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7 Ways To Keep Your Skin Glowing Through Winter

The hot summer sun can take its toll on our skin. Sun exposure and sweat can damage and irritate your skin leaving it looking weathered. You might think you’re off the hook now that Fall is approaching, but extremely cold weather can dry out your skin leaving it dull. You can keep your skin glowing all winter long by following a few simple tips during the cold weather!

7. Keep Humid

Turning up the heat will keep you nice and toasty, but it can also dry out your skin. One of the best ways to combat the effects of indoor heating is to use a humidifier. A humidifier will moisten the dry air in your living space, clearing your sinuses, and keeping your skin smooth and supple.

6. Hydrate

H2O is always a good idea. Cold winter days are no excuse to neglect your water consumption. If you don’t feel like drinking a tall glass of icy cold water, room temperature water will do the trick. Drinking enough water (about 8 glasses a day) is not only great for your skin, it also helps detox your body, prevents headaches and supports weight loss. Keep a water bottle with you (and set reminder alarms if you have to) so you don’t forget to drink it!

5. Mask It

Dedicate some real time to moisturizing, whether it’s by using high quality (all natural) skin care products or by using DIY methods. Always try to use natural moisturizers such as aloe, avocado, and coconut oil.

4. Exfoliate

Wind, rain and snow can really take a toll on your face during winter. Regular exfoliation will prevent impurities and dead cells from dulling your glow. If you don’t get rid of those dead cells your face won’t absorb your moisturizer or other skin products. For glowing skin, make exfoliation your new winter habit by taking the time once or twice a week to renew your skin.

3. Cover It

Make an effort to protect your skin from the harsh climate as much as possible. Wear scarves and gloves at all times when you’re outside, especially on windy days. One thing to remember during winter is that even though it’s cold the sun can still damage your skin. Wearing sunscreen on particularly sunny winter days will prevent sun damage.

2. Mind Your fabrics

This is particularly important for those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis: be mindful of the fabrics you’re wearing. Also be aware of the detergents you use to do your laundry. Your skin is particularly sensitive in extreme weather, and using certain detergents or wearing harsh fabrics like wool might trigger an allergy or bouts of acne.

1. Moisturize

Wash your face with lukewarm water when you come in from the cold and moisturize right after washing to keep your face from drying out from the cold. You’ll feel so much more comfortable and your skin will love you for it!

What’s your favorite winter skincare secret? Tell us in the comments below.

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7 Ways to Eliminate Stress

There’s an expression that I repeat to myself during times of trouble: “Worrying is like wishing for something bad to happen.” When everyday problems become overwhelming they can often lead to chronic worrying. Our worrying then manifests into feelings of anxiousness and hasty decisions which only make matters worse. If we have the right tools though, we can manage our worrying and avoid panic mode, which will ultimately lead us to better, more creative solutions to whatever is weighing on us.

If you’re looking for a way to put some distance between you and our worries, here are 7 great tips to find some inner peace and calm:

7. Breathe

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It’s basic advice, but the fact is that breathing deeply can help oxygenate your blood, and it has shown to lower cortisol levels, chemically helping your body deal with stress and anxiety.

 

6.Cuddle

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There’s scientific evidence to show that hugging has some great health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, boosting oxytocin, and increasing serotonin and endorphin levels. In fact, hugs can even strengthen your immune system. Plus a warm embrace can have positive psychological effects such as helping you feel safe and improving your self-esteem.

5. Let it out

Part of the reason we let ourselves be consumed by feelings of shame or not wanting to burden others with our problems. Confiding in others can do wonders to alleviate stress. If you’re not crazy about sharing, another way to let your feelings out, and ultimately organize your thoughts, is by writing them down. Journaling is a very effective way to emotionally unload without sacrificing your privacy.

4. Jam away your troubles

Music can have soothing effects on your body and brain. It can also improve your immune system, and help you get motivated for the gym or other activities. While slow serene music can be great for quiet meditation, blasting your favorite tunes of any genre can also help you blow off some steam and release tension. Dance around your house, or sing your heart out in the shower!

3. Trade coffee for tea

When you’re particularly stressed, swap your coffee for tea. While coffee can actually spike your blood pressure leading to more stress and anxiety, green tea will energize you without making you anxious and irritable. Try brewed green tea or matcha for a steadier and more relaxed boost.

