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A 90-Day Guide That Teaches How To Look Healthy And Glam

A 90-Day Guide That Teaches How To Look Healthy And Glam

Everyone wants to be beautiful. And why not? Many studies show that beauty bias does exist; attractive people are considered honest, friendly, content, happy, and creative. While the fairness of these assumptions can be subjected to a debate, there’s no harm in trying to keep yourself attractive.

Like all good things, it requires time, effort, and dedication to maintain your beauty. While some heavy makeups can temporarily make you look good, there is no substitute for a rigorous beauty regimen. Unfortunately, this busy world we live in makes it extremely difficult to follow one. But, this should not keep you from having a pretty face coupled with a lovely body.

The infographic below by Holland and Barrett presents to you a 90-day schedule to make sure you remain at your beautiful best.

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    Here are the important points to keep in mind:

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    First things first

    If you enjoy alcoholic beverages, limit them to weekends. Excessive consumption of alcohol takes the glow away from your skin, makes your hair fall out, and makes you look tired.

    The health hazards of smoking are widely publicized. If they are not enough to convince you to quit, here is another one: it ruins your look with icky teeth, premature aging, baggy eyes, wrinkles, yellow fingers, and the list goes on and on.

    Diet is another aspect you need to pay special attention to in order to get beautiful and maintain your beauty. The advantages of healthy, well-balanced food cannot be overstated.

    Daily activities

    While drinking ample amounts of water is necessary for your body, you can also add fresh fruits and fragrant herbs to your water. This way you can get minerals and vitamins that your body needs to keep itself fresh and beautiful.

    Another obvious but often-ignored activity is getting enough sleep. After a tired, busy day, your body needs rest to reinvigorate itself. Having six to nine hours of daily sleep is necessary to keep your body well relaxed and fresh.

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    Taking care of your personal hygiene is an absolute must to keep yourself attractive. We all know the necessity of everyday activities like brushing our teeth and taking a shower. In addition, you will need to use moisturizers to make sure your skin doesn’t dry out.

    Also, take care of your environmental hygiene. Maintain clean, tidy surroundings. This also means not leaving still water around to breed flies and mosquitoes. This helps you avoid insect bites that could leave your skin irritated, swollen, and stained. These tips on keeping the bugs away might help.

    The secret to a lean, fit body is not starving yourself, it is eating the right things in the right amounts. Make sure you include lots of fruits and green vegetables in your diet. They provide you with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition without adding weight. Eating right also makes your skin radiant, soft, and protects your skin from sunburns.

    Weekly Activities

    Using shampoos and conditioners is necessary to have clean, shiny hair. However, you might want to limit them to two times a week. Your body produces some of the best oils and nutrients that are necessary for having strong, long hairs, and breaks between washing your head helps to restore them. Furthermore, you can use coconut oil to keep your hair smooth and hydrated.

    Physical exercises are as essential as your diet when it comes to attaining a healthy, lean, and toned body. Additionally, it makes you stronger, reduces stress, and prevents diseases. Some intense cardio and resistance training will help you burn calories, increase your endurance, and improve your metabolism and digestion. Try some yoga to relax your body and mind.

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    It is a good idea to pamper yourself with a homemade facial mask once a week. You can use homemade face packs made containing vitamin- and mineral-rich avocado. This will nourish your skin and make it soft and radiant.

    Spending some time on trimming and polishing your nails every week is important. By the end of a week, most of the previously applied polishes are worn out and not so pretty. Removing or redoing them will make your hands and feet look gorgeous.

    Fortnightly Activities

    Facial hairs can grow pretty fast, so it is important to keep them under control. Usually, threading once every fifteen days is enough to keep your well-maintained look.

    If you’re not a big fan of body hair, removing it twice in a month is quite important. You can try waxing (beware the pain!) or go for other hair removal methods, such as household laser hair removal kits (studies show that these devices are effective).

    Your feet and hands need some pampering too. Bimonthly manicures and pedicures will keep your hands and feet neat, clean, and gorgeous.

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    Monthly Activities

    Visiting a salon once a month is highly recommended to keep yourself well groomed.

    Make sure to get a body wrap once a month. Body wraps moisturize your body, exfoliate dead skin, get rid of toxins from your body, and reduce cellulite and stretch marks, among other benefits.

    Featured photo credit: Lady Summer III by Ivan Turkouski via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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      Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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