Building A Better Body Image – 5 Things Every Late Teen Should Know

Body image is a priority for all, but carries an even greater significance for young adults. Not only does looking good make us feel good. It additionally has a huge impact on the way others view us, which further influences self-confidence and other features.

There’s no better time to start your positive body transformation. After all, it’s easier to make those changes while you’re still young. But before you do, it’s imperative that you equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to gain great results. Here’s everything you need to know.

Negative influences will take their toll. This is the stage of your life where you may be more likely to fall into the traps of alcohol consumption. There’s nothing wrong with a night out on the town, however, trading some of those beverages for mocktails can bring huge rewards. They are still fun in social settings but don’t come with the consequences of alcohol.

Your body can use a boost during those early stages. If you want to gain a better body, there’s a strong chance that you have made past mistakes. An organic detox tea can aid your general well being to leave you feeling healthier than ever. This is the perfect foundation for building a successful workout and healthy eating plan too. Apart from anything else, those two breaks for a cuppa give you a great chance to reflect and plan things.

Motivation is everything. If working out feels like a chore, you will not keep it up for the long haul. Therefore, finding ways to stay motivated throughout your workouts is key. Whether it’s in the gym or on the track, this will have a telling impact on the efficiency of those activities. Most importantly, though, you need to ensure that skipped sessions don’t become a regular feature. When this happens, progress will be slowed. Consequently, that will send the likelihood of giving up through the roof.

The human body changes with age. Puberty affects everyone differently. Therefore, you may just need to accept that the body you had during your early teens simply isn’t possible. Learn to love the skin you’re in by focusing on achieving the best possible version of you. Ultimately, if you can achieve this goal, then the opinions of anybody else become redundant. If that doesn’t allow you to become the happy and healthy person, what will?

It’s not all about your body. In truth, your facial features will always be the key to feeling your best. While girls will want to perfect their makeup rituals, boys just need to focus on good grooming. Clothing is an equally important element as your fashion choices are what bring the style and look to life. Whether you create your own personal appearance or borrow ideas from celebs doesn’t matter. Whatever you do, though, ensuring that those outfits fit is crucial.

The Six Rules Of Summer Safety

When summer comes along, we all just want to have fun – and who doesn’t? Warmer weather means the chance to be outside more. Not just that, but the days get longer, and spending the nights chilling with our friends is something that is par for the course. Everybody’s mood lifts and we don’t have a care in the world. But, really, we should be caring about something – our body. There’s a bit of extra TLC that we need to be giving ourselves during the summer months, to make sure you’re kept happy and healthy throughout.

Drink More Water

It’s recommended that we drink at least eight glasses of water a day, but most of us aren’t even hitting that target. This increases during the summer, as you will need to replace fluids lost through sweating due to the warmer weather. The most important thing that you need to consider each day is how hydrated you are. If you can’t remember to take a drink (and this is a common problem – a lot of us have to wait for the real signs of thirst to develop within our bodies), you need to set yourself reminders. Whether this is a little buzzing on your phone, an alert going off on your Fitbit or even buying yourself a smart water bottle to encourage you to take a sip, these are all useful things. Not only are you keeping your body hydrated, but it also does wonders for your skin and energy levels. The more water you drink, the more focused you will feel as well – so if you’re in school or studying, this is a great tip to take with you. Hydrate yourself to be able to get better grades!

Avoid Bites

Warmer weather means that bugs are more likely to make an appearance. A lot go into hibernation during the cooler months, and this is their time to shine; they make their homes, breed and also like to bite you. A lot of them don’t do it intentionally, but as more of a defence mechanism. Nevertheless, there are critters such as mosquitos and horseflies who don’t fit in this category, and are literally only after your blood. There are steps that you can take to prevent this, and heeding precautions may mean that you don’t spend most of the summer months itching at the least, and visiting ER due to allergic reaction at the most. Once bitten, there are certain remedies that can be found at to combat some of the swelling. However, it is more important to look at what you need to do to minimise the risk of getting bitten rather than thinking about the treatments afterwards (although these really do come in handy – so read up!).


