Fight Back with BodyAttack Fitness Classes

When you’re trying to find a group fitness class to suit your needs, you may see BodyAttack come up time and time again. It’s not a coincidence. BodyAttack is a fun, fast-paced and ultimately effective fitness class that appeals to a whole host of people. It doesn’t matter whether you’re jumping in the deep end as a beginner, or you’re a seasoned fitness fan, you will love what BodyAttack has to offer. If you need some additional convincing, here is what you can expect when you take part in a BodyAttack group fitness class.

A Decent Workout

When you attend BodyAttack, you’re not there to mess around! This 55-minute cardio class provides a thorough workout with medium to tough intensity. It’s a sports-inspired workout, and one that can help you to improve your speed, agility, fitness, strength, and more. Even if you’re generally not one to partake in group fitness activities, you will love how this one challenges and pushes you from start to finish.

You start with a warm-up involving aerobic moves which slowly get more intense. Once you’re in the zone, the intensity peaks, before focusing on your lower and upper body at separate times. At the end of the class, you then wind down and stretch.

A Class to Suit Your Schedule

Many people shy away from group fitness activities such as BodyAttack because of their hectic schedule. Between work and family life, it can be a considerable juggling act. However, BodyAttack is a group fitness class that will work well for whatever schedule you have. Just check out the timetable and find a session time that will suit you the best. There are now no excuses for not taking action!

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Eggs and Wine

Eggs and Wine – Is it a Thing?

A quick browse of a restaurant menu will soon make you realise how versatile eggs can be. You can order them scrambled, in an omelette, fried, poached, and even devilled. They are also commonplace as binders and as part of baking as well. While eggs are exceptionally versatile when it comes to how you eat them, are they equally as so when you try to pair them with wine from your bottle store or an online wine provider? Does wine work with eggs at all?

It’s not easy, but it’s possible to find that winning combination. Here are a few below.

Big Brunch

Every now and again, we all like to indulge in a big brunch with bacon, eggs, mushroom, sausage, hash browns, and beans. After all, when you’re out and about, stopping into your local restaurant for a bite to eat can prepare you for the long day ahead. If you’ve thrown caution to the wind and thought “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” and want to drink wine with your brunch, not any wine will do.

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Botox Maintenance

Botox Maintenance: What You Need to Know

If you’re not happy with how your skin looks or feels, or you want to tighten up loose skin and take care of lines and wrinkles, then it might be time to consider Botox injections. However, many people decide to put up with skin imperfections because they are worried about how safe Botox injections are, or how easy they are to maintain. The truth is, Botox takes minimal care and effort on your part but can have a maximum effect on your self-esteem. Here’s what you can expect from Botox injections, including what you need to do.

During the Procedure

Botox is a non-invasive procedure that takes up to half an hour, relaxing your facial muscles and reducing your fine lines and wrinkles. Your cosmetic specialist will use needles to insert the Botox into the tissue under the skin, which is a straightforward process. They also apply light anesthetic cream if necessary.

After the Procedure

When you have received Botox injections, you may find your face is a little swollen and uncomfortable. You should not feel any pain and only minimal discomfort. After the procedure, some people suffer from a headache, but it’s crucial that you do not take any anti-inflammatory or steroidal drugs for up to 24 hours after your Botox injections. Instead, choose Ibuprofen or go without.

After Botox injections, you may also have a few injection needle sites that are red and maybe bruised, although this will disappear in a few hours. You can treat the discomfort with light, cold compression. Do not rub the area.

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Natural Hair Care

Grow Your Hair Naturally with Yoghurt

While you can use natural hair care shampoo and conditioner to help your hair grow healthy and strong, did you know that yoghurt can play a part in how thick and long it becomes as well? Whether you’re struggling with thin and lacklustre hair, or you want it to grow thicker or longer than it already does, turn that weekday snack into a natural hair care product. Find out how below!

How is Yoghurt Beneficial for Hair Growth?

It seems unusual that something you eat out of a container with a spoon could end up being a natural hair care product, but that’s what yoghurt is. It’s beneficial in so many ways, with all these benefits ending up as starting points for rapid hair growth.

