It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion FlashThis week my site Moving Free With Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash. We’ve prepared a buffet array of health, beauty and fashion news and products, a fab 40 plus woman shouldn’t be without. Dig in. It’s just a click away. And don’t forget to share your comments.

 

 

 

 

www.blackcatplus.com_-300x99Teens are having a challenge trying to find age-appropriate plus size prom dresses.  

 

 

 

 

PRIMEBEAUTYScreen-Shot-2012-05-28-at-6.15.05-AM-300x62Prime Beauty introduces you to two new Dove products. Pistachio Cream with Magnolia and Creme Mousse Body Washes are ultra hydrating and perfect for over 40 skin! Visit Prime Beauty and win them for yourself!

 

 

WebFabOVER forty-large2With Earth Day this week, Fab Over Forty takes a look at some natural skin care products that are good for your skin and are earth friendly.

 

 

 

JPG_Aging BackwardshRlogo-_4-14Whether it’s the delicious aroma of your favorite foods, the sweet fragrance of flowers, the warning scent of a gas leak or the smell of smoke from a fire, your nose is always on alert. Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards explains.

 

 

 

nononsensebeauty-300x74April is National Rosacea Awareness  Month.   Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  talks about the causes and care of a skin problem that affects millions of  people  around the world.

 

 

 

DivaDebbi icon an printAfter years of trying lash enhancement serums that often left her eyes sore and red, DivaDebbi discovered one product that brightens the eye area and conditions lashes without irritation.  “Now my lashes are “thick as minks”. 

 

fAB_7_PAK_3_BANDS_flat__73672.1386960411.1280.1280If you need a little help shaping up for Spring my Fabulous Forever 7 DVD Fitness Kit has everything you need; and it’s on special too!

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Weight Loss Apps

Weight Loss AppsWeight Loss Apps. Really?

Want to lose weight? Me too. Whether it’s 5 pounds, or more than 50, losing weight is a constant struggle for most of us. We’re all looking for anything we can find to keeps us on track. One of the most effective, tried and true, weight loss aids is keeping a diary,

You eat something, you write it down. You do a half hour of cardio exercise, you write it down. You want to know how many calories in a handful of peanuts, dig out your calorie book, look up “handful of peanuts and write it down. It works, but it’s colossal pain in the neck!

Well, now there’s an app for that. Using weight loss apps will put all the info you’d be struggling to write down at your fingertips. And the better weight loss apps make it really easy. They’re not scary at all!

You put in your email and your password, tell it whether you are male of female, and enter your height, your age, how much exercise you do, your current weight and your goal weight. Then, you set your weight loss plan. You tell the app how much weight per week you want to lose. The app tells you how many calories you’re allowed to eat each day.

You can log in and find out how many calories in that handful of peanuts, that piece of cake, that glass of wine. You list everything you eat during the day and any exercise you do. The app keeps a running tally and tells you how many calories you have left that day. It really helps to know that you can have either a chocolate moose or turkey sandwich. It helps you choose the turkey sandwich by giving you the nutrients in various foods. You can also pick portion size and store your favorite foods so you can log them in quickly.

There are dozens of apps available for your computer, tablet and smart phone. Some cost a few bucks, but many are free. Here are a couple of apps that I particularly like. The basic apps are free. You can pay for premium versions but I’m using the free versions and they’re enough for me. The functions of both of these are similar but some people prefer one layout or the other.

Check them out and take your weight loss high tech.

www.loseit,com

www.myfitnesspal.com

 And of course it helps to add regular exercise to the weight loss mix. Get at home exercise videos for women at www.mirabaiholland.com

 

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Fall Prevention: Keep An Eye On Falls

 

Fall PreventionFall Prevention: Keep An Eye On Falls! Is your vision putting you at risk for a deadly fall? The answer may surprise you. Falls are a leading cause of death in older adults.

Do you really want to go out with that kind of a bang? Not being able to distinguish, or maybe just being less likely to notice a hazard that causes a fall, is a problem that sneaks up on you.

 The quality of our vision diminishes with age slowly, and often goes unnoticed; or we may just rationalize symptoms away.

Starting at around 40 the lenses in our eyes become less elastic making it hard to focus up close. We eventually admit it and fix the problem with reading glasses. But that’s just the beginning. By around 50 we may think there’s not enough light in a room, or daylight conditions are immediately too bright when we go outside. In fact our pupils have gotten smaller, and our ability to adjust to changing light has slowed with age. So we require more light indoors, and transitions from dim to bright conditions become more difficult. We don’t usually think of aging eyesight as the cause. It’s easy to shrug off.

