Improving Your Body Image – Look Better In Your Oakly

body imageBody image is a term used to describe how someone looks at their body and thinks that other people look at it the same way. Basically it means that you think you are too fat, too skinny, too tall etc and you start thinking that that is how other people in your lives see you as. It’s an image in your mind which does not go away easily.

You feel awkward and uncomfortable in your own skin. You start feeling self conscious, ashamed that nothing looks good on you. And people will not like you because of it. You convince yourselves that everyone but you is attractive, that no one likes your body.

This thing comes from low self esteem, morale and confidence. Your insecurities about life give rise to you not liking how you look. There is this background checklist of what a girl should look like, in our minds, long legs, slender hands, tiny waist, big butt etc, that everyone feels entitled to compare it with their selves.

Girls around 11, 12 years of age will start dieting because they want to look thinner, wear tight jeans to show off their legs, to make an image of themselves in front of their friends, peers etc. Social media has destroyed us in this sense that now every girl wants to look like Kendall Jenner. Or Jennifer Lopez.

When you start worrying about your bodies at such a young age, it gives rise to eating disorders like Bulemia, Anorexia etc. You start getting depressed, if dieting, running does not work. Your morale gets even lower. Because you think that the people who love you will not like you like this, happy and healthy.

95 percent of people with eating disorders are girls between the ages of 12 and 25. Its simply because they are not happy with themselves, with something that is not in there control at all. Sometimes this even leads to suicides.

This is a serious health issue which needs to dealt with baby steps. You cannot just give a lecture and be done with it. You have to live with that person. Show them what life is all about. Introduce them to people who like them just as they are, happy and healthy. Support them in their recovery. Its an ongoing battle with yourself. Because people judge you without even thinking for a second about it. And what is said is said, never to be taken back.

Start doing things that make you confident, give you self esteem, boost your morale and show you a better world. Surround yourselves with family, friends, peers, who help you in your difficult times. Take on different things in your daily routine. And the minute you start feeling down, call that friend of yours. Talk to her about how you feel, it will get better.

Confidence is the key to achieving things in this life. Be comfortable in your own skin. Be it black, brown, red, green or purple. Its your skin. So its perfect just the way it is.

This entry was posted on January 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm.

Natural Hangover Cures – Don’t Hide Behind Your Sunglasses

If you had one too many drinks last night and you feel naseous and not in a hundred percent condition, it is likely that you’re having a very bad hangover. Here are some quick fixes to help you get it over and done with.

  1. Water

waterDrink lots of water to hydrate yourself and help flush out the alcohol out of your system. Alcoholic beverages and cocktails are known diuretics, they draw water out of your body. That is the reason why you take bathroom breaks more often when you’re out for a night of drinking.

 

  1. Coconut water

coconut waterAnother natural cure for a hangover is coconut water. It’s loaded with electrolytes that will help bring balance to your body once again. A hangover is usually a result of electrolyte imbalances in the body that is caused by dehydration from consuming too much alcohol.

  1. Crackers or toast

crackers and toastThis is a known cure especially for pregnant mothers who may be feeling nauseated and this can work on hangovers too. When you have a really bad hangover and it’s hard to keep yourself from feeling dizzy and throwing up all over the place, crackers just might help. Avoid eating spicy and oily food that may further irritate your stomach.

  1. Bananas

bananasThis lovely fruit can help revive your body. If you are feeling a bit down and dehydrated because of the dehydration caused by overdrinking, bananas can help you get back in track because of its high potassium content.

  1. Tea

teaAny kind of tea will do, but peppermint tea is famous for curing hangovers well. It is also a good detox agent which can help the body get rid of the remaining alcohol in the body. It has the ability to soothe the stomach of any discomfort, so you’ll feel better faster.

  1. Honey

honeyThe sugar content in the honey will immediately normalize your blood glucose level which has been depleted by drinking too much alcohol. It is also rich potassium which can help balance your electrolytes that has gone awry.

 

The next time you plan a drinking spree out with your friends or co-workers, go easy on the booze. Feeling nasty the following day is not worth it. An alcoholic drink is not so bad as long as you take it in moderation. If you know your limitations,you do not have to worry about long-term health risks associated with too much alcohol consumption and no hangovers for you too.