Yoghurt can help to clean up your scalp, soothe it, provide it with anti-fungal properties, and remove dandruff. By doing so, it’s creating the best environment for healthy hair growth. Once your hair grows, yoghurt steps in once more to help you out. It can calm down frizz by adding more moisture to your ends, as well as reducing how much of your hair falls out by nourishing your scalp. Finally, it helps in reducing hair follicle clogging and balancing your scalp’s pH levels.

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Brushing Your Tongue

Why Brushing Your Tongue Could be More Important Than You Think

From a young age, our dentist has always told us to make sure we brush and floss our teeth. However, were you aware that brushing your tongue is just as important? If you don’t already incorporate tongue brushing into your oral care routine in the morning and at night, then it might be time to start.

Purchase a toothbrush with a tongue brush on the reverse side and notice a difference. We’ve included a few of the many reasons why you should brush your tongue below.

Your Breath will be Fresher

With everything you eat and drink, a little bit is settling on your tongue. Without brushing this debris off, you end up with a whole lot of tiny food particles, bacteria, and even fungi on the surface of your tongue. As a result, you suffer from bad breath which can be a turn-off for people you’re talking to up close.

Combat the problem by brushing your tongue after every meal or as part of your regular oral health routine. Contact your dentist if you aren’t sure which toothbrush will help to achieve the best results.

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Engagement Ring Trends

Engagement Ring Trends Over Time

Just when you think engagement rings and their trends couldn’t possibly change again any time soon, something new hits the market. It can take a long time to get to grips with “what’s hot and what’s not”, but before long, a new style hits the market and throws everything you thought you knew on its head. This isn’t a new problem. For as long as engagement rings have been around, trends have been changing. Below, we run you through a few of the many drastic changes since the turn of the century.

1910s

If you thought engagement rings today were beautiful, you haven’t seen what was available in the early 1900s! Reminiscent of the Victorian era, rings in 1910 were designed in what is known as an Edwardian style. They featured elegant designs, lace-like filigree, and intricate detailing in the band and setting. What’s more, there was typically a lot of love and thought put into the one-off pieces with symbols, love hearts, and other icons of love and unity.

1920s

Only ten years later, engagement rings changed completely. While artistry was a significant part of creating the perfect engagement ring, it became far more streamlined and more straightforward in as little as a decade. The 1920s were known as the Art Deco era, which meant that rings had sharp lines, geometric designs, and several small diamonds. Often, the stones and settings were rectangular, too.

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Waist Trainer

How to Choose the Perfect Waist Trainer

If you follow big stars such as Kim Kardashian on social media, you will no doubt have come across several photos featuring waist trainers. Whether you knew about them before or stars enlightened you to their existence, you will soon find they are becoming more and more popular.

However, when it comes time for you to choose the perfect waist trainer, it’s crucial not to select the one they have. As unique as your clothing is to you, a waist trainer is as well. We’ve included four of the many considerations you should make before finding the perfect waist trainer for you.

Consider the Material

There are several different waist trainers on the market – all with various names and made of different fabrics. However, you are sure to find that not all fabrics enable you to experience the best results. Neoprene is a standard fabric option for waist trimmers but is less likely to provide you with that accentuated waistline and flat stomach for which you may be looking.

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Heroin Addiction

How Bad is Heroin Addiction?

Drug abuse is becoming an increasing problem in today’s society. In fact, it gets worse every year. According to CNN, illegal drug use has increased by 19% over the past year, proving that more people are getting hooked on these dangerous substances. This is also the reason why the number of drug rehab patients around the world is increasing annually.

Getting to Know the Harmful Drug Called Heroin

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug, modified from the medical substance called morphine. It’s very addictive and can pose numerous health risks. It has different varieties, among the most popular are the ones in white powder form.

Heroin is commonly mixed with starch, powdered milk, sugar, and quinine, a compound that features pain-relieving and fever-inducing properties. Black tar heroin is another variant of the drug. This appears as a black and sticky substance that can be snorted, smoked, or injected.

Why People Resort to Heroin Abuse

It’s perplexing to know why people keep on taking illegal drugs like heroin even if they know that it can damage their body and life as a whole. Well, the answer to that has to do with the physical and mental effects of the substance.

