Tag Archives: life

Happy Valentines Day WordPress!

   
    
   

xxSerena

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And illustrated guide on how to get healthier skin

Healthy glowing skin is a thing of beauty. And it’s not what you pile on top of your skin, hiding it, that makes it glow. Beauty does radiate from the insides.

Here are some tips:

  
What are your favorite tips for healthy skin?

xxSerena 

Five ways to increase the humidity in your home without a humidifier

It’s very dry where I live and especially during the winter season! Through discussions with my coworkers I’m not the only one who’s suffering from sinus congestion, hangnails, dry skin, dry mouth, chapped lips and bloody noses. Every winter I notice more people with static cling, and an increased need for lip balm and thick moisturizer. Skin gets itchy when it’s dry and lips crack up.

 

Moisturize well so that skin remains soft, especially in the winter. Photography by Serena Alibhai
Why does this happen?

Well, it’s winter where I live and that means that the air around my environment is stripped from moisture. The cold has frozen any puddles, rain turns to snow and leaves on trees are gone. Also, there is no transpiration at night. Usually green grass, leaves, vegetation in general gives off moisture at night, we see this during the summer with morning dew and higher humidity levels.

During the winter, the grass dies and lies under, dormant, a thick layer of ice or snow. So this is why our poor nasal passages, fingers, skin and hair suffers.

I’m actually going to invest in a humidifier this week, but in the meantime, here are my top tips for increasing humidity in your home without a humidifier:

1. Add a houseplant

Plants breathe at night and purify the air by releasing oxygen and using the carbon dioxide we exhale. They also create moisture and release it into the air. When the plant is watered, it releases moisture through its roots to the leaves pores, which will consequently release moisture to the room.

   

Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
Photography by Serena Alibhai
   
2. Dry clothes indoors

As your clothes evaporate, the moisture will release into the surroundings. Also, drying your clothes on a hanger, clothes line or door knob in your laundry room will reduce wear and tear on your delicates, making them last longer.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi
3. Use the shower

When you take a shower, if you allow your door to open immediately after, the steam will escape the bathroom and moisture levels in nearby areas will increase considerably.

 

Photography by Rizwan Alvi

4. Boil water

Boil a couple of liters of water with eucalyptus essential oil or tea tree for a pleasant humidifying moisture boost. The oils will also help to guard against colds and is helpful in killing airborne germs.


5. Place water near heat source

A radiator heat in your room can also be used to improve the moisture content in your room. Place a pot or water container near the source of your radiator heat for the water to evaporate; this becomes humidity and effectively moistens the air. Alternatively, try placing a pan containing water on the radiator. Note that you do not have to place the dish of water directly on the heat for the evaporation to occur.

 

Water near a radiator can help to increase humidity. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Do you have problems with a dry environment where you live?

xxSerena

Some of my favourite ViPR exercises to teach

I love the ViPR. I’ve been doing ViPR workouts as part of my exercise routine for over three years now. I’ve been teaching ViPR for almost two years, as soon as became a certified ViPR instructor.

I feel like with the tool I and my clients get three things: strength training in the form of loaded movement, maximum calorie burn and dynamic flexibility training. And when I say maximum calorie burn I mean I’m dripping sweat after a 30 minute ViPR workout and I’m not even necessarily doing the highest level options given. Just holding the tool is helping my posture, my form and making me stronger.

 

VIPR exercises

When I teach I basically use variations tilts, carry holds, lifts, shlifts and swings, all with different handprints and footprints. I notice my core is stronger, it increases the muscle tone in the back and buttocks really well and helps to increase flexibility and mobility.

Have you ever used a ViPR or any other piece of equipment to work out with?

xxSerena

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality

It’s the idea that how we think of ourselves will impact our lives. And that our lives impact everyone around us. 

I took a picture of a page in a book. I believe the author is JK Rowling. 

  
What do you think it means? 

xxSeren 

Beginner home workout

Muscle conditioning with weights builds muscle, but so do exercises using your own body weight.

New exercises mean surprises for your body. This challenges your muscles. And what challenges you, changes you.

Here are some new exercises you can do either in the gym or at home:


Have you used any of these exercises in your workouts? What do you think; are they effective?

xxSerena

Make your life inspiring

I read something “pretty cool” (thx Miley Cyrus) yesterday.

Here it is:

  
I think this is an important one for the vitality section of Serena Glow!

Your life is a message. What you decide to do with that life, and that means how you decide to earn a living, can inspire those around you. So make it worth something.

Believe in what you live.

Do you? 

I know you do. Maybe not right now, but you were preparing to live your life in this way soon. Maybe you already do it in small ways. Maybe you want to do it more. What’s your story?

xxSerena 

The seven cardinal rules for life. Or are they?

I found something interesting. This is the type of information that may be interesting to discuss with someone deep and full of opinions! 

Or perhaps not. Take a look and decide for yourself.

  
What do you think of these seven cardinal rules? Is there any truth to this?

xxSerena 

12 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about skin aging

We all age, but depending on our behaviours, some age more gracefully than others. 

Some say it has to do with genetics. Others say inner happiness. Some say attitude. 

Here is an interesting info graphic that discusses 12 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about skin aging.

  
What do you think? 

xxSerena