Picking up a trending peplum skirt or cufflinks should complement and enhance your natural looks, not steal the entire show. The reality is that “fashion” is based on looking and feeling healthy. In other words, it all starts with best practices that are often free or require lifestyle changes instead of deep pockets. Who knew the heart of looking good was actually being in great health?
Consider this: Someone with sleep apnea can address their sleep hygiene issues with a CPAP machine and mask, perhaps making the need for designer concealer a moot point. Adding more green leafy vegetables to your diet can help build muscle and reduce fat, which in turn reduces the need for Spanx. Here are a few “fashion” tips that are free, low cost or more about healthy choices rather than shopping sprees:
1. Increase your heart rate at least 20 minutes every day
This doesn’t necessarily you have to hit the gym every single day, but getting your blood pumping is one of the best ways to improve heart health and circulation. According to the American Heart Association, there are countless benefits to walking and looking/feeling better (and looking better in your clothes) is just the icing on the cake.
2. Drink more water
The majority of Americans are chronically dehydrated and that can lead to overeating, cravings, and poor quality skin/hair. Of course, it can also be a serious health issue and in severe cases can even cause kidney failure. Consider the full impacts of dehydration as outlined by Medical Daily and aim for half as many ounces per day as your body weight (a 150 pound person shoot should for 75 ounces of water each day).
3. Drink green tea daily
Green tea is linked to numerous health benefits and might be one of the few ways to avoid arthritis and dementia. Plus it gives you a more subtle caffeine boost in the mornings which is important for starting your metabolism. Swap out a cup of coffee each morning for green tea and enjoy less tooth staining, too.
4. Start each day with warm lemon water
As soon as you wake up, down eight ounces of lukewarm water with half a fresh lemon squeezed into it. It kickstarts your metabolism, is a natural fat fighter, and cleanses your mouth better than any toothpaste regimen. Plus, it keeps you from binging in the morning if that’s one of your bad habits.
You don’t need to spend much, or anything at all, to look and feel your best. Consider these your primers for a more fashionable look.