2. Shake it, baby

Sometimes we’re so used to sitting for hours in front of the computer that we fail to realize the negative effects a sedentary lifestyle can have on us. Getting up and exercising, even if it’s just walking a couple of blocks to buy a salad, can release endorphins. Some fresh air will also do wonders for a bad mood.

1. Eat and sleep right

Eating and sleeping are two of the best ways you can care for yourself. Eating when you’re hungry, and keeping a regular sleeping schedule will allow your body to recharge so you can tackle problems with a level head. Proper self-care begins with basics and if you’re nourished and well-rested, you’ll be able to handle whatever life throws at you.

When you feel like stress is getting the best of you, make time for yourself with these different techniques. There are things you won’t be able to control, but you can shift the focus on what you can do to best cope with the things that make life feel overwhelming. Namaste!

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5 Workout Videos That Actually Work (No Special Equipment Required)

 

Not everyone can make time for the gym and gym memberships can be costly. Even if you have a gym membership there are times when you want to switch it up a little. If you’re looking for some great free workout videos that you can do at home, here are 5 of our favorites. Whether you’re looking to burn fat, build muscle or even deep stretching these videos will definitely have you feeling the burn!

32 Minute Home Cardio Workout with No Equipment

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Prepare for some intense cardio condensed into a short period of time to give you a little boost and keep you motivated. This video might be a little intense for beginners!

Power Yoga

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Finding a good and affordable yoga studio can be tricky. With this one-hour Power Yoga video, you can get some of the best benefits of yoga practice in the comfort of your own home, including stretching, strength building and even cardio. Altogether, this workout provides amazing upper body targeting.

Yoga for Your Butt

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Work on your yoga butt with this fantastic, yoga-inspired workout for your glutes. Created for the busy person without hours of time to spare, this 20-minute workout is a quick way to keep your glutes toned and strong.

Brazilian Butt Lift Workout

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This 25-minute video is deceptively intense: it might say it’s for beginners, but it might be challenging for beginners: you will definitely feel your muscles burning and you’ll probably be sore the next day. This is a great butt-and-leg-toning workout.

5 Minute Fix Upper Body Workout

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If all you’ve got to spare is five minutes of your time, this video is a great way to crush a quick workout. Targeting your upper body, this can be a fantastic quick fix when you feel like you’re spending too much time sitting in front of the computer at work. You can also repeat the sequences for a longer upper body workout.

When it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, these videos can help you get in a quick fitness fix. Remember, every bit helps and even a small workout can make a huge difference in your mood and energy levels.

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5 Reasons You Should Never Count Another Calorie

We use the word calorie to measure the amount of energy provided by each food and drink we consume. Many diets are based on balancing the number of calories consumed with the number of calories burned through physical activity.

Historically, we’ve based our diets on calorie intake, taking careful note of the calories we consume, and organizing our diets and “cheat meals” around the idea that calories, regardless of where they come from, have the ability to “make or break” fitness results.

Anyone who is or has ever been a calorie-counter knows the effort and time it takes to be vigilant, the pain of carefully portioning out 3 cashews or 2 m&ms when we want to reward ourselves.

The trouble is, often times these calorie deprivation diets don’t work, because they’re just not sustainable. Even though you’ll probably see some results when you obsess over your calorie intake, these results are usually temporary.

Here are 5 reasons why you should never count calories again:

5. Low in calories does not equal healthy:

The idea behind counting calories is that you’ll get the same amount of energy from a cookie or a carrot, provided they both have the same caloric content. While an unhealthy food and a healthy one can have the exact same amount of calories, that’s not the only thing your body takes into account during metabolism: bad quality calories do not provide the same nutrients or energy.

While a small portion of unhealthy foods (like potato chips) can have as many calories as a healthy snack (like baby carrots), they don’t provide nearly the same nutritional value. You might be staying well within your caloric allowance, but you’re also feeding your body with low-quality calories that won’t give you the necessary energy, and also will not keep you satisfied for very long. You’ll find yourself hungry again in no time.

4. Caloric absorption is not universal:

The body does not absorb every single calorie it consumes, and there are some foods that offer very little nutrients that your body can absorb. The amount of calories your body absorbs also depends greatly on your individual gut bacteria, and varies from person to person. Individual people have individual caloric needs and there is no universal “magic number” of calories one should consume.

3. You’re probably eating more calories than you think:

Food companies take a lot of liberties when it comes to estimating calorie content in their packages. Due to the fact that there are five different methods to do this calculation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually allows up to 20% inaccuracy when it comes to caloric count in products. In other words, if something is marked as having 150 calories, the true caloric content can be anywhere between 130 and 180 calories.

