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HOW TO SELF-CARE YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES – PART 3]

Hope you enjoyed last week’s part 2 of my anti ageing series. Missed it? No problem. You can catch up here:

>>> HOW TO EAT YOURSELF YOUNG <<<

This week we’re looking at how you can self-care yourself young. I believe there’s lots we can do. As busy women with homes to run, kids to take care of, and work to attend to it’s all too easy not to set aside enough ‘me’ time.

So today we’re looking at your skincare regime, natural oils, vitamin c, hyaluronic and lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol, sleep, and stress.

  1. Sun Exposure

First up is sun exposure which is very timely considering the beautiful sunny weather we’ve been having. We all love the sun and having a healthy tan. It’s ok in moderation, but the truth is that excessive sun exposure is responsible for a lot of skin aging. Make sure you always use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day.

Lastly, remember to keep hydrated with plenty of water and LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL for an extra boost. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle.

  1. Skin Care Regime

Your skin is your largest organ. Keep it bright and unobstructed with a daily skin care regime.

A very important factor to preserve your skin’s collagen is to keep your skin’s natural oils balanced and protected without stripping them out. Many chemicals and alcohol-based skin products do this so avoid them. Whereas natural and organic ingredients will respect your skin’s PH balance and will work in synergy.

Proper cleansing and exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant and healthy looking complexion. By cleansing your skin from all those impurities, you can boost your skin’s collagen, and improve the appearance of fine lines.

  1. Natural Oils

Another way to protect collagen is through the use of natural, organic oils. Natural oils are full of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients that are needed for your skin to be healthy, moisturized, elastic and protected.

Some of my personal favourites are coconut, rose, vitamin e, and argan oil. They all boost collagen, moisturize, and help reduce fine lines and scars. You can use these natural oils not just as a moisturiser but as a cleanser too.

Also, check out SUPER OMEGA 3 EPA a great oil supplement to boost your skin.

  1. Vitamin C

Research has shown that Vitamin C is a key nutrient needed to boost the production of collagen. It also improves the skin’s texture, makes it brighter, smoother and firmer.

I would encourage you to make sure nutritionally you’re getting your daily fix of Vitamin C from food as well as applying it topically. The combo is ideal.

A brillant supplement to support you is ZAMBROZA, which is rich in vitamin c and will revitalise the skin.

  1. Hyaluronic

I am a huge fan of using a good quality concentrated hyaluronic for anti-aging.

Hyaluronic is a natural compound produced by your body that aids in keeping your skin moisturized. As you age, the body’s production of hyaluronic decreases. Your skin becomes drier and fine lines, and wrinkles start popping up. So it makes sense that replacing some of this hyaluronic will slow the aging process down.

Hyaluronic holds in moisture by forming a barrier on the surface of your skin that helps it hold in some of its natural moisture and protects it from the drying effects that environmental factors can cause.

Hyaluronic also stimulates collagen production which as we know is essential for skin elasticity. The other great thing about hyaluronic is that it binds with water and so will plump the skin leaving your complexion more youthful.

  1. Smoking

You may have heard the same old thing again and again, but it is true that smoking together with harming your whole body hugely damages your skin. And alas especially for women because we have finer and more delicate skin.

  1. Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, makes it look dull and leads I’m afraid to premature aging. So try to consume in moderation.

  1. Sleep

Sleep is one of the most effective, natural and free anti-ageing remedies around!

We can even see the benefits ourselves in terms of how our skin looks first thing in the morning after a great night’s sleep. When you sleep your body is producing collagen, rebuilding and repairing not just your skin but many aspects of our health.

If you want to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, get your beauty sleep in and take naps whenever you feel the need.

  1. Stress

Effectively dealing with stress can make your skin more glowing and healthy looking.

Excessive stress can age your skin faster because of the hormone cortisol. When you get stressed, cortisol levels rise. It degrades collagen that is so vital for our skin’s elasticity to keep wrinkles at bay.

I know it’s easier said than done, but try to avoid getting stressed or succumb to a stressful attitude. Focus on the positive, the good things in life and be grateful for the blessings you have.

Now it’s over to you! Have you discovered any anti-ageing secrets? Please email me and share your thoughts. I’d love to know.

Lastly, I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini 3 part series on anti ageing. And remember, if you need some one-to-one help on your nutrition/fitness, you can always book in for a FREE B-Fit Session HERE.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO EAT YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES – PART 2]

Hope you enjoyed last week’s part 1 of my anti ageing series. Missed it? No problem. You can catch up here:

>>> HOW TO EXERCISE YOURSELF YOUNG <<<

This week we’re looking at how you can eat yourself young. Eating a well-balanced diet should be part and parcel of your daily lifestyle. If you’re eating well not only will it make you feel great but it’ll help your skin look healthier too.

