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7 Tips for Beauty and Fitness

Updated on July 31, 2018

Taking Action

You want to look and feel your best? Take action. Don't try and complicate the issue. No excuses.

Begin.

1) You need to exercise. It's the truth and for some of us, not the truth we want to hear. Stop wasting your time with the latest workout trends. It’s not working, it’s not going to work. Be wise with your time.

On a cellular level, your cells use either fat or sugar. You are either burning sugar or you are in fat-burning mode. When someone gets on a treadmill for an hour, eventually, they will be in what is commonly referred to as the fat-burning zone. In this zone, you do indeed burn fat. For the next 24-48 hours though, you will burn the opposite, which is sugar. Correct this by shortening your cardio workouts to something really quick and something that gets your heart rate up immediately. This is sugar burning. This way, you will first burn off sugar but, for the next 24-48 hours, you will be in the opposite mode, fat burning. This is what is desired.

Simply put, you can just run in place, moving your arms, mostly looking crazy for about 60 seconds. Move as fast as you can and your heart rate will go up really quickly. A mini-trampoline is great too. Now, during this time, you’re burning sugar. Rest a couple minutes and repeat this process a few more times. You’re done. Now, for the next 24-48 hours, you are going to be burning fat, not sugar. You will notice this is easy, you will have more time to do other things, and you will be losing weight a lot quicker. I have attached a video for you if you would like more of an explanation of how this works.

Aerobic Fat Burning Zone Myth

Lose Weight; Look Great

As you continue on and begin to become stronger, your style will change. You will need more than a mere 60 seconds but, I use this only as a starting point. There are so many people who haven't worked out regularly in years. This starting point can be so discouraging. It becomes easier to just give up before you even begin. What you need to know is that just starting out for a mere 60 seconds is a perfectly fine place to begin. Each day, you can try and push yourself a bit more. Change can be hard but taking even tiny steps is better than doing nothing.

2) Weight training is also great to incorporate in your exercise program. You can work out at home or, go to a gym. Most workouts are pretty generic. There’s nothing I can really share about weight training that you haven’t seen before. Work the various muscles you wish by doing 3 sets of 10. This is pretty standard. If you’re using lighter weights, you can just do 1 set of 30. It really depends on your major goals.

Rotate which area to work on. Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays can be arms and abs. Tuesdays and Thursdays - chest and legs. Switch this up the following week. Watch your posture, make sure you are patient, and always be aware of anyone around you. Simple awareness and patience will help avoid injuries to yourself and anyone else.

Building your muscles by lifting weights is the best way to burn fat. Having muscle burns fat. If you are just starting out, begin with small weight and many reps. After a time, increase your weight and lower reps. Keep in mind, initial results will be slow but, once you get over that initial "hump," it becomes much easier.

3) Supplements. Do you need them? If you already eat fairly healthy, then it's likely supplements would be a waste but, let's face it, you probably wouldn't be reading this if you were doing so well in the diet department.

Take a daily vitamin. Be aware that the outer shell, in almost all cases, prevents the body from breaking down the pill. Often, they can travel right through you. Don't worry, they aren't completely useless. All you have to do is break them in half before you swallow them. This allows the core to be exposed and you should have no trouble digesting them and gaining the vitamins that are promised to you.

As for other types of supplements, calcium is a must, especially for women. Calcium has many benefits for the body and works with many other minerals to ensure your body is running at peak performance.

Magnesium is also important. If you take too much calcium, you will become constipated. Magnesium stops this and works hand in hand with calcium. Buying a simple bottle of Milk of Magnesium will work. Both calcium and magnesium can be purchased at a cheap price.

For healthy skin and bones, take silicon. You may have to order over the internet or, go to a health food store to find this. This is a miracle supplement. It helps keep your skin looking young. It also works with calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong. Your hair will be shiny and, your nails will grow. It is also good for your joints. It is one supplement that has not been talked about enough. You can find silicon in liquid form and in capsules. Liquid form seems to be ideal.

