Swim Like An Olympic Hero!

Recently we lokeed at the benefits that regular swimming could have on our general health and fitness, with a few basic pointers to get you started on the right footing. We thought we would now have a look at ways to take your swimming up a notch or two and, at the same time, ensure you get the maximum benefit from incorpoarting swimming into your fitness routine.

So, how do you go about graduating from a messy doggy paddle to swimming like Ian Thorpe or Michael Phelps?

First, you need to pay attention to your posture or body shape in the water. You are aiming to achieve a torpedoe shape with your arms and legs outstreched for maximum traction. Your hips should be high in the water for maximum performance. If not, you are basically dragging them through the water, causing much more strain on the rest of your muscle groups. As you move through the water your body will rotate, allowing you the opportunity to breathe efficiently and correctly.

And the last thing you need to concentrate on is, indeed, the quality of your breathing. You should inhale as often as required, but  aim to get your breathing into a routine whereby you exhale every second or third stroke.Get rid of all the air in your lungs while your head is in the water, before you rotate your head to breathe in again.Getting your beathing right can be tricky but once you have mastered it you will soon see the  benefits.

Rosehip Oil – Better Than Botox?

Do you like the sound of a product that doesn’t cost the earth  but can help improve the appearance of scars and wrinkles, as well as giving your skin a healthy glow? Thought you might, so why not get your hands on some organic rosehip oil? Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids that your body cannot produce by itself and which help soften the skin and also smooth out marks and scars, including stretch marks, wrinkles and even old acne scars. Try out Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil at £16.50 for a natural wholesome alternative to injecting toxins into your skin!

Our Guide To Renewed Health And Fitness

Many pills and programs are not only misleading, but can be dangerous. Make sure you pay attention to facts on getting fit, rather than trusting to the latest fad. Following these tips will let you get in shape without having to buy any expensive products or get involved wirh uproven methods.

One important but often overlooked step on a embarking on a new fitness regime is to keep a record of your progress. Keep an accurate daily log. If this seems a bit tedious – emember it will bew worth further down the line. Your daily record includes items like food, drinks, exercise, and anything else you consider relevant. You should even jot down the weather that day. Now I appreciate that this may seem a little odd but bear with me.It will help you notice trends associated with highs or lows in your fitness plan. If you find that you’re unable to exercise – or you don’t work as hard -  when the weather is bad, adjust your schedule so you make up for lost time later.

To give yourself a trim figure you need to pay attention to your stomach. Work out your abdominals regularly.For guys you can strive for that elusive six pack but for the girls ir uis still a good idea to tone up your midriff. Get into the habit of working on this area a couple of days a week, not too much because like any other muscle, it does need its rest.

Simple rule for working out to build your body: Fewer reps with heavier weight will build more muscle mass. Begin by selecting a muscle group, such as the chest. Begin with a warm-up set using lighter weights. It is a good idea to do approximately 15-20 reps with the lighter weight. The next set should be weights that are heavy enough that you can only complete 6 to 8 reps. Add 5 more pounds, and then repeat the reps for your third set.

Stretching is a vital part of working out that doesn’t always get enough attention. Stretching will increase your muscle size after any workout activity, particularly weight lifting and cardio training. Besides that, it’s plain uncomfy to have tight muscles. Be sure to adequately stretch for no less than 10 minutes following every workout for optimum results.

Push-ups are great and simple way to add a nice tone to your triceps. However, rather than doing normal push-ups, your triceps can be targeted by turning in the hands until the fingertips face each other, which is around 45 degrees. This particular pushup tones and strengthens your triceps more effectively than other types of exercises.

An excellent tip for improving your health is eliminating refined sugar from your diet. If you are sugar-addicted, it is likely you drink a lot of soda. If you stop consuming refined sugar, you will find that your goals are easier to achieve.

If you are ready to shed those extra pounds, go for it! If getting fit is what you want, then do it! The main thing to remember, whatever your goal, is to make the goal because YOU want it, not to please friends or family. Relying on exterior motivation never works.

As you have learned from this article, there is a lot you can do to get into shape. Then you will be able to add to your knowledge base and continue building fitness. Regular use of these tips is needed to become healthier, so use them whenever you can.

The Secret To Great Looking Legs!

No matter what the weather is up to, with our pick of the best buys around you can be looking great this summer without paying a fortune. After months of cold weather there is nothing quite like giving your legs a little attention. Legs, epecially the shin area, have a tendency to build up dry skin which can mean a less-than-stunning scaly look. Eradicate this with a good quality scrub. Use a sweeping circular action with a scrub such as Superdrug’s Arora Sweet Vanilla Body Scrub to get your legs looking and feeling smooth once more. It costs just £3.99 from stores nationwide.

After exfolialating, the next step to a new you is moisturising. Pretty basic, perhaps, but to get the best results you need to apply it as soon as possible after your shower or bath so as to retain more moisture. Why not try out Dry Leg Fix Instant Leg Smoother from Nip+Fab?

The last step is optional, but if your legs – no matter how smooth they now are – still look a bit peely-wally as my Granny used to say, then it’s time to give them a golden glow with Boots Soltan Beautiful Bronze Wash Off Instant Bronzing Lotion. Apply as you would any fake tan or bronzer, taking particular care around the knees.

And there you have it – three simple steps to get your pins ready to face the world this summer!

Detoxing Will Help You Clean Up Your Act

Lots of us are just back from our summer holidays feeling relaxed and fit and feeling great about our glowing tans. However, the one downside from a relaxing break away is that understandable tendency to eat and drink a little too much. After all, it’s only once a year.

Well, if you have perhaps overindulged just a little, then maybe now would be a good time for a summer detox. We often hear of people embarking on a detox after the excesses of Christmas but it can be difficult to do when the weather is cold and there is a natural tendency to stay at home, watch the tv in front of the fire at night and eat comfort food.

Detoxing is a way of eliminating the toxins from your body that have built up from the extra drinks and naughty-buy-nice meals you have enjoyed while you were away. In addition to cleansing your system, detoxing also aids reduction in body fat, which means that you should expect to lose a few excess inches around your tummy and waist if you stick to the programme religiously.

You don’t need any fancy complicated diet plans or similar products. Detoxing properly involves a simple two step process.

As far as diet and hydration are concerned, it’s time to enjoy your meals witth plenty of fresh, healthy vegetables such as broccoli, red peppers and onions. Make sure you include lots of wholegrains as well, from your morning bowl of cereal to wholegrain rice with your dinner. Try to stay away from red meat completely during your detox. Raw oils such as olive oil or perhaps some home-produced rapeseed oil are great and will make a delicious salad dressing.

Caffeine is a no-no – try to replace your daily cup of coffee or tea with herbal tea or plain, unadulterated water.

The second thing you need to include when detoxing is exercise. Exercise is also essential to detoxing properly. It helps raise your heart rate, speed up circulation and get the blood surging through your kidneys and liver to help effectively remove waste from the body.

So there you have it – two simple steps to help you bounce back from holiday into the daily grind with a fresh new outlook.