Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Everyone does need to stretch before exercises to warm your muscles. Some gyms now offer the services of a trainer for stretching sessions to teach proper technique, key moves and demonstrations of all the right stretches. With the trainers help you can be taught to go into deeper stretches to give your muscles a more adequate warm-up for your exercise routine. These trainers are well worth the time and money, especially if you know you need help with your stretching.
But before you run out and hire the first personal trainer you see, make sure you check them out.
Before you start...
Make sure your trainer is certified and qualified to teach stretching techniques. Ask your trainer if s/he has taken classes for stretching or if s/he has the necessary certificate(s).
Don't cut back on your regular fitness routine when you start your stretching exercises. Let the stretching be the prelude to your main routine and the last thing you do after your routine.
Consult your physician before you begin any new activities.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Eat More Fruit - You can choose healthy foods for glowing skin. When you eat fruit instead of cookies and candy, you not only keep your weight more under control, you are eliminating the after effects of too much sweets. A diet with too much refined sugars will cause a myriad of problems to your body and to the overall look of your skin. Wrinkles, muscle loss, stiff joints and inflammation are a few of the adverse effects of consuming too much sugar (and fried foods).
Baked Not Fried - When you choose your meals, opt for bake or steamed foods instead of fried, smoked or roasted. These foods will cause almost the same adverse effects of eating too much sugar.
Get More Exercise - Get your body moving. A sedentary lifestyle will cause stiff joints, unqualified hunger, a large body among other ill effects. Plenty of exercise will help to release toxins that can dull your skin and possibly cause breakouts, and it can lead to a more positive body image. We all know that exercise has many more positive effects on your overall health and appearance.
Avoid the Sun - The sun causes damage that may be irreversible. Direct sun should be avoided between the hours of 10AM and 2PM. Sunscreen or sun block should be used no matter what time you are outside, even on cloudy days or when there is snow covering the ground. Skin cancer is a possibility if you spend too much time in direct sunlight, especially without proper protection.
1 small egg yolk,
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoons of brown or white sugar
2 drops of lemon essential oil
Place the egg yolk in a small bowl and break it up, add the honey and olive oil and stir it very well. Stir in the sugar. Add the essential oil last.
After all of the ingredients are mixed very well, massage it onto your clean damp hands and body. This sugar scrub recipe for honey hand and body cream is very effective if you have dull, dry cracked skin. Pay special attention to your cuticles, nail bed and in between your fingers. Rub it all over your feet to smoothe the dry skin. Stand on a towel so that you do not slip and fall. After about 5 minutes of massage -- rinse with warm water. After you have rinsed your entire body, apply moisturizer to your skin.
Green Thumb Grow Light System Size - 48" - The Green
Thumb light stand system is the ideal tabletop grow light system. If you want to know - does a plant grow in artificial light, this one proves that they do. It will insure success for all your bonsai trees, growing seedlings, maintaining an herb garden or "over-wintering"
your patio favorites. Grow lights help plants grow and just because it is dark and dreary outside does not mean your plants have to suffer. These are not made like the cheap plant grow lights that do not deliver on their promise, this is probably the best grow light for your money, maybe even the best grow light for the lowest price because the light can be easily adjusted to different heights --- gently push or lift on the fixture and the
light stays where you need it --- and it comes complete with everything you need. This is perfect as a tomato seedling grow light. This is a dual spectuum grow light that will last for years and give you plants that you can be proud of. The system includes two 48" full- spectrum
fluorescent tubes, fixture with on/off switch, 5 ft power cord and an easy-to-assemble frame. 30" tall, 52" wide which makes it a portable grow light. Includes
two 48" full spectrum fluorescent tubes. This is a perfect bonsai grow light without sunlight for your indoor bonsai trees.
You can put it on your hands at night, covered with a pair of cotton gloves and in the morning, your hands will be lovely.
You can use the olive oil on your face and body for smooth silky skin.
Olive oil is also a great hair conditioner.
Your skin will get wrinkles sooner or later but you can keep them away longer if you take proper care of yourself. A well balanced diet and proper skin care can help keep your skin looking its best a whole lot longer.
The best wrinkle remover cream does not have to cost $50.00, you can use products already in your home to make your skin smoother and more beautiful
Try this easy remedy to help get rid of your wrinkles.
The acid in the milk will soon make your skin soft, dewey and [almost] blemish free.
Avoid doing this during the day because you should avoid direct sunlight after you wash your skin with milk.
