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10 Secrets To Aging Like A French Woman

10 Secrets To Aging Like A French Woman

France is a country rich in culture; whether it is art, architecture, sports, fashion, literature, music, cinema, philosophy, cuisine, society… the list is endless. According to United Nations World Tourism Organisation, there was a record 83.7 millions visitors visited in France alone, in 2014. Apparently, one of the reasons behind such trips to that country is the French women.

Have you ever wondered what could be the secret behind the beauty of a Francais woman? Well, it could be a lot of things. The lifestyle they build from their childhood, to the lifestyle they continue even when they are old, is the first most important thing. Do you know why? Because what they practice from the early days become a habit, more like a ritual for them. And it is these habits that make these beauties age longer than other women. Here are few secrets that you may want to know if you want to age like a French belle.

1. Positive belief in oneself.

French ladies are positive. They embrace whatever flaws they have. They don’t care much about their wrinkles, or big nose, or whether they are going bald. They would expose their skin, in public (where appropriate), not worrying about what the world would think. And because of this frame of mind, these beauties prefer not to go under the knife and alter their parts of the bodies.

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2. Routine skin care.

French women go through regular facial treatments. They apply generous amount of sunscreen whenever they head out, regardless of the weather condition. Moisturizing, adequate amount of sound sleep, healthy food, expose to less toxicity, less cigarettes, and avoiding the sun as much as possible are some of the “open-secrets” to their skin care regime.

3. They are always “a la mode”.

Fashion and French women go hand in hand. More or less, every fashion conscious woman would want to know why the French femmes are such trend-setters. There has to be something that they do uniquely that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Here are some fashion tips that you might be interested in.

4. Being sexy all the time.

From being a la mode to being sex symbols, these femmes are good at everything. You will notice, there are numbers of beauties that are 40 and above years old. Starting from Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Michele Mercier, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau, to Laetitia Casta, Juliette Bincohe, Sophie Marceau, the list just goes on and on. These powerful femme fatale are not scared of showing off their cleavage, they don’t think twice about wearing high heels, or short skirts. This also manifests their confidence in themselves.

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5. Romance, romance everywhere.

French women don’t stop at being all sexy. They are flirtatious, and believe in romance. The capital city of France, Paris, is considered to be the most romantic place on Earth. Do you know why? Because not only the women are seductive and beautiful, they are in love with their partners, and would stop by a bridge over the Seine, and would kiss. They prefer to walk hand-in-hand with their confrere, and wander off to some beautiful place.

6. They celebrate life.

French women, of all ages, celebrate life to the fullest. They cater to their passions of getting spoiled through visiting the salons, traveling, making love, laughing out loud, eating whatever they want to, without any guilt conscious. They love cinema, art, architecture, they love literature, music, and dance. They love wine, and they love to socialize.

7. Eat well to stay well!

French femmes believes in good food. Food that burst into nutritions, are full of flavor, and are palatable. Now, they may not seem too picky about what they eat, but they are quite strict about maintaining the amount, and the times of meals they eat. They have three proper meals: breakfast like a prince, lunch fit for a king, and dinner like a peasant. They also make sure the entire family is present at the dining table; it is more like a family time for them.

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Most of the time, meals are as: a starter course of some salad; the main dish, which consists of chicken, or fish, or pasta, and a side dish of vegetables; there’s the cheese course, most of the times, they prefer yogurt or cheese; and lastly, the dessert that contains mostly fruits.

Clafoutis aux olives noires confites (candied black olive cake) is an example of a classic French dessert. It has a unique recipe, and is definitely worth a try!

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    8. Francais femmes enjoy water and wine.

    We all know France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. Of all the beverages, the femmes prefer wine, and of course, water. Their first priority is water. Always. All the time. The adults are fond of having at least one glass of wine everyday. That’s all for their drinks. No other

    9. They love movement.

    So, you are wondering, if they eat hearty meals and drink, and engage themselves in merriment, then how come they have well maintained figure? Well, they don’t specifically enjoy hitting the gym, but they are constantly on the move. They love walking, swimming, running, jogging, cycling, gardening, playing sports, anything that involves movement. They are always moving. And that, mon ami, is the secret of them being all slim and trim.

    10. They live the moment!

    Regardless of how old one is growing, the Francais femmes sure know how to live the moment. The older one grows, the merrier she becomes. They will dance alongside their younger counterparts, and they will never let go off their fashion sense. They will put make-up matching their age, and they will style their hair too. They are very family-oriented. And they will never skip any fun that they are invited to.

    These are the habits that the French women perpetuate everyday. These routines keep them healthy, fit and fine, and aids them to age slower than usual. They know how to embrace aliveness. They love what they do, without regretting at all. They are happy, carefree, fashionable, and are attractive!

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    Last Updated on May 22, 2019

    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

    There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

    One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

    In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

    Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

    1. Cat Camel Stretch

    Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

    Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

    Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

    Here’s a video to guide you through:

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    2. Go for a Walk or a Run

    This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

    Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

    The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

    Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

    Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

    3. Jumping Jacks

    Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

    Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

    4. Abductor Side Lifts

    Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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    Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

    5. Balancing Table Pose

    This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

    Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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      6. Leg Squats

      Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

      Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

      The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

      7. Push Ups

      You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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      An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

      Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

      This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

      8. Bicycle Crunches

      There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

      Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

      9. Lunges

      Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

      Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

      This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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      10. Bicep Curls

      You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

      Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

      Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

      Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

      Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

      These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

      You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

      Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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