Friday, April 30, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
1. Head over to the local park to play on the equipment. Between the slides, the monkey bars, and the swings, you could have a great 30 minutes having fun and managing a great work-out. Some places have trails with stops to do certain exercises so when you are done you’ve completed a circuit but I’d rather enjoy the play equipment.
2. Pop on a video or throw on a game such as Wii bowling and spend a nice 30 minutes enjoying your time. I tried Wii bowling one time and was surprised I managed a good workout. I’m told they offer many different sports.
3. Take your pet out for a walk or offer to walk a neighbor's dog. I don’t own a pet but I’ve seen friends who take their dog out walking, or running while they ride their bicycle or even roller skate. They say it is a great workout.
4. Pull out a rope and start jumping or offer to jump with a child or family member. Jumping rope is a great exercise and it is quite aerobic. It can be done either inside or out and if you have to move the equipment, it is easy.
5. One thing I loved to do as a child was bowl because I could do it with my grandparents. Bowling is great for strengthening and toning your muscles, In a really good game, you can use up to 300 calories. According to research, the average bowler walks over a half mile during a three game set.
6. Head out to a nice evening dance and enjoy yourself dancing but if you don’t like doing it in public, clear out a large space, put on the music and dance. If you have a lot of great moving music, you can work up a great sweat, burn calories, and engage your whole body.
7. Most cities have walking tours you could sign up for. A walking tour might take you through some of the places reputed to have ghosts, or maybe a foodie tour, or one that allows you to check out various parks. In downtown Anchorage, I did part of the solar system walk which started you off in the sun and you could walk to mercury, venus, the earth, mars, etc. Another time, I visited Pikes Peak Market in Seattle and explored that thing from top to bottom and edge to edge. I got quite a workout that time.
8. Have you ever thought about playing a sport? It is easy to get a workout when you are involved in a sport. I love Volleyball but haven’t been involved recently due to Covid but I do remember how great I felt at the end of the night. If you are into sports and enjoy playing one, you are more likely to continue participating
These are just a few ways to make exercise more fun while fitting it in so it becomes a habit. I love taking walks by the ocean, or participating in volleyball, or even exploring shopping malls from top to bottom, end to end. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear. Have a great day.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
As far as intensity goes, it again depends on the type of exercise. For cardio workouts, you want a mix of low, medium and high intensity to stimulate different parts of the body and keep you from overtraining. I often choose interval workouts because they alternate medium with high intensity and are often a bit shorter.
On the other hand, intensity is defined differently when talking about strength training. Intensity is defined by the exercise chosen, the number of repetitions, the amount of weight, and the total sets done. If you are a beginner, you might want to build muscle stability and endurance by using weights that weigh less but have sets with a higher number of repetitions.
On the other hand, if you want to develop your muscles, you would do fewer sets with a higher number of repetitions while using moderate weights. If you want to build strength consider doing more sets containing fewer repetitions while using heavier weights.
Last is type which might be cardio such as running, walking, dancing, or anything that requires movement while strength training includes, kettlebelly, bands, dumbbells, or resistance machines. If at any time, you start getting bored, adjust to the level of intensity, or your weight loss stalls, think about changing one of the F.I.T.T components to shock your body into burning calories more efficiently.
I try to change mine around but I am not as successful as I might be. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear. Have a great day.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
It is important to vary your workout routine for several reasons including helping the brain and shocking the muscles otherwise, things might not progress. If you are trying to lose weight, switching up workouts can help you break through the weight loss plateau you are experiencing. When you add a new activity, your body has to work harder thus burning more calories. With the new exercises, your body is becoming more efficient which helps you lose weight more easily.
Secondly, switching up workouts helps your body avoid getting a repetitive stress injury. This type of injury occurs when you do the same motion such as running, kicking a ball, or hitting a tennis ball, over and over. When you switch up workouts, you give your joints and muscles a chance to recover. In addition, if you injure one part of your body, you can still workout using other parts of your body.
Switching up workouts also allows every muscle to develop rather than just one set such as happens with long distance runners or swimmers. Furthermore, working all the muscles allows you to be a better all round athlete and allows you to build stronger muscles. It also helps you look better.
Unfortunately, when you do the same set of exercises over and over, you can get bored. When you switch up your workouts, you feel as if each season is new and exciting. This helps your mental attitude towards exercising. If you aren’t in a position to change out the type of exercise, you can add variation such as speeding up for three minutes during your walk and then walking at a regular speed for one minute. Or you might carry hand weights during the walk every other day, just something to change it up.
In addition, when you add in a new workout or change them around, your brain won’t get bored, and if it requires some thought and memorization, it helps the brain stay alert and active. Active people tend to be at a lower risk for certain types of heart issues. Another possibility happens when you workout at a gym because you get to know people and may end up with new workout partners. When you have a workout partner, you are more likely to continue exercising and it makes life more interesting.
