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Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We have a short motto in our office at Activate: “Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong”.

I was thinking about how much this simple statement can improve our relationships and our overall positivity day to day and realised it may not always be as easy as it sounds.

Life tends to come at us hard and fast, without regard for our own readiness. It doesn’t make the slightest attempt at setting up convenient appointment times to bring problems for us to work through. Problems and dilemmas just happen.

It’s part of life and over time, as we work through each day, we gain more wisdom and patience, and the ability to handle more, or simply make better decisions to help avoid more problems in the future.

While we’re dealing with the obstacles we have in front of us, we have the ability to choose not just to work through the problem, but what our attitude will be during those issues. “Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong” embodies more than keeping your nose down and smiling at people, from my perspective it also challenges us to maintain a positive attitude through the work.


BECOMING MORE RESILIENT

Changing the way we view difficulties from seeing and dreading something uncomfortable or painful to seeing each situation as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become more resilient can help shift our mindset from one of frustration or anger to one that cultivates thankfulness and an appreciation, even while uncomfortable.

Because of the things we fight through and learn from, we will have more wisdom and know how to handle things better in the future. We can share our experiences with others and help them get through their own struggles. Empathy and understanding we previously did not have can be used to encourage and relate to others as well.

The hard things we go through allow us to “Be Nice To People”. Our personal understanding of life, and being willing to be open with others on what was hard for us gives us a unique ability to be a huge help to those around us. We can also share the joy and excitement with others as they get to the other side of their obstacles.

If we didn’t have to deal with the things in life that are uncomfortable or downright painful, we would never have the opportunity to use what we’ve learned, felt, and grown through to help others and ultimately live fuller lives ourselves.

Training isn’t just for the body, it really is for the mind too. Belonging to a group of like-minded individuals also helps to gently push you along in your personal journey.

If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with us today visit www.activate.ie/free-intro.

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Taking care of your skin at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning and exfoliating your face, neck and décolleté.

Serums, eye creams and moisturisers: Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth and luminous appearance. This is the step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip. We always apply the serum closest to the skin as it’s water based and needs to be absorbed on the deepest layer of the skin; the basal layer which is the active layer. It’s where the collagen and elastin start to grow and move up towards the surface of the skin. The more hyaluronic acid, peptides, ribose, and active ingredients in your serums the better. We need to keep our fibroblasts, melanocytes healthy as they are the source of plump, juicy skin.

An eye cream to me is the most important cream as the eye area is a place that doesn’t have any sebaceous glands (oil gland). These glands help remove old skin cells, keep the skin lubricated and prevent tissues drying out. Therefore, for me, I always use an eyelid lifting serum, eye cream in the night time and eye roll-on gel in the morning. Our eyes can make us look older than we are so it’s important to look after them. It’s very important not to go too close to the eye when applying creams as the skin is very thin. A little bit often makes a big difference.

When applying your serum and cream rub upwards and outwards; be careful not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply SPF all year round, it’s the most important step in preventing skin cancer and keeps your skin healthy as you age. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays helps maintain a healthy youthful visage. However, it’s important to remember the best form of sun block is to keep your face in the shade.

With all skincare routines, it’s important to keep it consistant. Do it twice a day every day and follow with monthly facials. Your skin is the largest organ on the body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it.

For more information, or to book a skin consultation or facial, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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How to have the best skincare routine at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day. Step […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Home care is essential for glowing, youthful skin. It’s like brushing your teeth, it must be done twice a day.

Step one: Cleanse to remove sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. It’s the first step in your skincare routine and shouldn’t be rushed.

How to do it; Cleanse your skin in the morning and in the evening to keep your pores clear and your face fresh. Your cleanser may vary based on skin type, but with all cleansers, the general consensus is to apply them using an upward, circular motion so as to prevent wrinkles from forming. Make sure your hands are clean in order to prevent excess dirt from entering your pores.

Step two: There is a lot of confusion around toner, and when you’re first establishing a daily skincare routine, it may even seem unnecessary. But most experts agree that toning is an important addition to your skin care routine with beneficial effects for your skin. After you cleanse your skin of impurities, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any make-up or oils your cleanser might have missed. The added cleansing effects help prepare your skin to absorb moisturiser and minimise the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well. Apply toner right after you have cleansed your skin while it is still damp. The best way to apply it is with a cotton pad or cotton ball, simply soaking cotton pad with toner and wiping upward and out, starting at your neck.

Step 3: Exfoliate. Our skin is constantly shedding millions of skin cells every day, but sometimes those cells can build up on the surface of our skin and need some extra help to be removed. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells that have accumulated in our pores. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, you’re not going to want to miss this step.

It’s best to exfoliate after toning and before moisturising. You should exfoliate one to three times a week, but this depends on your skin type and how it reacts to exfoliation. Experiment and find what works best for you. There are chemical exfoliators and granule exfoliators such as your traditional sugar or salt scrub. Both can be effective tools for removing dead skin cells, but chemical exfoliating ingredients like AHA and BHA are often more effective in getting deep into your pores and removing buildup.

Properly cleansed skin will allow your next steps e.g. serums and moisturisers get to the right layers of the skin where they will be most effective.

For a skincare consultation or more advice just ask Jill on 064 6632966.

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