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Dental Check Ups

Why Dental Check-Ups Are Important?

Almost half of the Australian population receive regular check-ups from their dentist. While it’s pleasing to know that a substantial number of Australians see the importance of a healthy mouth, it still means that at least half of them don’t.

Seeing a dentist at least twice a year is essential for the health of your teeth and gums, but not nearly enough people are doing it. One in six Australians is fearful or experiences anxiety at dental appointments, while others just aren’t getting around to it. It’s crucial that you buck the trend and book in for a twice-annual appointment. Below are five of the many reasons why it’s a good idea.

  1. Small issues may not turn into big ones

People who delay their dental visits can often find that a once-preventable problem is now substantially bigger. During a twice-annual appointment, your dentist not only looks out for cavities and decay but gives your teeth a thorough clean before pointing out potential issues in the future. By doing so, they are giving you the opportunity to take action sooner rather than later.

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Botox Injections

Whom do You Trust to do Your Botox Injections

When having Botox injections, it’s good to know your cosmetic surgeon is trained to Australian standards. Overseas standards may be an unknown as it is difficult to find proper information online about cosmetic surgeons in Bali or Thailand. Besides which, even if they tell you they are highly trained, what does that mean to them? It may not mean the same as we would expect to find in our own country.

Overseas exotic locations have a lot to recommend when it comes to an exciting holiday. There are many wonderful sights to see in those countries that you would never see in Australia and you can have a great time. But going there for a medical or cosmetic procedure may not be the best choice.

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Liposuction Procedure

What to Expect During a Liposuction Procedure

Many people have liposuction done to remove unsightly bulges of fat just under the skin, especially when it doesn’t respond to dieting or exercise. The surgeon will tell you whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. If you are not, he or she may suggest another procedure to deal with the problem. For instance, tummy tucks are used to remove loose folds of skin around the abdomen.

Once you’ve been cleared for liposuction the surgeon will explain to you all about it, but it is helpful to know ahead of even seeing a cosmetic surgeon so you can know for sure if this is something you want to go ahead with. Here is what will happen with this procedure.

  • You may be given a general anaesthetic. Other options are a local anaesthetic or an epidural.
  • Short incisions are made near the fatty area to be treated. These will not be noticeable after they heal.
  • A small cannula (tube) will be inserted into the incision and used to suck out the fat.
  • Some bleeding is usual. If you have a large area of fat to move, the surgeon will arrange for you to donate blood a few days before the procedure so that it can be used to replace what is lost. You may also be given iron supplements.

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Bridesmaids Robes

Why Bridesmaids Robes are Essential for Your Wedding Day

On the wedding day, much of the attention will be focused on the bride and rightly so, but for those who love to take snaps of the fun and chaos that goes on from the time the alarm clock rings to the time set for the wedding, it is imperative to think in terms of the bridesmaids as well.  If they are clad in pretty bridesmaid robes, all those happy snaps will be enjoyed by everyone.

You don’t want your beautiful bridesmaids to be caught dressed in some tatty old robe while they are having their make-up and hair done for the wedding.  If they sleep over at the bride’s home, as many do, it’s important for them to have pretty lingerie to wear and robes are all part of that.

Sure, they can get dressed in their day clothes, but do they have something that buttons down the front? And without a collar? If not, it is quite likely that their hairdos will come tumbling down around their shoulders as they try in vain to remove that t-shirt or top without disturbing it. In addition, make-up is likely to be smeared, ruining the whole beautiful look.

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Prostate Cancer

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in men after skin cancer.  It is estimated that 200,000 men per year in the US alone will develop this disease.  The good news is that it is far less likely to lead to death, with only one in 35 succumbing. This is because generally, this form of cancer is not aggressive – although it can be in some cases.

Prostate cancer is not only slow in growing; it is also not as likely to spread to other parts of the body as many other kinds of cancers do. The best way to find out if there is a problem is to see the doctor for a regular check-up as you age. A physical examination is necessary, but a blood test is even more so, to find out if you have prostate specific antigen in your blood.

Some testing will find cancer that is relatively harmless; if this is treated there is the possibility you will suffer from side effects such as incontinence and impotence from the treatment. It is therefore necessary to make sure that the cancer you have is indeed, in need of treatment.

