There is absolutely no shortcut to getting that rockin’ body that you’ve wanted. To get that body, you’ll need to work on it and work hard. Even after you’ve planned out your entire journey so you can reach the goals you’ve set, you still will come across bumps in the road. Sometimes, these bumps will knock you completely off course, making you fail. But there are a few health and fitness tips that can help you stay on track and help you feel your best.
Many people know that dessert isn’t very helpful if you’re trying to reach a specific fitness goal. What people don’t know is that dessert is also bad for your skin. When your body breaks down sugars, called glycation, it damages collagen. Collagen helps keep our skin smooth and firm. If you want to keep your skin looking healthy, stick to low-glycemic carbs like those found in whole grains and legumes. Another great substitute is all-natural stevia. Stevia is easily digested and doesn’t trigger glycation.
Stress is terrible for your body as it spikes insulin levels, triggers a surge of inflammation, causes tissues to break down and attacks collagen growth. Put down the sweets and stop eating that stress away, instead, exercise. Simply working up a sweat is a great way to reduce stress and all of the side effects that come with it.
Yoga is a great addition to anyone’s workout routine. Yoga can help manage stress, improve circulation, boost oxygen to the brain and keeps our mind clearer and calmer. The boost of oxygen also will help keep your skin glowing and reduces inflammation and stress. Another benefit is that it may reduce breakouts of conditions like psoriasis or other skin conditions.
A lack of sleep causes the body to produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol mobilizes sugar stores and causes insulin to spike. But not sleeping enough can cause so much more damage and you won’t feel your best. Lack of sleep can affect memory and cognitive performance and causes your skin to age faster. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in the skin’s ability to bounce back after sun damage.
Researchers have found that green and black tea contain a protective compound similar to EGCG and tea flavins. The leaf bud and first leaves are rich in epigallocatechin gallate. This compound can help prevent skin cancer and the breakdown of collagen. So the answer to tea or coffee should always be tea.
Protein powder is often seen as something for athletes or gym rats. But more and more, studies have shown that protein powders may be linked to anti-aging benefits. Many protein powders can be found that have delicious tastes and help keep you feeling full, which will help you stick to your diet.