Calories vary when you cook foods, so that’s another change to take into account when obsessively looking at food labels. It’s always better to eat whole foods that have not been processed so you know the quantity and quality of calories you’re putting into your body.

2. Starving yourself won’t make you lose weight:

A lot of people looking to lose weight quickly end up going on crash diets with drastic calorie deprivation of as little as 1,000 calories a day. Not only will that leave you feeling hungry and without energy all day long, it will also send the wrong message to your body: needing sustenance, your body will look for it elsewhere, and burn muscle instead of fat. It will also slow down your metabolism and take up every last ounce of fat it can find in every bit of food you do eat, all while you’re feeling cranky and miserable. It’s just not worth it.

1. Your body is wiser than your calculator:

When you fill up with the right foods, such as leafy greens, grains, and even grass-fed beef, your body will feel full no matter the number of calories you consumed. The safest bet is listening to what your body is telling you instead of trying to maintain a rigid diet based on misguided assumptions about calorie intake. The healthiest approach to fitness is eating moderate portions of high-quality calories often, that way your blood sugar levels are steady and you don’t end up depriving yourself and then binging.

 

There’s more to calories than the number, and merely counting them won’t help you reach your long-term fitness goals. The best approach is to choose whole foods containing high-quality calories that will nourish you.

 

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Life Hacks For Better Health

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We all know fad diets never work. If you’re cutting out entire food groups or depriving yourself in order to lose weight, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Simply put, dieting is not sustainable. If you want to get fit and be healthy, you’ll have to change your habits permanently. The good news is that you can drastically improve your health through some small changes. Here are some super simple life hacks for better health that will help you feel your best.

Read on For Some Easy Life Hacks For Better Health

Choose water instead of soda.

Sugary soft drinks are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes, plus they’re loaded with empty calories and, often, chemicals. A couple of glasses of coca cola and a caramel macchiato can easily push the limits of your recommended daily calorie intake. Reach for water instead and you’d be surprised how many calories you can cut from your daily intake.

Reduce your alcohol consumption.

This is a biggie. Not only does booze have loads of calories, it also prevents your liver from processing fat properly. Also, you probably may have noticed a tendency to make poor eating decisions under the influence. Therefore, reducing your alcohol consumption to a couple of drinks a week is a life hack for better health that will get you closer to your fitness goals, faster.

Don’t complicate things.

Steer clear of diets that come with complex lists of what you can and cannot eat. Instead, keep it simple by eating real, whole foods. Make sure you’re eating mostly plants and lean proteins like chicken or fish. Keep your carbs complex by choosing sweet potatoes, quinoa or brown rice, and stick to healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds.

Understand that fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat.

If you’re opting for “low fat” but loaded with synthetic ingredients (like a lot of the prepackaged “diet food” available), you might be doing more harm than good. Snack on healthy fats, like almonds, avocados, and full-fat (unsweetened yogurt).

Limit your access to unhealthy snacks.

Plenty of studies have identified sugar as being extremely addictive. That also applies to simple carbohydrates that immediately turn to glucose in your body. So if you’re trying to create healthier habits, it’s probably not a great idea to keep sweets at home. Studies also suggest that our cravings for starch and sugar increase at night so don’t set yourself up for failure with a pantry full of potato chips and chocolate pudding!

Instead, Prep healthy snacks and keep them around for when hunger strikes.

Fruit, unsweetened yogurt, nuts and seeds, cut veggies and homemade hummus are great options. Prep your healthy snacks in advance so they’re ready to eat as soon as you’re hungry.

Increase your H20 intake.

Keeping yourself properly hydrated can change your life. It can help burn fat and boost energy levels. Plus, studies have revealed that hunger and thirst trigger the same kinds of signals in your brain, so more water might help curb hunger. This is one of the simplest life hacks for better health you can incorporate into your lifestyle. Try to keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and if you’re having trouble remembering to drink enough, you can always set an alarm to remind you. Most health professionals recommend about 2 liters of water a day.

Get enough sleep.

Studies show that sleep deprivation and obesity are closely linked. Other studies have found that insufficient sleep causes an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Giving yourself eight hours of sleep a night will decrease your cravings for unhealthy food and help keep your hormones and blood sugar levels balanced.

What are your favorite life hacks for better health? What habits do you follow to help you make healthier choices? Tell us in the comments below.