Wear Sunscreen

A lot of us tend to take into consideration the SPF (sun protection factor) when deciding on which sunscreen to purchase. The most common for the more fair-skinned amongst us who aren’t wanting to get burned is factor 50+; the recommended is at least factor 15 to avoid irreversible skin damage. However, contrary to the recommendations, research has been released stating that you need to focus more on the UVA & UVB rating rather than the factor. Each sunscreen is given a rating of between 0 and 5 stars for these points, and you need to ensure that you are picking the product with the highest star rating to achieve maximum coverage.

Protect Yourself

Wearing sunscreen sometimes is simply not enough. Thankfully, fashion has adapted so that we are able to wear certain pieces of clothing that can give us the coverage that we need while also playing a vital part in blocking out the sun’s harmful rays. If you can find a hat with a wide brim, to cover your head but also give you a certain amount of shade on your face, then wear it. Kaftans are cool – not only are they back in style this summer, but they will help to air you out so you’re not overheating. The main risk of overheating is that you are susceptible to sunstroke, which will leave you poorly from anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks depending on how severe it is. Keep yourself out of direct sunlight as much as you can, and don’t overexert yourself; warmer weather can take a lot out of you without you realising. Your body has to work a lot harder to get you through the day, rather than in winter when it’s simply preserving your fat stores.

Repel The Bugs

As well as the bugs that bite, you also have the ones that sting floating around. Wasps are common around the country, but depending on what state you live in, scorpions can also make an appearance. It’s more a case of common sense with these guys; if you stay away from them, they tend to stay away from you. Swatting at them will only increase their need to defend themselves more, and that’s when the sting comes into play. Except it’s nothing to be playful about – they really hurt!

Swim With Friends

Last but not least comes the one pastime that everybody enjoys during the summer months: swimming. A dip in the pool may seem innocent enough, but you must make sure that there is somebody with you regardless of how old you are or an experienced swimmer you may be. Freak accidents can and do happen, and it’s not worth taking the risk of submerging yourself in water without anybody being on hand to come and help you should things start to go awry. Something as small as having low blood sugar, causing you to go dizzy and slip, could be enough to land you in hospital – and that’s even with somebody there to take you. Taking all of the precautionary measures that we are taught in childhood, such as no running around the poolside and only going in the deep end when you feel confident enough to, is vital.

Watermelon Seeds!

Summertime always reminds me of watermelon! The sweet red fruit is so good on a hot day! The sugar boosts energy levels, and its electrolytes quench thirst. It would be the perfect fruit except for those black seeds!

How disgusting it is to have to keep spitting seeds out. Yuck! The joy of a perfectly good piece of fruit ruined. Trying to pick out the seeds leaves a pile of mushed up fruit. Not very appetizing.  

Our hearts are sometimes like a slice of watermelon, full of seeds. Seeds? Yes, seeds of bitterness. These seeds of bitterness have grown slowly over time. They are the result of each little hurt that you have hidden in your heart.

Maybe it’s a circumstance that has left a bitter seed. Something didn’t go as planned. You’ve been humiliated. Harsh words have been hurled. Promises have been broken. Ridicule, slights, and all those tidbits of pain you never forgave are still there, hidden out of sight.

A key word brings one to mind, and the pain is felt anew. Memories surface that cause us to lose our joy and contentment. Maybe you blame God or someone dear to you for what happened.

When something triggers the pain or the memories, our hearts feel the seeds of bitterness.  They rob us of our peace because we can’t get past the hurts. Sadly, we willingly let go of our peace.

Seeds serve a useful purpose. They produce the fruit we love so much! They are a necessary part of God’s creation process.

So we see there are two kinds of seeds:  good and bad!  Seeds reproduce to kind. If we want good fruit, we need good seeds. Seeds of bitterness only produce more bitterness.  

We need to cultivate our heart to produce good seeds. These good seeds produce the good fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 tells the good fruits we can produce:  “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.”

It’s difficult to overlook a hurt. It’s far easier to blame someone else for your seeds of bitterness than forgive. Life is tough. People make it tougher, so you may think they deserve your bitterness and hatred.

Did you know that those seeds of bitterness and hate can be cast out of your heart?  All you have to do is confess each thought of bitterness as sin, trusting our Lord and Savior to remove it. Let us remember Jesus took the punishment for all sin. Whatever was done to you has already been punished on the cross.

