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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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