Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

Reflexology: the application of  appropriate pressure to specific points on the hands, feet or ears to create real benefits to a person’s health. Reflexologists believe there are certain points that are connected energetically to specific organs and body parts through energy channels in the body. I am not a reflexologist, but I am a huge believer in energy and why I find reflexology so fascinating.

It’s always nice to be given a massage but when that is not an option, there are ways to give yourself a DIY mini-reflexology foot massage. A simple reflexology routine that works on your feet that can help you relax and drift off into sweet dreams. There are nearly 15,000 nerves in your feet and one of many reasons foot reflexology is so calming, soothing and effective.

Below is a foot massage in four easy steps:

  1. Relax your feet with simple relaxation techniques: pressing and squeezing, lightly slapping, gently kneading; whatever feels good. Finish by pressing and holding your thumb on the solar plexus point located in the center of the foot, about half-way between the toes and the heel.  It is one of the most powerful points in foot and hand reflexology.
  2. On the bottom of each foot walk your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is an inch worm inching its way up your foot).
  3. Another thumb press on the solar plexus point on both feet.
  4. End your ritual with a soft feather motion, lightly running your fingertips up and down and side to side of your feet, barely touching the skin. Repeat this several times as it is very soothing.

If you prefer to follow a youtube video, click the link. It is less than five minutes and very effective! Our feet are an important part of our health so kick your feet up and begin the ritual!

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

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Vacuum Your Way to A Flat Stomach

My family and friends joke that I’d eat dirt if it helped my health. When I was a younger I would run to my mom in a panic shouting, “I think I just swallowed a bug!” or “I just ate some mud pie! Am I going to die?” Her response to me would always be, “You need to eat a pound of dirt before you die, you’ll be fine.”  Sooooo, my family and friends just might be right.

I’m always trying new and interesting exercises so when I find one that is fairly simple and extremely affective, I just have to share it. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s called the stomach vacuum exercise. A simple abdominal move that targets your inner most abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis. This technique involves contracting those internal abdominal muscles and is very effective in burning belly fat. Most fitness instructors believe that stomach vacuums are a fabulous way to reduce your midsection. It is said that incorporating this technique in your regular abdominal workout can help you burn off visceral fat in as little as three weeks. I’ll take that!

Excess body fat has serious consequences to our health but excess visceral fat is even more dangerous. It increases our risk of  heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers, regardless of your weight. Let’s give this exercise a try and report back in three weeks.

TIPS BEFORE STARTING:

1.  Make sure to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
2.  Best if done on an empty stomach to create more space for contraction.
3.  DO NOT do this exercise if you have an inguinal hernia.

My preference is the stand up version:

  • Stand up straight with your feet shoulder length apart.
  • Place your hands on your hips.
  • Slowly inhale as much as possible, bringing in your stomach as much as you can.
  • Try to imagine a string pulling your navel towards your backbone.
  • Hold this position for 15 seconds, breathing normally.
  • After 15 seconds exhale slowly bringing your stomach back to starting position.
  • Repeat this sequence of moves  3-5 times.

If your confused on how to effectively do the stomach vacuum, check out youtube where you’ll find plenty of videos. This has to be the easiest breathing exercise to help you achieve a flat tummy. Give it a try….what do you have to lose but a few inches!

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

An Ancient Beauty Powerhouse

My favorite succulent is the aloe vera plant. The picture above is an actual picture of two of my aloe plants. I have not one, not two, but three huge plants. It is and will always be my go-to beauty product. The benefits are amazing! Soothe sunburn, moisturize, skin tightener, accelerate wounding healing are a few of the reasons I use this awesome plant also used by the infamous Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt…talk about girl boss!

Below are my two favorite and simple beauty uses:

  1. On a clean face, simply cut a small piece of aloe vera, take out the gel and apply directly on your skin. It will dry quickly. Leave on overnight and wash your face with warm water in the morning.
  2. Skin tightener:  There are four ingredients that make up my toner and it’s so easy to make. It helps tighten pores, remove toxins, reduce redness and moisturize. Combine one cup rose water (you can use regular water if preferred), a tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 2 green tea bags (steep for a few minutes), and 1/4 cup alcohol free witch hazel.

Don’t cover it, care for it!

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

Life has its Ups and Downs. We call them squats.

Yesterday, a girlfriend and I were swapping workout ideas and she mentioned one to me that I can’t believe I haven’t heard of. It really is a great way to start getting your “girl boss” booty, legs and core into shape and possibly lose that unwanted winter weight.

When it comes to losing weight and getting toned, this trick actually works. Take into consideration this little fact: the average woman pees six to eight times in a twenty-four hour period, so that’s about five to seven times while you’re awake. And if you drink a ton of water each day like I do, your visits might be more like 10-15 times a day. This is definitely a case of “the more the merrier” or should I say, “the more the derriere”!

This means you have six to ten plus opportunities to fit in a little fitness. Every time you hit the bathroom, whether it’s to pee or touch up your lipstick, do the workout below. If you have 5 minutes to scroll through your social media than you have a minute or two to think about your health and getting into shape. #noexcuses

10 SQUATS (Squats have been blamed for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done correctly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue.)

  • Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart.
  • Keep your back straight and your knees centered over your feet.
  • Be sure to keep your head up and chest out.
  • Slowly bend your knees lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle.
  • Imagine pushing your hips and butt back while keeping your weight loaded into the heels and outer foot.
  • Return to starting position using your heels to push into the floor.

