The Beauty Benefits of Working up a Sweat

No beauty product can quite replicate that post workout glow like a good sweaty work out can.

There are many health benefits of working up a sweat but lets focus on the beauty benefits for a sec:

  • It helps clear up your skin by opening your pores and releasing toxins, oil and bacteria that can get caught in them and would otherwise cause a breakout!
    HOWEVER it is important to note that you should always wash your face ASAP after a good sweat sesh. Letting the sweat sit on your skin will just send all that oil and gunk back into your pores and cause more breakouts or skin irritations.
  • It releases endorphin’s which help decrease cortisol (the stress hormone) this is important as stress can lead to breakouts and premature aging.
  • It helps your body produce more collagen which is a protein that keeps your skin looking firm and young.
  • It sends oxygenated blood to your face/ skin which keeps your skin glowing for hours after a workout.

Tell us in the comments, what’s your favourite way to work up a sweat?

Here’s How To Start A Work Out Routine From Scratch

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I am big on doing things that make your heart happy. I am also big on doing things that make your heart healthy.

If there is anything I am realizing from watching my friends hit their late 20’s and my parents hit their fifties it is that working out isn’t an option.

Forget the physical aspect of things (even though it is an incredible bonus)-working out will reap you the best benefits internally.

Yes your skin will look great, your abs will start to peak through and you will feel confident in your little black dress but there is so many more benefits.

Want to look younger longer? Work out.

Want to be one of those ninety year old people that can keep up with their grandkids? Work out.

Want to avoid having health issues that hold you back from living life to the fullest? Work out.

It is obvious that working out is a habit so in order to make it a part of your life you need to discover the secret to creating a healthy habit.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Don’t make ridiculous expectations of yourself.

Haven’t worked out in five years? Don’t force yourself to go to the gym seven days a week. Look yourself in the mirror and say, this week I will work out ONE DAY. Get yourself to wherever your work out spot is for that one day and then get back to your mirror and say, I’m going to work out ONE DAY next week.

Have you ever tried to diet? At the beginning of the day it’s easy to eat a clean breakfast and lunch. Sometimes you can even pull off a healthy dinner but then what happens around 9pm? You’re hungry and you want more. You end up eating everything sweet in your cupboard and feeling terrible about yourself.

The same thing will happen if you force yourself to work out everyday right at the beginning of your Get-Fit-Journey.

You might get yourself to the gym three days in a row but that habit isn’t their yet. After a few days you’ll find yourself avoiding the gym at all costs, making excuses and most importantly not enjoying yourself.

The same applies for any habit that you would like to add into your routine. When you force something that you aren’t used to it has potential to cause the entirely opposite effect.

You want to approach this habit with a sense of self love and respect. You love yourself enough to push your boundaries and tell yourself that it’s time to add this to your life.

You also love yourself enough not to force yourself to do something that you don’t completely love (yet) seven days a week.

Take a look back on the habits in your life that you have created and notice the ones that have stuck. Were they the ones that you forced day in and day out even though you despised them?

Chances are it is the ones that might have started slow but have now become a happy part of your life.

Make your heart happy, inside and out. Tell yourself that seven days from today you will have done something physical that will help you in the long run.

You can do it!

5 Best Exercises to Target Stubborn Lower Belly Fat

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Let’s face it one one of the hardest places to tone up on the female body is the lower abs. There seems to be so many great exercises and weight machines for the core and upper abs but that stubborn wobbly lower part of the abs seems to just want to hang around like a bad smell. The good news is that this no longer has to be a thing, popular YouTuber Blogilates is here to save the day (and our bellies) with 5 of the best lower ab moves you can do in 10 minutes.

Do this every day and you’ll start to have abs of steel in no time.

 

Dance Workouts You can do From the Privacy of Your Own Home!

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Some of the hottest celebrities swear by dance workouts to keep their bodies looking toned and terrific. Many victorias secret models swear by ballet classes to keep trim, actresses like Julianne Hough and Rosie Huntington Whitley like to do dace cardio to stay in top shape.  Singers JLo and Jordin Sparks love shake their booty’s at a Zumba class. The good news is you don’t have to be a celebrity with access to the worlds best trainers in order to do these workouts. Thanks to the internet and YouTube there are some great workout dance videos that you can do for free!

Now you can dance like no one is watching (because no one will be watching) and get a work out at the same time in the comfort of your own home!

