The benefits of stand up paddle boarding

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Forget surfing - paddle boarding is the new watersport taking over our beaches.

Often spotted on celebrity Instagram accounts, paddle boarding may look like a laugh, and while it is fun, it’s also a full body workout that’s bound to leave first-timers sore the next day.

Are you keen to give it a go? Awesome! These are the benefits you’ll reap...

Baer Refaelli paddle boarding

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#1 Stronger core

To stand up on a paddle board, you need to stabilise yourself quite a bit, which dires up and engages your core. So, the muscles in your stomach, lower back and upper thighs are working hard the entire time you’re in the water.

Rihanna paddle boarding

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#2 Better balance

If you don’t want to fall into the water, you can be sure you’ll be trying your hardest to keep your balance. It may take you a while, but once you’ve settled into the right position, your ability to steady yourself (and your gaze) will improve. You’ll be able to walk a tightrope before you know it!

Anna Heinrich and tim robards paddle boarding

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#3 Burst of cardio

Think about the energy you’d use to paddle, stabilise and get up onto the board (multiple times, if you keep falling off). Now, can you see how this seemingly leisurely watersport could turn into quite the cardio session? It’s the perfect summer activity to get the heart racing.

Jen Hawkins paddle boarding

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Before you run out to hire a board, Australian surfing legend, Tom Carroll - who has just launched his own range of paddle boards - offers some top tips for beginners.

 

#1 Keep your head up

The main reason people lose balance on the board is because they lean too far forward with their head. “Keep your gaze up and become aware of the horizontal plane ahead,” suggests Tom. “Try to resist the temptation of looking down at the board.”

Kendell Jenner paddle boarding

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#2 Choose the right paddle

“Choose a carbon paddle that’s super light and easy to manoeuvre,” says Tom. You’re probably going to be holding your paddle for an hour or more, so don’t challenge yourself too much at first!

 

#3 The longer the board, the harder it is

“It’s important to select a board according to your weight,” says Carroll. “If you’ve got too much length, it will be much harder to push all that extra board around.”


Have you ever tried stand up paddle boarding? Did you know it was such a good workout?


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Posted by: Jlgaddes (Australia)

never tried this, but certainly can imagine you would get a fantastic workout! One on the list to try :)

Posted on: February 18, 2015 (Feb 18, 2015 11:09am)

Posted by: softness (Member since 2007, Australia)

Yes I've done this several times and just a couple of weeks ago I was on one. Lots of relaxing fun but also an amazing workout for the tummy! I have been considering buying my own of late but I do wish to buy a light (easier to carry) one as they can get pretty big!

Posted on: February 18, 2015 (Feb 18, 2015 11:51am)

Are French manis really outdated?

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I’ve tried a few unexpected nail trends in my time (almond nails, anyone?), but I never thought I’d want to flaunt a French manicure.

That is, until now – yep, French tips are making a comeback. Just ask US model Anna Speckhart or actress Olivia Wilde, who are both big fans of the look.

The trend actually took off in Hollywood in the 70s, when Orly International founder Jeff Pink created the white tip and natural base look to help actresses match their nail colour to their costumes.





Fast forward to 2015, and the French mani is still a well-known nail look. For a fuss-free DIY version, we can’t go past the Manicare Flawless French Manicure Kit and essence French Manicure Tip Guides (the pack contains 30 tip guides, which is enough for three manis)!

Not such a fan of the French mani? Well, even if you don’t like the look of a typical French tip, you’d be hard pressed to deny the similarity between this 90s nail look and a plethora of other nail crazes we’ve seen lately.

Take the quirky reverse-French mani, which is a favourite of celebs such as J.Lo (main image) and Zoe Saldana (below).
 



Or the French manicure with a twist, using weird but wonderful colour combos (personally, I love the look of a pink base with red tips, or a nude base with silver tips).

Then there’s the half moon, where the base of the nails is carved out instead of the tips.





Some may say French manis are tacky. But in all these guises, it seems this nail look is here to stay!


Do you think French manis are cool again, or is this one nail trend that’s best left in the 90s? What other nail looks are you loving lately?

 

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Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

I like French manis. I must be out of it because I never thought they were tacky.

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 4:55pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

I have always loved french manis!

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 5:03pm)

Sex for your skin

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We’re not just saying this to get you in the sack - a real life doctor has confirmed getting down and dirty is good for the skin. You can’t get much more legit than that!


