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10 Reasons to Start Your Own Girl Gang

10 Reasons to Start Your Own Girl Gang

In the past few years I’ve seen more and more women getting together to lift one another up, rather than tear each other down. Ladies have been putting aside their differences, their competitiveness and their jealousy to help one another succeed, and it’s awesome.

One way to really help out your fellow ladies is to start a girl gang. A girl gang is simply a group of females (although it doesn’t always have to be just females) who get together regularly either online or in person to support one another.

Starting a girl gang is something I think every group of gal pals should do; it’s a reason to get together, have fun, build a community of women with a purpose, and much more. In fact, there are a lot of reasons to start your own girl gang.

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Community

One the most obvious reasons to start a girl gang of your own is to build a community; a group of people who are connected by at least one attribute, possibly more. Girl gangs around the world offer one another a community to make one another feel safe and comfortable.

Support

Maybe one of the biggest reasons to start a girl gang is the support group that you will undoubtedly have. Girl gangs are typically made up of open-minded ladies who only want the best for each other. They’re willing to listen, to talk and to offer their support when needed. For a lot of people support is something that’s not always available from their family or even their friends, depending on the topic or area of life. Your girl gang will become your support group.

Guidance

When you’re at a loss at to where to go or what to do in life, having a girl gang to talk to about your options is amazing. As you spend more time with another you build stronger relationships, and in those relationships you learn more about one another are able to give each other advice and guidance in difficult situations.

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Acceptance

Almost everyone in life wants to feel accepted and appreciated. Finding true friends growing up can be difficult, but when you meet someone who accepts you for who are it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Your own girl gang should be comprised of people who are accepting of one another.

Friendship

Having a best friend is awesome, but one person cannot be everything to you. Having a group of gal pals, though, offers you a variety of people with different personalities, interests and skill sets that you can each enjoy. Friendship is vital to our happiness. It has such a big impact on our well-being and overall life because it is such a special bond.

Fun

Being in a girl gang can be a lot of fun! A lot of girl gangs get together regularly for dinner, movies, concerts and parties, or whatever else they’re interested in. Sometimes just meeting in someone’s basement to chitchat and hangout can be something to look forward to and enjoy.

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Passion

Chances are the members of your girl gang will share similar passions. Having someone to talk to about things you are passionate about can be so freeing and exhilarating. It’s not always easy to talk to certain friends or family members about things you enjoy, whether it’s music, writing or art, or even politics or your opinions. Your girl gang will become that group of people who you can turn to to discuss the things that are really important to you.

Excitement

Forming a girl gang is exciting! There are so many things you can do as a group that you can’t do alone. You can create events, parades and marches, you can form a band, a writing group or even throw a potluck dinner. The things you can do with your girl gang are infinite!

Movement

A lot of girl gangs start their own movements. When you and your fellow girl gang members get behind the same purpose anything is possible. With one another’s support, encouragement and network, you can spread your message like wildfire and truly make a difference in the world.

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Memories

Years from now some of your fondest memories might be with your girl gang. You’ll be able to reminisce about all of the fun you had, the things you were able to accomplish and the relationships you formed.

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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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