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6 Products That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Somewhere Tropical

6 Products That Will Make You Feel Like You’re Somewhere Tropical

Not everyone has access to palm trees and blue waters on a regular basis, but what if certain products could make you feel like you’re relaxing somewhere tropical without leaving home? According to Mental Health America, relaxation has numerous benefits, such as decreasing blood pressure, relieving pain, and improving both the immune system and cardiovascular system. You should always put aside time for relaxing, even if it’s not while lounging on the beach. Here are some products that will make you feel pretty close to it.

1. Beachfront Cocktail Shaker

Beachfront Cocktail Shaker

    (Photo by Rug & Home)

    There’s nothing better than a refreshing cocktail, especially one that comes from a beach-inspired shaker. Whether you’re outside in the sun or relaxing indoors, this piece will help you to feel like you’re being served in paradise. Fill it with a mojito, piña colada, margarita, or another drink of your choice, then sit back and enjoy!

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    2. Artificial Palm Trees

    artificial palm tree

      (Photo by Silk Plants Direct)

      Artificial palm trees don’t have real coconuts growing on them, but they’re just as nice to look at. You can feel the tropical vibes inside and outside because artificial palm trees are suitable for both environments. Whether you are using it for shade or to bring some tropical nature into your home, an artificial palm tree is an ideal choice!

      3. Tropical Scented Candles

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      Yankee Candle

        (Photo by Yankee Candle)

        You don’t have to be somewhere tropical to enjoy tropical scents. There are candles that were created to specifically smell like the beach and other summer-inspired smells, such as summer fruits and flowers. Plus, candles can be used for calming purposes. Curl up with a good book, like you would on the beach, and take in the scent of a tropical candle!

        4. Banana Boat Spray Oil

        Banana Boat

          (Photo by Banana Boat)

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          Banana Boat’s spray oil is known for its fragrance of banana, carrot, and coconut. If you’re outside soaking up the sun and want to feel more like you’re having a tropical experience, apply some Banana Boat spray oil. Not only can its scents be found in the tropics, it will help you to get that sun-kissed tan. It’s important to stay cautious when outside in the sun. This oil comes in SPF 8 and 15, so consider your skin before using this, or use additional sunblock along with it.

          5. Pink Flamingos

          pink flamingo

            (Photo by Dollar Tree)

            Chances are, your backyard will never have pink flamingos walking around, but they would provide that tropical feel you’re looking for. Pink plastic flamingos aren’t as exotic as the real deal, but using them as backyard decor is a fun way to pretend you’re somewhere other than home. They will also add some spice to your next summer gathering!

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            6. Tropical Pool Floats

            pool float

              (Photo by Leslie’s Swimming Pool Supplies)

              If you have access to a pool, floating around in a tropical pool float will make the experience that much better. Choose a pink flamingo to go with your backyard decor, an island-inspired float, a dolphin, or any other float that reminds you of something tropical. You can find them at your local pool supply store.

              These products are all fabulous when they’re solo, but they’re even better when they’re paired up with other products on the list. Whether you decide to look into every product or just a few of your favorites, you’ll be on your way to feeling like you’re somewhere tropical. After all, each of these products were created with either the summer or warm weather in mind. Get ready to relax — the destination is your choice. It may take a little imagination, but at least you have these products as a start.

              Featured photo credit: http://www.freeimages.com/ via freeimages.com

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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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              If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

              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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