Fish oils. This supplement helps hydrate the skin and feed the brain. You can take them via capsules. You can also eat fish but many times, this is not enough so take the supplement on days you don't eat fish.

4) Skincare - Okay, this isn't going to be a simple answer because we all have different types of skin and as we grow older, you'll be amazed at just how your skin and its needs will change as years pass.

If you have any type of skin condition like rosacea, severe acne, eczema. etc. You must seek treatment from a doctor. Do NOT attempt to put anything foreign on your face. It's not worth the risk.

Once or twice a week, use baking soda and water. Make a paste, massage on skin, wait a few minutes, and rinse off. This method can help eliminate blackheads that so many of us have on our nose. It also helps to exfoliate dead skin.

Another great way to exfoliate is to mix plain yogurt with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Make sure you've washed your face first. Apply on face and allow it to dry. Rinse face, tone with witch hazel or your favorite toner, follow up with moisturizer.

Always keep the skin around your eyes moisturized. You don't need fancy creams. Try and use something that has Vitamin E. Glycerine is also favored. It's cheap, it lasts for a long time, and it's great for your skin. Make sure you do not get any product inside your eyes. Trust me, it hurts!

I'm not knocking expensive eye creams. There are some wonderful eye creams available. I have found that typically you will notice some type of result in a few weeks and then, without warning, the product seems to do nothing. I can't speak for all products, obviously, but this has been my experience. Just be gentle with your fingers around the eye area, keep it moisturized, drink lots of water daily, and you'll look fine. If all else fails, you can get fillers.

Serums are quite popular. Vitamin C mixed with Hyaluronic Acid can be found online or at some retail stores. It will keep your skin hydrated and fresh looking. If you are interested in using more products like Retinol or Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, be sure you research what combinations can work and which ones to avoid. Just like medications, you need to be cognizant of what products you're mixing.

5) What to eat and drink? We all know that water is good for you. A lot of people are very dehydrated and don’t even know it. Dehydration has even been linked to pain, fatigue, and headaches. Generally, you will find that about half a gallon of water works best. As you become more active, you'll want to increase the intake a bit. I prefer distilled water. It's clean and absent of minerals or other contaminants.

Sure, we can drink spring water or tap water and advertisers try and tell us we need these minerals but, the idea that a person gets all their needed dosage of minerals from water is ludicrous. The trace amounts found are meaningless and take away from the real taste of water. The choice is yours. Don't agonize over it.

Also, try not to get sucked up in all the latest pH craze nonsense. "Oh look, high pH water! It's so great for you." Oh, baloney! Our bodies already regulate our pH. Sorry, but water isn't going to cure your cancer and neither is your weed. Year after year, people get some bizarre idea in their head because they learned a rudimentary factoid about something, then they apply the same idea to everything. It's foolish.

Yes, you can say cancer is acidic. True, but trying to suggest that drinking high pH water will somehow fix this is a conclusion made based only on that one stated fact and not based on actual research and using the scientific method. Always be careful to avoid trying to extrapolate from one general fact and attempting to apply that in such a broad manner.

Alcohol should be avoided. You don't have to become a pearl-clutcher. Just use in moderation.

I’m not going to waste your time telling you that fruits and veggies are good for you. Seems like most the stuff I run across is just basic, common, recycled crap that I already know about. Who cares?

Vegetarian and Vegan diets are also popular online. Most the vegan advocates tend to behave like a cult and will go full-on keyboard warrior if you dare disagree with them on any point they make. They are science; they are atheist; they are angry! #NotAll Do your best to avoid these types of people.

Vegan may be okay for some but, the reality is, animal products are in many food items and almost impossible to truly avoid. Many animal products can be found in modern medicines. Some heart valves are replaced with pig valves. A true vegan lifestyle can be near impossible and for many, it's not realistic. Vegans love to claim that a person can eat on a few dollars a day but, by the time you're done paying for supplements that you will need, or the fruits and veggies, you will be left with nothing. Ultimately the claim is untrue. All of your time will be spent on finding out what you can and cannot eat and later scream at other people about what they are eating. That just can't be healthy!