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Cardiovascular Diseases

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease

According to statistics, cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one leading cause of death in both men and women. Unfortunately men seem to succumb earlier than women, with the average age of death being 65. This is partly because men do not take as good care of their health as women do, but in fact, even in their teens, men have more cholesterol in their arteries than girls. This is because women naturally have higher levels of good cholesterol.

Heart disease is also called atherosclerosis and is caused by the build-up of plaque in the veins until they are too blocked for the blood to flow freely. This will cause a stroke or a heart attack. It is not only the blockage that causes the problem though. Often, the plaque becomes unstable and a blood clot forms over it in an attempt to keep it in place. This increases the blockage, but if it breaks free it will also cause a big problem with stroke or heart attack being the usual result.

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Quit Smoking

How to Quit Smoking and Prevent Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a disease that seems to affect men more than women. The main trouble is that it is often not found until it’s too late. Many men ignore their symptoms and hope they will go away on their own; if they are caused by lung cancer there is no likelihood of this. Once diagnosed, at least half the men have little more than a year to live. That is the best reason of all to take care of your health.

Most lung cancer is caused by smoking, and the earlier you start the more likely you are to develop it. Years ago, many boys started smoking while they were still in primary school; many died of lung cancer in their sixties or earlier. Smoking can also cause that most insidious disease emphysema, as well as other problems.

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Children Fit

Are Your Children Fit?

With the increase in technology these days affecting children at an ever younger age, there are many children who are not fit. Instead of running and playing, they spend hours sitting, first at school and then at home playing games with their electronic devices, watching television or plugged into music if they are older. But children need exercise to remain – or get – fit, just the same as adults.

It may even be more important for children to be fit than it is for adults. If children remain in poor health, they have many more years to develop some of those bad diseases such as diabetes and many more years for those diseases to cause even more problems such as blindness or kidney failure, like diabetes does.

In addition, children who don’t get enough exercise are not only unfit, they are also often obese. This causes a great deal of emotional trauma, especially if they are bullied or teased about their weight. And of course, it is unhealthy for them and can lead to early onset of high cholesterol and heart disease, among other things.

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Pretty Feet

8 Tips for Pretty Feet

Our feet are often the most neglected part of us. We simply shove them into some kind of footwear that may not even fit them properly, and expect them to take us through the day without complaining.  During summer your feet are more than likely to be on show as you wear flip-flops and sandals to beat the heat. You may even go around barefoot at home or the beach. If your feet are not looking their prettiest, here are some tips to make up for your neglect of them.

  • Wear shoes or sandals that actually fit well. Otherwise you’ll end up with ugly – and painful – corns and calluses, not to mention blisters on your feet.
  • Tired? Soak your feet in a dish of warm water with a teaspoon of olive oil and a few drops of rose essential oil mixed in. Don’t leave them in any longer than 15 minutes though, or they may look more like a prune. Pat them dry and rub in moisturiser.

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Importance of Exercise

The Importance of Exercise for Mature Aged People

The older you get the less you feel like exercising, but the more it is necessary for good health. The less you exercise the worse condition your muscles are in and this makes you feel even less like exercising until it becomes a vicious circle.  Health authorities all agree that exercise keeps us healthy, reduces blood pressure and stress, improves heart function and reduces depression. It helps us to sleep well and gives us a good appetite. So how can we get that exercise that we need but often don’t really want?

How to exercise when you hate walking

It’s important to choose something you like when it comes to exercising. If you hate walking, going for a walk every day will be unpleasant and you’ll look for –and find – many excuses not to go. But if you love photography, the beach, or gardens, then incorporating those things into your walk will make it seem much more pleasant. Fun, even. For instance, you could go for a walk along the beach and take photos or collect shells for a hobby, or for the grandchildren.

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Get Over the Flu

How to Get Over the Flu

Every winter the flu virus flies through the air attacking everyone it meets. No matter what strain it is, influenza lays you low and is often difficult to get over properly. But often, people make their lives more difficult by trying to carry on their normal life, no matter how ill they feel. Over the counter medication that makes you feel better than you are doesn’t really help in the long run.