Get your cardio and dance fix in just 10 minutes…

 

For the Hip Hop lovers…

 

Tone and dance at the same time and learn it from Gwenyth Paltrow’s personal trainer Tracey Anderson…

 

Make like a Victoria’s Secret Angel, get your leotard out and give Ballet a go…

 

Forget crunches and sit ups, blast your belly fat with this aerobic dance workout…

 

10 Insta Accounts to Follow for Health & Fitness Inspo

There is nothing like scrolling through instagram and coming across a photo of some delicious looking healthy food or a photo of a girl who’s body is so good it urges you to type #bodygoals to motivate you to get healthy and in shape. So we’ve found 10 of our favourite pages to get you feeling motivated every time you ‘re tempted to lay down and scroll through instagram instead of working out or making a healthy meal.

Claudia is a nutrition coach and personal trainer and is constantly posting photos of her workouts and group classes as well as drool-worthy healthy meals.

 

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Devin (left) is one half of the instagram account @abikiniaday which she shares with her bestie Tash Oakley (right) and considering Devin is photographed in a bikini everyday it is no surprise that her and Tash have amazing bodies and lead a very healthy and active lifestyle.

 

Jessica Sepel is a nutritionist and is always coming up with delicious healthy recipes which she shares images of on her instagram at least once a day. So if you’re not sure what to make for lunch or dinner just jump onto Jess’s instagram and you’ll be bombarded with delicious ideas.

 

Lee Holmes is an amazing recipe creator and has multiple cook books. She shares many photos of healthy meals from her cook book that will have you drooling over your phone.

 

 

Madeline Shaw is a health coach and yoga teacher, you’ll be inspired to get stronger in yoga then head to the kitchen to whip up a healthy smoothie after scrolling through her account.

 

 

You only have to take one look at Massy’s abs to know that she is the definition of #bodygoals. One look at her page and you’ll be inspired to take your workouts to the next level.

 

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Tara Stiles is the queen of yoga. her page not only shows her amazing yoga skills but she also posts photos of the people in her classes which will inspire you to keep your yoga routine up no matter what you skill level is.

 

 

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Meg Gillmer is one of my best friends and also one of the most inspiring people I know. She sets crazy cycle related goals for herself and never fails to achieve them. Her most recent one was completing 3 peaks in Victoria. Meg posts photos of her training and the wholesome food she chooses to fuel yourself with. One look at Meg’s account and you’ll want to jump on your bike and head to the hills ASAP.

 

This hilarious account posts vegan meals and are not afraid to tell you just how bloody good it is and why you should f*cken eat it. However, if you are not a fan of swearing this account may not be for you.

 

 

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Lola Berry (yes that is her real name) is a nutritionist and is always creating the most beautiful healthy recipes, she is also a major boho babe so you’ll get some great hair and fashion inspo from her as well.

 

 

Workout & Look Great with These Hairstyles That Will Take You From The Gym To Lunch

Fitness and going to the gym is now becoming so popular that it’s started a whole active wear trend which means you can get away with wearing your workout clothes at a social gathering like brunch. Which means you need a cute hairstyle to match your active-wear that is also practical enough to wear during your workout if do actually decide to put your active wear to good use and workout.

This stylish but practical braid will keep your hair from falling in your face
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This Bubble Ponytail Hairstyle is so easy to do and will stay in place perfectly.
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This reverse braid will stop those pesky little hairs at the nape of your neck from falling out.
A gorgeous bridal hairstyle!:

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This rope braid ponytail will give you the ultimate cool factor both at the gym and at brunch.
Perfect sleek hairstyles for any occasion, especially a workout!:

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The cutest high ponytail
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This ultra cool bun braid worn by Blake Lively.
Blake Lively's Workout Braid; the look is, essentially, a knot placed between every full rotation of a French braid.:

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This will stay in place even after the most vigorous workout.
Stylish Sporty Hairstyles for Workout:

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This is a cool twist on the traditional boxer braids.
Stylish Sporty Hairstyles for Workout

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You can never go wrong with a bubble ponytail.
Stylish Sporty Hairstyles for Workout

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This up-do is the perfect style for shot hair
Stylish Sporty Hairstyles for Workout

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This is a super cute style if you don’t feel like putting all of your hair up.
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The coolest way to keep your hair out of your face if you have super short hair

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This three bun style is the perfect way to keep your hair away from your face if you have very layered hair.
Best Workout Hairstyles - Hair Tips for the Gym | Teen Vogue:

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The Many Many Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar, cider vinegar, or ACV has been used for hundreds of years. It was originally used just for its healing properties, but it can also be incorporated into your everyday beauty and cleaning regime. I know it sounds like I work for an apple cider vinegar corporation, but I swear I don’t! I just love the stuff and if you read on you’ll see why.

Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the liquid of crushed apples which is then fermented until it turns into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar was largely used for its many health benefits and it has even been said that Hippocrates used it to heal his patients.

Some of the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar include:
  • Contains vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B6, E and pro-vitamin beta-carotene.
  • It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron and silicon.
  • Aids in weight loss by helping control your appetite and sugar cravings. Try having a teaspoon in warm water before each meal.
  • Helps digestion and can ease constipation due to the acid in it which helps break down food that may be hard to digest. It also helps kickstart a sluggish digestive system.
  • It helps balance the body’s alkaline levels. Read my article on why this is important here. It helps prevent the flu and also relieves sinus pressure and fights infections.
  • Anti inflammatory properties which can be very helpful for people with arthritis.
  • Helps to relieve gout, asthma and allergy symptoms.
  • It’s a great detox aid.
  • Increased energy.
  • Better sleep when taken with warm water and honey before bed.
  • Treats and prevents eczema; for this you can drink it, but also having a bath with 2 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar will help reduce eczema.
  • Disinfects wounds and soothes bug bites.
  • Helps to relax sore muscles when used in place of massage oil.
  • It can get rid of warts. Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar, put it on the wart with a band aid, leave overnight and continue until it is gone.

I have mentioned in the bullet points ways you can consume Apple Cider Vinegar but as a general rule try and have 2 teaspoon a day. I like to have 2 teaspoon with lemon juice and hot water every morning.

Another way to get Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet is by adding it to salad dressings. My personal favorite is 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, juice of half a lemon, 3 teaspoons olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Apple Cider Vinegaris great to use as a cleaning product as it is chemical free but still works as an antibacterial agent.

Some ways you can use it are:
  • Floor cleaner – Just mix 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with water in your mop bucket and clean away.
  • Bathroom and kitchen cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar and water and use it to remove and prevent mold and any grime build up.
  • Drain Cleaner – Mix ½ cup of salt and ½ cup baking soda together and pour it down the drain, then follow it by 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. These ingredients will work together to break down the blockage. Follow it with water after about 3 hours.
  • Use it to clean your fruit and vegetables by soaking them in the sink filled with water and 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar.
So how you can you use Apple Cider Vinegar as an inexpensive beauty product?
  • For shiny dandruff free hair use 1 tablespoon of ACV with 2 cups of water and rinse your hair with it 1-2 times a week.
  • Use it as a toner to balance your skin’s PH levels – soak a cotton ball in 2 teaspoons ACV mixed with 4 teaspoons water. Wipe it over your face and follow it with moisturizer.
  • Mix a few teaspoons with your body moisturiser to give you smooth skin.
  • Use it as an aftershave to soothe the skin. Mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 2 tablespoons water and splash it on the shaved area.
  • To soothe sunburn add 1 cup ACV to your bath to help relieve the pain.
  • Remove stains from your teeth by rubbing it onto the affected tooth, then rinse.
  • To reduce swelling in your hands or feet, massage them with a mixture of ACV and water.
  • To remove toenail fungus soak your toes in 1 cup APV and 1 cup of water every day until it starts to subside.

So many great beauty uses! What’s your favourite way to use ACV?

3 of the best Fitness Guides For Any Fitness Level

Do you find yourself walking into a gym scratching your head having no idea where to start or what to do? Well here are three of the best workout guides on the market and they’re all a fraction of the cost of a personal trainer!

Rachael Attard Skinny Legs

Rachel is a personal trainer and instagram sensation and has created a workout and eating guide for the three different body types. Just head to her site to workout what body type you and and then you can purchase the guide that is suited to your body type and start working out! If you stick with it you’ll have toned skinny legs in 12 short weeks.

Check the program out here

 

Body Boss Method

With the Body Boss Method you can get lean and fit doing 3 x 23 minute HIIT workouts a week. Sounds pretty doable right? You can also do these workouts anywhere so you don’t need a gym membership, just an open space and mat.

Check out the guide here

Buff Girls Hollywood Body

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If you have a special event to get fit for and only a small amount of time to do it this 2 week program is for you! Plus who wouldn’t want to get hot a fit in only 2 weeks?

Check it out here

6 Instagram Accounts That Promote A Positive Body Image

Are you sick of scrolling through your instagram feed and seeing ‘perfect’ faces and bodies only to feel like crap about yourself and want nothing more than to go a drown your sorrows in a tub of ice-cream? We feel you! However, one thing to remember is that these people only post the highlights of their life on instagram and most of these seemingly perfect photos are generally photo shopped and edited like crazy. So here are some inspiring instagram accounts that portray real life and real bodies, read on and give these accounts a follow for daily inspiration.

