The Best Fitness Programs for Introverts- A Guest Post by Johanna Cider

You’re probably familiar with the concepts of introversion and extraversion; the topic has been widely discussed on the internet over the last few years. If you’re an introvert, you probably don’t like to spend all of your time around others. You might prefer to either do things alone, one-on-one, or in small groups. That might mean that going to the gym four or five times a week after work and being around all of those people feels like more of a chore than it does to your more extroverted friends. Rest assured there are plenty of ways to keep your body in shape and get those endorphins pumping if you’re more of an introvert. Following are some of the best fitness ideas for introverts:

  1. Swimming


Swimming is almost always a solitary sport. You’re only competing against yourself, which is likely to appeal to the average introvert. Swimming requires the use of more muscles than any other cardio exercise, helps to counter the issues caused to your back by sitting for prolonged periods of time, and correlates with a whole heap of life-extending health benefits. It also gives you time to think and have time for yourself while getting your workout – what introvert wouldn’t love the idea of that? For a beginner’s fitness program, try a warm up followed by swimming 100m four times in freestyle (with a break in between each length) and gradually increase the number of lengths you swim each time you work out.

  1. Crossfit


Crossfit might, at first, feel completely out of the question for an introvert – it’s known for large, loud classes and a huge number of followers. True, if you choose to do Crossfit, it may not be a solitary workout, but Crossfit is known for its sense of community: its devotees are generally welcoming to newcomers and will be supportive of you, as Crossfit is not competitive. While you might enjoy working out alone for the most part, it’s possible that you’ll miss this kind of support, so why not join a Crossfit class once in a while? If you don’t feel like talking to dozens of people, you can focus on making a few close friends in your class so you’ll have workout buddies for those times that you don’t want to be alone. If you do truly want to go it alone, you can follow the workouts from Crossfit’s website. Crossfit’s benefits speak for themselves: the fitness program will help you to increase flexibility, build muscle, and improve your stamina by using your whole body in your workouts.

  1. Creating your own fitness program in the comfort of your own home


Perhaps the most obvious solution when looking for a workout for introverts is the idea of building a home gym and creating a personal fitness program. Initial costs may be steep, but solo workouts are great for introverts: you don’t have to focus on what others are thinking about you, you can have quality time to yourself, and you’re free to focus on whichever aspect of your fitness you desire. Variety will make sure you don’t tire of working out at home, and you’ll be able to construct your own workouts with ease if you have plenty of equipment.


It’s easy to see how getting started with exercise can be a challenge for introverts, who might find gyms overwhelming and the group nature of many workouts exhausting. Trying the above fitness programs will help you to embrace your introversion and create and maintain workouts you can feel comfortable doing.

Johanna Cider is a New Zealand based writer who loves writing about anything to do with health, fitness and technology. You can read more of her work on her Tumblr

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Top Five Foods For Better Skin – A Guest Post by Jordan

Ideally, everyone would have beautiful, blemish free skin. But, unfortunately, blemishes are not a made up myth. Bad Skin is something everyone has had to deal with at some point in their life. There are many tips to achieving better skin, like drinking lots of water and getting plenty of beauty sleep. However, no one talks about the different types of food that can result in a spotless complexion. It’s a known fact that greasy foods are terrible for the skin and junk food is to be avoided at all costs. But, what kind of foods improve skin? What foods should you be eating in order to achieve that glowing complexion?

  1. Salmon- Salmon is one of those foods that seems to work wonders for everything, including the skin. Because it is a high fat fish, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which keeps skin firm and moisturized. Salmon also contains high levels of zinc, a mineral that helps regulate inflammation and produce new, vibrant skin cells. Glowy skin is the new rage- out with dry skin, and in with the new!
  2. Avocados- Not only do they taste good, but avocados also have wondrous effects for the skin! Avocados are a great source of Vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from oxidative damage with its antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown that avocados contain compounds that protect the skin from UV sun damage. In doing so, avocados prevent the appearance of sunspots on the skin, as well as permanent damage from sunburn. Try avocados on toast, in a smoothie, or make some classic guacamole. Replenish your skin while also replenishing your stomach!
  3. Sweet Potatoes- As one of the uprising new health foods, sweet potatoes also have astounding effects on the skin. Sweet Potatoes contain carotenoids, which act as a natural sunblock for the skin. Not only do they moisturize the skin, but the also prevent your skin from burning and peeling while in the sun. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene, which add a warm glow to the color of the skin. Glowing skin is associated with health and overall well being. Achieve a warm glow and beautiful complexion by trying out sweet potatoes!
  4. Spinach- Full of antioxidants that clear the skin, spinach is known for reducing the amount of acne you have. The antioxidants it contains will flush all toxins out of the skin, leaving a clear, luminous complexion. The high levels of water in spinach also contribute to the health of your skin cell’s membranes, causing skin to look more fresh and less wrinkled. Whip up a spinach smoothie for breakfast or a spinach salad for dinner, and you will have vibrant skin in no time!
  5. Almonds- Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, which contributes to skin protection, as well as an all natural compound. Almonds contain antioxidants that will get rid of impurities, leaving a flawless complexion. Plus, almonds are a fiber rich snack option for when you’re on the go and want to have amazing skin!