A nice neutral ground to this nonsense is vegetarian. You won't have to become a food tyrant but you will be able to cut out lots of unhealthy junk food like cheeseburgers. Ultimately you cut out the meat but allow yourself to eat eggs, milk, and cheese. By doing this you can avoid having to take supplements for Vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega-3.

Whatever type of diet you choose, if you want to get healthy, you will have to make changes to what you're currently doing because it's not working. You should start with portions. You eat steak? Eat 25% less. You eat fruit? Double it. Ice cream looking delicious behind the glass doors in the grocery store? Look for the one with fewer calories. Small changes lead to big results.

6) Teeth. Keep them clean. Drinking only water will make it easier for you to keep your teeth free from cavities. Use baking soda and coconut oil to brush and rinse with hydrogen peroxide. If your teeth are sensitive, just dilute the hydrogen peroxide with some water. Always floss!

7) Hair. Take care of your hair by keeping it clean, avoid dyes, or perms - IF you can. Hair can range from crazy curls, thin and limp, to thick and straight. It's best to talk to your hair professional if you have any special concerns about caring for your hair type.

About once a month, it's a good idea to do a deep cleanse, something that will remove any buildup that resulted from oils, shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. Use one part vinegar and two parts water. Run through hair slowly, rub into scalp, and wait a few minutes. Rinse off and reveal shiny, smooth hair.


Always give it time. If you forget one day, no matter, just start over the next day. Be consistent and make adjustments when needed. Believe in yourself and stay confident.

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    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Great hub and a lot to digest.I love the tips and thanks for sharing.

    • Tuesday75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tuesday75 

      8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thank you for your comments.

      My personal experience, I've gotten the best results doing the "sprint" exercises combined with weight training. Lifting weights, building your muscles... is definitely the fastest way to burn even more calories.

      The idea here, is to simply avoid putting your body in a sugar burning state in between workouts.

    • nearbuystore.com profile image

      nearbuystore.com 

      8 years ago from Somewhere on the highway....

      Thanks for taking the time making this hub.On some points i disagree.Doing exercises for 60 seconds tends to burn a small amount of sugar (carb's).It will not help that much on burning fat.Using cardiovascular exercises at the right time is a lot better.I use a clever little method in the morning where i only eat protein(eggs or whatever else) wait 2 or 3 hours ,then do cardiovascular exercises where i don't have a lot of carbohydrates saved and tend to get to the fat burning threshold faster.I had a 4% fat level when i was doing this,a little healthy eating and some circuit training got me to a level that i was so ripped that i have stopped training for over a year and still maintain my body fat very low.As for you Dewey Cheatem hitting the wall is because your body has got use to the training you do.Try to get your body in a state where it doesn't now the exercise you are doing,changing intervals,the road you are running on and even the time you are doing it tends to help in cardiovascular exercises.The more you mix up your bodies "memory" the better results you get on any exercises.On the myth sprinters tend to gain a very large amount of fat when they stop even for a month or so.The more muscle you have the more fat you burn but...the easier it is to gain fat as well as soon as you stop.The growth hormone tends to have a peek at 12 o clock in the afternoon so try training at this time to have greater fat lose effects and growing muscle.

    • Dewey Cheatem profile image

      Dewey Cheatem 

      8 years ago

      Well I like your mind.

    • Tuesday75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tuesday75 

      8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Doing cardio does work but, it leaves your body burning that sugar in between. That is why it's so difficult to maintain cardio all the time. You just can't do it and it's not natural. Working out in sprints has saved so much time and has greatly improved my body.

      I just laugh at the treadmill bunnies now. :~)

    • Dewey Cheatem profile image

      Dewey Cheatem 

      8 years ago

      I am very happy to be one of your fans. This HUB is great. I do like to work out. I have done the cadrio and have lost weight using it, but then I hit a wall. I always wondered why. I like to swim too but being a Dad takes away most of my free time. So I am going to try your suggestions. Except for the vegetarian part that is. I love my grille and make an awesome steak. Thanks for the HUB.

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