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Let Rooibos Fix You

Just like in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the older relative thinks that Windowlene will fix everything, South African’s are no different, with rooibos, but possibly with a bit more science to back up their claimrooibos bushs, rooibos will help your problems. We love drinking our rooibos tea, its benefits are widely known and even get some international recognition.

Reasons why we drink rooibos include, but are not limited to:

  1. It is a refreshing drink.
  2. It is caffeine free, which means its safe for everyone to drink including children and pregnant ladies.
  3. It has strong anti-oxidants which protect the body in a number of ways, including fighting free radicals and has very strong anti-inflammatory properties which helps prevent heart disease.
  4. There are studies that suggest consumption of rooibos tea results in a reduction of cancer causing chemicals.
  5. It is rich in minerals, like the soil it is grown in. Some of the minerals are magnesium for the immune system; calcium and manganese for healthy teeth and bones; zinc for the metabolism; and iron which is important for helping blood and muscles distribute oxygen.
  6. It can resolve tummy cramps.
  7. Protects against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. Encourages a restful sleep.
  9. Research suggests that drinking rooibos may assist in weight management, as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  10. It can relieve skin conditions.

So, have you added “DRINK MORE ROOIBOS” to your new years resolutions? Me neither. I don’t believe in resolutions… and I will tea regardless of whether its on a list 😛

african extracts

Toward the end of the year I received the African Extracts Rooibos Skin Care as a present which is made using rooibos which is grown in the Cederberg mountains. African Extracts is designed by South Africans for South African skin. As rooibos contains a phunylpyretic acid, which helps improve acne, psoriasis and eczema you can actually apply a cooled tea bag to affected areas on the skin for a jump start to soothe and heal any inflammation but if the thought of this sounds a bit dramatic and possibly crazy, the African Extract range is able to address your skin concerns and provide all the benefits of rooibos tea bags on a daily basis in your skin care routine. The powerful antioxidants in all the African Extract products protect you from harsh environmental stress and pollutants.

Cleansing_LotionThe soothing cleansing lotion retails for R47.00 and is just that, I used it when my skin was aggravated after being in the sun and on a game drive for a few hours and once I had finished cleansing my skin had calmed down tenfold, and felt refreshed. Continue reading

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All the right moves!

Fabulous Pouters!

During my training sessions at the gym, I always notice people doing exercises in the incorrect way so I thought I would give a little advice on the correct gym positions. It’s not only females but also males who do exercises in the wrong way. Not only is this bad for your body but it also doesn’t work the correct muscles.

So I will be giving a few tips everyone should stick to when at the gym. These are vital to prevent injury and help in your training. They are basic tips and easy to follow.

Firstly posture is a vital part of exercise, during any exercise make sure you have correct posture. Usually in most exercises we need to keep our back straight.

Core muscles are also important, these are our inner stomach muscles which surround the spine and torso and give you most of your balance, when doing any exercises squeezing your core muscles will enforce your posture and will help to keep your posture in the correct position.

If performing an exercise while standing, remember to keep your feet shoulder width apart, this will help with balance and posture. At times keeping one leg in front of the other can also help with balance and posture, again remembering to keep those core muscles flexed.

Breathing is another very very important part of exercising, breathing helps with your muscles to reach their full potential, always breathe on the hardest part of the movement.

Remember that muscles only start working after 12-15 reps, so make sure you do either a few sets with high reps or vice versa.

If you want to achieve more of a toned look than, higher reps are recommended with a lower weight, yet if you wish to build muscles do lower reps with a higher weight.

Try changing up your routines every two weeks, as your body will get accustomed to the same exercises and will eventually start to reach a plateau.

There is NO such thing as spot exercising, so doing specific exercises for a specific area, say for example bicep curls, does not help increase the weight loss in that area only. Your body needs to be worked all over in order for any successful weight loss.

Experience with different exercises and ask for assistance at the gym if you not sure on what to do.

Stretching is important to help prevent injury and also helps with muscles formation.

These are just a few basic tips, I hope you Pouters all learnt something new and this will help improve your training at the gym.

Keep training and keep Pouting.

XoXo

Megs.

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Saved by the Bell?!

Hello Pouters!

I hope we all still keeping fit and fabulous, summer is in full swing now even more reason to love the gym and get sweaty!

I’m sure you have all heard of KETTLEBELLS!

Kettlebell workouts have been around for a few centuries now but are now more popular than ever due to the amazing intense workouts that kettlebells offer. Kettlebell’s have stood the test of time and have proven themselves over and over to be an amazing piece of exercise equipment that is versatile, portable, can be used anywhere and it is devastatingly effective!

This strange exercise tool that resembles a cannon ball with a handle on it is one hell of an intense and powerful way to lose weight, gain muscle, build up fitness and get energized and healthy all in around 20 – 30 minutes.

More often times than not, people seldom stick to their exercise routines for the mere fact that they get bored with doing the same routine over and over again. With a kettlebell workout, you can find different ways to break from the monotony and still get excellent results. A kettlebell is designed for the exerciser to engage in a swinging motion which keeps the individual focused on controlling each movement instead of just repeatedly counting the reps.

A kettlebell comes in different weights, which can be used to target different muscles of the body. The routines that you can do with a kettlebell require all primary muscles to be targeted. All one needs to do is change one’s swinging motion or direction to shift the focus on the primary working muscle. With such a simple ball and handle, it is the only workout equipment that allows
versatility and creativity from the user. One can experiment with so many kinds of movement and target almost all muscles of the body to give you excellent toning or body building results.

Unlike most weights and workout machines, a kettlebell workout incorporates both cardio and weight lifting principles. When you do a kettlebell workout, you engage in a swinging motion that needs the whole body to utilize. Because of this, you get a more effective workout routine.

More so, since you need to incorporate all the primary muscles in doing the routine, then you need less time to achieve the desired results. Unlike weight lifting, where you isolate a particular part of the body, a kettlebell workout’s swinging motion keeps the heart rate up. This incorporates cardio exercise properties along with weight lifting elements.

In order to stabilize the swinging motion of the kettlebell and its weight, you would need to constantly engage your center and lower back. You do squats and lunges to keep the ball in motion, which is the best way to get your legs and gluts to its perfect form.

There is no exercise training equipment yet that is as effective as this

Kettlebell workout routines will get your heart pumping in no time. With all the available weights it comes in, it is perfect for beginners to more advanced trainers. Even if you have not lifted weights before or you are just simply lazy
to go to a gym to get the body you have always wanted, you will find this simple yet extremely effective equipment convenient, practical, and
fun.

Kettlebells can be purchased in any sporting goods store. They are so popular nowadays that you can easily find them online.

Those six-pack abs, shapely legs and gluts, firm biceps may no longer be a faraway dream. So what are you waiting for? Pick up a kettlebell now and start swinging!

Just like any weight lifting machine or equipment, start with a lightweight kettlebell. It may seem extra light at first, but once you start swinging it, it can get really heavy fast. It is highly recommended that you give extra attention to your form when doing the routine. Try to engage all your major muscles – your lower back, your legs, your biceps, and your core.

The basic kettlebell routine is swinging the ball with both hands in between your upper thighs. Do this to get the feel and confidence of controlling the swinging movement. With this simple routine, you will be able to feel its effect on your primary muscles within minutes.

Here is a video you can watch to get an idea:

Give it a try Pouters!!!

XoXo

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