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Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

Why There is A Lapel Pin Culture on Instagram Aimed Towards Adults

If you use Instagram, you probably noticed a new trend emerging: pins! Instagram is now driving the latest pin rage, focused on adults. One can never have too many pins, especially because they are so easy to collect. There are many pin designers and enthusiasts out there who show us all that pins are not anymore a simple child’s hobby, but more of a grown-up culture.

Lapel pins were used to show the belonging to certain nationality or political party. They emerged in the Civil War era, when they were meant to show their wearer had been awarded by the government. Social groups also started to use them and in the 60s-70s lapel pins were used by communist party. More recently, the terrorist attacks from 9/11 made pins popular again, as people were wearing American flag pins to show their solidarity. The most interesting symbolism of lapel pins comes from the Greek culture, where boys could pin their girlfriends as a sign of pre-engagement.

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In our times, lapel pins are a way to express your personality and have fun. From memes to doodles, you can find any type of lapel pin or you can order a custom made one. Being cheap, they are easy to collect and can fit any gender, as well as style. But it’s not their versatility that makes lapel pins a new rage, that is here to stay.

Lapel Pins are Pieces of Art

Millennials may be tech-savvy and keen on volunteering abroad, but they are also broke. A millennial is not going to afford to buy art, even if he does understand it. Lapel pins offer millennials a way to have small art works and wear them. Especially for those who grew up collecting Disney lapel pins, investing in modern pins is a great way to come in touch with things they value. Everything is now online, so we crave physical experiences. Lapel pins are an easy way to get those experiences and support art, even if it’s on a small scale.

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Lapel Pins are Great Business Marketing Tools

As lapel pins are broadly marketed on Instagram, there is a strong emotional connection between their producers and people who are buying them. When you see a funny pin on Instagram, you act on emotions and you buy it. This is great for businesses and entrepreneurs who can use lapel pins to market themselves. Lapel pins allow entrepreneurs to connect with their potential customers, creating a genuine connection. Another great thing you can do with metal lapel pins is raise funds for charity: they are small, cheap and easy to sell, which makes them perfect for charity.

Pins are Fashionable

Lapel pins are an inexpensive way to express yourself, without having to change your outfit too much. This makes lapel pins perfect for people who work in corporations or other spaces where there is a dress code. You can use lapel pins to express your feelings and boost your outfit – one day you can wear a Kim Kardashian pin, the next day you can wear a cat pin, depending on what you feel like in the morning. Also, you can wear the pin on your shirt, jacket, or bag.

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One can talk about a lapel pin culture because these small items can be used to reflect your personality, beliefs and support for different causes. You can wear a lapel pin to support your favorite artist, brand or simply to add a funny touch to your outfit.

What makes lapel pins special is their ability to capture a highly significant moment and turn it into a tangible memento. Being easy to customize, pins can be a very important gift, which you can wear all the time.

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Featured photo credit: Lynn Friedman/Flickr via flickr.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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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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