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Simple Guide to Sexy Legs

December 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Care

Unfortunately, most women have to think twice before sporting a sexy mini, thanks to cellulite, varicose veins and excess fat. But you can proudly flaunt your limbs too; just follow this guide.

Beauty Tricks

Brush off cellulite: The hormone oestrogen is partly to blame for fatty deposits, as well as lack of exercise and poor circulation.

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So give nature a helping hand with a body brush.

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In the shower, massage your calves and thighs with a brush that has rounded teeth. Have a close shave: Waxing is all very well, but the easiest and cheapest way to keep legs fuzzfree is with a razor. Shave downwards in the direction that the hair grows, then upwards for a close finish. Prevent ingrowth by massaging with an exfoliating cloth every day.

Food for Firmer Pins

Beat salt: A high salt diet is known to cause fluid retention, so ditch sodium-rich foods such as crisps, ready meals and Chinese take-out. Eat away the bumps: Oily fish such as salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel are packed with omega-3 fats, which help the body shift flab while maintaining muscle tone. Get your greens: Spinach, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables help beat cellulite. Oats so simple: Tucking into oats in the form of porridge or cereal each morning can help beat the bloat. This is because they’re packed with soluble fibre, which boosts digestion and encourages the body to eliminate excess fluid.

Limb-Honinb Exercise Moves

Squat for slimmer thighs:

Try these ball squats everyday…

  1. Place a full water bottle on the floor with feet wide apart.
  2. Bend down and pick up bottle up.
  3. Bend again, place bottle on floor.
  4. Repeat in sets of six.

Skip for better Shape
Skipping with a rope for 10 minutes every other day is a great way to create some attractive curves, not to mention it’s a fun exercise.

Fashion Fixes

Get high and waisted: Skirts, shorts and cuffed pants that sit high on your waist will make your legs look longer and your bottom trimmer.

Be well-heeled: Strappy sandals visually cut the leg at the ankle and make it look shorter. Go for pumps and strappy sandals with no ankle straps.

Raise your hemline: If you don’t love your legs it can be tempting to hide them under calf-length skirts or shorts. But cuts that end on the widest part of your calf actually make your legs look thicker. So try and avoid that pitfall. Hemlines that end an inch or two above the knee create the illusion of slimmer legs without flashing too much thigh. Just the thing that you want.
Choose neutral shoes: To elongate the line of your legs, choose shoes in a neutral colour that’s similar to your natural skin tone. Actually, these days, you can even find sandals with sheer straps. Otherwise you can try pearl, beige, tan and brown. Even metallics make the legs look like they go on forever. Silver works for those with fair skin, while those with tanned or wheatish complexion can try bronze and silver

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Benefits of Stretching

December 25, 2009 by  
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An ideal fitness routine comprises of exercises to improve cardiovascular efficiency, create muscular strength and endurance along with improved suppleness .Flexibility exercises are those that serve to keep the joints flexible ,especially the vertebral column and its various sections.

Stretching independently or as a part of a fitness routine has many beneficial effects that can be felt even during exercises themselves. In order to understand the benefits of stretching or flexibility exercises, it is essential to understand how the various body tissues are nourished .

What happens when you stretch?

As in case of muscles which recieve their nutrients directly via the vascular system through rapid exchange rhythm ,there is no such active supply system for cartilage tissues covering the ends of bones in joints .Cartilage instead is fed by the migration of particles from the joint fluid surrounding it ,know as the synovial fluid . To be able to absorb the synovial fluid optimally, the cartilage has recourse to an alteration of pressure and suction forces.

It is precisely this regular rhythmic exchange optimizing the supply to the cartilage that is achieved with the flexibility exercises . Indulging in regular stretching exercises leads to enhanced cartilage nutrition and loosening up of all the connective tissues . While performing stretching exercises both outward and inward concentration is necessary.

Remember these stretching tips when doing the following exercises:

  • Always warm up before stretching. Warming up gives your body a chance to deliver plenty of nutrient rich blood to areas about to be exercised, which warms the muscles and lubricates the joints
  • Do not bounce or bob when you stretch — not only is this not effective, but you could injure yourself.
  • Take each stretch slow to the point where tension can be felt, but not pain.
  • Never stretch torn or injured muscles unless you have consulted with your doctor.
  • Hold each stretch for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Always complete each stretch for both sides of your body, when applicable.
  • Always cool down and relax after a stretching routine. By cooling down, you can help prevent injuries and muscle soreness from your workout.
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Little Goes A Long Way

December 19, 2009 by  
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Obese People

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.[2] Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused solely by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness. Evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited; on average obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

It’s is not easy for anyperson to lose weight quickly let alone an obese person, but a recent study proves that even those who lose little weight by portion control (essentially eat less) and exercising regularly better their cardiovascular health.

“Losing 20 or so pounds might seem daunting to some people, but we showed that even a more modest weight loss can yield heart and vascular benefits,” says study co-author Lisa de las Fuentes. “You don’t necessarily need to lose 50 pounds to improve your heart function,” added Fuentes, cardiologist at Washington University School of Medicine-St. Louis.

The researchers studied 60 moderately obese people, aged between 22 and 64 years. The subjects were instructed to eat low-calorie diets and to exercise for about three and a half hours per week, principally walking. On  an average, they lost weight for about six months, reaching a maximum loss of nine percent body weight or 22 pounds.

Maximum cardiovascular benefit lagged behind weight loss, with the greatest improvement coming six to 12 months after the study began.

Here are some facts about Obesity and how it affects our life:

  • Nearly two-thirds of men and one half of women are obese or overweight
  • Obesity is 2nd largest cause of cancer after smoking
  • Obese people on average live 9 years less

Additional Reading: F as in Fat 2009 – Trust for America’s Health

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Redirect the Aging Process and Remain Young Forever!