Galatians 6:1-2 teaches:  “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Bitterness can keep us from forgiving those who have wronged us. When we are sorrowing over our own sin, our hearts long for forgiveness and forgetfulness from the one we wronged. We seek a restored relationship. So too must we provide that same gift to those who have wronged us if we want to free ourselves from seeds of bitterness.

We each have the responsibility of actively forgiving the one who hurt us. It’s wonderful to receive an apology! However, it’s important to release the hold this person has over you.  When you forgive, those seeds of bitterness disappear! Forgiveness leads to freedom!


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How To Stay Motivated When It Comes To Getting Fit

You’ve decked out your Pinterest board with healthy recipes, summer looks and exercise plans, and you’re following your favourite fitspo models on Instagram. But how do you take the step from being inspired, to actually doing it? And once the hard work kicks in and your old habits come back, how do you stay motivated?

It’s hard to balance exercise and a healthy lifestyle with school responsibilities and work. But it’s not impossible. You can find some tips on making healthy lifestyle changes at, and this post will give you plenty of ways to keep your motivation up when you’re beginning to struggle.

Choose exercise that you enjoy

If you don’t like running, don’t run. If you don’t like going to the gym, don’t go to the gym. The trick to staying motivated in the long term is finding a kind of exercise that you enjoy doing. From pole dancing to rock climbing, swimming to surfing, there are so many ways that you can get and stay fit, that aren’t boring. There are some really fun suggestions at, so take your pick and see how it goes. Experiment with a few different taster sessions, and see what you enjoy the best, what fits with your lifestyle, what you can afford, and how much of a workout you get from it.

Get ready the night before

If you’ve planned to do a class at the gym or to go for a run in the morning, don’t let anything get in your way. Make sure you get everything ready the night before, so that when you wake up you aren’t looking for excuses to not go. Get your lunch for school or work sorted and make up an easy breakfast, like the overnight oats at You could even get your clothes, bag and books sorted so that when you get back, you only need to hop in the shower and get dressed, without having to think about what to wear.

Sign up for classes and training

If you’ve signed up for a class, or with a personal trainer, the impetus to go is even stronger, as you won’t want to waste any money. Plus, personal trainers, like those at, will tailor your sessions to work on exactly what you want – so you won’t have to waste time wondering what sort of exercises to do, or which machines to use. If you’re not confident using the machines at the gym, having a personal trainer will help improve you, so that you can use them when you’re on your own.

Get fit with friends or family

If you’ve got a friend or family member relying on you to do some sort of exercise, it’ll be much easier to stay motivated. It’s hard to go to the gym or workout alone, but if you’re going with friends, just see it as another way to catch up and chat. Plus, you don’t want to be the person who always bails, so you’ll need to stick to your fitness plan to keep your friends happy.

4 Easy Ways To Refresh Your Look

Every now and then, something just clicks, and we get the craving for a big, dramatic change to our usual look. Despite what it may feel like, you don’t have to dye your hair, lose 20 pounds, or spend a fortune at the mall to totally refresh your image. Here, we’ve listed four of the easier, smaller changes that can have a massive impact on your entire look.

Move your Parting

Like many girls, you may have been parting your hair in the same way every morning for years. If this is the case, then the simple change of flipping it to the other side can be all it takes to completely refresh your look. This will add a lot of volume to your roots, and change the way the front of your hair frames your features. You may not really need one, but these high quality lace front wigs from CelebWigs can make a handy go-to tool for changing your parting at a moment’s notice. If your hair just doesn’t want to get out of its usual parting, then try moving your parting before bed with a comb and a little styling cream, and then putting on a wide, no-slip headband.


You don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe to make it look like you have. Try making a point to change up the accessories that are going to get noticed the most, such as your handbag. Accessories are one of the most cost-effective things you can buy for your wardrobe, as you’ll be able to wear them day after day, without your look getting tired out. If you’re going for a more high-end look, try getting handbags that combine faux leather with brass, rather than silver. This helps your whole outfit to look a little more unexpected and expensive.

