6 Morning Exercises to Do Before Your Day Begins

What’s the secret to a great day? A great morning workout!

Wake up your mind, get centered, and get fit. The morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. When you feed your body a healthy dose of energy first thing in the morning, it’ll work well for you the whole day long.

Even if you only have a small space to exercise at home, fitness can be realized and prioritised.

 

1. HIIT Workouts

Tabata and the popular “Insanity” series qualify as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. They are designed to be as short as possible — yet as intense and as powerful as you make them.

Often, coaches will tell you to “beat your own personal best,” which means giving a little — or a lot — more to the workout with each rep.

 

2. Functional Fitness

It doesn’t just make you look good; it improves other parts of your life too. Functional fitness helps us perform better throughout the rest of our day. These exercises mimic activities we already do every day, such as squatting, and are intended to improve balance, coordination or endurance. All these things benefit us by making it easier to complete tasks throughout the rest of the day. Amy Dixon, a fitness instructor at Equinox, says you can use loaded movement training, such as holding a sandbag, to gain strength plus coordination.

3. Kettlebells

The cast iron weights look like cannonballs, and kettlebell addicts will say they’re nearly as powerful. What makes kettlebells such a great workout tool is that they give your entire body cardio plus strength training in a matter of minutes.

Once you get down the basic moves, the possibilities for moving the weight easily are endless. Used in the past by Russian gymnasts, kettlebells get you targeting your core in order to move your whole body in sync. It wakes you up in an instant.

4. Jump Rope

This one’s an oldie but a goodlie. The Compendium of Physical Studies states that jumping rope for 10 minutes burns as many calories as jogging at an eight-minute-per-mile pace.

This one basic piece of equipment can get you going so good you’ll burn up to three times the calories of normal workouts. That’s why you’ll often see boxers training with jump ropes; they need the endurance, and this is one of the best ways to get it.

But there’s even more great reasons to jump rope — it’s portable, cheap and doesn’t take too much coordination to master, just a will to keep jumping.

 

5. Explosive Workouts

Explosive exercises are those that use your body weight and get both feet off the ground at the same time — a great way to amp up your metabolism.

Burpees are still on trend because of the overall boost they give a person — especially in the morning. Try lunges or jump squats, which can be done in relatively small spaces.

6. Don’t Forget to Breathe and Stretch

One final word: No workout is complete if you’re short of breath and feeling tight in all the wrong places!

Remember to do some stretches after each workout, and get your heart back to its usual flow by doing some easy breathing routines or even martial arts stances and yoga poses. These are intended to condition and strengthen your body, even after your exercise routine is over.

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8 Amazing Body Facts

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We all know that the body performs certain functions on its own that help us to stay healthy, grow and thrive. The body can repair itself, and needs the basics like food, water, exercise and fresh air to stay in top shape. But what about the more mysterious, crazy or
unusual
things that the body is capable of?

Of course there are thousands of fascinating facts, but we’ve rounded up just eight that every man should know. Memorize this list next time you need to impress a friend or two.

 

1. Your Individual Fingerprints Can Improve Your Sense of Touch

The tiny ridges on the pads of your fingertips are there for a reason: they can help you to hold wet things with better grip and allow our skin to stretch more easily, which protect it from damage and help prevent blisters. Researchers found that one of the reasons our hands are formed this way is to give us a better sense of touch; Fingerprints help improve our ability to feel texture and they make our sense of touch more sensitive.

2. There Are Muscles Wrapped Around Your Testes

Have you ever wondered why the area below your lower knee cap involuntarily jerks up when you hit it? That’s because of cremaster muscles, which also control reflexes. The National Cancer Institute says they are the same muscles responsible for activating the body when sexually aroused.

 

3. It’s Possible for Your Feet to Grow Bigger with Age

If you spend a lot of time doing sports, or on your feet, your tendons and ligaments are subject to wear and tear. Sometimes, your arches can flatten. You may notice your feet getting longer or wider. If you have excess weight, this is a good reason to keep your diet in check: Medical conditions can cause swelling in your feet, which, when weighted down by your body, becomes quite uncomfortable.