I know I love having someone to walk with when I head out on my two to three mile walks in the summer. It makes the time go so much faster. So these are some reasons why you should switch up your exercise routines. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear. Have a great day.
Monday, April 19, 2021
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Saturday, April 17, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
If you read up on the amount of water you need every day, you’ll see a rather large number but according to Mayo Clinic, that number may not be correct. Let’s start with how water helps us. First of all, your body weight is composed of 50% to 70% water and it is necessary to survive
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Friday, April 9, 2021
Eyebrow stencils come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on what you want. Do you want thick and full or thin and narrow? Once you’ve chosen the perfect brow, you place it over your brow, hold it in place with your thumb and index finger, and color. Then repeat on the other side.
If you get stencils made out of plastic, you can clean them and then reuse them multiple times. Some eyebrow stencil sets have handles so you don’t have to use your fingers to hold them in place while others have a gentle adhesive to hold them in place. When you are done, you just peel the stencil off and clean them for reuse. In addition, pick up an eyebrow contour kit so you have everything you need to use the stencils properly.
If you don’t have the money for a kit, there are instructions on how to make your own or print out free templates on the internet but when you consider it is possible to get a kit for around $4.00, I think I’d get the kit.
Now for those of us who struggle to put on eyeliner properly, there are eyeliner stencils available for our use. I have so much trouble getting my eyeliner to look good. Usually it looks like a 2nd grader drew it. In addition, there are eyeliner stamps one can use to apply a nice liner.
Eyeliner stamps come in a couple of versions. The first version is dual tipped with a stamp on one end and a felt tip on the other and both are self-inking. One uses the stamp end first to put down the basic line and then fills it in with the felt tip. The stamp is used to start the line and the felt tip finishes the line.
The other type of eyeliner stamp has two ends which are dipped in a pot of liquid. One end is for the left eye while the other end is for the right side. There is also a liner that has a wheel attached to it. The liquid liner is rolled across the eyelid to produce a nice line. Then we have eyeliner stencils which stick to the eye and give you a line to follow. These tend to be really sticky so you don’t accidentally go under the edge thus they can take off eye makeup so it’s best to apply before the eye shadow and other eye makeup.
I like the idea of stencils but nothing that could make it harder to put on my regular makeup. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear. Have a great day.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
There are days when a person wants a little dab of color. Other days, a person prefers having a deep wine red to make them feel sexy and other days no color at all. I’ve gone shopping and often wondered how lipstick, lip gloss, and lip stain vary. I can tell you right now that my mother is a lipstick person who would never do gloss or stain while my sister preferred a hit of color.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Instead of washing your hair every day or two, one should use only a conditioner once or twice between the full washing with shampoo and conditioner or when you don’t have time to do a full wash. Using only conditioner is said to eliminate dried ends while making hair look both silky and shiny. Some people do recommend totally eliminating shampoo and only ever using conditioner.
This technique is especially good for those who have curly hair because it keeps the hair more moisturized and helps strands undergo less breakage but it can be used for any hair type. According to those who have made the switch, your hair may suddenly feel greasy for a day or two but it will go back to normal.
In fact, people have reported they really like the results of using only a conditioner because it always leaves their hair feeling wonderful and manageable. If you are worried, the conditioner is quite capable of cleansing hair while working natural oils into the scalp. Furthermore, one can rely on the more inexpensive conditioners to do the job.
If you want to incorporate more co-washes into your routine, choose a conditioner that is meant for your hair type and has ingredients that help hydrate your hair. When you buy your conditioner, make sure it is sulphate free so it doesn’t dry out your hair. One important thing to do before co-washing your hair is to make sure it is detangled prior to washing your hair with conditioner.
There are a couple ways to co-wash your hair. One method is to apply the condition at the scalp and work it out to the ends unless you have extremely long hair in which case you might have to add more at the roots. The other method is to section your hair into between 4 and 8 sections. Apply the conditioner to each section both inside and outside before placing it in a bun. Once all the conditioned sections are in the bun, undo it and rinse the conditioner out.
Then reapply the conditioner to all the hair, massage the scalp, and comb through the hair using a wide toothed comb before rinsing. Although the conditioner does cleanse the hair, it is recommended one use a clarifying shampoo once in a while or you can spritz diluted apple cider vinegar into your scalp before co-washing.
I usually end up with twice the number of conditioner bottles as shampoo because I use quite a lot on my hair to keep it hydrated. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear. Have a great day.
Friday, April 2, 2021
I tend to watch shows and series on Amazon Prime that deal with fashion, hair, and make-up just to learn more, see trends, and just because some of them are quite interesting. I watched a short 6 episode series on people doing things to their hair from braids to bleaching to shaving it. In one episode, the young lady decided to go after something called a method haircut.