Everyone wants to look young. Even I admit that having those wrinkles and fine lines on my forehead are not exactly the most exciting thing about getting old. You can always go to a beauty salon in Werribee area and get some treatment. However, you can also maintain that youthful glow everyone is raving about.
What is a Youthful Glow?
What is meant when people say “youthful glow”? No, you don’t really look 10 years younger when you have a youthful glow. Instead, you have this natural vibrance on your face that makes you look younger that your actual age. In other words, you look radiant and healthy in spite of your advanced age.
How Do You Achieve a Youthful Glow?
Fortunately, there are a lot of effective ways to get this kind of glowing complexion. I have tried some of these and to tell you the truth, they only work if you do them consistently. Sure, you might get the lazy bug every once in a while but I’m telling you, these tips are so easy to do that you can just do them at home.
1. Wear sunscreen every day.
A lot of people overlook the simple task of wearing sunscreen. Even if you stay at home, you should wear sunscreen because there’s still sunlight streaming into your house.
If you’re wondering what sunscreen can do, it’s for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Did you know that these UV rays can cause skin discoloration and increase signs of skin aging? If you really want to achieve young-looking skin, don’t see a day without sunscreen.
2. Exfoliate regularly.
Exfoliating regularly gets rid of dead skin cells and stubborn dirt that has settled on your face. Trust me, a facial wash isn’t enough so it’s best that you exfoliate twice to thrice a week.
All you need is a scrub with beads to massage your face. There are other more sophisticated exfoliating products but it’s best to stick to simple tools which are no other than facial scrubs. Remember to scrub gently, though.
3. Eat healthily.
I know that you’re probably sick of hearing this advice but it’s true. This advice is heard all the time simply because it works. A healthy gut will lead to glowing skin because you have all the nutrients and minerals your body needs to achieve that radiant complexion. If you keep on eating junk food, do you think you’ll ever look radiant? So pay attention to your diet.
4. Drink collagen.
Our bodies produce less and less collagen as we grow older. Collagen is responsible for keeping your skin, nails, and hair healthy and strong. Lack of collagen may lead to weak hair and nails and wrinkled skin. To compensate for the depleting collagen content in your body, you can add collagen to your diet in the form of vitamins or topical products.
5. Massage your face.
Even simple massages make a huge difference to your face. If you’re the type of person who frowns a lot, then you have to make sure that you massage your face upward. That way, your muscles and face are exercised and stretched.
Smiling for a few times a day will also help increase circulation and reinforce collagen production. Over time, you prevent your face from sagging right away.
See? These beauty tips don’t even cost a lot. If you think that it’s impossible to achieve a youthful glow on a budget, then consider yourself corrected. There are so many things you can do to give yourself a radiant and healthy look without breaking the bank.
In my personal experience, there are only two time-tested and fool-proof ways in which you can actually lose weight permanently and without any of the nasty side effects of diet pills – regular exercise and making the correct food choices. Choosing the correct food to help you lose weight can be pretty easy, but getting yourself to really sweat it out can be very challenging to some folks. The good news is that you can now actually lose weight even while you’re sitting down or doing the things you enjoy the most. A number of vibration machine reviews talk about the benefits of using such a machine and one of the most striking so far is its weight loss benefits. Did I get your attention? You should! Many of the friends I know who have used such a machine claim it works. If they can get the results they want, you, too, can lose weight using a vibration machine.
The idea about vibration machines is that it produces vibrations (hence, the name) that are transmitted throughout the rest of the body. A motor runs a mechanism on the bathroom weighing scale-like contraption which produces vibrations in a variety of ways, depending on the mechanism. Some platforms have a see-saw-like movement while others create an up-down motion much like an elevator. Others incorporate another plane of movement to create 3-dimensional movement. Others integrate a 4th plane of motion to create 4D.
These movements occur at a very rapid pace which you can actually control using buttons on the device. The faster the speed of the motor, the greater is the intensity of the vibrations. When these vibrations are transmitted through the body they stimulate the muscles in your body to contract and relax at almost the same frequency as the vibrations. This is the secret to a vibration machine’s work in helping you shave off several grams off of your weight at a time.