This entry was posted on August 10, 2014 at 10:51 am.

CORE, UNLOCKING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL

coreToday we will talk about one of the most important parts of the human body the CORE. For me personally the core by itself is the main factor for each and every human physical capability. Just by walking around the house you have activated your core, and the more you work on it the more your body will benefit. The core consists of muscles starting from the hips all the way to the shoulders, involving muscles of the lower and upper back, ABS, chest, glutes and more.

NOTE: If you don’t work on your core, you are about to see some serious lowering on your physical capabilities.

-Healthy body

- Improved posture

-Increased blood flow

-Increased flexibility

-Keeping your body injury free

These are just some of the things your body will get if you are a non-athlete and still you work on your core. Lots of time I see athletes been misunderstood by the CORE and about which muscles are involved as a structure of the CORE.

Instead covering the whole body, many people think they’ve worked the core just by doing regular sit-ups. I’m not saying that a regular sit-up doesn’t work the core, because ABS are one of the main muscles in the whole core structure, but my point here is, it’s more than just the ABS, there are so many muscles that need to be worked to get the complete picture of strong and healthy core. I’ll mention each and every muscle in the next few minutes.

LIGHTS OFF.

Let’s now talk more precisely from which muscles is the core consisted of.

Starting from the muscles of the abdominal:

  1. Rectus abdominis
  2. Internal obliques
  3. External obliques
  4. Transversus abdominis
  5. Intercostals between ribs

Second the muscles of the back

  1. Serratus anterior
  2. Quadratus Lumborum
  3. Serratus posterior inferior

And third and most important don’t forget the other muscles that are important part of the whole core structure.

  1. Multifidus
  2. The flexors of the hips Iliopsoas, rectus femoris, tensor fascia lata
  3. Hip abductors
  4. Gluteus medius I minimus
  5. Gluteus Maximus
  6. Hamstrings
  7. Piriformis
  8. Deltoideus and Rhomboids

 

After you’ve read all these muscles that I’ve mentioned above, especially If you are an athlete you will ask yourself,  But wait, am I going to get only a healthy body and improved posture by working all those muscles?

My answer is NO, NO, NO AND NO!

This is where the fun begins.

We said before that the core muscle group is very important not only for healthy body, but also as a preventation of injuries. It’s on me to mention that the whole core strength isn’t so important without a proper muscle coordination. Exercises that are positioning the body in unstable position and are asking for you to stabilize, are helping you to develop that strength-coordination function so the whole muscle structure can work properly.

So what will an athlete get, by basically implementing the core in his training resume

*EXPLOSIVE POWER

*INCREASED BALANCE

*UPPER BODY STRENGHT

*MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY

*STABILITY OF THE LOWER BACK

*ENDURANCE

*INJURY PREVENTATION


ATHLETES! I dare you to work the core on a daily base, despite many times you can hear and read that working your core every day isn’t good. Just by treating these muscles as any other in the human body, you won’t get the results needed. If you are working to look good in summer you can work the core 3 times a week, but if you are a professional athlete core must be implemented in each and every training you do.

So now that you know which are the core muscles I’ll give you my top 3 exercises that will work your way up to a HARD core.

PLANK

Implementing the plank as the best isometric exercise that works your body and core is a must. Planks are working your whole body starting from upper to lower body, it will stimulate all muscles needed to gain improvements in stabilization, strength, endurance and much more.

I suggest you to incorporate the plank as your main core exercise in your fitness program, I guarantee you that the results will be terrifying.

SUPERMAN

For this exercise you will need to be Clark Kent, ha-ha I’m just kidding. This is one of my all time favourites when I want to work on my lower and upper back without using any weights. You can do this exercise in two ways dynamic or the isometric either way they will provide great results in working your back.

WHEEL AB ROLLOUT

The ab wheel rollout exercise is one of the exercises that is getting more attention lately for developing that HARD core you need. Challenging the whole core structure from ABS to lower back, shoulders, glutes, this exercise will bring your workouts and your fitness level to their maximum. This exercise has its variations so it can fit all the way from beginners to advanced level.

So we’ve gotten to the end of this article.

I hope you found these information useful and interesting at the same time. You ca also take some bcaas to help with muscle building.

This entry was posted on December 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm.