 

You have kids to look after and workload to deal with; I get how busy life is! You might not even be able to take out two minutes for yourself, let alone planning out a proper diet chart and heading out to the gym. However, we need to understand how important it is to relax the body and mind and to look after our health more than anything else, while this seems nearly impossible for some.

 

I have gathered a few simple steps following which you can achieve better physical and mental health without putting too much time or efforts into them. So, read through and thank me later:

 

  1. Keep a Fruit Basket on the Table

 

Keeping the fruit basket on your table benefits you greatly and saves the fruit from getting bad and wasted. Your dining table is the most accessible place where you your meals and keeping a fruit bowl on it means easy access to a healthy snack. You can always pick your favorite fruit from the basket and carry it with you while heading out too.

 

  1. Keep a Water Bottle with You

 

Water intake is highly important and yet many of us don’t drink it enough just because it is not around. Keeping a water bottle with you all the time will increase your intake greatly. Squeezing a lemon into it can be even more beneficial for detoxification of the body. Make sure you carry the bottle around with you and finish it twice. This will not only keep your body hydrated but also benefit your skin greatly, flushing all the harmful toxins out of the body.

 

  1. Get in Bed with No Gadgets Nearby

 

Phones and other gadgets can be a great distraction from getting a good sleep, especially when you are a workaholic. We all know how important a good night’s sleep is and major problems like anxiety, indigestion and lack of focus are a caused by lack of proper sleep. Therefore, I would suggest you to power off your gadgets before you head to bed. Also, keeping a good full-body massage chair in your home and spending 15 minutes on it before you head to bed can improve your sleep and relax your mind greatly. Doing so will also relieve you of the stress that relates to your work or family.

 

  1. Never Skip Breakfast

 

No matter how much hurry you are in, do not skip breakfast. Breakfast is the main meal which keeps you up and running throughout the day without getting tired, lazy and stressed out. Have some quick and healthy options at hand for breakfast like fresh juice, fruit, oats and Greek yoghurt.

 

  1. Quick Morning Exercise

 

Instead of rushing to the bathroom as you wake up, get out of bed and warm your body up a little with a quick workout. Make sure you set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you are supposed to wake up. This way, your body will be much more active and your mind refreshed throughout the day.

 

Author Bio:

Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She regularly posts at https://mymassagechairs.com/.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

By Guest Blogger Jenna J.

This is Why Your Brain Can’t Function without Sleep

 

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Your brain is a complex system with just as many neurons in it as the number of stars in our entire galaxy. Each neuron is connected to others through a whopping 40,000 connections referred to as synapses by medical professionals. And yet, for many of us, it is the most overlooked organ in the body.

 

More than the body, it is the brain that needs sleep. All your body organs are cleaned of toxins and metabolites while they’re in their normal function throughout the day. It is the brain which has to wait for when you’re asleep to have its cleaning done. There’s other important stuff your brain needs to do while sleeping as well, which has bearing on your memory, health and immunity. Why then do we skip sleep?

 

 

Superstitions of Self Denial

 

A common motif in the annals and accounts of success has been that of spending nights in motivated labor. It’s only too visible in pop culture, for example, when Will Smith puts the kid to bed but works the entire night to correct a malfunctioning machine he intends to sell. Or, when in the legend of Achilles in the Iliad, he spends the night awake, plotting for revenge. We’ve never stopped to ask why we buy these myths. The Romans had a famous distaste for sleep, considering it a state of absolute debilitation and something to avoid to as much extent as possible.

 

It seems to be our hunger for success that makes us believe we can make hard sacrifices from our sleep to chase an ungraduated goal. “Well, as you know, there are 24 hours in every day. And if that’s not enough, you’ve always got the nights!”, as Ronald Graham the famous mathematician says. And yet, as we make cuts from our 24 hour day, we never have a quantified measure of success. Is $2400 a day a measure of success? Is it the awe of getting 24 people in the course of a day? Or are we chasing an elusive goal of paying off our debts in 24 months? If the answer to all these questions is no, what really are we chasing?

 

How poor sleep routs the brain

 

Despite no graduated standards, we deny ourselves sleep. If you skip an hour of sleep 5 days a week (and no, there’s no such thing as making up for it over the weekend), you’ve lost over a month’s worth of sleep at the end of the year. You can be sure it is detrimental to the brain.

