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6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

Moving can be an exciting time for everyone. It can mean a new town, new state, or maybe even a new country. Although moving may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources and tips out there to help you make your move a breeze. Here are just a few pieces of advice to help you get started.

1. Make lists.

Making lists is one of the best things that you can do to help prepare yourself and your family for your impending move. It is a good idea to take time to write down how many boxes you have, as well as what is in those boxes. That way, you can prevent not noticing something missing after the move. It is also a good idea to have a check list of everything you need to get done before moving day. That can really help prevent you from forgetting anything in the stress of the move.

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2. Hire professional moving help.

When it comes to hiring professional movers, you want to make sure that you are getting the best of the best!  It is completely worth the time to look online and compare at least four different companies. You will want to compare things like price, availability, and timeliness. By taking time to do your research, you can be sure that you are getting the best possible help for you. Quite honestly, hiring moving people is the best thing you can do because you will not have to worry as much about everything that is going on. Professional movers can really help take a lot of stress out of your move.

3. Be kind to your family.

Moving can definitely be a stressful time; however, it is essential to make sure that you don’t take out that stress on the people you love. Instead try to show them as much love as you can and even seek their help in needed areas. Be sure to remember that this may be a hard time for them as well and really understand their point of view. Make sure that you are always willing to provide a helping hand.

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4. Leave some things behind.

Make sure that you don’t forget that it is okay to leave some things behind. You may even want to go through all of your stuff before you start packing and determine what can get thrown away or sent to charity. That way you can get rid of a lot of clutter and make the move easier by lightening the load. If you think about it early enough you may even want to have a yard sale.

5. Be ahead of your schedule.

Take the time to ensure everything is going according to schedule. Be proactive and stay ahead of things to come. If people need to come to the house for cancellations, be sure that everything is set up and no one is wasting any time.

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6. Enjoy the experience.

Ensure that the moving experience is positive for everyone involved. This is a big event for one person, let alone an entire family. Keep everyone involved and ready for the next events. Be sure to talk about how exciting your new home will be and how everyone can make new friends. Moving definitely doesn’t just have to be a time of sorrow.

Overall, moving doesn’t have to be something that is frustrating and stressful. It can actually be a really enjoyable experience. All you have to do is make sure that you are taking the time to plan everything in advance and take things one day at a time.

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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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