Sunday, March 25, 2012
Regain Facial Fullness Following Weight Loss
If you have had an illness, or successfully lost weight through dieting, it is quite possible that you might have lost weight from your face. Unfortunately, losing facial fat can sometimes result in an aging appearance, because plump cheeks and a firm facial contour are often considered synonymous with youth. A cosmetic surgeon can insert facial implants or inject temporary fillers to give the appearance of a more youthful fuller face, or you can practice exercises to help regain a more healthy and youthful appearance. This post will focus on the latter solution.
According to Louise Annette, who was a facial resistance trainer and went on to write the book "Ageless If You Dare," to give the face a fuller appearance, it is of most importance to work the muscles in the cheeks. Annette says that much of what we think to be cheekbones are actually muscles, and by training the cheek muscles, not only will they regain a more plump appearance but the face will also automatically lift up and outward along various gradients.
New York yoga instructor Annelise Hagen recommends a facial yoga exercise she describes as the "smiling fish face" to build cheek muscles. Purse your lips, and smile widely. At the same time, draw your cheeks in, pressing them against your teeth and making hollows in your cheeks. Repeat five times. Hagen also suggests filling both cheeks with as much air as possible and transferring it from one side of the face to the other to firm the cheek area. Continue until you are out of breath, and repeat three times.
Deborah Crowley recommends a facial exercise named "The Wink" for filling out the cheeks. To perform the wink, you need to work each side of the face separately. Place your middle and ring fingers directly below where crow's wrinkles commonly form at the outer corner of the eye. Apply slight pressure and press downward. Draw the corner of your mouth up, as though attempting to meet the corner of your eye. When the corner of your mouth is raised, hold the position for a count of six. You will likely feel the pulsating of a muscle beneath your fingers. Repeat on each side 10 times.
If you have a wide or chubby face, you can make it appear slimmer by applying blush powder just below the cheekbones to add contour. If you have a gaunt face, instead of applying the blush under the cheekbone, apply it to the apples of your cheeks being careful to blend it well. Do not blend it out toward your temples because this will make your face appear slimmer.
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Importance of Core-Strengthening
Think fast: What’s your favorite type of exercise? If you’re like most people, cardio is at the top of your list. But focusing too much on cardio while neglecting core-strengthening exercises can result in weak core muscles and poor flexibility — and that can increase your chances of getting hurt. Even those who do conventional weight lifting may be vulnerable to injury, since this type of exercise tends to isolate muscle groups and neglect those all-important core muscles.
In addition to cardio conditioning, the importance of functional fitness cannot be over emphasized. Core-strengthening exercises that mimic everyday activities, such as bending and lifting, should be part of your exercise plan. It will strengthen your core muscles.
Functional exercises require you to use several muscle groups in one fluid movement. This will strengthen and develop the muscles in the back, abdomen, pelvis, and hips, and promote stability and flexibility — all essential for preventing injury and helping you maintain a healthy weight. It will tone your muscles and improve bone density.
Even if you're diligent about cardio workouts, you need core-strengthening exercises to further improve muscle tone and bone density. Combining a cardio routine with core training will not only make you stronger, it will also help promote good posture and balance.
No expensive equipment needed!
The best part? Incorporating core exercise into your exercise regimen doesn’t require you to buy fancy, expensive equipment like balance boards and pulley-type machines to see results. The following are good recommendation:
•A bench or a chair without arms
•A mat or thick towel to protect your back and knees during floor exercises
•Light hand weights
•An exercise step, also called an aerobic step or a home-exercise workout step