 

1. @aerie

Aerie posts untouched photos of every day real girls in their swimwear and underwear looking happy and confident. Their motto ‘Why retouch beauty? The real you is sexy.’

2. @nadiaaboulhosn

Nadia Aboulhosn is a Los Angeles based blogger and designer who posts photos of her amazing style showing women off all shapes and sizes can dress to impress.

How high is high enough? Till I’m eye to eye with the higher ups. @bynadiaaboulhosn JASMINE bodysuit

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3. @healthyisthenewskinny

Healthy is the New Skinny is a Brand dedicated to creating a healthy image in the media for girls and women! Scrolling through their inspirational page will inspire you to love yourself the way you are and motivate you to treat your body with the love and respect it deserves.

 

4. @stylehasnosize_official

This account is run by Edith Dohmen who is a style adviser and believes that style has no size which is so very very true! Scroll through her instagram for some seriously cool outfit ideas.

 

5. @nourishandeat

This account is run by a girl called Gina who describes herself as a self-love enthusiast and eating disorder survivor. She posts lots of positive quotes and photos that show the difference between real life and photo shopping to show everyone out there that no one is perfect.

Yoga is one of my favorite things to do – but it took me a long time to get here. 🙏🏼 A sick symptom of my eating disorder was my “exercise habits,” which were, more specifically, obsessions. I would do it to the point of exhaustion. I would climb on the elliptical with fashion magazines opened to spreads of dangerously thin models for “inspiration,” and wouldn’t get off until I hit my caloric goal — or until I started to see spots, which happened frequently. For so long I thought I had to look a certain way, be a certain size, even just to be at the gym. I looked at myself in the mirror at home and cried. I would put on a sports bra and cry at the fluffy bits hanging out over the sides, tug at the fat on my arms and pull a baggy t-shirt on to cover myself. I would stare at myself in the mirror of the gym and use my reflection as “motivation” to change. And for years I lived like that, flagellating myself on the altar of perfection, and for what? There was nothing wrong with my body then, and there is nothing wrong with my body now. But changing my perception? That was a fucking challenge. Changing the way I thought about exercise. About “fitness.” About HEALTH and wellness and my own body. Because WELLNESS has NOTHING to do with the shape of your body. It doesn’t matter what color you are, or how much you weigh, or where you come from or what your face or body looks like, DESPITE what all those adverts or social media brands tell you. Looking at this photo, I see those things I’ve fought to overcome. I see a girl who, after almost a year of absolutely NO exercise at all, now in the past few months is able to come to her mat in a room full of other people wearing just a sports bra. I see a girl who’s able to close her eyes and move and stretch and feel the strength in her body and her mind, knowing that this mindful movement doesn’t come with numbers or calories. Recognizing her peace. Feeling it. It took me a long time to find it, but I’m never giving it up. 🙏🏼🌟 (Always unretouched, no editing, no fotoshop no Facetune no funny business) #aeriereal #aeriepartner

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6. @thebodybook

The body book is the instagram account of the Book of the same name which is written by actress Cameron Diaz. Yes Cameron is a beautiful woman with an amazing body but she is a huge advocate for natural beauty, loving the skin you’re in and aging gracefully. This is evident on this instagram page, definitely follow this account for a daily confidence boost!

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Teff: The New Superfood Grain You Need to Add to Your Diet

 

By now you’ve probably heard of and maybe even consumed copious amounts of quinoa which is great considering it’s a great healthy carb option. However there is a new grain that is starting to get quite a buzz around it and for good reason to! The grain is called teff which originates from Southern Africa. This grain is traditionally used in Ethiopian cuisine and has a huge range of health benefits, is high in protein, is extremely versatile and takes almost no time at all to cook.

Some of this Super Grains Health Benefits include:

  • It’s Gluten free
  • It helps keep your energy levels as it’s rich in amino acids
  • Speeds up your digestions so it’s great for promoting weight loss
  • Good source of calcium and supports bone health
  • Its a good source of copper which is important for growth and repair in the body as well as a healthy functioning nervous system

There are many different ways to cook with teff you can make both sweet and savoury dishes with it as well as include it in breakfast, lunch or dinner meals.

Here are some of the most delicious teff recipes from around the web:

 

 

  • Teff Porridge Two Ways
  • 2 Minute Teff Bread
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  • Teff & Almond Butter Cookies