12 Reasons to Work Out Today

06 Nov
Posted by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA – Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness

Exercise for a wide range of health benefits.

Are you struggling to find some fitness motivation this week? Is the idea of squeezing into that outfit or adjusting your belt buckle to a smaller hole not giving you the motivational push you need? If you’re looking for some reasons to get in shape, here are 12 winners to get you motivated today.

Improved health is the primary reason we need to exercise and consume a nutritious diet. We are often easily motivated by our external appearance, but that’s always changing—especially as we age. It feels like we have to work twice as hard and be twice as disciplined to get the same results that came so easily when we were younger. Change is something we all have to accept. Your body may be continually changing, both internally and externally, but your desire to be healthy should never change.

12 Tips on Fitness Motivation

1. Heart health

Engaging in cardiovascular activity is good for your heart. Your heart is a muscle, and pushing it to work hard a few days each week may help to improve your cardiac output. If you engage in cardiovascular activity on a regular basis, you may lower your overall resting heart rate, which is good for your health long-term.

2. Glowing skin

When you exercise, you increase the blood flow around your body. Your post-workout glow may not last all day, but you’ll look more radiant right after your session. If you’re lucky, the healthy glow will make you look and feel great.

3. Improved posture

Exercising on a regular basis may make you become more aware of your posture. As you gain body confidence and movement awareness, you become more conscious of what feels right for your body. Slouching may become a bad habit of the past. As an extra bonus, good posture makes you look taller.

4. Fewer aches and pains

If you have sore and stiff joints that are caused from sitting down all day, moving more often will help to alleviate that stiffness. Joints that are immobile tend to get sore. Once you’re moving on a regular basis, you improve the range of motion, and movements of everyday living become easier to perform.

5. Improved body composition

When you make exercise a part of your lifestyle, you’ll start to notice changes in how you look and feel. You may lose excess body fat and gain lean muscle mass, which is great for your appearance and it also helps your body to become more efficient at burning calories. Having a high percentage of lean muscle mass requires more calories just to sustain itself than someone of the same weight who has a higher percentage of body fat.

6. Feel happier

Performing physical exercise can make you feel happier in your daily life. One of the reasons for this is that your body releases an increased amount of endorphins when you’re active. Endorphins are your body’s natural happy hormone. You may also feel happier because you’re taking good care of your body. This sense of accomplishment can often make you have a greater sense of well-being.

7. Control your weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.

8. More energy

Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. When you exercise, your body must deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues to help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily tasks.

9. Boost brain power

Working out on a regular basis may help to improve your brain function. Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance. Studies suggest that a tough workout may also increase levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body. BDNF is believed to help with decision-making and higher learning.

10. Less stress

Exercise may act as a temporary diversion to daily stress. When you’re exercising or having fun doing activities, you’re generally not thinking about the things in your life that are difficult. Taking time out of your busy day to focus on yourself can reduce the feeling of stress. Less stress can also help with weight loss, because many people eat unhealthy foods to combat stress.

11. Meet new people

Exercise provides an opportunity for social interaction that may otherwise be lacking in your life. Starting a new activity can help you find a new circle of friends or provide you with a healthier opportunity to reconnect with old ones. So often we go out to eat to socialize, but doing an activity is much better for your waistline.

12. Better sleep

Being active can help to improve your sleep habits for several reasons. Exercising raises your body’s core temperature. As it cools back down to normal, it can help you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep. Because activity can help reduce your stress levels, drifting off at night may become easier.

There you have it—my top 12 fitness motivation reasons.

Get Your Heart Pumping for Healthy Looking Skin

28 Feb
Posted by Herbalife Nutrition
Exercises like running promote heart health.

Your heart health is a major contributor to the overall appearance of your skin. Let’s look at some ways to keep

your heart healthy and your skin glowing.

Looking and feeling your absolute best is a common desire. If you are healthy on the inside, you can often tell just by looking in the mirror. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well. Your skin is a true reflection of what is going on inside of your body. And while you may be consumed with beauty products and the latest fashions to enhance your appearance, sometimes you cannot discount the importance of simply taking care of your body from the inside out. Your dietary choices, daily supplements, water intake and overall healthy, active lifestyle are all essential steps to healthy looking skin. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting your skin are also essential steps to take in pursuit of a more youthful looking appearance.

When it comes to your skin, believe it or not, your heart is a major contributor to your overall appearance. There is a direct link between a healthy heart and healthy skin. Let’s take a look at just how important your heart is when it comes to achieving that healthy, youthful glow.

When looking at the cardiovascular benefits brought on by your day-to-day activities or exercising regimen, you probably aren’t thinking about your skin. But you should be. When your heart is really pumping, you can be sure that it’s helping to deliver oxygenated blood and nutrients to the living layers of your skin. Your skin contains a very intricate system of blood vessels that help transport oxygen and nutrients to those cells that contribute to how your skin looks. When your blood flow is improved and that oxygen-rich blood is delivered to both your skin and muscles, you experience that awesome post-workout glow. It’s a bit of a flushed look that gives you rosy cheeks and a more youthful appearance. All thanks to your heart!

