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5 Natural Ways to Instantly Look Better in the Morning

5 Natural Ways to Instantly Look Better in the Morning

The internet is filled with endless listicles detailing how you can start looking and feeling better every day, but most of those lists only offer long-term solutions to the problem. These lists also tend to rely heavily on makeup, making them less than ideal for men, and tend to suggest using caffeine, different vitamins or this week’s miracle food, which all might contain things you maybe don’t want to put in your body. So, what else can you do when it is 7:00AM, you look like you’ve been run over by a tank, and you have a big meeting coming up at ten? Here are five quick-fix tricks to help you look more alive instantly!

1. Stand Up Straight

Years of slumping in unhealthy plastic chairs as a child at school, desperately trying to get comfortable, have probably done a number on your posture. Most people these days suffer from poor posture, which is not only unhealthy, but is also a certified way to make you look heavier, older and more tired than you actually are. So stand up straight, show off those abs and don’t just look better, but actually feel better!

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2. Hold Cold Spoons Under Your Eyes

This may sound like an old trick, but I’ve been using it for years and it really does work. If you wake up and see that you’ve got the grocery bags for a family of four under your eyes, quickly pop into the kitchen before you get into the shower and put two metal tablespoons into the refrigerator. Then, when you’re done showering, gently press the cold spoons onto your under-eyes for at least thirty seconds (or longer, if necessary) and voilà! Instant puff-reduction! Though you might still have some dark circles… that’s where makeup might be necessary… sorry.

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3. Use Moisturizer.

While this is probably already standard procedure for most of the ladies reading this, gents: please, please, throw some moisturizer on your face after you shower or wash. Dry skin will always look dull and sallow, making you look old, unhealthy, tired and just poorly groomed. Not only does using moisturizer on your face make you look better in the short-term, it will also help keep your skin looking young and healthy as you age. For best results, use a combined moisturizer and SPF, and if you already have oily or acne prone skin, or if you have just shaved your face, try an oil-free moisturizer type to prevent excessive shine, pimples and ingrown hairs. Also, those dark circles not taken care of by the spoons? Moisturizer will help with that, so go heavy under the eyes!

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4. Make Sure You’re Wearing the Right Colors for You

Have you ever noticed that even on days when you feel great and your skin looks amazing, you put on your outfit for the day and all of a sudden… meh? That’s probably because you’re wearing the wrong colors for your personal color-type. Your color-type is determined by the undertones of your skin, hair and eyes, and knowing your color-type is essential to knowing which colors will look good on you and bring out your best attributes, and which colors will wash you out. Not sure what your color-type is? Try out this quick little color-type diagnostic quiz to find out, and also find tips about which colors will suit you.

5. Dance it Out

If you look like crap when you wake up in the morning, chances are you also feel like crap. To give yourself a jump start that doesn’t involve any potentially hazardous chemicals, just turn on some groove-tunes and dance while you’re getting ready. The happy, poppy tunes will put you in a better mood, and dancing will get your heartbeat up, effectively waking you up and also getting your blood flowing faster through your veins and into your skin. If your blood is circulating better, you’ll have better coloration in your skin, instantly making you look (and feel) more alive.

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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.

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