“We already know that skin is a highly emotional organ," Harold Lancer, MD, explains. "In terms of the physical, your skin responds to sex in that it increases blood flow, heart rate, your immune system function, the production of antigen formations, and more."


So when somebody says you’ve got a post-coital glow, they’re not just winding you up.


The increase of blood flow during sex delivers more oxygen to the skin, effectively enhancing its radiance.


Furthermore, the extra oxygen also helps to boost collagen and elastin production, both of which are essential in maintaining youthful skin.


So forget the weekly face masks and monthly facials. From now on, it’s all about cleansing, toning, moisturising and sex. How much is up to you…


Does your skin improve when you have more sex?

 

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Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

Haha! Sounds legit. Ive never noticed if my skin seems better. Will have to make a note.

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:33pm)

Posted by: Marza (Australia)

love it if it does

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:39pm)

Are you an aquaholic?

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We all know the importance of drinking water, but now it seems some of us are taking our H2O obsession too far.

According to experts, many of us are becoming addicted to drinking too much – giving rise to the term ‘aquaholics’. Yep, it turns out you can have too much of a good thing.

Lured by promises of better concentration and energy levels, a detoxed body and even weight loss, some drinkers are reporting feeling anxious if they have to go without water for a small amount of time.

UK consultant vascular surgeon Professor Mark Whiteley is just one expert who’s worried about the trend. Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said it was possible that drinking too much water over an extended period could actually alter the brain’s chemistry to expect excessive amounts.

Compared to the perceived benefits, the negative effects of drinking too much water are lesser known – but according to Professor Whiteley, they include excessive sweating, insomnia and in extreme cases, water poisoning (which can cause death).  

So how much water do we really need to drink? Well, according to current advice, women need 1.6 litres of fluid a day to keep the body working efficiently. Men need slightly more: around two litres.

But the fluid doesn’t necessarily have to be water. Speaking to The Daily Mail, dietitian Dr Frankie Phillips recommends downing “a mixture of different drinks throughout the day — such as milk, which is rich in calcium, and small amounts of fruit juice, which contain good levels of vitamin C”. According to Dr Phillips, mixing it up will actually help you consume a healthy balance of nutrients.

Being someone who carries a bottle of H2O everywhere I go (I’m actually sipping from it as I write this), it’s hard for me to imagine significantly reducing my water intake. Even still, the trend’s definitely given me some drink for thought!



Would you consider yourself an aquaholic? Would you reduce your water intake, or do you still think it’s better to be more hydrated than not?  

 

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Posted by: MelissaFay89 (Australia)

I'm forever trying to up my water intake but its so easy to forget

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:31pm)

Posted by: CherryBlossom (Australia)

I like to maintain my water intake and not count any other liquids as part of it, that way I'm drinking more. This is an interesting idea.

Posted on: February 17, 2015 (Feb 17, 2015 3:35pm)

The benefits of a carbonated face bath

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If you love guzzling sparkling mineral water like yours truly, you’ll totally appreciate that refreshing hit that comes with your first sip.

Now, you can instantly invigorate your skin by – you guessed it – cleansing with sparkling mineral water!

First made popular in Japan and spanning across to women in Korea and Europe, a carbonated face bath is fast becoming the way to get a deeper, more invigorating cleanse. Move over, normal cleanser and plain old water.

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Basically, the carbon dioxide bubbles effervesce on your skin and act as micro-brushes to deeply clean your pores, whisk away dead skin cells, reduce puffiness and add firmness.

The bubbles also give your skin a burst of oxygen which helps to increase circulation, brighten skin, and smooth uneven skin tone. Some people may find their skin becomes warm while cleansing with sparkling mineral water, but this is normal – it’s just the bubbles increasing blood circulation.

Keen to try this cleansing trend? Go ahead and pick up a bottle of sparkling mineral water from the supermarket! Just make sure it doesn’t contain any artificial colours or flavours.

THE DIY CARBONATED FACE BATH

Blend a 1:1 ratio of regular water and sparkling mineral water in a bowl and cleanse with the mixture. Alternatively, soak your face in it for 20 seconds, taking breaks to breathe (obviously!).

bh tip: Sensitive skin can become irritated by carbonated water, so be sure to mix in some more regular water.

Would you try a carbonated face bath? What are your money-saving skin care tricks?

 

 

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Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I don't like drinking fizzy water but cleansing the skin with it seems to be a very interesting idea.

Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 4:27pm)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

The things they are coming up with! I would definitely give it a try. I love mineral water so why not use it to wash my face?

Posted on: February 16, 2015 (Feb 16, 2015 4:39pm)