 

 

To know what happens when you don’t sleep, let me tell you why the brain needs sleep.

 

  1. The brain generates toxins and metabolites like any other organ in the body during its course of activities throughout the day. While other organs can be cleaned by the body anytime, the brain gets its only major cleanup while you’re asleep. This is because sleeping allows brain activity to calm down and brain cells to shrink a bit. More ugly stuff can be washed out of the brain, and your brain doesn’t have to fight against this garbage to function the next day.
  2. A crucial part of memory retaining is the transfer of information from short term to long term memory, which, you guessed it, only happens when you’re asleep. Your brain sorts out information it gathered through the day and puts what’s important in long term memory, the rest being discarded. Without sleep, you’re going to have a hard time remembering things.
  3. Research shows your brain cannot make new brain cells to replace the dead ones when you’re sleep deprived. Take out neurons little by little for each day you spend in sleep deprivation, and suddenly the high number of nerve cells doesn’t seem all that insurmountable.
  4. Without adequate replenishment and cleaning, your brain as well as body are fighting a losing battle. Sleep and immune function are closely related, as studies point out. Low sleep means you’re going to be more susceptible to coughs and colds, as well as more dire infections. With disease comes monetary and mental exertion, which results in stress and further lack of sleep, making a self perpetuating cycle.

 

It’s not always your fault either. It can be the traffic on the street outside your house that’s keeping you from sleeping well with its noise, or the nightclub nearby. Many have trouble logging off the internet, and so their minds are alert to the sounds of any vibrations or notification tones it might hear, even in sleep. Sometimes, it might just be a smelly or dented mattress that’s not keeping you comfortable while you sleep, or the temperature of the room that’s all wrong.

 

Urgent Corrections to Follow

 

It can be hard to follow the 8 hour schedule, especially since it is not valid for everyone’s bodily needs. Just as many people wake up groggy from too much sleep as those who wake up under-rested. A rule of thumb is to allow yourself to wake up when you’re satisfied with your sleep. If you wake up groggy or have a slow brain day more often than twice a week, it can be that you’re not well rested.

 

Get thick blinds and invest in soundproofing to keep the outside noise outdoors. Clean your existing mattress or buy a better one you will easily get various mattress reviews online. Set the thermostat to a temperature your body is comfortable with when it’s resting. You can crank it up or down later. Most importantly, switch to airplane mode before flying off to dreamland.

 

Your brain needs its sleep to keep your body in order, as well as to make sure you don’t lose your job due to low performance, get a bad cold or get long term illnesses like depression or Alzheimer’s. It is worth the time to get adequate sleep.

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5 Indicators Why You Might Need Rhinoplasty Revision

By, Dr. Vincent Marin

5 Indicators Why You Might Need Rhinoplasty Revision

Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most complicated procedures performed in the cosmetic arena. As a result, it is one of the procedures where we see the highest percentage of revisionary surgery. Some surgeons even specialize exclusively in revisionary rhinoplasty surgery alone. Thus, it is very important to do your homework and choose your surgeon wisely to reduce the risk of needing a second operation.