And your done! Minimally, this adds up to 60 squats. That’s a pretty decent workout for not hitting the gym.

Hey Girl Boss…Slow Progress in Better than No Progress. Keep going.

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

The 10 Commandments of Lipstick

Saturdays are for the girls. Who better to discuss makeup tips with than your girlfriends. So give them a call, pour a few mimosas, and make it a party! Below is a go-to chart I came across to help you create a flawless pout. I bet you’ll find a lipstick or two that suits you and have a lot of laughs while experimenting along the way.

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Attention Girl Boss…..Lipstick or not, the beholder of beauty is YOU and no one else. Remember that, always.

 

By: Rebecca Dubicki | Realife Co

Glowing Skin Is Always In

Never neglect yourself, not even in the tiniest details. We all do sometime in our lives, but I’m writing this blog post today to remind you and me….not anymore! Growing older should not mean looking old. I recently found out through 23andMe that I’m more French than I realized which lead me to research Frenchwomen.

Frenchwomen seem to defy age but do they really have the answers when it comes to the aging process? Women on both sides of the Atlantic realize that the key to aging is challenging, especially if you have bad genes, spend too much time in the sun or smoke a lot. Frenchwomen seem to regard the pampering of the skin, hair and body as an enjoyable and gratifying ritual. Looks like I already see common traits with my French relatives.

Looking attractive, at any age, is just what Frenchwomen do. For Parisiennes, maintaining their image is as natural as wearing stilettos on a cobblestone street. Beauty seems to be a tradition handed down from generation to generation and one I think we all should embrace.

Frenchwomen have been doing it right for generations. Facials, massages and spa remedies to fight against wrinkles, cellulite, and saggy body parts. As for makeup, Frenchwomen regard less is best. Heavy foundation has a tendency to emphasize wrinkles and pores and most women avoid it in favor of a bit of blush. Women who do use foundation make sure that it blends with their skin applying it just after moisturizing. The idea is to look as natural as possible; a little color on the eyelids, mascara and maybe a bit of eyeliner and lip gloss

For me being conscious of what I eat and how I exercise is imperative to my mind and body. I keep my weight steady, no ups and downs for long periods of time, and I eat all kinds of food but in small portions. I do not belong to a gym as I find them torture, but I do walk A LOT. Makeup has always been a struggle for me which is why I love the “natural as possible look” but I never stop searching for the best beauty products and learning through beauty tutorials what works for me.

Of course, it’s easy to look natural if your skin is great but if it’s not, there is no harm in a little cosmetic surgery and doesn’t stop Frenchwomen from having “something done”. If you feel the need, I believe it should be “to keep the natural beauty and charm of each individual woman and not to replicate some current idea of beauty. Look as natural as possible. I believe this holds true not just for Frenchwomen but for all women. If women feel good about themselves, right down to their lingerie, they look good too. So find yourself a new best friend; an esthetican and Embrace the Ride to a beautiful you and don’t let it become a struggle. Fall in love with taking care of yourself…mind, body and spirit.

 

By:  Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

Health Benefits of Pedicures

Summer is right around the corner and of course that comes with a change in wardrobes. People will switch from wearing heavy sweaters, boots and thick socks to short-sleeve shirts, shorts and sandals. Are your feet healthy and ready to come out of hiding?

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime! All this wear and tear on your feet can be harmful if they are not maintained properly.

Pedicures are a great way to provide basic care for your feet. What is a pedicure? A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment for the feet and toenails that cleans your feet, provides nail care and foot/calve massages. Contrary to popular belief, pedicures are NOT just for women! They are for anyone who to take care of their feet.

Here are the top six benefits of regularly getting pedicures.

Early Detection of Problems

Receiving a regular pedicure can help the pedicurist detect early signs of corns, bunions and fungal infections. These conditions are easier to treat when they are identified in its earlier stages.

Decreases Chances of Infections

Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toe nails prevents them from growing inward and causing infection. The elimination of dirt and bacteria from your feet will also help prevent nail diseases disorders (fungi) and foot odors. It is also important to keep toenails healthy because they protect toes from trauma.

Preserves Skin’s Moisture

A pedicure includes soaks in warm water and massages with oils and lotions that help preserve the moisture and integrity of your feet. Moisturized feet are less likely to get blisters, crakes or other foot problems. It is also important to keep your cuticles moisturized to prevent nails from growing out with ridges or split ends which can cause the nails to lift out of the nail beds.

Exfoliates the Feet

Exfoliation, or removal of dead skin cells, prevents the cells from accumulating and causing bunions or corns, which can be uncomfortable and painful. The removal of the dead skin on your feet, especially on the heel, encourages new cell growth which creates smoother and more attractive feet.

Promotes Circulation

The most enjoyable part of the salon pedicure is the massage. Massaging helps promotes circulation and helps relieve tension in the calves and feet. Increase in blood circulation can reduce pain and help distribute heat throughout your body.

Relaxes the Body

A good pedicure can be very relaxing. It helps you relieve stress and can be therapeutic. According to the British NHS information, massage therapy eases tension, stiffness and enhances well-being”.

Feet get little care compared to other parts of your body such as your hands and face. Healthy feet are vital to our overall health so don’t neglect them! Whether you go to a salon or you do your own pedicure, make sure to get one at least once a month to health your feet stay in good condition.

 

By: Nobilis Health