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Moving to London? 17 Tips for Thriving and Surviving

Moving to London? 17 Tips for Thriving and Surviving

London is a popular destination for expats not only because it has a large population that speaks English, also because it has a strong economy. In close proximity to both the rest of Europe and North America, London is the ideal place to plant some new roots. In this situation, it is important to not only adapt to the different life that needs to be lived, but rather embrace it.

1. Practice Tube Etiquette

On the escalators, walk on the left and stand on the right, when in rush hour walk off the escalator, and don’t be overly friendly or make unnecessary eye contact with anyone on public transport.

2. Expect to be Lost in Translation

Western phrases don’t translate well at all but the local slang will become apparent with time. Misunderstandings are to be expected.

3. Don’t Travel by Tube Only

In addition to the Underground, there are also trains and buses that are beneficial to travel to smaller neighborhoods and will help to get a better feel of the layout of the city.

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4. Enjoy the Sun

It is not always raining in London, so when the sun is shining, expect to be flooded with last-minute plans. Find a park close to home and grab some drinks for the picnic – it’s legal!

5. Take in the Culture

London’s museums are always packed with locals among tourists, and many permanent exhibitions are free.

6. Get a Dog

London is extremely dog-friendly, as they are allowed on trains, buses, and tubes as well as some restaurants and pubs. London relocation services can help in finding a pet-friendly home.

7. Get out Whenever Possible

London is so close to other desirable locations, going away for a weekend will never be a big deal. With four airports and a train, anything is possible.

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8. Put the Phone Away

Having your phone out slows the pace of everyone around, and spending your time taking selfies will make you look like a tourist. Plus, you miss out on a lot when your nose is buried in the screen.

9. Don’t be afraid to Make Friends

The city can feel lonely sometimes, but many people feel the same. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation – but don’t go overboard!

10. Say “Yes” More

Spend the money, take the trip, eat the food, do it all. London has so much to offer, that if you put anything off it’ll likely never happen.

11. Don’t Eat at the Same Place Twice

The cuisine available in London is a foodie’s dream, never sell yourself short by eating at the same restaurant twice.

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12. Small Talk is All About the Weather

This is the key to existing happily in the city. It is a safe topic that can fill the void in any conversation.

13. Avoid Time-Wasters like Netflix

With so much to do in the city, don’t let Netflix eat away at the time that could be spent exploring.

14. Speak up About What you Want

Nobody can read your mind and in a city like London, everyone is only looking out for themselves. Speak up when you need to.

15. Mark your Territory on the Tube

Making yourself too small can lead to you being crowded onto. Claim your space confidently and you’ll be okay.

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16. Everything Takes Some Getting Used To

The city is loud, expensive, and very fast-paced. All of this at once can be a bit overwhelming, but embracing it as a whole can lead to feelings of fulfillment not disappointment.

17. When it all Seems like too Much, walk the Waterloo Bridge

This will take you away from the crowds and the noise, and will show you exactly why you made the decision to move to London in the first place.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

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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