 

4. You Can Eat for Better-Quality Semen

A study by the Journal of Human Reproduction conducted in 2012 found that men who ate greater amounts of healthy fish fat, which is rich in omega 3, had better quality semen than those who did not. This is a great reason to eat out at a sushi bar now, isn’t it?

5. Men’s Bodies Can Produce Milk

You probably didn’t know you have mammary glands, too! While you may not be able to produce enough milk content to feed and sustain a child, explains Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg in their book “Why Do Men Have Nipples?”, changes in your hormones or even certain medications can cause your breasts to make milk.

6. You Have the Same Number of Hairs on Your Body as a Chimpanzee

Our body hair isn’t as visible as our furrier friends, just because the individual strands are finer. But there’s still a substantial amount on our body. Losing our thick hair generations ago may have had some evolutionary reasons, but no one knows for sure why.

7. Male Foetuses Can Get It Up

Okay, this one is a little strange, and no one knows why. But the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine showed proof of 16-week-old foetuses still in their mothers’ wombs being able to have tiny protuberances. Throughout the pregnancy, they continue to fall and rise. No one has figured out the point of this, but one thing is for sure: the male body is both amazing and extremely peculiar!

8. There’s a Good Scientific Reason Why Your Testicles Hang Low

Every body part is as it is for a reason. Your testes hang below your body because of the cool temperature they can access down there. And this is, in fact, the perfect body temperature for producing healthy, lively and strong sperm.

Enjoyed reading these facts or know someone who should know about them? Share this post and come back for more fun facts, tips and ideas for keeping in top shape and grooming well.

DORCO PACE 6 PLUS: KEEP YOUR BEARD STYLED THIS NOVEMBER

It’s time to say goodbye to smooth faces and get ready for beards, because November is officially the time of year when you can start growing out your facial hair. Not only does your additional fur keep you warmer, by staving off the colder wind, but it can also be a great way to raise money for charity.

With this in mind, leading razor brand Dorco has pulled together some top tips on how to keep your beard or moustache looking slick this month. The Dorco Pace 6 Plus features an ergonomically designed non-slip handle for the perfect grip and with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Lavender Oil infused moisturising strips, skin is left soothed and protected.

    • – Make sure you give your facial hair a weekly trim to ensure that you keep the growth even.

 

    • – The cold weather means your beard is likely to dry out and get damaged so ensure you invest in beard shampoos that clean your beard without eliminating the natural oils.

 

    • – Invest in a strong comb so that when you are growing out your beard it stills looks sharp. Failure to comb your beard on a daily basis means that your new friend might end up looking scruffy.

 

    • – Do take your time to ensure you don’t get any nicks – by adding water to your shaving cream you will get that slick, extra-smooth shave.

 

    • – Exfoliate your skin to scrub away any dead skin cells. Not only does this keep your skin clean but it also helps expose your beard hair follicles leading to a reduction in ingrown hairs.

 

 

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Available via online subscription service – delivered straight to the door.

 

 

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  • Open blade architecture for ultimate “rinse-ability”
  • Includes two 6-blade replacement cartridges
  • Sleek grey and lime green design

 

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DORCO is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products. Razors by DORCO is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK market, including an ultra-sharp six-blade shaving system, as well as DORCO’s innovative and patented common docking system.  With over 60 years of expertise in offering advanced blade technology, DORCO offers a flexible subscription service on their superior quality razors and replacement blades.

 

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5 Tips for Healthy Hair

Having healthy hair is a great way to boost your self-esteem. In fact, studies have indicated that your hair is linked to your happiness, confidence and even

your self-perception of social hierarchy.

That’s why it’s worth taking the necessary steps to get and maintain healthy hair. Here are five tips to get you started.

