There are a lot of ways to keep your appearance up to par. You can fill your wardrobe with flattering outfits that hide your guilty sweet tooth fat. There’s concealer and blush to disguise your tired eyes and give those pallid cheeks a boost. If you want a more extreme makeover, book an appointment and go in to see if Endermologie or UltraShape treatments might be right for you. Effective as all these options are, they all hinge on artificial beauty and your ability to manufacture a look or feeling out of thin air. Of course, these aren’t instantaneous fixes, but they do put the brunt of responsibility on fashion designers, beauticians, and therapists rather than helping you make smart lifestyle choices. Maybe this year, it’s time to take a little more control and actively implement some new health and fitness tips into your fashion beauty life.
STRONG IS BETTER THAN SKINNY
It’s been said that illness and injury are only the instigators when it comes to wearing our bodies down. Frailty is the key culprit. Weak bodies don’t recover well. If you’re not physically strong, no amount of plastic surgery or wardrobe updates are going to cure persistent weariness or a crippling cold. Take your health and wellness seriously and get to work on a balanced workout plan to keep your heart healthy and your body flexible. You don’t have to become a gym rat and spend hours upon hours lifting. A simple seven-minute routine every morning will do you wonders.
CUT WHITE OUT OF YOUR DIET
You would probably be better off ditching most of the white foods you eat every day. They tend to be filled with carb-heavy ingredients like flour, sugar, and salt. That’s not to say all these products are bad. It’s just that when it comes to health and fitness tips, cake and bread and pasta are usually the first food you’re reminded to eat sparingly. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the white food rule. Egg whites, cauliflower, and fish are great for a weight-conscious kitchen. Perhaps a better overall guideline would be to steer clear of anything white and floury.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE VITAMIN D
People don’t talk enough about this life-altering vitamin. It can improve multiple facets of your life. D vitamins can help you lose weight by stimulating your fat cells to be more metabolically active, help you absorb more bone-boosting calcium, improve your immune system, and reduce inflammation. D is even a preventative against many forms of cancer. The sad part is most of the world is vitamin D-deficient. That’s why it’s important to go out of your way to expose yourself to its powerful qualities. Many fish, cheese, and egg yolks contain small quantities of D, but the most effective way to bask in this vitamin is through sunlight. Just make sure you apply the proper protection to keep your skin safe.
GET SERIOUS ABOUT DRINKING WATER
As far as health and wellness tips go, this is the one you’ve probably heard the most. Especially in the summer, it seems very easy to pinpoint when you’re getting dehydrated. It may feel that way, but you’re probably more dehydrated than you think. Drinking enough water to stay comfortable is far from the ideal. If you really want to keep hydrated and stay healthy, energized, and slim, divide your body weight by two and drink that many ounces of water every day. It might sound intimidating, but after a week or two, you’ll feel sensational.
SNOOZE TO LOSE
Depriving your body of sleep may actually be affecting your weight. Studies have shown that people who average less than seven hours of sleep a night speed up their aging process and prevent the body from filtering out toxins that could cut down on cellulite and fatty build-up. Don’t be a fashionista or beauty guru who gains pounds because by not getting a proper night’s rest. Arrange your schedule so you can hop in bed on time to give your body the chance to restore and revamp.
You might have heard all these health and wellness tips before, but if one or two are still lacking from your daily routine, consider a change. It’s going to mean a little extra work to in the beginning, but within a few months, your body and mind will be thanking you. The power is in your hands. Why not function at your highest capacity?
— Julie Grossman