Puffy eyes repair: Easy home remedy for under-eye puffiness | Herbalife Beauty

27 Jun
Published on Mar 20, 2014

No one likes to wake up with under eye bags, but what can we do about it? I’m Jacquie Carter, and I’m here to answer all of your beauty questions and give you some fun, simple beauty tips. Today, we’re going to talk about under eye bags and what we can do to resolve this little dilemma.

Watch my video to learn about some of my favorite home remedies that will banish under eye bags! I will cover some of my favorite DIY remedies using spoons, cotton buds, cucumbers, and teabags.

I’m not saying that eye creams aren’t important, because they are. But if you need a quick fix for under eye bags, you now have these simple tricks to do in the morning to help your eyes look fabulous.

For more beauty tips, check out my blog at DiscoverGoodBeauty.com. If you have a tip about under eye puffiness, please share in the comments section below. And remember, let’s live life beautifully!

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10 minute workout – cardio body fix

16 Jun
 Posted by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA  4 Comments

 

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10 minute workout, cardio :: Samantha Clayton, Discover Good Fitness

I am always talking about squeezing in a quick workout because it’s amazing how effective a short bout of strength or cardiovascular exercise can be.

My top three reasons for making time for a 10 minute workout:

1.  When I feel stressed, a 10 minute workout gives me an instant boost of energy and helps me refocus.

2.  Like everyone, I’m often rushing and I find a 10 minute workout is enough exercise to help me not feel guilty about missing my regular routine.

3.  10 minute workouts can deliver surprisingly effective results, quickly.

It’s always better to do some exercise instead of no exercise.   When you’re feeling busy and stressed, promise yourself that you’ll manage at least 10 minutes even if you can’t find time for a longer workout session.

A great way to truly benefit from a short session is to focus on one specific area of the body or one element of fitness such as strength, cardio or flexibility.  Today, I’m going to share my favorite 10 minute cardiovascular routine with you. 

 

My pre-cardio 2 minute warm up

Your warm up should always be dynamic: gently loosening off your body and slowly increasing your heart rate.

A 120 second warm up to ease into the core of your workout should be good enough but spend a little extra time on days that you feel especially tight. 

  • Circle your arms while marching on the spot for 30 seconds.
  • March with high knees while swinging your arms for 30 seconds.
  • Do 10 calf raises by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and rising up onto your toes, holding for a second, then lowering back down.
  • Do 10 squats by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward.  Sit back as if you are going to sit in a chair, hold for a second, then – leading with your hips – come back to standing.
  • Do 10 shallow lunges. A lunge is simply a step forward and then a step back with one leg. Put your hands on your hips, keep a nice straight back and take an exaggerated step forward, lowering your back knee toward the ground. Hold the lunge for 2 seconds and repeat on the other leg.
  • Jog in place for 30 seconds.

My 8 minute fat-blasting moves 

One of the great things about cardio exercise is that there are so many effective, fun and simple exercises to choose from to give you a good full-body workout.  You can also work to make sure your heart rate is within its optimal fat burning zone during the cardio portion of this 10 minute workout.

Below is a list of eight simple exercises that require no equipment.  Try to repeat each exercise for 30 seconds and then circle through all the exercises again.  I’ve alternated higher and lower impact exercises and you should aim for a work out intensity of around seven or eight out of ten to reap maximum benefits.

Alternatively, if you are new to exercise, try only doing the odd numbered exercises and going at a slightly slower pace.  Don’t ever push yourself so hard that you feel uncomfortable.

1. Modified jumping jacks

Stand with both feet together and let your arms hang at your sides. Step one leg to the side, then return to the starting position. Repeat this movement on the other side. Continue alternating back and forth until you’re comfortable doing the leg movements at a steady, challenging pace. Then add the arm movements: swing your arms overhead when you step to the side, then swing your arms back to your sides when you bring your feet together.

2. Power jumping jacks

Stand with both feet together with your arms at your sides, then jump both feet out to the sides as you bring both arms up overhead to make a star shape.  Land with bent knees in a squat position, hold this position for two seconds, and then jump back to the starting position.

3. Running in place

Run on the spot, bringing your knees up in front of you and pumping your arms back and forth in rhythm with your legs.

4. All out sprint in place

Sprint in place as fast as you can. Keep your leg and arm movements fast and powerful.

5. Squats   

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and toes pointed forward, then make a sitting back motion – as if you are going to sit in an imaginary chair.  Hold for a second, then leading with your hips, come back to standing. Be sure to keep a flat back, keep your chest high and really focus on sitting back to keep the pressure off your knees.

6. Burpees

A burpee is a powerful combination of a squat, push up and vertical jump.

Squat down on your haunches and place your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your feet out behind you to put yourself into a push-up position. In a controlled manner, lower your chest to the ground using your arms. Press back up to complete the push up and then pull your feet back in to return to the squat position. Finish the move by jumping up in the air while clapping overhead.