Get Some Red Lipstick

A lot of girls, and grown women for that matter, are put off by the sheer boldness of red lipstick. In reality, red lipsticks are one of the most universally wearable, and can instantly add more femininity and general impact to your look. Try looking for shades of red that are blue-based. These appear flattering to the widest range of skin tones, and will also make your teeth look whiter as an extra advantage. Having said that, trust your instincts. Just like a great piece of jewelry, great lipstick shades are often the ones that feel right as soon as you look at them.

Lay a Great Foundation

Foundation isn’t the most exciting thing to pick out when it comes to makeup, but it can have a massive impact on your overall look. To get the most control and finesse over your base tone, make sure you’re choosing the right sponge. Non-latex ones are the most widely used by makeup artists, as these make it easy to blend colors naturally, and create a complexion that looks near enough perfect. You may also want to try adding a drop or two of skin luminizer to your foundation for a subtle shine.


The 3 Key Components In Any Healthy Lifestyle Change

When you’re looking to make a healthy lifestyle change, you can often find yourself looking for the right ways to go about it. After all, you want to make sure that your body is in the best shape possible. To do that, you often have to look at both your body, overall health levels, and lifestyle choices holistically. It helps to look at the areas of your life that you find to be quite unhealthy and see how you can flip them over to being a healthy choice. With three main areas, those being nutrition, fitness, and wellness, you have a lot of ground to cover, but when you feel healthier and happier in the end, it will all be worth it.


First up, let’s talk all things nutrition. Food can often be a difficult area to discuss when it comes to making yourself healthier. You often feel as if you need to restrict yourself to be healthy, but that’s the opposite attitude to have if you’re looking to be healthy. Instead, what you need to do is make sure that you’re eating a balanced diet rich in all of the foods that your body needs.

Lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables and whole grains are essential to keep your body functioning properly. But, you might also want to think about trying out shakes, like these, if you need snacks to keep you going in the day, or you’re looking to lose a bit of weight so that your BMI get to a healthy range.



Then there’s the fitness side of things. Although you may not be the most sporty person in the world, it is essential to do some kind of exercise so that your body can be as strong and healthy as you want it to be. But, you don’t have to pressure yourself into joining an intimidating sports team or a scary gym if that’s not what you want.

Sometimes, working out at home, using some of the tips in this post, can be a great way to ensure that your fitness levels are where they should be. You could also join a fun workout class with friends, or even start something different like yoga.


And then there’s also your wellness to think about. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, you need to think about your general levels of well-being too, including all of the areas outlined here Laughing and being happy, having a key passion, and controlling your negative thoughts can all help.

But, the social side of things isn’t all that you can do. Making sure you get enough sleep, enjoying some fresh air every once in awhile, and of course using prayer to calm your mind can all ensure that you are working on being your happiest, healthiest self.

5 Ways To Spend Your Downtime

For every young person who feels like the world is on their shoulders, there are five more right there with them. Between high school or college, extracurricular activities, a social life and spending time with family, there doesn’t seem to be much time to spend just being. There is a lot of pressure on young people to do well, get good grades, maintain friendships, keep the lines of communication open with parents and possibly hold down a job. That’s a lot of expectations from other people, and a lot of causes for teen depression and anxiety.

The important thing to remember is that among all the responsibility that is building up, you are still you. You still need time to relax, to just spread out and ‘be’ by yourself and enjoy your own company. It’s great, to spend time with your friends and hold a job outside of schoolwork, but it’s exhausting! Like with any age group, you need some time out. Away from the stress, away from the workload and away from nagging bosses! So, how can you spend your downtime so you can feel free, refreshed and ready to take on the world?

Exercise. Okay, so it may feel like having to work by doing exercise, but exercise produces endorphins. The feeling of euphoria and happiness after completing a workout, along with the pure relaxation of a hot shower and chilling out is exactly why exercise should feature in your downtime. If you can’t face something high impact, combine exercise with meditation and go for yoga.

Entertain Yourself. While most people aren’t a fan of slumping down in front of the television, these are the best Netflix Originals available that you can spend time catching up on and watching. Sometimes taking some quiet time getting immersed into a new series can really help take your mind off of the pressures of real life.