When the flu virus attacks your body, you need to rest as much as possible, stay out of the cold and drink plenty of warm fluids. If possible, stay in bed as rest and sleep are two powerful healers. There is no need for antibiotics unless you develop a secondary infection. Painkillers to relieve headaches and muscular aches and pains, and medication to help clear nasal blockages will both be helpful.

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Dental Implants

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

For many years, the only treatment options provided by your dentist for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. While both options are more than suitable for a number of people, dental implants can prove to be far more convenient – especially if you only have a few missing teeth. They are also more comfortable than a standard pair of dentures, and can remove the stigma that just elderly people have “false teeth”.

If you’re tired of having missing teeth and believe your confidence levels could improve as a result of having a full set of pearly whites, read about the five benefits of dental implants below. You might just realise that dental implants could be the very thing you need.

  1. They can improve your self-esteem

If you’re missing teeth – particularly front teeth – you can lose much of your confidence. Many people choose not to smile in photos, and some people are also less inclined to meet new people as it can involve showing their teeth. If your dentist provides dental implants, they can remove this problem altogether. As the implants are matched to your own remaining teeth, they look just like yours, and anyone you meet will be none-the-wiser.

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Dermal Filler

Botox Injections vs. Dermal Fillers

Botox injections are a popular way to have those wrinkles in your face smoothed out so you look younger and more pleasant. Frown lines can make you look like you’re in a bad mood even though you are not.  This can have a negative effect on your business and social life.  Besides, many people start to get wrinkles in their late twenties and early thirties, far too young to have a wrinkled face.

If you are considering wrinkle treatment, you may be wondering about the difference between Botox and dermal fillers.  The two are not the same, so here is some information that will help you make the right decision.

Botox

This injectable is made from botulinum toxin type A. It is a toxic substance that has been purified so it is suitable for human use so long as not too much is used.  Botox has been cleared by the FDA for treatment of lines and wrinkles at the outside of the eyes commonly referred to as crow’s feet, and those vertical lines between the eyebrow, but it is used for much more than that, with many other wrinkles on the face being treated with it.

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Disability Fitness

Staying Fit with a Disability

Anyone with a disability will know the importance of staying fit. The less you have to work with, the more important it is for it to be fit. For instance, if you have one leg, it will have to work twice as hard, so if you allow it to become unfit, your ability to move around will be reduced even more. That’s not to say the effort to stay – or get – fit is easy. But it can be done, as many amazing Paralympians will testify to.

Your choice of ways to stay fit will essentially need to depend on your disability. Some disabled people cannot move from a wheelchair, but this doesn’t preclude them from partaking in some kind of exercise. You just have to find something you can do, and there will be help available from physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as friends and family who will help and cheer you on.

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Cosmetic Surgery

Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery for People with Disabilities

Many people undergo various types of cosmetic surgery to improve their looks in some way. It could be breast augmentation, liposuction or something as simple as a Botox injection or dermal fillers to get rid of wrinkles and make them look younger.

Cosmetic surgery has many benefits and would surely help many people with disabilities. People with a physical disability are just the same as everyone else; it’s just that they are missing a limb. Those with a disease that makes them disabled are not all that much different except that they may find it difficult to express themselves clearly, walk properly or do many of the things we take for granted.

Cosmetic surgery is not all about looking more youthful. In fact, it has been given this reputation by the many film stars and singers that pursue perfection of looks to the utmost – often at great cost. Disabled people often suffer a stigma that their disability makes them different from everyone else – to their detriment. Their concerns are much more likely to be trying to look like the average person in order to become more accepted in society.

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Liposuction

Is Liposuction Right for You?

Often, people who want to lose weight consider liposuction to be their magic wand. However, this procedure is not actually performed for this reason. It is a body contour procedure that takes fat from areas of the body that do not respond to dieting or exercise and makes those areas look more in line with the rest of the body.

For instance, if you’ve tried dieting and exercise but have found stubborn areas of fat still cause your thighs to look large in relation to the rest of your shape, liposuction may be the ideal way to solve the problem.  But if you haven’t dieted or exercised and want to lose fat from all over your body, or if you have lots of loose and flabby skin folds you want to get rid of, liposuction is not the right treatment and you’ll find your surgeon will not do it for those reasons.

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