  1. Too much or too little was removed from your nose. Most patients requesting a rhinoplasty surgery want a smaller and more refined nose. In years past, surgeons over aggressively removed cartilage and bone from the nose leaving a pinched appearance with a constricted airway. The situation frequently led to the need for revisionary surgery. Some surgeons who were too conservative also have left too much tissue behind. This is an easier situation to remedy, but still requires a secondary operation. The goal of a successful rhinoplasty is to remove just enough to enhance the appearance of the nose while still providing sufficient support to maintain an open airway. Every patient is different and an experienced surgeon is required to assess the situation and choose the most effective treatment.
  2. Rhinoplasty is a surgery of millimeters – literally. Every millimeter makes a difference in rhinoplasty, and thus even the smallest discrepancy can be evident after surgery. If the nose does not appear perfect on the operating table, or as close to perfect as one can make it, it is likely to become an issue after surgery. Thus, you want to choose a physician who appreciates the intricacy of rhinoplasty surgery.
  3. Scar tissue is frequently the enemy in rhinoplasty. Once a surgeon has finished his/her surgery, they lose control of the operation. What this means is that the presence of scar tissue can distort or pull on the underlying bone and cartilage framework after the surgery is complete. Thus, there can be warping or movement of the tissues as a result of scar tissue contraction. This is normally evident several months after the conclusion of your surgery, and is not normally a result of an improperly performed surgery. If this does occur, frequently a revisionary surgery is required.
  4. You are a perfectionist. We frequently see patients who are requesting a rhinoplasty to be very detailed in their assessment of what is wrong with their nose before surgery. As a result, they frequently will search out any abnormalities, no matter how slight, after surgery. No surgeon can get a perfect result, and almost certainly there will become imperfections in the nose after the conclusion of even the best rhinoplasty. The goal in rhinoplasty is a significant improvement in one’s appearance, better balance and refinement and achieving the patient’s aesthetic goals – not perfection. Thus, it is important to accept this fact prior to undergoing any surgical procedure as we as surgeons do not have magic wands.
  5. You may have chosen the wrong doctor. It is important to make sure that your doctor has significant experience in rhinoplasty surgery. Many doctors, even well trained plastic and facial plastic surgeons, do not get enough experience with rhinoplasty, and as a result, have a higher revision rate. Additionally, your doctor could be either not be Board Certified or Certified in the wrong specialty. In most states, ANYONE who is licensed to perform ANY surgical procedures can legally perform cosmetic surgery – as long as they went to a weekend course, pay a fee and have a couple procedures supervised. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and Facial Plastic Surgeons rigorously train for 5-7 years to learn the intricacies of these procedures, detailed anatomy, the proper finesse, and the management of any complications.

Do your homework before you decide to have any cosmetic surgical procedure.

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Short Bio: Dr. Vincent Marin is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and the founder of Marin Aesthetics, serving at La Jolla, California and the greater San Diego area. Dr. Marin specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body.

What People Forget When They Are Trying To Lose Weight

What People Forget When They Are Trying To Lose Weight

There might come a time in your life when you decide you want to lose some weight. It might be that you have put on some weight, or you might be suffering from health issues due to the extra pounds. So you want to lose some weight to get back in good health. But a lot of people make errors when it comes to shifting weight. In fact, here are some things people forget when they are trying to lose weight.

Not to put too much pressure on yourself

It’s so easy to pile on the pressure when it comes to losing weight. After all, you might have a specific goal in mind of how much weight you want to shift, and when you want to lose the amount by. After all, it might be a particular vacation or event you are losing weight for. Therefore, you can try extra hard to ensure you shift the weight. But if you are putting too much pressure on yourself, you are going to struggle to shift the pounds. After all, stress can make your body produce more cortisol. And this can make you very hungry, so you will keep eating lots due to this stress. Therefore, you need to reduce the pressure on yourself to ensure you do start losing weight. It will put your body back in order to enable you to start losing the pounds.

Everybody is different

A lot of girls follow others when it comes to losing weight. For instance, they see their friends quickly shifting the pounds so want to follow their lead. Or they see their favorite celebs losing weight quickly, and they can often try their diet. But it’s so important to remember that every girl is different. Therefore, just because your friend might be suddenly shifting the pounds quickly, you might not be the same. After all, it all can depend on your age, height and fitness level when you are trying to lose weight. And that celeb you aspire to be like might have an entirely different body shape to you. So she might find it a lot easier to lose weight. Therefore, remember that you need to lose weight in your own way. You might want to find a program which is right for your body. You can look online to find ones which can be customized like the Venus Factor weight loss program. They will work out meal plans which are right for your body, and then this is what you can eat on The Venus Factor. And you can then ensure you are losing weight healthily for your body!

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Losing weight is not a quick process

It’s easy to think that you can lose weight quickly. After all, we see plenty of diets which promise that you can shift the weight in a short amount of time. And we see celebs quickly reducing their size. But losing weight is not a quick process. If you want sustainable weight loss, it can take months to shift the pounds. Therefore, you need to remember there is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. And just take your time to ensure you make a long-term change in your body!

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And remember that exercise and diet are both just as equally important when it comes to weight loss!

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What’s Causing Your Debilitating Joint Pains?

What’s Causing Your Debilitating Joint Pains?

 

Joint pain is no laughing matter. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s a cry for help, a scream of agony, and a warning that if you don’t do something soon, the damage could be long-lasting and affect your daily activities. Joint pains can be particularly painful and annoying to deal with because they impact your ability to move around and get things done. Nothing’s worse than trying to get up and down the steps, only to stall midway because your knees suddenly give in. However, there are many different types of joint pain and it’s impossible to go through all of them and give advice. We can, however, go through some of the more common types of joint pain and how to relieve it.