Read. Speaking of immersing yourself into something new, what about getting into that reading list you’ve been meaning to start for a while? A book is a great way to dive into someone else’s imagination and take yourself out of the world for a while. Kicking back and relaxing into a giant beanbag like this one with some snacks and a book is the ultimate comfort.

Hike. It sounds like something that is the opposite of relaxing, but if you live in an area that is hilly and has nature trails to be enjoyed, take yourself on an adventure and get into nature. The fresh air, the challenge of climbing the side of a steep hill and the pure adrenaline that comes with it all is the way to go.

Theatre. Similar to entertaining yourself with the best of Netflix, the theatre offers a different line of culture. Musicals, stand-up comedy and plays of the highest calibre are all things you could enjoy at the theatre. It’s a treat to go to the theatre so make it your treat to yourself.


The Best Ways To Workout at Home and Stay Motivated

With summer and vacation season just around the corner, it is understandable that you’ll want to feel your best when on vacation or sat at the beach or pool. When you feel your best, you will feel happier and more confident. While ‘your best’ is different for everyone, exercise is one of the things that we all need to be doing to feel healthier. It could be to shift a few pounds or to just tone up areas that you dislike about yourself. But overall exercise is so beneficial to your health, not just your appearance. So it needs to be part of your routine, especially with summer approaching.

I get it, though; gyms can cost a lot of money each month that we don’t have. And you might not feel like you want to head out for a run in your local park or in your neighborhood. So what options are there? Here are some great ways to exercise in the comfort of your own home, yet still feel motivated.

Use Online Videos

If you haven’t discovered the wonder that is exercise workouts on sites like YouTube, then where have you been? Not only are they free to use, but they have some really great workouts on there; there is something for everyone. Jillian Michael’s Thirty Day Shred is found on there, as well as yoga, pilates, and Zumba workouts. So you can choose things that play to your strengths and things that you enjoy. When you enjoy working out, you’re much more likely to stick at it.

Consider Investing in Workout Equipment

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of workouts that you can do that are solely focused on using your bodyweight. And doing workouts like that are really good for you. But if that becomes a little repetitive, then investing in some workout equipment could be a great way of keeping you motivated. It could be that you just want to get some hand weights or some adjustable free weights. You might consider getting something like a spin or exercise bike to have at home to work on your cardio. If so, you could look at a site like Exercise Bikes Expert. I have found that this is a great resource when looking for honest exercise bike reviews if you’re unsure what you’re looking for. You don’t want to get something that is a little pricey and find out that it’s actually not going to be that good for you.

Grab a Buddy

If you need to have someone to check that you’re working out in order for you to actually workout, then you need to get yourself a workout buddy. Personal trainers can be expensive, but a friend to get fit with you can be just as good. You could take it in turns to host a workout at home or in your backyard, and then you can help each other to stay motivated. You are more likely to stick at the workouts with a buddy, as they are much harder to cancel.

Working It Out! How To Stay Safe While Exercising

There’s a lot of pressure on people to stay in shape in modern society. Of course, this isn’t inherently a bad thing. After all, it encourages people to care about their health, and exercise is a fantastic way to learn discipline and self-control. The problem appears when you have people who feel so pressured to exercise that they end up making decisions that have a marked negative impact on their overall health. This is a surprisingly common problem and often comes from feeling as though nothing is ever good enough and that you need to constantly do more in order to fit into the box that society has created for you. This is a terrible idea and can potentially be very dangerous. If you want to be able to stay in shape and take care of your health, but you don’t want to put yourself at risk in the process. Here are just a few simple pieces of advice.

Pick your workouts carefully

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make is to try and push themselves too far with workouts that are massively unsuited to their personal fitness level. If you’re trying too hard because you are trying to reach your goals too fast, then you’re just going to end up injuring yourself, and those kinds of injuries are can potentially be very serious. Places like are incredibly useful because they allow you to choose the workout that’s right for you with clear advice that you can easily follow. Just trying to do things yourself is an easy way to fall into the trap of pushing yourself too hard and actually hurting yourself.