7. Side step  

This is like a dance step: start with both feet together and your arms loosely by your sides.  Step sideways to the left while leaning forward slightly, reaching your right hand across your body on a diagonal towards your left knee. Then tap your right foot behind your left.  Step back to the central starting position and repeat on the other side.

8. Speed skaters

Use the same movement you perfected during your side step repetitions but, instead of stepping, jump to each side and jump back. You should look like a speed skater alternating your arms and tying to get further sideways with each jump.

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Don’t forget to repeat all the exercises twice.  Have fun and be creative – once you’ve got the hang of this routine you can swap in extra exercises you love and keep your 10 minute cardio workout fresh.

If you can do three 10 minute blasts throughout your day, you will have achieved the recommended amount of activity each day. The ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine recommends that people try to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. The great news is that studies have shown that accumulating that time throughout the day is as good as doing 30 minutes at a time.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife. ASCM is not affiliated with Herbalife or Samantha Clayton and has neither reviewed nor endorsed the content of the blo

Stuck at the office? Easy desk exercises you can do in minutes!

13 Jun
 Posted by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA  0 Comment

 

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Stuck at the office? Easy desk exercises you can do in minutes! Fitness advice from Herbalife

Long hours in the office could leave little time to squeeze in regular workouts, but I’m going to share some desk exercises with you today…  no more excuses for not working out!

Do you find yourself sitting down at a desk all day long? It’s not surprising because with modern technology you can do almost every task on the computer while seated at your desk. You can go shopping for the latest fashions, order food, email across the world or instant message a co-worker who’s just a few desks away. Our modern life requires less movement than ever before. Our bodies where designed to move and need to move every day, so here are a few desk exercises you can do right from the comfort of your office!

Technology allows us to be more efficient, but our bodies often pay the price. If you’re not moving, you can feel tired, stiff and sore. Offices aren’t necessarily designed to keep your body moving, but I’ll share some desk exercises that could help keep you energized throughout your days at the office.

Stuck at the office? Take a few minutes to do desk exercises! You should try to accumulate 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a consecutive 30 minutes, so try to fit in five minutes whenever you get a chance even if it’s with a few desk exercises. Remember that five minutes may not sound like a lot of time but it’s better than zero minutes!

Take a few minutes right now for some desk exercises!

Desk exercises warm up: Stretches at your desk

Relieve stress and stretch away sore muscles with a simple routine that can be done in your chair before desk exercises. Stretch from head to toe, beginning with the neck:

•      Slowly tilt head toward shoulder.

•      Hold for ten seconds.

•      Alternate sides.

Next, loosen up your shoulders to get rid of aches and to increase flexibility and strength:

•      Roll both shoulders forward in a circular motion.

•      Roll both shoulders backward in a circular motion.

•      Repeat ten times.

Stretch your wrists to get ready for computer work:

•      Stretch your arm out with palm down.

•      With other hand, pull your fingers down.

•      Hold for three seconds.

•      Then pull up on fingers.

•      Hold for three seconds.

•      Repeat, alternating three times.

Relieve the tired feeling you get in your legs with ankle and calf stretches:

•      Hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight.

•      Flex your ankle by pointing your toes up.

•      Extend your ankle by pointing your toes down.

•      Do ten times and repeat with other leg.

•      Next, draw a circle with your toes, moving one foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise. Change feet.

Desk exercises

Desk exercise 1: Chair squats

Stand in front of your office chair with your feet shoulder width apart, and just mimic your sitting down action. Just as your butt touches the chair, stand back up and repeat. Be sure to lock the wheels if you have a movable chair! This exercise will tone and strengthen your lower body.

Desk exercise 2: Triceps dips on your chair

Sitting on your chair, place your hands on the chair for support and walk your feet out in front until you are in a position with your thighs parallel to the floor, and with your knees bent. Bend the arms at the elbow and lower your body down. Bend so that the elbows are going behind you and not out to the side. Lower a few inches, supporting your body weight with your arms, then push back to the starting point. This move will strengthen the triceps muscle at the back of your arm.

Desk exercise 3: Chair abs

You can work on your six-pack from your office chair! Sit back and ensure you are in a good sitting posture with a straight back. Simply place your hands behind your head and lift one knee toward your chest as you crunch, trying to touch opposite arm to opposite knee. This move will strengthen your core.

Have fun motivating your co-workers in the office and remember that moving during the day may help you to become more productive. For more moves you can do in your chair, check out my chair workout on YouTube.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

What is Visceral Fat & what it does to your body

04 Jun
Published on Nov 12, 2012

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A big thanks goes out to the all new Dr’s for this insight into Visceral fat.

From our own observations at A-Healthier-Life.co.uk & SNACK, Visceral Fat is something that the population in general has little knowledge about, this brief video gives a very short and precise explanation of what it is and the effects that Visceral fat can have on our bodies.

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