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Arthritis

Arthritis is actually an umbrella term for many different types of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Treatments usually depend on what type of arthritis you have, but medication such as Caruso’s arthritis supplements can help you ease the pains and also prevent you from further injuring your points. However, if your arthritis is severe and debilitating, you’ll need to visit your doctor to determine what type it is and how to treat it. Osteoarthritis, for instance, is pain that is the result of typical wear and tear of the joints and therapy, exercise and medication are required to treat it. Arthritis is common when you’re ageing, but it can also happen as a result of repetitive strain and overworking your body.

Flu

Influenza can cause a number of varying symptoms depending on the severity. Sometimes the effects can be negligible, but at other times the flu can be devastating and completely shut down your regular activities. In some cases, the symptoms can be so severe that it will cause vomiting, diarrhea or even joint pains. If you suspect you have influenza, then it’s important to get plenty of rest, drink a lot of water and take over-the-counter medication to deal with the pain. Painkillers can also help reduce the pressure on your joints, but rest will be the main determining factor.

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Fibromyalgia

This is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain. Symptoms include painful joints, stiffness and a tender feeling at certain joints in the body. Fibromyalgia can also cause fatigue or increase your sensitivity to pain, and you might have difficulty sleeping as a result of it. In some cases, the condition can also lead to bowel problems and frequent stomach pains. Fibromyalgia happens for unknown reasons, but it’s usually linked to stressful situations such as giving birth, injury or infection. It’s commonly treated with medication, but therapy can also help to reduce your stress and lifestyle changes are always welcome.

Summary

Joint pains can happen for a number of reasons and it’s important to identify what is actually causing the pain before you take over-the-counter medication in an attempt to remedy it. It could make your symptoms worse if you misdiagnose the condition, and this may lead to further complications.

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How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

 

For many people, yoga is the one thing that keeps them healthy – body, mind and soul. While it is all about finding the time to slow down, be still, and listen to your inner self, a lot of us just don’t have as much time as we would like to head down to the yoga studio. Have you ever thought how much simpler life would be if you could just create your own personal yoga studio? Here is a simple guide on how to create a designated yoga corner at home.

Do I need a yoga space at home?

Having a yoga space at home is not just a matter of convenience. Sure, sometimes when you are tired after work, or it’s raining outside, you just don’t feel like leaving home and heading down to the studio. But it’s not just about what is easy. Don’t be discouraged thinking your home is just too small. Your studio doesn’t even have to take up an entire room. Just choose one corner of a room where you feel pleasant. It could be in your bedroom, living room, or, if you enjoy fresh air, even your garden. Your yoga corner will affect the energy of the space making you feel calmer whenever you see it. It will also remind you to take the time to practice and meditate more often.

Prepare your space

Whether you have chosen an entire room, a rarely used corner or the outdoors, your first step should be not to add objects, but to declutter. Yoga is all about clarity and the free flow of energy. Too many objects, especially inconsequential ones, will staunch this energy flow. For optimal energy, you can consult the rules of Feng Shui. Take a look at your space: anything that distracts you and disturbs your sense of clarity and calm needs to go. For starters, clear out all the mess and all unnecessary objects, and get quality gym flooring.

Decorate and supply

Apart from your yoga mat, there’s very little supplies that you actually need. Depending on the type of yoga you practice, you might also need beads, a pillow or a singing bowl. If you like meditating to certain sounds, relaxing music, or practice guided meditation, try to set up your sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible. You could paint the walls a soothing color, or choose a corner by the window if you feel that looking out the window helps you stay connected to nature and your environment.

Finishing touches

Choose the details you want to add carefully and sparingly. Don’t give in to temptation to clutter the space again. Choose a few details that you love seeing and that will instantly help your mind go into a meditative state. A lot of people choose a potted plant and perhaps a drawing or a painting that speaks to them. A small statue of Buddha is also found at plenty of home studios. If you have children and would like to teach them how to practice mindfulness too, you could make calming glitter jars together and keep them in your home yoga studio as well.

Having your own tiny studio, or even just a corner of your home where you can practice or meditate could help you use your time to the fullest, even when you are too busy or tired to leave home. Actually, setting up this space doesn’t take too much money or effort at all, and it will bring you many relaxing hours enjoying the calming, beneficial effects of yoga at your own home.

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