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Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

No matter how long you’ve known that special father figure in your life, it can still be tough to find that perfect gift. Chances are that the obvious tie, socks, and t-shirt have been given numerous times, but this year can be different.

Many fathers seem to have that one place they go to for some quiet, peace, and alone time — sort of like their own man cave. Whether it’s the basement, the office, or the yard, these gifts will show him that he deserves that space, and most of all, that he deserves to enjoy it.

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Antique Pool Balls

For dads who love a game of pool or a good sports competition, this set of antique pool balls will add a decorative but masculine flair to any area. Choosing a gift that reflects his personality shows just how much you truly care and pay attention to his interests.

Engraved Desk Paperweight

If dad’s getaway is his office space, then an engraved desk paperweight will bring a smile to his face. Not only is this gift useful, it’s personal. While the globe symbolizes he means the world to you, the engraving is what makes the entire gift. Every time the paperweight is put to use, he’ll read the message and think of you. For the days he wishes he were home, he can take it with him to his work office.

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Personalized Wall Bottle Opener

Whether his space is indoors or outdoors, this personalized wall bottle opener can be mounted on almost any hard surface. Personalize it with his initials or a favorite logo to make it his own. Next time he goes to open his favorite drink, he’ll be accompanied by this memory.

Dart Board

A dad who enjoys taking part in activities and hanging out with friends will appreciate a dart board. Plus, what’s a man cave without some kind of entertainment? For a dad who is just looking to have fun, a simple dart board will do, but for those interested in the latest and most innovative pieces, there are high-tech options with electronic features.

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Heated Massage Pad

After a long day at work, a heated massage pad can be the stress reliever he needs. Compatible with any chair, sofa, or bed, this gift will give dad the relaxation he deserves. The built-in speakers are an added bonus that allow him to listen to his favorite music or book from his mobile devices while winding down.

Popcorn Maker

Going with the theme of items he can enjoy for years to come, a popcorn maker is just that. Whether he’s getting things done in the home office or enjoying his alone time in another area of the house, he’ll eventually need a snack. Not only is it a creative choice, it’s simple to use and there’s limited mess. Just add the kernels. An item like this can even make for a great bundle gift by making it into a movie-themed gift. Include his favorite movie or tickets to the nearest cinema and an assortment of candies. Keep in mind that he may just end up sharing it with the rest of the family!

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Every individual in your life is unique, so when it’s time to celebrate one of them, give them a gift that truly fits them. While showing appreciation for those devoted father figures in your life should occur often, Father’s Day only comes around once a year. Take this opportunity to create a memory that he won’t forget. There’s nothing better than a gift that’s useful, personal, and enjoyable all at the same time. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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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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