Use whole milk if you have dry skin. Skim milk is best for oily skin.
You can also use powdered milk. Add some milk to your bath water for soft beautiful skin all over your body.
Some people make homemade skin bleach to whiten their skin, but, this will give you lovely (whiter) skin.
Be a natural beauty.
You can get rid of dandruff quickly and easily with apple cider vinegar.
Mix equal or unequal* parts apple cider vinegar and water and rub it on your scalp about 20 minutes before you shampoo your hair. Shampoo and condition as usual.
The vinegar will also give your hair more shine.
*Use more water than vinegar.
Your annoying bad breath is usually caused by certain foods;
These are some of the causes of bad breath.
It is also caused by the odor-producing food particles that rot in your mouth and between your teeth.
Some people get their bad breath from the pit of their stomach and this version of bad breath can be cured by munching on parsley. To get rid of your bad breath woes - follow the natural route.
Here are a few natural cures for your bad breath.
* Break open an aloe vera leaf and apply it to your skin. Wash your hands thoroughly. This is a natural sunburn treatment for horses, also.
* Eat more tomatoes to help protect your skin from the sun. You can also rub the tomato on your skin for added protection. Rinse thoroughly. This is a nighttime treatment.
Remember, after about 10 minutes or so, the sun is not your friend. This big ball of fire causes more wrinkles than almost any other source. So does too much alcohol.
If you stayed out in the sun too long, getting your perfect tan and now you feel like a deep fried potato, you can get almost instant relief using items that may be already in your home.
* Cut open a leaf of aloe vera plant, scrape out the gel and apply it onto your hot, charred skin.
Aloe vera protects your skin from sunburn, naturally.
* Get cooling relief from the tobacco of a menthol cigarette - break open the cigarette and put the tobacco in one cup of water. After the tobacco has set for five minutes - in the freezer - pour the cold menthol water on the affected area(s).
* Apply unsalted butter to your burned skin to get some healing relief.
* Honey is an instant cooling relief from minor sunburn. Rub the honey on the irritated area and after you have had enough of this lovely cooling sensation, rinse thoroughly.
This is natural sunburn treatment.
The awful feeling of your feet sliding around in your shoes and the awful odor that is almost unmentionable is nothing to write home about. Thanks to this recipe, the wet handshake that embarrasses you (every time) can be helped.
This may be a breakthrough cure for excessively sweaty hands and feet. To help your sweaty hands and feet get some relief you can make a simple recipe out of essential oils. After a few uses your sweaty feet and hands will be like new.
Put a quart of water in a large container and add five drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Soak your hands and feet in the oil and water.
10 minutes for your hands and 10 minutes for your feet.
You can use peppermint essential oil instead of the eucalyptus oil.
Don't use undiluted essential oil on your skin, it's too strong.
People have been drinking tea for centuries but the last decade have opened our eyes to some of the benefits of this powerful leaf. Thanks to scientific research, drinking tea has recently been labeled as the next best thing to drinking water.
The health benefits of tea are numerous whether it is green tea - black tea - orange or any kind. Some of the benefits of drinking tea are:
Tea helps to relieves migraines
It fights infections
Protection against heart disease
Tea reduces cavities and gum disease
Promotes weight loss
Tea helps to lower your blood pressure
Tea reduces the risks of some cancers
It raises your good cholesterol level (HDL)
It lowers your bad cholesterol level (LDL)
Tea actually helps to protect you from harmful bacteria and viruses
It also destroys some of the harmful bacteria and viruses
Tea helps to reduce hardening of the arteries (Atherosclerosis)
After you have brewed your tea and you have the spent tea leaves just sitting there, don't throw them in the trash. Used tea leaves can be used to fertilize your plants. Simple sprinkle the used tea leaves on the top of the soil around your plants, indoor or outdoors. Your plants will greatly benefit from the nutrients in the tea leaves.
You can help to make your hair grow longer with a simple garlic remedy. Chop a garlic clove and put it in water or olive oil and let it sit overnight. Massage the garlic oil/water onto your scalp for 10 minutes before you wash your hair.
Wash and condition your hair as usual. Do this every week so that your hair can be healthier and fuller.
Home remedies for hair growth.
You can also use onion instead of the garlic.
Easy, with Pheromones. ← What Are Pheromones - Pheromones are natural chemical scents the body produces in order to attract others. Pheromones are well documented in the animal kingdom as the force that controls all social behavior, including mating.
