It’s Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion FlashThis week’s Fashion Flash host is Black Cat Plus, the Fashion resource for Fab Plus Size women. Editor and fashion expert Jodell Raymond, also provides a Personal Shopping Service  so you can look and feel your best.

Spring is on its way so the rest of us Fashion Flashers have an eclectic mix of the latest in fashion, beauty and health. Check us out and let us know what you think!

 

Getting Ready to Spring Into Action? Visit www.mirabaiholland.com 

for at home exercise videos for women over 40!

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Fashion Flash Women 40 plus Blog: Beauty, Fashion, Fitness

Fashion Flash Women 40 plus Blog

Today’s Fashion Flash women 40 plus blog is hosted by Deborah Boland, style expert from Fabulous After 40. She bring to us the best, up-to-date insights on beauty and fashion styles and trends.  Today’s Fashion Flash women 40 plus blog entries range from fabulous to practical beauty tips, fashion styles and fitness workouts. Check us out!

 

 

SWIM-WEBI’ve found so much solace from the heat  in swimming this summer. Fast or slow,  it’s a wonderful workout for body, mind and spirit. I’ve built up to 100 laps a day, over the last few weeks, enjoying every minute. If you have the opportunity to take a swim, try it out.

 

Meanwhile, if you need a little push to exercise, here is a new research study you might want to check out.

EXERCISE REDUCES STROKE RISK IN WOMEN OVER 45

A newly published study funded by The National Institutes of Health shows a 20% reduction in stroke risk for both women and men over 45 who exercised versus those did not. Men got the best results 4 times or more a week. While women reaped a similiar benefit exercising just 1-4 times a week.

aerobics-jump-a2426-cropped-t230.jpg“Getting your daily dose of cardio seems like a no brainer to me,” says women’s exercise program expert Mirabai Holland.

 

 

Here’s a link to an NIH article on the study “NIH-funded study suggests that moving more may lower stroke risk.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Managing Our Weight: Through Thick and Through Thin By Mirabai Holland © 2013

For me, maintaining my proper weight is a constant struggle but it is one I embrace and so can you. Remember, the real reason for food is to keep us alive and well. It is not the enemy.

The key elements of maintaining a proper weight are learning to control portion size, eating a balanced diet, getting in touch with your hunger and exercising on a regular basis. Though exercise has always helped to burn calories, lose body fat and keep muscle tone, exercise alone will not keep your weight in check. Eating only when you are truly hungry can help you stay on track. Many of us engage in emotional eating: we eat when bored, depressed angry or even happy. To curb this tendency we must reckon with our inner selves. This can be getting on a scale, putting on a pair of pants that used to fit, and writing down what we are putting into our mouths.

Choosing healthful foods is integral to feeling good and possibly preventing diabetes, cancer and heart disease and numerous other health problems. Between fast food and vending machines, it’s often a challenge to eat basic foods that are not prepared or processed with too much salt, sugar and preservatives. Yet a wealth of fresh vegetables, fruits, dried beans, whole grains and nuts are available if you just know what to look for and make time to prepare nutritious meals.

As we age, our immune systems become more vulnerable – especially if we are recovering from illness. The food and agriculture industries are allowed by the FDA to use a multitude of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and even insect-based dyes to produce as much food as cheaply, and therefore profitably, as possible.

The movement toward organic foods and support for local farming in the U.S. has grown as more people become aware and concerned about the untested and unlabeled additives in our food supply. Although organic foods are often more expensive, the cost can be balanced by avoiding non-nutritious prepared foods – such as snack items, candy, sugary sodas and frozen meals – while choosing fresh produce, dried beans, whole grains and a limited amount of low fat dairy and lean meat and poultry.

Here is an important meal tip; eat a healthy breakfast. Why? It will give you energy to last through the morning so that you are not ravenous and prone to overeating at lunch. For the longest-lasting energy, balance three types of food in your breakfast: A serving of whole grains (a piece of whole wheat toast, a half-cup of oatmeal or a serving of whole-grain cereal per size listed on the package); two servings of fruits (which can include a glass of 100 percent juice) and a bit of low fat protein – such as yogurt, an egg, reduced-fat cheese, or skim milk on whole grain cereal. In calories and nutrition, it will beat a sugary, fatty pastry any day. Studies show that women who eat a healthy breakfast each day have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight.
Informative food-related web sites are:

Center for Science in the Public Interest (www.cspinet.org)
American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org)
USDA Food and Drug Administration (www.nutrition.gov)
Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org)

More info on exercise and health issues for women over 50 visit www.mirabaiholland.com

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Easy Exercises To Do Outdoors By Mirabai Holland, MFA © 2013

I love to get out and walk outdoors. Even if you haven’t done much over the winter, the green smell of plants and flowers in the air and switching on to daylight savings time are great motivators.

Start with a duration you’re comfortable with and work your way up. I do some standing pushups and a couple of stretches at the end of my walk to round out the workout. No equipment necessary, just your favorite tree. Here is what I do:

 

 

Standing Pushups: Stand facing your tree and stretch arms in from of you, chest level and place hands on the tree a few inches apart. Keeping your body straight, slowly bend elbows until your chest is close to the tree and push back with a single thrust.

 

Work up to 20 reps. Works chest, and arms.

 

 

Back Extention: Stand facing your tree and stretch arms in front of you slightly below chest level.

Place hands on the tree a few inches apart. Keep arms stretched as you bend back lifting your head chin up while contracting your abs. Hold for 10-20 seconds. Stretches back.

 

 

Front Thigh Stretch: Stand facing your tree and hold on with your left hand. Grab your right ankle and gently pull heel towards buttocks. Hold for 10-20 seconds. Then switch legs.  Stretches the front thigh muscles.

 

 

 

 

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Easy Exercises To Relieve Stress and Recharge Right At Your Desk! by Mirabai Holland 2013

With today’s emphasis on productivity, its hard not to get stressed out.

Here are a couple mini moments you can take at your desk to help yourself

relax, focus, and energize.

Diamond Stretch:

 Raise arms over-head linking hands together.

Slightly bend elbows and gently move them back.

Hold for 10-20 counts.

Stretches & Relaxes: Shoulders, Chest and Upper Back

 BREATHING EXERCISE

Close your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing.

  • Breathe in… Breath out…
  • Breathe in and hold your breath for 1 second – 1 hundred thousand, Breathe out
  • Breathe in again a little deeper and hold for 2 seconds – 1 hundred thousand, 2 hundred thousand – Breathe out
  • Breathe in deeper and hold for 3, then 4, then 5 seconds

By the time you hold for 5, you should feel pretty good.

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