 

1. Exercise Your Way to Healthy Hair

When you exercise, you enhance the flow of blood that stimulates hair follicles and promotes growth. Exercising also helps to alleviate stress, which can contribute to stunting hair growth. That’s why it’s worth having a workout plan. Include intense cardio that can help you work up a sweat or try briskly walking four times a week. This can help discharge any toxins in your body that may be interfering with the production of sebum — your scalp’s natural conditioner that keeps your hair healthy. You can even try back bending exercises or upside-down poses for improved blood circulation to your scalp.

2. Use Clarifying Shampoos Not Too Often

Shampoos that clarify your hair are great for removing debris and buildup that can come from the outdoors or an oily scalp. However, deep-cleaning your hair with these types of shampoos too often can strip your hair of the important oils that naturally give it body and keep it shiny. Your scalp’s natural defence is to overcompensate for the natural oils that have been removed, which may leave it too oily or too dry, depending on your hair type. That’s why you should refrain from the frequent use of these purifying shampoos.

If you use a lot of styling products such as hair spray, gel and mousse, you may use a clarifying shampoo once a week but otherwise, you may only need to use it once a month when your hair looks dull or still feels oily after washing. You’ll be able to still deep-clean your hair without risk of removing your natural oils.

 

3. Don’t Overwash Your Hair

It’s tempting to wash your hair multiple times, especially if you exercise at the gym, live in a humid climate or are prone to sweating out your straight hairdo into curls. Technically, it is not necessary to shampoo the hair daily unless sebum production is high. Shampooing is actually more damaging to the hair shaft than beneficial, says Dr. Zoe D Draelos. Overwashing your hair can leave it dry and brittle, especially if you fail to replenish it with a good moisturising conditioner, have naturally dry hair or coloured hair, or live in a dry climate. Instead of washing your hair too frequently, aim to wash your hair with shampoo no more than three times a week unless you exercise (and sweat) a lot or live in very humid places.

4. Hydrate Your Hair With the Right Conditioner

Moisturising your hair with the conditioner made for your hair type is key to maintaining healthy hair. For example, if your hair has tight curls or if your hair is coloured, it will be more prone to drying out or losing its colour vibrancy and may require a deep conditioner in addition to a daily moisturising conditioner and leave-in conditioner. Moisturising conditioners can also help replenish your hair to a healthy state after using a clarifying shampoo.

 

5. Keep Heat to a Minimum

Too much heat can damage your hair. That’s why you want to make sure you’re keeping it to a minimum. If you can avoid tools that use heat, you’ll have healthier hair. However, if that’s not an option, limit the amount of heat that hits your hair by using the lowest setting on your hair dryer. You can also opt for towel drying your hair with a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt and air-drying your hair to prevent heat-induced hair damage, such as split ends and frizz.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your hair healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. By following these tips, you can maintain flourishing hair.

What are you leaving behind? The strange story of skincare

Do you know what your skin leaves behind? It would probably shock you. It could be a trail of dead-cells, oils,
and dirt on your furnishings, mattress, and linens that can cause health issues, including skin problems,
breakouts, and blemishes. Perhaps the worst part is that these particles are left behind for you to languish in
later, as you sit in your favourite chair, lounge in bed, or curl up with your favourite blanket. Be wary of
what your skin leaves behind and avoid subjecting your skin to the same toxins and germs, day after day.

Some pretty-awful things that skin can leave behind include:

Mould spores.

Mould spores are easily transferred by skin and left behind wherever you have made contact. Mould is a result of infection,
dry skin, or a high-yeast diet. Treat wounds and keep them covered; moisturise your skin and don’t pick at flaky
or dry patches. Lower your intake of yeast, which you sweat out through the skin and that is susceptible to
forming mould at the pores. When you sweat or your pores brush up against a surface, mould can be spread and
left behind. Mould encourages more mould, and can create conditions that cause respiratory distress and illness.

 

Bugs.