Consider adding salmon, avocados, sweet potatoes, spinach, and almonds to your list of favorite foods right away! Achieve beautiful, flawless skin while continuing to eat healthy!


Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

Low Carb Recipes to a Flat Stomach! A Guest Post By David Jones

It’s an undeniable truth that diets can be depressing. Traditional calorie controlled diets can be tiresome, with all the weighing and calculation. Then there’s the constant hunger.

The low-carb diet is perfect for those of us who like to feel full! By focusing on high fat, you’ll stay fuller for longer. Here are some low carb recipes go to get started on a flatter stomach fast!

Paprika Chicken

breaded chicken

Chicken is high in protein and a big thumbs up for the low carb diet. This delicious meal takes around 20 minutes to cook and 10 minutes to prepare. This is a double-dip recipe that should give you adelicious crispy skin without the breadcrumbs.


  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seed, crushed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 lemons, halves
  • 1 lb chicken breasts (boneless for quicker cooking)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (extra virgin if you enjoy the flavor)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Parsley for garnish, chopped.


  1. Preheat your oven. 400ºF / 205ºC
  2. Mix the flour, smoked paprika, crushed or ground coriander and the zest of one of the lemons together in a bowl.
  3. Toss the chicken pieces into the flour mix. Make sure it’s fully coated.
  4. Beat the egg and dip the chicken into the egg to coat. Then re-dip into the flour mix.
  5. Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Shallow fry the chicken until gold on the bottom. Flip and brown the other side.
  6. Make up your chicken broth. Add the juice of your lemons.
  7. Pour the broth into the skillet.
  8. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Plate up your chicken, spooning the sauce on top of the chicken. Garnish and enjoy!

Serves 4

Broccoli on forks

Cheesy Broccoli bread

OK – I’ve said the “B” word. Not broccoli – you’re allowed that! Bread – as we all know – is carby! Bread is not how to get a flat stomach fast. This recipe is!

It’s a great one for the vegetarians and a way to get kids to eat their broccoli.

This recipe refers to “riced broccoli” – that just means it’s grated.


  • 3 cups riced broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 cups grated cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ranch dressing


  1. Preheat your oven. 425ºF / 220ºC
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Microwave the broccoli for 1 minute. Ring out the moisture – you could squeeze it in a tea-towel.
  4. Add the broccoli, egg, 1 cup of the cheddar (leaving 1/2 cup for later) and Parmesan to a bowl. Season with the salt and pepper. Mix well to a dough consistency.
  5. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Flatten into a thin round.
  6. Bake until the mix has dried out, turning golden. Around 20 minutes should do it.
  7. Top with the rest of the cheese, return to the over until melted.
  8. Serve warm with the ranch dressing.

Serves 5

Baked swordfish

 baked swordfish

What could be more delicious than a swordfish steak? One of the meatier fishes, it can be moist and delicious and filling. This is a definite favorite to add to your list of low carb recipes!


  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 swordfish steaks
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 2 punnet multicolored cherry toms, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped finely
  • 3 tbsp. basil leaf, sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF / 200ºC
  2. Heat a skillet over a high heat. Once hot, add 2 tbsp of the oil.
  3. Add the steaks to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook each side for 3 to 5 minutes until browned. Make sure you season both sides of the fish.
  5. Place the skillet in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Make sure it’s cooked through.
  6. Make a salad with the toms, onion, and basil. Add the remaining onion and lemon juice. Season.
  7. Plate up the salad and the fish. Sprinkle the dill over the top.

Serves 3


Just because you need to skip the bread doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a juicy burger! With some super fresh iceberg, this is really delicious. Home-made burgers always test better, so they’re totally worth the effort. And if they can help you lose weight, losing the bread is no big sacrifice!


  • 1 large head Iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 red onion, medium sliced into rings
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices cheddar
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced
  • Ranch dressing
  1. Cook the bacon until crispy in a large skillet. Transfer to a paper towel. Reserve the bacon fat in the pan.
  2. Add the onion slices and cook until soft.
  3. Set the onions aside. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.
  4. Reheat the skillet.
  5. Mix the ground beef with the egg, salt, pepper, and the smoked paprika. Form into 4 large patties.
  6. Add the patties to the skillet for 4 minutes per side, depending on your preference. Top each burger with a slice of the cheese. Wait until melted.
  7. Slice the iceberg into 8 large rounds.
  8. Place the cooked iceberg on one iceberg round. Top with bacon, onions and a tomato slice. Top with another iceberg round.
  9. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Serves 4

Ham and egg omelette wraps

These are great for the morning! Really yummy and will keep you full till lunchtime. And this recipe includes chilli as a spicy option! Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup red chili, chopped (optional!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 4 slices ham


  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, chives, and chili if using. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan, over a medium heat. Pour half of the egg mix, rotating the pan to create a pancake style layer.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes. Add half of the cheddar and cook till melted.
  4. Place the omelet onto a plate. Top with the ham. Roll tightly.
  5. Slice into “sushi rolls.”
  6. Repeat with the remaining mix and serve.

Serves 2

So, there you go. Delicious fodder that keeps the carbs down to help you eat your way to a flatter stomach in no time! Enjoy!

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