Here’s 7 food and drinks that can help you turn back the clock.

AVOCADOS

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which helps skin to retain it’s moisture. This, in turn, can help skin cells to more readily absorb vital nutrients. Other food sources rich in good fats include nuts, olive oil, and coconut oil.

SALMON

Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent source of omega three essential fatty acids which help to strengthen the skin cell walls. This, in turn, helps your skin retain more moisture and this is key to healthy skin. Oily fish is also known to help with inflammatory skin conditions and to calm them down. Other good food sources include seeds, eggs, and nuts.

POMEGRANATES

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C which helps stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is so important as it helps plump skin and makes it look firmer and smoother. Vitamins C is also an antioxidant which helps protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV damage. Other good food sources rich in vitamin c include oranges, grapefruits, and tomatoes.

SPINACH

Spinach is packed with phytonutrients that help protect your skin from sun damage. It’s also rich in lutein and vitamin A which have been proven to help boost skin elasticity.

GARLIC

Garlic is an antioxidant that boosts your immune system and also protects your skin from sun damage. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and so will help with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is packed with polyphenols and catechins. Polyphenols are antioxidants that again help to protect your skin from the sun. Catechins also protect the skin from sun damage. Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles and crepey skin. Sun damage also causes hyperpigmentation, and brown skin marks all of which age the skin.

FILTERED WATER

Hydration is so important. The skin is about 70% water, so we need to keep our daily water intake high to maintain healthy skin. We also need water for metabolism, nutrient absorption, elimination and circulation and all these in turn impact on our skin. Drink half your body weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Hydrate your butt off and your skin will thank you for it. You can add lemon, ginger and infused herbs to spice it up. A great supplement I recommend for hydration is LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle.

Lastly, as a backup plan to the above, I’d highly recommend you take a high-quality daily multi-vitamin such SUPER SUPPLEMENTAL VITAMINS & MINERALS to boost your internal health.

Love Gaynor x

HOW TO EXERCISE YOURSELF YOUNG [ANTI AGEING SERIES PART 1]

Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to anti-ageing. To do this effectively, we need to address our health both internally and externally.

Numerically, we’re all ageing at the same rate which we can’t stop. Yet some people appear to defy the digits on their birth certificate. Why do some 50-year-olds look like 30-year-olds? It’s not all down to surgery, expensive potions, or faddy trends. Research is increasingly pointing towards lifestyle factors which can play a pivotal role in dictating the rate we age at namely exercise, nutrition and general self-care. Today I just want to focus on exercise.

It’s no secret that regular exercise delivers an array of benefits, from increasing strength to deterring disease and illness. But it also has another major benefit that’s often overlooked: a regular fitness regime can take years off your age biologically.

Here are six ways in which exercise has been proven to make you look and feel younger:

EXERCISE MAKES YOUR CELLS AGE SLOWER

Scientists have long known that telomeres affect the ageing process. These caps, found at the end of chromosomes, get shorter as we get older. New research has indicated that regular exercise can help to lengthen our telomeres, effectively slowing the ageing process.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR SKIN

That glow you get after completing a workout? Turns out it has lasting benefits. Research has found that regular exercisers over the age of 40 are more likely to have the supple skin of people ten or even 20 years younger. Exercise also boosts collagen and helps reduce stress that can have a huge impact on our skin health. More on this in part 3 when we touch on stress.

EXERCISE BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM

Alas, the female metabolism slows around the age of 35 onwards, making it easier for weight to accumulate. Try my 1-2-1 PERSONAL TRAINING or my SMALL GROUP PT SESSIONS to fight the flab and boost your metabolism.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR CIRCULATION

Sweat your butt off and move your body at least three to five times per week. It gets your circulation going and helps rid your body of accumulated toxins which in turn clears the skin.

EXERCISE IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY

Do you ever get those senior moments when you forgot something?!!! It’s long been known that people who remain mentally alert are less susceptible to the effects of ageing. Well, it turns out that the key to keeping a healthy mind is keeping a healthy body. Regular aerobic exercise has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus (part of our brain) boosting our memory, focus and cognitive skills.

EXERCISE DETERS BAD HABITS THAT SPEED UP AGEING

Fast food, cigarettes and excess alcohol all wreak havoc on the body. If you’re following a regular exercise regime, you’ll be far less tempted to indulge in these pitfalls that can ruin your health and speed up the ageing process.

We can’t choose our chronological age but we can do something about our biological age. It’s yours for the taking if you decide and take consistent action. The many benefits of exercise are simply too great to ignore.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back next week in your inbox with part 2 of my anti ageing series on how to eat yourself young. The final instalment will be on how to self-care yourself young.

Have a super week my friend.