Rest frequently

If you want to make the most of your workouts and avoid doing yourself any kind of significant damage, you need to rest and rest often. If you’re not taking the time to let your body recover from whatever workout you’ve been doing, you’re going to end up putting too much pressure on it and causing a serious problem. Not only that but you’re just going to end up wasting your time since overexercising not only increases the risk of injury but also does very little to improve the impact of your workout.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

Exercise should be fun. It’s a great way to stay active and often releases a lot of endorphins into your brain, making you feel happy. It’s used as a treatment for everything from depression to anxiety. If you’re putting too much pressure on yourself, then you’re likely to just end up feeling miserable the entire time you’re working out. Not only is this going to make life far more difficult than it needs to be but it’s also going to completely drain you of your motivation to work out in the first place. Don’t push yourself too hard and remember that you should be enjoying the workouts that you’re doing. And if you’re not, then it might be time to try something different.

Are You Thinking Of Going On A Beach Body Diet? Read This First!

Summer is coming, and if you’re an avid follower of your favorite celebrities on Instagram, you may have noticed that beach season is almost here. When the sun comes out, and the countdown to the end of the semester and long vacations begins, many young people feel pressure to shape up and try and get buff for the beach. If you’re thinking of going on a beach body diet, read this guide first. When it comes to weight loss, it’s essential to put your health first.

Having realistic expectations

We live in an age when it’s normal to see a stream of perfectly honed and toned beach bodies when we’re checking out our feeds and the latest news on social media. In days gone by, you only really saw images of women in bikinis and men in swim shorts if you were flicking through the pages of a swimwear catalog, but today, these pictures are plastered here, there, and everywhere.

There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to look and feel great on the beach, but try and make sure that you have realistic expectations. The photographs that you see in magazines and on billboards represent a very tiny portion of the population. The vast majority of people aren’t 5’10 and a size zero, and there’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t match this template. If you find yourself getting down about your body and the way you look when you scroll through bikini shots on Instagram, it’s worth remembering that images tend to be altered and enhanced, and there’s no one look, shape or size that represents beauty. Just because you’re short or you’re curvy, this doesn’t mean that you’re not beautiful. Give yourself a break from social media, and do what makes you happy. If you’d rather be a little smaller or leaner, there are ways of trimming down without crash dieting or living in the gym. If you’re happy as you are, don’t feel pressure to change.

Losing weight in a healthy way

It’s very common to try and lose weight when the summer sunshine arrives. Many of us do this so that we can feel more comfortable and confident when we wear summer clothes or expose some skin on vacation. If you do want to lose some weight, make sure you go about it in the right way. If you search online for weight loss tips, you’ll come across all kinds of miracle cures and products and plans that claim to help you shed pounds in days. Avoid fad diets, and resist the temptation to crash diet. You may lose weight quickly, but you’re likely to put it back on. It’s best to adopt a healthy eating plan, work out more, and take control of portion sizes and calorie consumption. If you’re thinking of joining a weight loss club or following a plan like those championed by social media influencers, read some reviews on sites like first. By doing this, you can learn more about what the program entails before you spend any money. If you don’t have the first clue when it comes to calories, you may find apps that track your intake useful. All you have to do is scan a barcode on a product or enter some details like the brand name, and the app will complete your daily food diary for you.

Enjoying the benefits of exercise

One of the best ways to feel more confident about your beach body is to embrace the many benefits of exercise. If you work out on a regular basis, you can build muscle definition and burn fat, but you’ll also notice benefits for your mental health. Exercise releases happy hormones, and it also gives you a natural high. It can be difficult to get into exercise if you’ve never done it before, but once it becomes part of your daily routine, you may find that you really enjoy training sessions. You don’t have to become a gym bunny to enjoy exercise. You can dance, join a cheerleading squad, play football, soccer or hockey, go for a run, hire a kayak or jump on your bike. Have fun, take friends along to classes with you or get out and about and enjoy the fresh air. For more ideas, have a look at Be wary of weighing yourself if you are working out regularly. You may find that your weight increases, as muscle tissue is denser than fat. Try and measure weight loss by how your clothes feel instead.

It’s very common for young people to try and lose weight or gain muscle in the run-up to summer vacation season. If you’re keen to do this, don’t put your health on the line or feel that you have to try and hit unrealistic goals. Follow these tips, and you’ll feel and look great before you know it.