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Gain Energy While Losing Weight

Okay, so I don’t exercise as often as I should. One way or another, I put other things in front of exercise. How do you keep your energy up and your weight down as you age? It all depends on how effective your metabolism is working to burn fat and provides the energy you need to stay active. Of course I know this because none of us is getting younger.

You may be consuming the same amount of calories you did when you were younger, but still gaining wait – and your energy may be waning much more rapidly than you’d like. You still want to be active and maintain your weight and something’s just not working. Therefore, moving is so much more important now.

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Adjusting your food intake or the types of foods you eat is necessary as you age. You may also want to concentrate on different types of exercises than in the past to keep your metabolism revved up as much as possible. I saw an interview on television a few years ago where a doctor was interviewed on weight loss. He was so passionate about moving that while the reporter was asking him questions, he walked one m.p.h. while answering questions. Talk about being into his job.

As you age, it’s important that you reassess your diet and exercise plans – especially if you’re noticing the pounds creep on and have much less energy than usual. An aging body doesn’t react the same to any efforts you might expend, so it may be necessary to change your strategy. The older we get, the more we have to rethink how we can stay active and watch or diet.

Menopause is a phenomenon that causes weight gain and low energy. These rapidly changing hormones can wreak havoc with your muscle tone, weight and energy level. This is why women tend to put on weight more easily than men during the aging process. This is the reason women complain about men losing weight so much easier.

Also on another note, we don’t need as many calories as you age, but we may be eating the same. Try to ingest smaller portions and eat a more balanced diet with lower calorie foods to keep your weight in check.

It’s likely that you don’t move around as much as when you were young because life isn’t as hectic and you have more time for relaxation. Many physicians are recommending the Mediterranean diet plan to seniors for more energy and weight maintenance and loss.

The Mediterranean diet places more of an emphasis on whole grains, healthy fats, veggies and fruit, which are usually lower in calories and provide more energy to help you exercise more.

Choose an exercise you love to participate in. You may want to enjoy less demanding types such as yoga or a walking. If you enjoy it, you’ll keep at it and that’s the key to maintaining your fitness level.exercise-stretch

Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet to maintaining or losing weight as you age or keeping the energy level you once had. The key continues to be found in diet and exercise, but the benefits you’ll enjoy are numerous. A focus on the end goal is also key. Let’s see if we can stay focused throughout the holiday season. Santa will be here before you know it bringing good cheer. Let’s be slimmer when he comes down the chimney this year.

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Five Factors to Consider for Better Looking Skin

As an esthetician, I see many different skin types and conditions. There are ways to protect our skin from natural elements. The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when thinking about what may harm the skin is the sun.

Still, the population seems obsessed with tanning and lying in the sun for hours at a time. You don’t have to be one of them. So don’t forget your sunscreen and possible wear long sleeved tops during those harsh summer days. The toll on your skin is tremendous and being prepared will give your skin a better chance to look clear and more vibrant.

In addition, consider these other factors when monitoring your skin. Of course not all factors will have the same harmful results, but knowing them will help you and those you love.

1. Lack of hydration. I have a hard time remembering to drink as much water as I should. I get so caught up in my day that I may eat instead. Shame on me. I know water is essential to keep the skin supple and moist. Water helps digestion and circulation which are two elements important to clear, healthy skin.

I can tell during a facial or while I am waxing a client if they have been drinking enough water. The texture of the skin or the way the wax responds to skin is a telltale sign. Without water, no organ in your body will function as it should and since the skin is an organ, it will become dry and wrinkly if not properly hydrated.

2. Cold and windy climate. I am from Chicago, and don’t miss those long, cold winters. Those days of layering before work are in my past since I longed for warmer weather on the west coast. If not careful, winter is detrimental to your skin’s condition unless you prepare properly for it. Dry and itchy skin is the result of a brutal winter, but a good moisturizer and proper skin care will help combat these conditions. As we’re coming up on the winter months, seek moisturizers that offer deep conditioning without clogging your pores.

