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5 Habits That Have the Power to Transform the Way You Look

5 Habits That Have the Power to Transform the Way You Look

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every morning we wake up and look in the mirror as we get ready for whatever life is going to throw at us over the next 24 hours. Are you happy with the image reflected in the mirror? Chances are, if you’re unhappy with your appearance, you’re probably making less than your more attractive coworkers. If that doesn’t aggravate you, consider that depression and anxiety often stem from poor body image.

While it isn’t fair to judge a book by its cover, in the corporate world, we are judged (and compensated) in part, by our appearance.

According to Professor Daniel Hamermesh, “…attractive people are likely to earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average looks.”

If you want to maximize your potential earnings over the course of your lifetime, here are 5 habits you need to adopt right now!

1. Workout for at least 30 minutes a day

Working out before going to work is a great way to boost your mood and energy levels throughout the day. Burning more calories means you can trim body fat and appear more fit. Making fitness a daily habit simply makes common sense; it increases your lifespan, improves your quality of life and improves personal productivity.

2. Wash and moisturize your face daily

Your skin is one of your body’s most sensitive organs. Protecting it with sunblock and minimizing overall sun exposure is a great first step. But, pay special attention to your face. The oils from hair products, harsh chemicals in make-up and the foreign substances transferred from our hands when we touch our face make a relentless attack on our facial skin.

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According to this article by Beauty Mineral, “…chamomile, vitamin E and Dunaliella Salina Algae (from the Dead Sea) help to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.”

Smooth, moisturized skin, free from clogged pours and blemishes contributes to a youthful, radiant look that makes a killer first impression.

3. Monitor and correct the bags developing under your eyes

When looking in the mirror, pay close attention to the bags that develop under your eyes. The focal point of your face, especially in a business context, are your eyes. As you discuss projects and meet with clients, your eyes will be in focus. If you have puffy bags under them, you not only look older but potentially unhealthy.

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According to this article by Ronald Gold, “…personal lifestyle habits can prematurely cause under eye baggage.”

This means that both lifestyle choices and age can cause your eyes to puff up. Thankfully there are treatments available to help minimize this problem and help you appear younger and more attractive. But, left unchecked, you might appear subconsciously to the outside world to be too tired to be effective at work.

4. Regularly refresh your wardrobe

You’d be surprised at how many men and women forget to update their attire on a regular basis. It’s understandable. Shopping can be a pain, and it might seem like fashion is changing at a breakneck pace. But, those who can find a way to stay on top of trends and keep their wardrobe fitted well to their body type (something that changes from month to month for most people) will reap the benefits.

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Jewelry isn’t a bad idea either! Choose one item for each outfit that you feel really makes you feel beautiful. This is your power piece. Use it to buttress your confidence and make a statement.

5. Don’t cut corners on hair styling and care!

Almost everyone has hair. It’s something that can either make or break your appearance. If you don’t believe me, look at how many hairstyles Hillary Clinton has tried out during this campaign cycle. It’s clearly a challenge for her to get it just right, and she has the best stylists in the world on immediate speed dial!

Find a style that compliments your face. If you have a wide bone structure, go with volume. If your face is elongated, try and go with a flatter style. Don’t ever cut corners when picking a hair stylist. Spend the extra money and establish a relationship with someone who has a proven eye for style. Supercuts are great for maintenance, but trust a real pro with any major changes or updates.

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I wish we lived in a world that placed more value on intellect, and less value on appearance. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the world as it is (for now). Don’t let yourself down. Use your intellect to leverage your beauty and earn what you’re truly worth in the office. Sex appeal is power, are you empowering yourself by paying careful attention to your appearance?

Featured photo credit: ciocci via flickr.com

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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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