You are not alone; mites and bugs lurk wherever you frequently sit, lounge, or lay. Bedbugs are frequently
transported by skin and once these move into your home, professional extermination is the only option. Hot water
is the best defence when trying to curb the breeding and sustenance of bugs and pests.

Bathroom Hygiene

Every time that you flush your toilet with the lid up, microscopic bits of faecal matter is
tossed into the air, possibly landing on your clothes, your skin, and even your toothbrush if you keep it within
a six-foot radius of the commode. This then is spread and disseminated throughout your home, wherever you touch
or happen to be. These bits of waste are hosts for organisms, bacteria, and potential disease, such as
Hepatitis, that are just waiting to infect someone. Do everyone a favour by closing the toilet before you flush.

 

Animal hair and Pet Hair.

If you have pets, then you likely have pet hair in your home. But, that’s not all, when
animals malt they often shed their skin too which can be home to mites and fleas, but it is even more prevalent
when it comes to allergies and health issues. This pet hair could be making it harder for people living in the
home to breathe, and could be causing serious skin irritations.

Some other things you could be leaving behind are:

– Bodily fluids, such as urine, semen, blood and sweat.

– Cosmetics, including makeup residue, body creams, colognes, and hygiene products.

– Body oil and grease.

– Pollen.

– Dead skin cells.

Do you know what your skin leaves behind? Maintaining healthy skincare regimens and changing your
sheets
and linens often may curb the dirt, oil, and debris that you carry and transfer to furnishings,
particularly your linens, bedding, and mattress. Replace your mattress periodically and create a cleaner,
healthier
sleeping environment and better skin.

Your skin is impacted by everything that you do:

  • The amount of sleep you get influences the condition of your skin, as well as the frequency and severity of
    breakouts.
  • Diet. Are you eating enough fibre? Fresh fruits and vegetables provide fibre, which helps
    remove waste and toxins from the body that could be affecting your complexion.
  • Be sure that you are laying your head on a clean pillowcase each night, and washing your face with a clean
    washcloth each morning. Dirty linens transfer bacteria and dead cells to your skin, which can provoke a
    breakout or spot.
  • Use makeup sparingly, especially when you are experiencing a breakout. And always completely remove it once
    the occasion is over.
  • Your bed. Your mattress
    is a sponge for the oils, dead cells and dirt transferred from your skin while you sleep. Be sure that you
    replace your mattress at least every seven years for optimal skin protection.

 

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How to Get Better Skin Today

The health of your skin says a lot about your general state of wellbeing. Your skin is an organ, and just like
your heart or your liver, it needs nutrients to perform its functions properly. If you’re concerned that your
skin isn’t receiving the tender loving care it deserves, there are several things you can do – and they’re all
relatively simple. To ensure your skin is fresh, clean and healthy at all times, it’s important to understand
the basics of skincare.

 

Get to know your skin

The person best placed to understand exactly what your skin needs is you. You know what irritates it and whether
it’s dry or whether it’s greasy. And only you know exactly what issues lead to good and bad skin days. If your
pores are enlarged and your skin is constantly shiny, the chances are you have oily skin. But if you suffer from
dry patches, blotches and a dull complexion, you probably have dry skin.  Understand what your skin needs, and
you’ll be able to purchase the perfect skincare products.

 

Invest in face wash

Using a face wash daily should help to keep your skin moisturised and healthy. However, there are different
washes for different skin types, so you should take the time to select the right one for you.

Dry skin – If you suffer from scales, dry patches or dry skin conditions such as eczema, you should
select an oil-based cleanser. You may also want to apply a moisturising cream for dry skin, packed with things like
hyaluronic acid (able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water) and fortifying hydrators afterwards.
Oily skin – If your skin is oily, you may be prone to acne breakouts due to the overproduction of
sebum or “see visible or large pores over t-zone or cheeks.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you
should select an oil-free cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can both reduce the
chances of an acne breakout.
Sensitive skin – If you suffer from sensitive skin, there are cleansers on the market designed to
address your specific requirements. These products usually contain no fragrances, heavy oils or alcohol. Instead,
they rely on natural ingredients such as aloe, green tea, chamomile and polyphenols. Among the conditions that can
cause skin irritation are psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
Once you’ve washed your face, use a toner to cut through the oil on your skin – leaving it cleaner and more even. If
you suffer from acne or skin problems, choose a toner that contains salicylic acid.