Your heart helps boost collagen as well. When it’s working hard and improving circulation and blood flow, the added blood, oxygen and nutrient supply that are delivered directly to the skin also help to improve your collagen production. And we all know how precious collagen is when it comes to skin. It helps to keep your skin plump and provides it with a smoother looking appearance. Collagen is key to a youthful appearance. It’s a protein that’s made up of amino acids and it makes up approximately 30% of the proteins found in your body. When it comes to your skin, collagen helps with the renewal of skin cells and is important for the skin’s elasticity. It’s also key for skin suppleness and firmness.

The heart is responsible for healthy circulation for the body as a whole. And it’s that circulation that keeps your skin looking more radiant. But it’s not just about increasing your blood flow to deliver oxygen and nutrients. It’s also about carrying away waste products from your working cells. Those waste products can include free radicals, which are a cause of early aging, other disorders of the skin and the body as a whole. It’s all about helping your body to flush out the cellular debris from your system in the name of looking and feeling your best. Consider it a way to cleanse your skin from the inside out.

As an added bonus and another reason to get your heart pumping, a healthy heart is great for your hair, too. That improved blood flow that does wonders for your skin can also be beneficial to your hair. It can help to keep your hair stronger and looking healthier. That same oxygenated blood and nutrients help to stimulate your hair follicles, too. When this happens, it can help promote hair growth.

Remember, one of the most important things about exercising and getting your heart pumping is that it helps to alleviate stress. Lower stress levels help you to relax, sleep better and keep your skin from taking on that brow-furrowed, stressed-out appearance, which definitely can age you. And less stress has been known to keep hair from becoming brittle and falling out.

So, in the name of beauty, here’s to staying fit, exercising more to keep your heart as healthy as possible and reaping the wonderful rewards a healthy heart has to offer. Not only internally, but externally as well. A healthy heart = healthy skin.

Go for the Glow: 4 Ways Exercise Helps Your Skin

20 Feb

Posted by Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training  0 Comment


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Sweating benefits your skin.

The benefits of exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle are numerous. A regular exercise regimen can provide
amazing benefits to your skin.

Our skin is the largest living organ of the body and it’s the one that everyone gets to look at. It becomes part of our identity, part of our uniqueness and something that we need to take care of every single day. When people think of exercising they are most likely trying to get fit, stay fit, lose some weight or improve their overall quality of life. But did you know that exercise has a positive impact on our skin? Just the thought of this might get me off the couch once and for all!

If you’re one of those people who have already embraced the concept of exercising and a healthy, active lifestyle, then you can attest to the positive results on your skin. Just take a look at yourself in the mirror post-workout. I bet your skin has a gorgeous glow, and you can see how it’s reaping the rewards of your exercising efforts. Here’s how:

Sweating it Out

When we exercise, we’re increasing our blood flow to the living layers of the skin. Opening up those sweat glands can push out some of what clogs the pores, too. However, it’s important to practice healthy hygiene post-workout. We definitely want to wash off the dirt as soon as possible and not risk re-clogging our pores.

Tone Those Muscles

Let’s face it, everyone looks better with toned muscles. When our bodies are toned, our skin takes on a more toned appearance. And the more muscle tone we have, the healthier and more youthful we will look from head to toe. If you wear any kind of body shaping garments, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you are living with cellulite and you aren’t thrilled with how it looks, consider exercising. It may give the whole area a more flattering appearance.

Go for the Glow

If you want fabulous looking skin, then it’s time to exercise to go for glowing skin. That instant, healthy-looking, post-workout glow is undeniable. Why do we glow you ask? When you get your heart really pumping, the living layers of your skin receive a nice delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients. When this happens, your circulation is improved, which helps with your skin’s overall glow. You will then start to produce more natural oils, which will provide your skin with that healthy “glisten.”

Stress Less

If you want to clear your mind in pursuit of mental clarity and great skin, then take a long walk, an aerobics class or a swim in the pool. Exercise is wonderful for reducing stress, and if you can achieve that you’ll be able to see it reflected in your skin. Stressed out skin is never a good look. In fact if you can find an exercise routine that you enjoy, it will help to ease that stress.

While exercise can have positive effects on your skin, here are a few cautionary tips:

  • If you’re exercising outdoors, remember to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun by
    applying your SPF before you get started.
  • Keep your exposed skin as covered as possible, seek shade when you can and avoid working out during peak sun times, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Depending on what type of exercise you are doing, be aware of skin chafing. Tight fitting exercise clothing coupled with sweating can lead to skin irritations. Avoid clothing that is too restricting and apply a nice moisturizer or powder to the areas that are most prone to irritation.
  • If swimming is your exercise of choice, be sure to rinse off as soon as possible. Chlorinated pools and salt water can be dehydrating to the skin and hair.