When we exercise you’ll mostly feel tingling sensations as if your muscles are being pricked by very tiny needles. Then you’ll definitely feel warmer. This is evidence that your muscles are working. They are essentially contracting and relaxing. Every time they contract they use up energy. And whenever energy utilisation in the body is involved you have to think about mobilising your fat stores.
A personal trainer friend of mine told me that vibration machines simulate the reflex contraction of muscles. He says that the frequency and vibration of the machine is what takes the place of weights in conventional strength training. What it does is that the vibrations activate more muscles a lot faster than conventional workouts. I’ll translate it in hopefully much simpler terms. You only need to a few minutes on a vibration machine to achieve the same kind of result that you would in any other type of exercise equipment.
Don’t believe me? Well, consider this. Your 10 minutes on a vibration machine set to its max is actually equivalent to 60 minutes of jogging or biking or 30 minutes of swimming and doing yoga or sit-ups. That’s about 400 to 600 calories burned already for a 100-kilogramme individual. And the good news is that you are never going to really sweat it out or even exert any force at all. You could very well be sitting on your couch watching your favourite TV programme or reading a novel you wanted to finish and the machine does it for you.
Vibration machines can help you lose weight. However, if you don’t watch what you’re eating, then you’ll be gaining weight as fast as you’ve lost it. The key to losing weight is to have higher energy expenditure than what you are actually consuming. Well, the process is actually very complicated, but let me put it in a simpler way. If you have an average calorie requirement of 3000, then your energy expenditure should be higher than that, say 3500. This creates a negative calorie balance, making your body to use up fat reserves.
Losing weight is best accomplished by making sensible food choices and revving up your physical activities. And if you’re like most folks I know who cannot be encouraged to hit the gym, then a vibration machine should help you obtain the weight you’ve ever wanted.
The saying that music helps the mind develop into a higher level is not new to me. I often heard it from my musically inclined parents and siblings who never failed in encouraging me to find comfort from playing any instrument where I could seemingly find an “internal connection”. Believe me, I have exerted significant efforts in searching for that one instrument that embodies who I am. However, most of the time my efforts were put into waste as well as the money invested for the music lessons I usually take. Due to several disappointments, I have actually considered giving up and letting my family enjoy playing music by themselves. But, I only held that hopelessness until the day I encountered a flyer wherein drum lessons in Melbourne were advertised.
Admittedly, I have attempted to play several musical instruments like the piano, violin, guitar, harp, trumpets. But never have I thought to play drums. When I have collected ample confidence in myself again, I enrolled myself once more in a music school, particularly in Red Drum Music Studios. Going to classes for me was not that much of a hassle since the studio is a few minutes away from our house. I knew I was overly confident when I entered the studio having been in one a couple of times. My confidence crashed that same day when I had difficulties in learning the basics of playing the drums. I cannot even hold the drumsticks correctly! That day I thought to myself that that was one of the worst decisions I made my whole life. Come to think of it, I paid for my own embarrassment.
When I got home that day, I stared at the mirror and asked myself if attending the classes was worth it. Quite obviously, I chose to attend the succeeding classes partially because I already paid for it but mostly because I wanted to pursue my interest in playing the drums. The first phase of the program was extremely difficult. The need to coordinate my eyes (which was in the notes) with my hands (which were holding the drumsticks) and foot (which was resting on a pedal) is indeed a challenge for beginners. But given my effort and dedication, after a few sessions, I was able to master some of the basics and was able to play simple rhythms and notes of popular music back then.
Other than learning to play the drums, there was more to music which I learned as I attended the classes. Music is a subtle science and math. As for the former, the sound waves produced by any instrument or object should be able to form a pleasing combination for our ears. And for the latter, it is more on the counts to be able to produce a beautiful rhythm from the sound. Hand and eye coordination, which is often tested during physical education classes, is not only tested but enhanced when one plays music. This is most certainly true when it comes to playing the drums. It even involves more coordination because we were also taught to play other parts of the drum set which needed stomping of the foot against a pedal to hit a large drum.
Of the instruments I have tried to learn and play, the drums are the only one wherein I can totally express feelings which cannot be put into words. By hitting the drums, stepping on the pedal, and playing rhythms not necessarily written, I was able to experience the “internal connection” my family has been talking about. When I was equipped with necessary skills in playing drums, I opted to buy one for my own so that I would not need to go and rent a room in a studio to do my thing.