Gaynor x

MY TOP 3 BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES THAT BURN FAT FAST

As you know I’m a big fan of bodyweight (BW) training. It’s been around longer than anything else! Training without equipment, or with limited availability of it, has been used as a way of building the bodies of soldiers for decades. And for ladies like us who lead busy lives running homes, working and managing kids it’s a perfect solution.

I like bodyweight training for a multitude of reasons:

  • Inexpensive
  • No equipment needed
  • Done anywhere at anytime
  • You can set yourself clear, simple and self-motivating challenges
  • Builds muscle, burns fat, and improves overall fitness

With that in mind, here’s my top 3 favourite bodyweight exercises:

Bulgarian Split Squats

Please don’t ask me why it’s called this. I really don’t know. All I know is everytime I get my clients to do a bulgarian split squat they say something along the lines of ‘oh no not that one-legged squat’. It’s a great exercise and after doing this enough times you’ll have ‘glutes that salute’ that resemble a peach!

So why else does the good old bulgarian split squat make my list? Well, it requires more balance which means it engages more muscles. If you engage more muscles you burn more calories. And because you’ve worked 2 legs you’ve increased your overall workload. Which means again more calories burned not to mention the knock-on effects on improved endurance.

Push-Up

Push-ups are a classic exercise that has been around a long time. They’re easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to incorporate. They don’t necessarily need to be just standard push-ups but with a little creation and forward planning, there’s a ton of variations. As well as primarily working your chest, they also fire up and tax your core and triceps. So goodbye bingo wings!

Jump Lunge

Lunges are one of my favourite lower body exercises. Although the legs are the prime movers this exercise is a dynamic movement and so involves your entire body and particularly your core.

When you then introduce the ‘jump’ element to the lunge the core is even more engaged due to the explosive nature. Also, you expend more energy, raise your heart rate and so your metabolism — a great recipe for fat loss. It’s a good bang for your buck as the saying goes. There’s also a plyometric nature to a jump lunge. Although this feels horrendous at the time (been there!) it improves the speed and efficiency of muscular contractions.

So what’s your top 3 bodyweight exercises? Do let me know.

Gaynor x

THE BENEFITS OF GROUP EXERCISE

Small group PT courses are more than loud banging music, fast movements, and shouts of encouragement. These one hour blocks of time offer fun social opportunities, a ton of health benefits, motivation and accountability.

I’ve been running my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE for years and it’s super popular and here’s some of the reasons why:

Social Atmosphere

Attending a small group PT course gets you up off the couch and out to meet local people and make new friends. You’re likely to have more fun exercising in a group than training on your own. Small fitness groups are a wonderful place to meet people who have similar lifestyle goals and needs.

Motivation Boost

Participating in a small fitness group challenges you to work out beyond your perceived limitations. It’s psychological because you tend to want to push hard for the trainer and to keep up with your fellow classmates. Also, the trainer observes your body for signs of fatigue and will motivate and push you to your limits.

Health Benefits

Group exercise comes in a variety of workout styles and formats.

In my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE there’s only 6-8 people and we focus on 6 progressive fat burning sessions (1 per week for 6 weeks) to help you lose weight, tone up, improve your health and fitness and feel fabulous.

But …

It’s so much more than just a course because it includes my proven B-Fit 7 step plan, weight loss and lifestyle advice, nutrition tips on how to eat healthily for life without counting calories, and your own programme designed to do at home.

The other benefit of a group environment especially if you’re a newbie and not sure on good exercise form is that the trainer will spot-check you, correcting your positioning if necessary.

Accountability

A group exercise setting helps keep you accountable and disciplined. When the trainer and other participants ask why you were absent, they generally are concerned for your well-being, and you’ll not want to have an answer like “I sat on the couch” LOL

If you’re required to prepay, your accountability and commitment to attend also increases. That’s exactly why my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE is paid in one go to ensure you’ve got skin in the game and remain committed. It’s tough love but I need you to have both feet in and go for it.

Variety

Doing the same old routine over and over can feel dull and mundane after a while. But small fitness groups tend to emphasize variety to keep it fun and fresh whilst getting you fit and in great shape.

Workout Buddies

One thing I love about small group exercise is the community environment. When working out in a group you’ve other people doing the same workout as you. If you continue going to the same group you’ll probably start to become friends with many of these people. They then become your support system, and the people you can lean on when you’re in a fitness rut.

Price

Lastly, there’s no doubt that if you want very specific results and guidance through your fitness journey 1-2-1 PERSONAL TRAINING is the way to go. But for some folks, personal training isn’t an option due to price. That’s exactly why I developed my SMALL GROUP PT COURSE as an affordable alternative yet no compromise on quality and results.

Overall group fitness has many advantages. It can be a great option for someone who needs a support system, someone on a budget, or someone new to fitness.

Gaynor x