3. Pollution. One of the silent problems for your skin is living in a polluted area of the world. Since our skin is the largest organ with many pores, we collect a lot of pollutants. Pollutants such as chemicals in the air break down your skin by attacking its natural protection mechanisms. Always cleanse your face thoroughly and be sure to keep hydrated and moisturized. An exfoliant is a safe way to effectively rid your body of pollutants along with staying hydrated.
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4. Diet and exercise. One without the other negates part of the positive aspects of each. We have heard in one form or another how important diet and exercise is to our health. Well, our skin will benefit as well. If you practice a diet lacking in nutrients you may experience malnutrition, which affects the skin, hair and nails. Exercise helps distribute the good nutrients in your diet to aid circulation and provide oxygen to the skin. This will go a long ways toward beautiful skin well into older age.

5. Age. You can’t do a lot about getting older, but you can be aware of the inevitable changes which occur with age and address those problems. Taking the previous factors into consideration will keep you feeling and looking your best as you age. The sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. You can combat aging skin by keeping it hydrated with water, clean and supple by using the correct moisturizer.

There are other factors – such as hormones, genes, smoking, alcohol and stress, which definitely take a toll on the health of your skin. Some (such as genes) you can’t help, but you can use the latest scientific findings and beauty treatments to combat the harmful results. Your esthetician will gladly recommend the proper treatment.

If you constantly neglect your skin, you’ll be exacerbating the effects of everything you can’t control – such as air pollution. Maintain a good skin care regimen – both inside and out – to ensure your skin keeps its elasticity and glow.

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Everyday Beauty Tips

Each of us is unique in the way. Some of us prefer cold weather and some of us love warm weather all year round. I’m somewhat of an outdoors person and can’t wait for my next hiking trip. Others look forward to that 5 star hotel. Whatever the case, we have different likes, both inside and out. We all have different diets and live in various places where the climate is either nice or harmful to our skin.

But there are a few things that are good for all of us to use as beauty tips, which will enhance your routine and help you look fresher and more well-groomed. As an esthetician, I wax people throughout the day and see a lot of dry skin. Therefore, one thing I know for sure is there is a need to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis.

Unless there are underlying medical issues, exfoliation is one beauty tip that can get rid of dead skin cells that make your skin appear dry and dull. It doesn’t do much good to lather your skin with moisturizer when dead skin is present. That film left on your shower curtain is also attached to your skin unless you take measures to get rid of it.

Rest is another element that’s essential to glowing skin and bright eyes. That’s why it’s called beauty sleep. As you age, sleep is even more important to renew and rejuvenate. Your bodily cells renew themselves when you rest and help you look refreshed during the day. So don’t be shy to take that quick nap.

If you have trouble sleeping, try to relax before bedtime. Deep breathing exercises, limiting heavy meals and alcohol will help you get in the mood for a good night’s rest. Adding a warm bath with some added aromatherapy oil can add additional benefits.

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Toxins contained in cigarettes not only affect your lungs, but they’re brutal to your skin. Alcohol causes drying of the skin. Both alcohol and cigarettes aren’t conducive to anyone’s beauty and can significantly harm your skin.

Hair is considered your crowning glory. You can boost the strength and beauty of your hair by eating protein-rich foods which increase the keratin (structural component) of your hair. I’ve recently been taking biotin and am looking for positive results soon. It’s also good for your nails. Including eggs, nuts, meat and seeds in your diet will provide natural protein that’s good for hair and nails.

Another beauty tip that all of us can benefit from is to groom your eyebrows. You can go from looking bushy to beautiful in just a few moments and bring focus to your eyes. Trimming and waxing brows will give you a finished look. You may need to look at the fashion magazines to determine your shape. Also, have your esthetician follow your natural brow line to enhance your look. If they have thinned out, add brow powder or pencil to give your face a fuller look.

All of us can benefit from protecting the skin from the elements. Sun, wind and cold can dry out the skin and make it itchy and pale. Always wear sunscreen and moisturizer and hydrate your skin and body by drinking plenty of water. Be sure to visit the rest of my website  to meet all your beauty needs.