The truth of the matter is that while there are many out there who don skinny jeans, there are only a select few doing the style any justice. Don’t get me wrong, the style can be very flattering, and undoubtedly opens a whole new door to wearing fun boots of all styles, but there are just a few exercises I’d like to suggest to ensure you are looking your best in the form fitting jeans.
Cardio: Developing a consistent habit of cardio exercising is very important and is great way to burn calories. Burning more calories than you consume will help you shed those unwanted pounds and get you looking your best. Remember to choose something you enjoy doing and are likely to stick with such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, hiking, Zumba or other aerobics classes, elliptical machine or any other type of cardio equipment. Squats: Squats are a great leg toning exercise that not only target the quad muscles, but also work the hips and the glutes. Squats are performed by standing with feet shoulder width apart and arms extended straight out in front. While maintaining good posture throughout, dig heels into the ground and squat down keeping knees behind toes. Lower to at least 90 degrees and then return to standing concentrating on squeezing gluteal muscles. Exercise should be performed with control. Perform 10-20 repetitions. Step-Ups: Step-ups are a great exercise that targets many of the major muscles of the legs and even provides a workout for the core and glute muscles. This exercise is performed by placing a strong, sturdy chair on a flat surface. Place your right foot solidly on the surface of the chair and step up to a standing position, bringing left foot up the chair surface as well. Step back down with the left foot first, followed by the right foot. Repeat exercise 10-15 times on right leg and then switch to the left leg. For added challenge add a knee lift as you step up on the chair to recruit the hip flexors as well.
Standing Hip Abduction: Toning those hips is pretty important when preparing for skinny jeans. Hip abduction (moving limb away from the body) exercises are a great way to strengthen and tone this area of the body. To perform standing hip abductions place a large thick book on the ground. Place your right foot squarely on the book and stand on it. Keeping your supporting leg straight, lift your left leg out to the side as high as you can with control and balance. Lower back down to starting position. Repeat exercise 10-15 times and switch legs. Hip Extension Doggy Style: This exercise works to strengthen and tone the hamstring muscle (muscle that runs down the backside of your thigh) Kneel down on the floor and position self so that you are on all fours with your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders. Lift your right knee slightly off the floor and extend your leg back to straight making it parallel with the floor. Hold briefly then bend knee and lower back down to start position. Perform 10-15 repetitions and switch legs. For added challenge and greater hamstring recruitment, perform exercise keeping knee bent the entire time so the thigh still reaches parallel with the ground but the bottom of the foot is facing the ceiling. At the top of the exercise hold for 3 counts and then lower back to starting position. Core Exercises: Finish up the workout with some solid core exercises to work your lower back, sides, and abdominals. This will help to eliminate those unsightly love handles that would not be the icing you are looking for to top the waistband of your jeans.
It’s your 40th birthday and as they say life begins at 40. But what a lot of people missed to tell you is that it is also a time to be really more careful about your health. You see when you are pushing 40 the body is not as the same as it was before. Especially for a woman who is more prone to changes with all the hormonal stuff happening and with stress and anxiety symptoms not helping one bit. If you have hit the big 4-0 then here are the things that you should be on the lookout for to maintain a healthy body.
When you drive towards 40, women often become more susceptible with the development of breast cancer. Most doctors would recommend regular mammograms when women turn 40. Self breast examinations would help especially when trying to detect the lumps at an early age. But it would help to have regularly scheduled mammograms especially for women that are 40 years young. The US National Cancer Institute said that about 13 percent of women would be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lives. The best thing about breast cancer is that it is extremely easy to get cured as long as you can detect it during the early stages.
Women that have turned 40 have to guard against nasty falls or suffer from very severe bone breakage or fractures. This has something to do with the bone becoming more brittle and less sturdy. Women in their 40s and beyond are four times at risk of osteoporosis. Women that have very small frames, have irregular periods or have entered menopause earlier than expected are susceptible to osteoporosis. It is best to load up with calcium and vitamin D for stronger bones.
If you have been subjected to stress and anxiety during your younger years it is possible that you have greater risk for heart disease. Stressed people would have elevated blood pressure that could increase the risk for heart ailments. The lack of exercise and eating food that are laced with bad fats could increase the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. These factors can contribute to the increased risk of heart disease. It is best to have an ECG factored into your annual medical examinations to check if there are risks posed to heart health.
As mentioned earlier people regardless of age that have high cholesterol levels should already watch it. The arteries could be prime candidates to be damaged due to the plaque buildup on the walls of the arteries. This could lead to aneurysms and increased risk of strokes as it would be harder for the blood to pass through with blocked arteries and you have to blame the years of eating too much food with bad cholesterol.
Not only smoking is bad for the heart it can also cause a lot of problems to the lungs. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could severely reduce the ability of the lungs to store air which can cause a lot of health problems over time.
Women should be able to eat right, live better and exercise regularly. There is nothing wrong with being 40 as long as you choose the right lifestyle to maintain a healthy body.
Foods that have an extremely high health benefit are commonly referred to as superfoods. These foods have positive effects on the body because they are high in phytonutrients, which can have effects anywhere from easy weight loss to reducing cancer risks and lengthening your life. While some superfoods may be harder to incorporate into your diet, you may already have a lot of these foods in your kitchen.
Superfoods that are high in antioxidants have been linked to protecting and rejuvenating skin, preventing a range of cancers, lowering cholesterol and reducing the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. To get these benefits, try adding some of these delicious superfoods into your diet:
Black Beans (also has links to keeping your heart healthy!)
These superfoods are high in vitamin C, folic acid and other phytonutrients that boost your immune system and have links to preventing cancer. They also reduce inflammation in the body, which may be making you sick.
There are also other superfoods that you should be eating regularly if you are trying to lose weight fast through nutrition. These foods are high in fiber, which takes longer for the body to digest. While this doesn’t sound good, it will actually make you feel full for longer and cause the body to work harder in order to digest the food. This extra work for the body causes it to use calories to digest the food. So while you may be eating a piece of wheat toast that has 120 calories, it will take your body about 20 calories to digest. In the end, this is the equivalent of only having eaten 100 calories. Besides wheat bread, here are other superfoods that will have the same calorie burning effect:
While some of these foods may not be your idea of delicious, there are plenty of great recipes out there that can make them more appetizing. For example, if you don’t normally like sweet potatoes, would you like baked sweet potato fries? Adding even a few of these superfoods to your diet will have health benefits for you in the short and long term. Plus, getting these health benefits couldn’t be any easier; all you have to do is eat!