Exfoliate regularly

Much of the oil, dirt and sebum on your face lurks just below the surface of the skin, so regular exfoliation is
essential. Left untreated, dirty skin can cause blackheads, spots and irritations. You need to clear the dead
skin cells away at least twice a week to ensure dirt and grease can escape.

Change your shaving habits

A wet shave using a moisturising shaving foam is always best for your skin – so you need to make the time for
one every morning. Before you shave, however, wash your face with cleanser, toner and “warm or lukewarm water.
And if you have time, exfoliate. These processes will open up your pores, soften the hairs and remove any
bacteria that’s sitting on the surface of your skin. Shave with the grain, and always rinse the blades after
every stroke. And, of course, make sure your blade is sharp and rust-free. Once your shave is complete, rinse
your face with cool water.

 

Moisturise

Dry skin is usually thinner and less elastic – which can lead to severe wrinkles and creases over time. You can
maintain the elasticity in your skin – and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful – by moisturising daily.
And to kill two birds with one stone, use a moisturiser that also offers UV protection, as prolonged exposure to
direct sunlight can cause permanent skin damage.

How to look after your skin if you work outdoors

Working outside leaves your skin vulnerable to damage from UV rays. This can accelerate the ageing process in
skin, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. It is therefore important that you stop what you’re
doing to reapply sunscreen every two hours – making sure you apply it to your face, arms, hands and any areas of
exposed skin.

If you work in a relatively dirty environment or battle the daily pollution in the city, the dust in the air has
the potential to get into the deeper layers of the skin, causing inflammation, dehydration and wrinkling. An
easy and effective solution is simply washing the skin to remove the dust and pollutants through proper
cleansing before bed every night and apply ample moisturiser. Wearing moisturiser in the morning is also helpful
because it trap the pollutants during the day, preventing them from reaching the skin.

 

Busting the 5 Most Common Hair Myths

With so many myths floating around, it can be a challenge to figure out which strategies will keep your hair
looking its best. Avoiding these five commonly held misconceptions is a good way to start recreating your beauty
routine for optimal results

 

Myth #1: Plucking Grey Hairs Will Cause More to Grow

The fastest way to deal with an occasional grey is to pluck, but many people believe that pulling one silver
hair will cause two to grow back in its place. However, this theory is flat-out false. The truth is that one
grey hair is often followed by more — whether or not you pluck — because the cells that form pigment are aging.
This can give frequent pluckers the impression that they are causing colour loss.

While plucking doesn’t cause your hair to grey more quickly, it is wise to reserve this technique for rare
occasions. Plucking damages hair follicles, and they may eventually stop producing altogether. Instead, if you
prefer to avoid the salt-and-pepper look, consider high-quality hair colouring.

 

Myth #2: Regular Haircuts Make Hair Grow Faster

Because hair grows from the scalp and not from the ends, cutting has no impact on how quickly hair grows.
However, if you have noticed fuller, healthier-looking hair when you have regular trims, you are right. Standard
hair care practices cause the ends of your hair to break, so the bottom section is often thinner than the top.
Cutting off the ends removes older, more damaged areas, improving the appearance of your hair overall.

 

Myth #3: More Brushing Makes Hair Healthier

Hair-related folklore promises extra bounce and shine if you brush 100 strokes per day. Unfortunately, extensive
brushing actually causes more harm than good. Overuse of hair tools increases the likelihood that damage will
occur, unnecessarily breaking or pulling pieces of hair from your head. Brushing also stimulates oil production
in your scalp. While you might appreciate the shine you see immediately after extensive brushing, excessive oil
makes hair dull and flat in the long term. Instead, limit handling of your hair to the minimum necessary to
achieve the look you want.