How to achieve glowing skin in just minutes!

23 Jul

How to achieve glowing skin in just minutes!

How to achieve glowing skin in minutes!

What’s the secret weapon for achieving glowing skin in just minutes? Hint: It’s something I tell you time and time again on what you MUST do during your daily beauty regimen.

Cleansing your skin is just a fancy phrase for “washing your face.” And it’s something that everyone needs to do no matter what! Cleansing is the first, and arguably the most important, skin care step in both your daytime and nighttime regimens. Cleansers are instrumental in removing the dirt, oils and impurities from the surface of our skin. And ladies, they’re great for removing makeup at the end of the day. Everyone MUST wash their face first thing in the morning and the end of the day before bedtime if they want to achieve youthful looking, glowing skin.

Both men and women will benefit considerably from proper facial cleansing. Even if your face looks clean, chances are it’s not! There are things I like to call “invisible impurities” that land on our skin and can cause a lot of unnecessary damage if not properly removed. Pollution, smoke, hair spray and perfumes all have the potential to end up on your skin and must be removed to ensure our skin maintains its healthy glow. There’s nothing worse than dull, drab looking skin—especially when we can fix it with a quick cleansing in just a minute or two!

It’s important to remember that bars soaps are generally formulated for the body because they contain stronger detergents and deodorizers than your average facial cleanser. That bar soap has a lot of territory to cover and needs the extra potency to cleanse and deodorize. Think about where that bar soap goes and then think about it touching your face. (Giggle…I knew that would get you!) Please keep the bar soap for the body, and choose a cleanser that is properly formulated for the delicate facial skin.

Choosing the right cleanser for your skin is very important. If you suffer from dry skin, you want to look for a hydrating cleanser that’s sulfate free. Look for ingredients such as Aloe Vera that will provide wonderful hydrating properties. How do you know if your skin is dry? Look in the mirror! You may notice some dry, flakey patches, your skin will be sensitive to temperature extremes and dare I say it… Any fine lines you may have will be more noticeable. The good thing about having dry skin is you usually have less blemishes and breakouts. The not so good news is that people with dry skin tend to look a bit older than they really are.

If your skin is on the oily side you will notice excess oil build up in the T-zone area. The t-zone includes the forehead, nose, chin and inner cheeks. This is where we have the most oil glands on our face, so the excess oil will be most noticeable in these areas. People who have oily skin tend to be more prone to blemishes and breakouts. The good news is that those with oily skin tend to look a bit younger because fine lines are much less noticeable.

Once you’ve selected the proper cleanser for your skin type, follow these simple steps for glowing skin:

  1. Before you cleanse your skin, you must cleanse your hands. The last thing you want to do is spread germs and other yucky stuff all over your face.
  2. Only cleanse your skin using warm water. Never use water that’s overly hot or cold as extremes in the temperature of the water can damage the capillaries in your skin.
  3. Dampen your skin and hands and squeeze a dollop of cleanser in the palm of your hands. How much product you use is entirely up to you so, experiment until you get the proper amount that works best for you.
  4. Once the product is in your hand, rub your hands together and then gently massage into your skin using a circular motion. Be sure to thoroughly massage your skin including your neck and throat area.
  5. Be careful when washing around your eyes as you don’t want your cleanser to end up in your eyes, as it will most likely be uncomfortable for you.
  6. Once you’ve massaged the cleanser into your skin, rinse until your face is clean.
  7. Gently pat your skin dry; don’t rub, with a clean towel.
  8. Follow the cleansing process by toning, applying your serum, eye product and day or night time moisturizer to complete your daily skin care regimen.

That’s it!  Follow these simple cleansing tips every morning and every evening and your skin will look clean and refreshed.  If you aren’t too great at following your evening skin care routine, I will cut you a tiny bit of slack. I too have, on occasion, been simply too exhausted to follow my own advice. However I must say, for the women out there, it is imperative to remove that makeup from your skin before you go to sleep. If it means keeping cleansing cloths on your nightstand, then by all means do that. It’s not ideal but it’s better than doing nothing. Also, by removing all of the surface dirt, oils and makeup from your face, your other skin care products such as toner, serum and moisturizers will be able to penetrate more effectively into your skin so you get the maximum benefits from your skin care regimen. Look for cleansers with fresh, natural scents, cleansing jojoba beads and Aloe Vera for a wonderful cleansing experience.

Because our skin type does change on a regular basis, it’s always good to have a few cleansers on hand. Give yourself a quick look in the mirror before jumping into the shower so you know exactly what cleanser you should use. Let’s face it, some days we wake up oily and some days we wake up with dehydrated skin so let’s be prepared for anything by keeping cleansers for both skin types on hand at all times.

If you have any glowing skin tips you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at HerbalifeDiscover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.

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