December 15, 2009 by  
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Yoga rides on the belief – “a person’s age is determined by the flexibility of the spine rather than the years”. Through regular practice of yoga, the spine flexibility is increased, muscle tension is removed, the skin is toned up and poor postures are rectified. Yoga has the ability of taking years from the ace and adding years to one’s life.

Most people tend to hold in patterns of tension emerging from daily stress, lack of exercise, bad posture or other grim habits. These patterns make us stiff thus freezing many of our movements. As everything in a human body is connected, stiffness and restricted movements in turn affects our mental flexibility, interfering with our thoughts and our physical actions.

YogaThere is no doubt about the fact that Yoga is one of the best remedy to remain young. Not only will it help to improve your health but it will also help to make you look a lot younger. Yoga exercise routines improve blood circulation and circulation is an important factor in maintaining good skin. By maintaining a better skin condition you will inherently look a lot younger as poor skin condition is one of the sure signs that you are aging. The increased circulation that is brought about from Yoga raises the temperature of the blood and pushes it towards the surface of the skin.

In doing so it carries more oxygen and nutrients to the skin giving you a healthier glowing complexion.

Through regular practice of yoga, especially the inverted postures, the gravitational effect is reversed, resulting in reduction of facial wrinkles, and improving skin tone, giving it a natural glow. The inverted yoga posture is also believed to prevent premature graying of hair, because while adopting such a posture, the blood circulation to the scalp is increased. Also during this posture, the pressure exerted on the blood vessels on the neck is removed, and hence the blood flow to the scalp is doubly increased.

Doing the correct asana will help you to achieve and maintain a better posture. Yoga not only helps with the elasticity of your body through stretching the muscles but it also improves your strength and posture as well as helping you to achieve a better state of mind and relaxation.

The transformation impact of yoga on the nervous system, results in a positive mental and emotional attitude. Regular practitioners of yoga usually feel more enthusiastic, optimistic and creative, and as they get older, they begin to develop an ageless appearance.

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15 Video Tips for Staying Fit AT Work

December 12, 2009 by  
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The last thing most of us want to do when finished with the work day is go to the gym. Now you don’t have to make that trek with these 15 tips for staying fit all within the confines of your workspace.

Workouts are best when seen rather than read. Watch these videos on pilates, yoga, running, and more.

  1.  Can Ten Minutes Change Your Life?: Dr. Toni Yancey of UCLA’s School of Public Health says that even ten minutes a day can be a trigger for more lasting healthy changes. In this interview for NPR, this new micro exercise movement is discussed, along with its benefits.
  2. Jillian Michaels’ Mini Workouts: From internationally renowned trainer Jillian Michaels come this series of short workout videos. Many of these can be performed in a short time, with little or no equipment. Get workouts for your arms, legs, abs, and much more.
  3. How to Do Office Yoga: Lena Koontz had been studying and teaching yoga for over ten years. In these free how to videos, you’ll learn tips and techniques for yoga stretching exercises you can do in the office. With 17 in the series, you can find poses for your neck, shoulders, spine, wrist, legs, and more to relieve stress at your desk.
  4. Desk Pilates: Complete Workout: Do pilates like a pro without leaving your desk. Instructor Eleanor Gomez demonstrates a simple workout that will help prevent repetitive strain injury, strengthen your spine, and make sitting, working, and playing more comfortable.
  5. Resolution Solution: This series of workout videos is ideal for those who want to build rather than maintain an exercise routine. For those who would like a simple workout, start with strength and toning which can be done at the office or home. Those who would like more have the option to build a more complex routine.
  6. 15-Minute Desk Workout: Coach Nicole shows you this simple workout without the need for exercise equipment. She shows you exercise techniques using only your weight and a stationary chair. You can also get a print out of this routine to take to work.
  7. How to Massage Away a Headache: One of the most common ailments of the workplace is a headache. Learn these simple techniques from a licensed massage therapist to avoid or relieve a headache.
  8. 4 Minute Death Squat Workout: For advanced users only, this brief workout will have beginners straining. It is a continual set of power squats for four minutes. Those who can master this workout can expect a leaner, toner lower body.
  9. Packed Purses can Cause Neck Pain: Learn how to avoid this common problem for women who carry heavy purses, or men who carry hefty bags. Doctors and experts weigh in on this problem, as well as offer alternatives.
  10. Desk Stretch: Trainer Kendell Hogan from ExerciseTV shows you this technique. Whether at work or at home, use these easy and effective exercises to stretch and rejuvenate throughout the day. Perfect when waiting for large downloads or a slow printer.
  11. Tricep Dips: Cindy shows you how to do this simple exercise using just a chair. In this short video, you will learn how to tighten and strengthen your upper arms.
  12. One Mile Walk: Have a free lunch hour? Then learn how to pack the most into a short walk with boosters. There are also links to videos for more advanced walkers going for two or three miles.
  13. The Center Space Ten Minute Lunch Break: This ten minute lesson gives you simple yet effective pilates exercises. Abdominals are focused on, as well as other areas. There is also a link to the second part of this workout.
  14. How to do Basic Deskercise: This short video will teach you how to maximize your downtime or lunch hour. It will teach you simple stretching and breathing exercises. It also has tips to relieve the stress of staring at a computer screen.
  15. Lose Weight on Your Lunch Break: Megan shows you how to do a fast, effective workout you can do in one hour. In this short video, she shows you how to do various sprints. You can also learn how to do rowing, along with other exercises for those who can sneak to the gym during lunch.

Whether you are just starting a workout routine or developing an existing one, these 50 entries will have you doing everything from exercising to eating better to relieving stress in no time

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