As we get older and contrast perception diminishes, making it harder to perceive stairs, curbs and other dangers, we blame shadows or glare. And worsening vision throws off our balance and proprioception (knowing where our bodies are in space). Combine imperfect vision with age related orthopedic issues and we’re set up for a life altering or life-ending event.

Fall Prevention: Get Regular Eye Check-ups

Most of the time, the vision problem is easily corrected with a visit to an ophthalmologist and prescription for glasses. And if you do have a more serious issue, it can be detected and treated before vision loss occurs or gets worse. But remember, it sneaks up on you. So get a checkup even if you don’t think you need one.

For More Health and Fitness Information For Women Over 40 visit www.mirabaiholland.com

 

 

 

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: Ease into the Best Shape of Your Life! By Mirabai Holland, MFA

Now if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get back into shape and lose those unwanted pounds I’d like to give you a gentle reminder to get moving again if you want to “live long and prosper”. Here are some ideas to get you started and keep you on track.

EASE into the Best Shape of Your Life.

That’s right I said EASE! After all it is only January  it’s never too late to do the right thing by your body. The reason most diets and exercise programs fail is people ask too much of themselves and expect to see results too soon. We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. Well, this story is not a classic for nothing. A killer diet coupled with a killer workout is a resolution killer. It’ll never work. Over my thirty-year career, having seen hundreds of these types of programs, including my own, fail, I’ve developed a method that works for virtually anyone.

Of course, be sure to check with your doctor before beginning this or any fitness program.

First, weigh in. You don’t need to tell anybody how much you weigh, but you need to know. One pound = 3500 calories. So, to lose a pound you have to either not eat, or exercise off 3500 calories. The right way is to do a combination of both. But start slowly and build up at your own pace. You need to break your goals up into small chewable bites.

Say you want to lose 20 pounds. Break that up into 5-pound increments.

And don’t try to lose 5 pounds in a week or two. The first 5 pounds is the hardest, so give yourself a full six weeks to lose it, while easing into a fitness program. After that you can safely lose about 1 pound a week.

Here’s how it works.

Get a notebook and write down everything you put in your mouth for the first week. Get a calorie book and look up everything you ate every day.  If you’re like most people, you’ll be shocked by how much food that is. Also look at your food labels. For instance, if your ingredients on your tomato sauce don’t look like this, you might want to consider switching brands.

You’ll be surprise how much sugar, saturated fat and just plain gunk you’ll find in unlikely food products like tomato sauce. Eat as much fresh food as you can.

Aerobic exercise carries tremendous health benefits. It also burns calories, boosts your metabolism and keeps you in a positive frame of mind. So, that first week, make it your business to do 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, like brisk walking, every day.

The second week, eat everything you normally eat, but cut your portions in half.

Try to exercise 15 minutes a day. The week you first cut your portions down is usually the toughest. But it gets easier.

By week three you should be looking at the kinds of food you eat and trying to eliminate the empty calories; sugary soft drinks, salty snack foods, fat filled fast food etc. Start consuming smart calories .Try to substitute foods you actually like, foods with fewer calories that fill you up and have some nutritional value.

Try not to eat more than 1500 calories a day.

Gradually build up your aerobic exercise until you’re doing a half hour every day.

After six weeks you will be on a fitness program you can stick with and you’ll probably have lost your first five pounds.

You’ll be eating smarter, feel and look better, be healthier and more equipped to stick with it for the next 5 pounds and the next and the next.

By week twelve you’ll never want to stop. And you won’t.

For more information on Mirabai and her products visit www.mirabaiholland.com

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It’s Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Women Over 40

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It’s Fashion Flash Monday! Our host is Cindy from Prime Beauty, the beauty resource for women 40+ in the prime of their lives. Her articles give us the latest on new beauty products, skincare and make-up tips. Check out Prime Beauty’s giveaways too.

Here’s the latest info and tips from our Fashion Flash Bloggers this week. Topics include: exercise may reduce breast cancer risk, ancient beauty secrets, ballet barre workout in the water, pros and cons of your favorite American veggie, and how to look fabulous in only 15 minutes.

Recent Study:

CAN YOU OVER EXERCISE? TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?

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A recent study at the University of Alabama with older women concluded that the exercise sweet spot is about 40 minutes of cardio twice week and a full body strength workout on 2 alternate days.

The group that exercised more, up to 6 times a week did not achieve better results, and reported less energy for daily activities.  So more is not always better!

So many of my clients ask me how much exercise should they do to get the best results.

Many of my clients have gotten effective and sustainable results by exercising 3-5 days a week. They say mixing up their routine also helps them stay on track so they look forward to exercising instead of dreading it. I always say “exercise should be a pleasure not a chore. Getting fit shouldn’t feel like getting your teeth drilled.”

