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10 Very Practical Questions You Should Ask Your Friends Before Going On A Trip Together

10 Very Practical Questions You Should Ask Your Friends Before Going On A Trip Together

Do you plan on taking a trip with your friend? Taking trips with your friends can be exciting, fun-filled adventures, but it is important to talk about a few things first. From planning events to treating yourselves, check out 10 very practical questions you should ask your friends before going on a trip together.

1. How much money do you want to spend?

If you plan on travelling with someone, one of the first things you need to discuss is money. If you are planning to live off canned beans and your friend wants to visit expensive restaurants and spas, then you may have a problem. While they may not be able to give you an exact answer, they should be able to give you a rough idea of how much they are planning on spending.

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2. Do you want to stay in hotels or hostels?

Once you and your friend know how much you both want to spend, it is important to address how you want to travel together. Do you want to stay in hotels, or are you both happy to save some money by staying in hostels? If one of you enjoys home comforts, you can discuss how to make sure you are both happy with the final decision.

3. How well do you handle stress?

Even with excellent planning, it is possible that things will go wrong on your trip, and it is important to prepare for stress. Some people thrive under stress, and find the situation challenging but fun, while others can become upset or distressed. Discuss what stresses you both out, and if you need space or comforting when you feel stressed. This will help you both to deal with a stressful situation if it arises.

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4. Are you a picky eater or not?

It is important to ask your friend these questions: Are you a fussy eater? Do you have any dietary needs? Food is often a big part of going on a trip, and it is important to discuss any funny food habits before you travel, so you both know what to expect from each other.

5. Do you want to plan the trip or just go with the flow?

Many people who love planning find people who go with the flow frustrating – and vice versa. Discuss if you want to plan each day or not, and if you both want different things, discuss a compromise. For instance, you could plan the first half and go with the flow during the second half.

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6. Do you want to relax or have an adventure?

Before going on a trip, it is essential to decide what kind of trip you both want to take. Some love to have an adventure every day, while others prefer to take it slow and relax. Discuss your thoughts, and choose a happy compromise if you enjoy different things.

7. How shall we treat ourselves?

There are lots of ways to treat yourselves while you travel, from surfing to buying an expensive, delicious meal. You will both have a few ideas of how you want to treat yourselves, and discussing these treats will help you to work out your budgets and what you get to look forward to.

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8. How do you want to spend the evenings?

It is possible you both have different ideas of a fun evening; maybe one of you likes to drink and dance until the early hours, while the other likes to relax with some food and friends. If so, you both need to decide if you both do a little of each or if you will spend the evenings apart.

9. What is your sleeping schedule like?

Some people are night owls and some people are early birds, and these people can still have lots of fun travelling together. If you have different sleeping schedules, come up with a fair compromise; your friend will be quiet when they come in late if you agree not to wake them up before 9.30AM.

10. Where do you definitely want to visit?

You may both have agreed on France, but it is important to discuss where you both definitely want to visit. Maybe your friend wants to visit the snowy mountains, but you have always wanted to visit Paris. Planning in advance means you both know if you need extra money, or to add an extra few days to your travels.

What do you think of these questions? Share this list with the person you want to travel with and see what they say!

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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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