Myth #4: Certain Products Repair Split Ends

Once your hair leaves the follicle, the strand is no longer capable of healing or repairing damage. Split ends
won’t grow back together anymore than a broken piece of wood can mend itself. However, there are hair care
products that use bonding agents such as beeswax to temporarily glue split ends back together. These work as a
short-term fix, so you can enjoy a special look for a day or two. However, the only lasting way to destroy split
ends forever is to get regular trims.

 

Myth #5: Stress Turns Hair Grey

Scary movies illustrate abject terror by showing characters’ hair turning grey or white overnight. Fortunately,
this only happens in fiction. Once hair leaves the follicle, its colour won’t change. The bit of truth in this
myth is that long-term stress causes premature aging in a number of physical areas, including cells that produce
the pigment giving your hair its colour. If you lead a high-stress lifestyle, you could experience greying
before your genetics would indicate.

 

Are Arachnids Living in Your Eyebrows?

We share our world with millions of organisms and creatures, and some of them live a little closer than you
might think. Believe it or not, you have creepy crawlies on you right now. And when put under the microscope,
some of them are terrifying. One place a certain type of bug loves is the human eyebrow, which offers the
perfect refuge from the world outside.
There are hundreds of different mites and parasites living on all of us, and perhaps one of the most interesting
is the so-called ‘eyebrow bug’. These little mites love nothing more than to set up camp in your eyebrows –
although they also like living in your eyelashes and nose hairs.

 

What is the ‘eyebrow bug’?

The technical term for these little creatures is demodex. Sometimes referred to as face mites and follicle
mites,
demodex will live anywhere with easy access to hair follicles – but they seem to enjoy the face the most.

Of course, you won’t see anything if you look in the mirror, as these little critters are tiny. Measuring
between
0.3mm and 0.4mm, ‘eyebrow bugs’ are invisible to the naked eye. Their bodies are almost transparent and consist
of
two different sections. They also have eight legs, which actually makes them arachnids, not insects. So, these
tiny
mites that live on your face are part of the same biological class as spiders.

It is believed that one of the reasons the mites prefer the face is the oily nature of the skin cells in this
area
of the body. Demodex use their pin-like mouths to eat skin, so the face provides a plentiful supply of food.

Mites aren’t living on the human face from birth, however. We pick these tiny arachnids up over time. In fact,
it is
estimated that the average 60-year-old has between one and two thousand on their face. There are several types
of
this mite, including demodex brevis and demodex folliculorum.

If you have hair, it is very likely that these microscopic mites are living on your face and head right now.
Unfortunately, washing doesn’t removing them, as they grip onto individual strands of hair with their eight
feet.
And they don’t come out until nighttime, when they search for fresh hairs to attach themselves to. At full
speed,
the average eyebrow bug can cover one centimetre an hour in search of a new home.

Thankfully, there is some good news. These horrible little creatures don’t have anuses, so they don’t leave
droppings all over your face!

 

Can eyebrow bugs cause any health problems?

The simple fact is that the vast majority of adult humans have these microscopic arachnids living on their
faces. As
far as scientists know, there are no known side-effects of their presence. But it’s not all good news. Large
populations of these arachnids can gather as a result of a suppressed immune system. In such large numbers, the
mites can cause a ‘mite bite’, which can cause inflammation of the skin, itching and, occasionally, eyelashes
fallign out.

How to get rid of demodex bugs

A lot of people live with ‘eyebrow bugs’ without realising it. An infestation only becomes apparent when an
allergic
reaction occurs, or when eyelashes and hair from the eyebrows starts to fall out.

If you have a demodex infestation, you should take the following steps to get rid of it – and stop it from
returning:

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