There are those days when you body tells you to take a rest. If you aren’t feeling well or didn’t get enough sleep the night before, you might be better off doing a lighter workout or skipping exercise that day.

For info on in home exercise programs, weight loss, and health topics visit www.mirabaiholland.com

 

 

 

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Fashion Flash: Exercise For Women Over 40

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This week’s Fashion Flash host is Deb Chase of NoNonsenseBeautyBlog the place to go for over-40 beauty information.

Deb researches all the beauty, skin care and health news and delivers honest reports you won’t find elsewhere. She’s on top of the latest ooh-la-la beauty solutions and lets you know which ones are worth the ooh-la-la price and your valuable time.

Join Deb and the rest of us Fashion Flash bloggers for all your Beauty Fashion and Fitness needs. This week we’re all about exercise for women over 40. Click in and share your thoughts.

Since we’re all about exercise this week, Here’s a quick Aqua Jog workout video to keep you cool and vital.


For more info on in home exercise programs for women, check me out at www.mirabaiholland.com

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Fashion Flash: For Women Over 40

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Today’s Fashion Flash is hosted by nationally recognized author  Barbara Hannah Grufferman. Her website and book The Best of Everything After 50 is filled with fabulous resources to help women make informed choices so we can continue to live a healthy and vital life.

This week’s Fashion Flash will give you the latest in beauty, fashion, well-being and fitness for women over 40. Let us know what you think!

Flab is one of those things we all really hate. What’s worse than wearing something that will reveal that little wiggle?

Studies show that if we do nothing we will steadily increase body fat as we get older.

So an inactive 25 year old woman may be at 23% (normal range of %body fat) but if she stays inactive by the time she is in her 60’s she can be as high as 43%.

The good news is this is completely reversible by adding some strength training exercises. And it doesn’t take much: just twice a week for 30 minutes or so.

Make sure you leave 24-48 hours in between for muscles to recover and grow.

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Use your own body weight with push-ups (beginners can do them against a wall and modified squats or lunges. Start with a few and build up to 15 reps.

Or use resistance bands or hand and ankle weights. For this, you may need some professional help like purchasing an exercise video by a certified instructor, joining a gym or working with a certified personal trainer. Once you learn a simple routine, you can slowly increase the weight as you get stronger. Start with 8 reps for each exercise. If you can’t finish the set the weight is too heavy. And if you can do a few more, you need more resistance. The key is
to listen to your body!

For more information about fitness and health and at home exercise for women visit www.mirabaiholland.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fashion Flash: Beauty Wardrobe & Health For Women Over 40

FASHION FLASH BANNERThis week’s Fashion Flash host is Deb Chase from the No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Anyone can say no-nonsense but Deb really walks the walk. Her research is through, sometimes trying stuff on herself, her insights are keen and her writing is pithy and straight up. Click in for the real deal on beauty, health and aging for women over 40.
While you’re at it, have a look at the latest summer ideas we Fashion Flashers have put together for you.

 

As for me, I’m on a project in Florida where it’s hot with a capital H! I’ve given up on trying to run or bike. I’ve taken my workouts to the pool where it’s cool.

SWIM-WEBI’m getting my cardio by swimming as fast as I can for 3 laps. Then doing 1 slow one.

I’ve built up to 60 laps now. Try it yourself. Remember to ease in, stop when you are tired and build up at your own pace. It’s a terrific workout to maintain health for women over 40.

 

 

 

 

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It’s Fashion Flash Monday, by Mirabai Holland © 2013

Our Fashion Flash host for this Memorial Day Monday May 28, 2013 is Cindy and her Prime Beauty Blog dedicated to the unique beauty needs of us 40 plus women. Join her and the rest of us Fashion Flashers in celebrating the service of our men and women in uniform, and learn a thing or two about beauty, health and maybe find a deal on something special.

As for me on this unofficial first day of summer, I’m close to home cooking a healthy meal for a long time friend. Have a happy healthy Memorial Day.

Yours in Health, Mirabai

Visit Mirabai at www.mirabaiholland.com

 

 

 

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Easy Exercise Video by Mirabai Holland Get Started With Just 5 minutes

Get started right now with a 5 minute Easy exercise video for women over 40 looking for a beginner exercise routine.  Based on my Moving Free Technique which combines the joy of dance with the science of exercise. Shape-up, burn calories, build stamina, strength and flexibility. Ease into the best shape of your life.

As a beginner, exercises should be easy. Getting fit doesn’t have to feel like getting your teeth drilled. My easy exercises disconnect the pain from the gain.  If you enjoy exercising today you’ll look forward to doing it tomorrow.

For more information on my Ease-in System please click here

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