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Awesome Ways to Get an Hourglass Figure

Awesome Ways to Get an Hourglass Figure

Many people think that in order to have an hourglass figure (full bust and hips, small waist), you have to be born with the right genetics. To some extent, this is true but any woman can have this figure, and no, you don’t have to go out and get expensive cosmetic surgery to do so. You just need to have enough of a desire to have this figure that you will work hard for it. Here are some of the things you will need to do in order to have a perfect hourglass figure.

1. Eat Properly

Great bodies are made in the kitchen. We all know that in order to be healthy, we need to follow a healthy, well-balanced diet. This is especially important when you are trying to get that hourglass figure. For instance, if you need to lose weight, you will need to cut your caloric intake.

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You should also be eating healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, good proteins, good fats (yes, we need fats, but there is a difference between the good and the bad), fiber, decrease your overall sugar intake, etc. Also, start drinking more water. Not only will it help you to lose weight, it will also do wonders for your skin, hair, and nails. Drinking water will also help you to eat less, because your brain will be fooled into thinking that you have eaten.

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2. Get Waisted

Another great way to gain an hourglass shape is through waist training. Latex waist trainers especially work great with your normal exercise routines as it helps rump up perspiration in the mid section while molding your body into an hourglass figure. Waist trainers also minimize the overall amount of food you eat and also make you seem like you have an hourglass shape with it on. Many celebrities swear that nothing does a better job in giving you an hourglass figure than a waist trainer.

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3. Do the Right Workouts

Everyone needs to get at least a couple of minutes of exercise each day in order to maintain good health. If you want to get an hourglass figure, you need to do specific types of exercises. For instance, you will want to do exercises such as sit-ups, twists, etc. to reduce abdominal fat and get it toned up. You will also want to improve the muscle tone in your butt and breasts, which is going to make them look larger without making them look fat.

It is also a good idea to walk or run to keep your legs well-toned. Don’t forget to work your arms as well, because even if you get that hourglass figure, you won’t be happy if you still have flabby arms. Some recommended exercises that will help you achieve the hourglass shape include:

  • Cardio – This is going to help slim down the mid section of your body, and get your legs nice and toned. Some of the best cardio workouts you can do include jogging, riding a bike, interval training, and dancing. To reach your goals, it is recommended that you do 30 minutes of cardio, five times each week. To emphasize on your waist, it’s recommended to do these exercises with a waist trainer.
  • Butt Toning – There are specific exercises you can do that will help firm and tone your butt. These include lunges, squats, and leg curls.
  • Leg Toning – Toned legs are part of the perfect hourglass figure. To get great legs, some of the exercises you should be doing include lateral step-ups, side lunges, and Pilates.
  • Upper Body Toning – Don’t forget about your upper arms and shoulders. Exercises you can do to keep these areas toned include bench dips, shoulder presses, and arm circles.
  • Increase Your Breast Size – You can do this without surgery if you are doing the right exercises. To increase the size of your breasts, try doing push-ups, bench presses, and dumbbell flies.

Featured photo credit: lauren rushing via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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