Healthy Beauty Tips For a Beautiful You

To be healthy is to be beautiful. Taking care of yourself on the inside reflects how you look on the outside. Give your body nutritious, healthful food and exercise to keep your muscles strong and lean and you will feel and look fantastic.

So many of us shy away from exercise because we don’t know where to start. Gyms can be intimidating and we lack the initiative to begin our own program. It doesn’t have to be hard! Exercise is essential to well being. It not only strengthens and tones the body, but it relaxes the mind and relieves stress. Taking a half hour to an hour for you each day to work out is incredibly worthwhile. Start a walk-to-run program, either on your own or through a clinic. You’ll be amazed how quickly your body will respond to running! Your legs tone up, your posture changes and your cardio health improves rapidly.

Not a fan of running? Yoga is a wonderful way to invest your workout time. It can be physically challenging or easy and relaxing, depending on the type of class or DVD you choose. Yoga also helps quiet and focus the mind, something we don’t take enough time to do in our busy lives. A little mental time out can do wonders for lowering our stress level. An excellent health and beauty tip: give bikram or “hot” yoga a try. It’s a strenuous workout, and the heat causes you to sweat out toxins and impurities. Great for the body, great for the skin. It’s addictive!

The added benefit of exercise is that it makes you want to eat better. Why negate all that hard work by making poor food choices? Eating well is key to looking and feeling as good as you can. Making fruits and vegetables the mainstay of your diet will give your body fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Because they’re also full of water, they fill you up and keep your calorie intake lower. Keeping your sugar intake low benefits your skin as well. Many experts agree that sugar causes wrinkles! Watch out for sneaky sugar sources too, like pop, juice and refined carbohydrates – white bread, white rice and pasta.

A tip for both improved health and beauty is to include antioxidant rich foods into your diet, every day. These foods lower the risk of cancer and help reduce the visible signs of aging. Some of the best anti-oxidant rich foods include berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, kidney beans and apples, all foods high in vitamin C and E. What do antioxidants do, anyway? Without getting in to too much detail, they work to prevent and neutralize oxygen damage to our cells. They effectively slow the aging process, both internal and external. Start adding antioxidant and vitamin -rich foods into your diet today, and reap the health and beauty benefits for the rest of your life!