Scientists are now finding that human behavior is also heavily influenced by these invisible social magnets. ← Attract Hotter Women. ←
This is how to get a girl to like you, even more.
5 drops of vetiver essential oil
15 drops of lime essential oil
10 drops of sandalwood essential oil
1 ounce of jojoba oil
2 ounces of sweet almond oil
Combine the essential oils in a small bottle. Let it sit in a cool dark place for 48 hours. Every eight hours shake it to mix the oils.
Put the jojoba and sweet almond oils in the bottle you are going to store the finished body oil in. Add the essential oils to the jojoba and sweet almond oils and shake gently until everything is thoroughly mixed.
Apply the Tuscany Body Oil right in the shower.
After you have soaped and rinsed, massage it into your skin for a few minutes and rinse well.
When not in use, store the oil in the refrigerator.
Use 20 drops each of lavender and orange oils, 10 drops of Roman chamomile, six drops of ylang-ylang and four drops of clary sage oil.
Add a few drops to your bath water or in the shower. You can also add a few drops around your home or office for a calm and stress-free feeling.
This is perfect to help you relax on Holiday, relax on vacation, for stress management, anxiety reduction at home or at work.
Use 12 drops of lavender, six drops of ylang-ylang and three drops each of palmarosa and geraniun oils.
Put the recipe in an air-tight container and use after your shower and after your shave.
Rose Water After Shave
2 cups of distilled water, 1/4 cup of 100 proof vodka, 10 drops of rose oil and 20 fresh rose petals. Put the distilled water in glass jar, pour in the vodka, then the rose petals. Shake until the petals are completely wet. Add the oil. Place the mixture in a cool dark area and let it sit for one week.
After the rose water has aged, you can either remove the petals or leave them in the jar. To use, apply after your shave.
Apple Cider Aftershave
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. Shake well and put in a clean container. Use after each shave.
Cooling After Shave
You need 1/2 cup aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of water, 2 teaspoons of witch hazel and 1/4 teaspoon of cologne. Mix all of the ingredients and put in a clean container.
Three drops of orange, two drops of lavender, two drops of ylang-ylang, one drop of clary sage. Put the oils in your warm bath water and lay back for about 20 or 30 minutes to feel the effects.>
It is best to make this mask right before your bath or shower.
5 tablespoons of kelp
6 tablespoons of clay
4 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
2 1/2 cups of warm water.
Mix the dry ingredients together, stir in the warm water and mix until smooth.
Stir in the oil and mix well.
Let it sit for 10 minutes to thicken.
Apply a layer all over your body and leave it on for 30 minutes.
After you rinse, apply shea butter or cocoa butter all over your body for soft silky skin.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, at Lowell recently did a study using mice. They found that mice with an Alzheimer's-like disease navigated through a maze as well as healthy mice when they were given the equivalent of two glasses of antioxidant-rich apple juice every day.
They also believe that these findings will also work for humans -- a cup of juice or one apple per day will have a similar effect.
Apple juice is not a good substitute for fresh apples because of the added sugar and other sweeteners.
Get started today with your 'apple a day'. The health benefits of eating a apple a day have bben proven.
4 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of grated beeswax
1 table spoon of cocoa butter
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
4 drops of strawberry flavored oil
In a small saucepan, melt the olive oil, beeswax and cocoa butter over low heat. When it is melted, remove from the heat and allow it to cool for -+3 minutes.
Stir in the Vitamin E oil and the strawberry flavor. Pour the lipgloss in containers.
20 fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons of honey
2 drops of vitamin E oil.
Mix the ingredients in a double heat-proof or microwave safe bowl and heat it in a double boiler. Stir well and crush the cranberries. Let the mixture sit and cool for five minutes then strain to remove all of the pieces. Strain twice more, then set aside to cool completely then separate and put the lip gloss in containers.
2 tablespoons each; calendula oil, tea tree oil, olive oil, and lemon balm
1 tablespoon each; of beeswax and cocoa butter
1/2 tablespoon of vitamin E oil.
Over low heat in a glass heat-proof container, melt the beeswax and cocoa butter. Stir until melted.
Remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the vitamin E oil.
After all ingredients are added and well mixed, add the vitamin E oil. Continue to stir while the mixture solidifies - this will allow the honey to evenly dispersed throughout. Getting rid of cold sore is easy with this remedy.
Mix 1/2 cup each of coconut oil and shea butter, petroleum jelly, or cocoa butter in a heat-proof container.