Undeniably, learning something totally new causes fear or anxiety. But based on my experience, people should not be hindered by fear of not being good at it in the first try. Rather, those types of failures or shortcomings should be the ones to motivate us. The mentors in the studio were also of great help in assisting newbies like me in playing the drums. Their words of assurance that one day I would be able to play the drums without their guidance fostered an environment conducive for growth. As much search for the instrument that perfect suits me, I am reassured that more discoveries in playing the drums are yet to come to me. As I continuously put a conscious effort on something I love, I hope that another individual does not give up with the hardships of the early sessions of music lesson to be able to do what they respectively love to. I would never regret the day I decided to enroll myself in drum lessons because now I found another outlet for self-expression. It is in a rather calming and pleasing way of playing the drums for myself, my family, and others.
I have to admit, I love finding a reason to skip on my workout. I want to be fit and keep my figure, but I am not really a very active person. Although I had a gym membership, I was too lazy to go there all the time. Maybe I would go a couple of time max in the month but otherwise, I always found an excuse to skip.
This all changed when my flatmate suggested buying a treadmill at home. I was hesitant, at first, because I knew how lazy I tend to be when it comes to working out. She had, however, convinced me because of the many benefits compared to going to the gym to work out.
When I finally said yes, we took to the Internet to find the best machine for home use out there. Once it arrived, we were excited about using sole fitness F85 treadmill in our new home. The great reviews had led us to choose this specific model and I wanted to see if having it at home was going to make me work out more often.
After an initial try, I was motivated to do it more regularly. Surprisingly, a few times became more often, and after a couple of months, it started to become a part of my routine. No one was more surprised than I was, but using the machine had helped me understand why I liked it more than going to the gym:
Reason 1: I could do it anytime
I work long hours, and I also have some time to travel from home to work. Therefore, trying to squeeze in gym time was difficult for me sometimes. Even during the weekends, I would have other chores or plans so I could not always make it. The travel time to the gym and the opening hours just demotivated me from going. However, having the machine at home was the perfect solution. No need to go out and in fact, this time I would have wasted on the trip was exactly the amount of time I ended up working out on the home treadmill.
Reason 2: The weather doesn’t stop me
More than having to travel, the weather makes me even lazier. When it is raining or cold, I just feel like staying in and skipping on my work out. Exercising at home, on the other hand, does not require me going out into the rain or whatever other weather.
Reason 3: No crowds, no judgment, and no hassle
I didn’t realize how much I hated the crowds in the gym. Being a bit on the round side, I could not avoid comparisons, stares and the discomfort having to work out with other people. Because most of the gym goers are also in the office at the same time as me, it means I can only exercise during the busiest times. Staying at home allows me to just meet my fitness goals, which is just to keep myself active and avoid gaining more weight. I was not really overweight and I was happy with my body. Finally, in my own private place, there are no people looking at me, no one to fight over the machines with, no dirty facilities and I could also shower in my own bathroom. Once I realized the difference, I could not really imagine working out in a public gym anymore.
Reason 4: I can squeeze shorter workouts
It is very rare for any one of us to really have hours to spare to work out in the gym. Personally, it was easier for me to exercise more often but in shorter intervals. It was also less boring and I was more motivated when I knew I was only going to run for 20 minutes. To make sure I still was doing enough, I would do it 3 or 4 times a day whenever I had time to squeeze it into my schedule.
Reason 5: I could multitask
I really love to cook at home, using traditional recipes that meant I sometimes needed to wait for a while for the food to be ready. Or sometimes, I like to watch movies or news. I incorporated my fitness regimen into these activities, and it was much better than just sitting inactive on the couch. I could finally achieve more in the time I had. In fact, I could do many of my chores at the same time, which helps a lot. After all, there are quite a few things I need or want to do at home, and if I went to the gym I could simply not do these things simultaneously.
To be honest, I was astonished that I ended up really loving our home treadmill machine. It was definitely the perfect solution for me, and I finally felt excited and motivated to work out. Without really planning to, our sole fitness F85 became an important part of my life and routine!
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