Melt it in a double boiler. Mix well, then stir in 5 drops of orange essential oil. Store in separate containers and allow it to cool completely before you use it.
For each lip gloss recipe; Always melt all of the carrier oils, beewax, honey and butters over low heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then add the flavored oils, vitamin E ... over low heat.
Add the essential oils last. Stir until all ingredients are well blended and pour into separate containers. Add lids after your recipes are completely cooled. You can always experiment with the amount of beeswax until you get the consistency that you desire.
For all of the recipes that include honey, you should continue to stir for as long as you can. This will allow the honey to disperse throughout the lip gloss. If any recipe come out too soft, add more beeswax; if it come out too hard, add more oil(s).
Apricot Lemon Lip Balm
Melt 1/4 cup of beeswax in a double boiler.
While constantly stirring, add 1/4 cup each of calendula and apricot kernel essential oils. Still stirring, remove from the heat. After the mix is partly cooled, add the essential oils and stir.
Store the finished lip balm in a glass container.
This is my number one way to a good night sleep.
Tips that are related to getting good rest will not hold a candle to this simple herbal bath blend.
1 cup of Hops
1 cup of Lavender
1 cup of Chamomile
Tie the herbs in a cheese cloth and tie it to your faucet while you are running your bath water. You can also drop the cloth into the water and give it a squeeze every few minutes.
>> Take a bath with this blend only at night.
3 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of Fir Needle Silver essential oil
3 drops of cedar wood essential oil
3 cups of Epsom Salts
Add the drops directly to the Epsom Salts and stir.
To give these homemade treasure to your family and friends, simply put a spoon full or two in tinted clear plastic and tie at the top with a decorative ribbon with your gift tag attached.
Fill your tub with very warm water and add 5-6 drops of your aromatherapy blends recipe to the bath water. You can add these recipes to your bubble bath and relax in the warm scented bubbles.
Before you get ready for a night of romance, take a long romantic, candlelight bubble bath using this recipe to get ready for the rest of the evening.
10 drops of Jasmine essential oil 10 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil.
Add the drops to one cup of - brewed and cooled - strong, green tea and stir. Pour the mixture into your bubble bath and relax.
Use 12 drops of lavender, six of ylang-ylang and three drops each of palmarosa and geranium oils.
When you take a bath, put six to eight drops of the essential oil aromatherapy mix in while the tub is filling. If you are not partial to baths or if you want only the rejuvenation, you can put a few drops on the shower wall and on the floor.
Turn the water on hot for about one minute and turn the water temp to comfortable just before you get in.
You can add a few drops of the recipe into your favorite body lotion and apply it right after your bath or shower. Use essential oils for best results.
Contrary to popular beliefs, consuming too much chocolate does not cause your skin to break out.
But, it does so much more damage to your entire body that is even more harmful. Recent studies show that when a diet is loaded with sweets and sugary snacks, this will eventually lead to dull, wrinkled and old looking skin.
When you eat too much sugar, the extra sugar molecules will attach themselves to the protein in your bloodstream, this unnatural attachment causes a new configuration to form in your blood. This new configuration will - over time - destroy the flexibility and the density of the connective protein in your skin -- called collagen.
Sugar (no matter how much or how little) also causes inflammation, and the inflammation puffs your skin and the constant puffing and deflating of your skin will leave you looking old and tired before your time. Add the diet stuffed with sweets to smoking, excessive alcohol consumption (which also has a lot of sugar in it) and that deep constant tan, you will soon have to change your name to Prune-etta or Prune-etto.
The good chocolate health benefits are destroyed when there is a high sugar content.
You May Be Allergic to That Gold Necklace
If you wear gold jewelry most of the time and you can't understand that itchy feeling around your neck and wrist area, you may be allergic to the metals in your necklace and bracelet.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, after examining almost 4,000 people found that nearly 25% of them were allergic to the gold and nickel in fashion jewelry. This allergic reaction can cause itching, redness and/or a rash.
If you have an allergy to gold or nickel, you can always find some very fashionable, sterling silver jewelry to wear instead.
Use four ounces of almond oil and two drops of your favorite perfume oil, mix together and let it sit over night. Add this oil mix to your bath for soft smooth skin.
After you have made your recipe, store it in an air-tight container. Most of the recipes last about 21 days.
Pour six to eight drops in your bath to get the desired effect.
The therapies can also be inhaled, but you should inhale the aroma therapies only if you are familiar with this method.