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Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

What do you get when you pair camping with some glam? Glamping! This is far from being a useless term, invented by chicks who want to stand out on Instagram. At least not these days, when we all stay connected 24/7 and most of us have no idea how to light a fire in the woods. Glamping is the perfect choice when you are planning a family trip, because it will make your life easier and the kids will enjoy the time they spend in nature, without complaining at every step they take.

There are many types of glamping, from the minimal to the most extreme, so you can choose how far to go. When I first tried this new trend, I did it because I was tired to wake up stiff after each night of camping, so I went for the moderate type of glamping.

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Here are the most useful things you need to have to glam up your camping game. Of course, you need to have the basic camping gear first, then add these to it.

1. Lighting gadgets

The lighting gear for basic camping can be reduced to a couple of flashlights, but for glamping you need something better. Go for hanging lights, which can be placed around the camp to provide some light and keep the animals away. If you want to go really posh, pick colored hanging lights or Arab-style ones, which are going to provide soft light and patterns. The more functional version is the bug repellent camping lantern, which lights up your way and repels bugs.

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2. Air mattresses

These are the base of any glamping, so make sure you invest in high-quality air mattresses for your glamping needs. The best are the king size ones, which provide you with all the comfort you need. However, you need to make sure the mattress is going to fit into the tent. You can find a lot of high-quality air mattresses on sale, but if you don’t afford them, try to crowdfund this glamping gear, because it’s essential.

3. High-quality bedding and pillows

It’s glamping, so you need your silk bedding! Bring your best bedding to your glamping trip and you will never want to return to that sleeping bag again. The experience of glamping is all about comfort in the heart of nature and high-quality bedding is a must in order to make you most comfortable.

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Apart from a mattress and bedding, you need pillows: lots of them!

4. Rugs

There is no glamping without rugs. I prefer a large rug, which can be placed inside the tent. This way, you can go barefoot in the tent, provided that you closed the net, so there won’t be any bugs around. You can also get smaller rugs, which can be placed outside the tent, to create a posh entrance.

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5. Smart gadgets for smart glamping

When you go glamping you want to take lots of pictures and have lots of fun, but you also need to be somewhat connected to the world. This means you will have to take some gadgets with you. First, you need a portable phone charger, which ensures you will never run out of phone battery. You can also pair it with a waterproof, self-charging phone case. For the kids and your fishing enthusiast you should take a couple of RC boats, which can allow you to enjoy an engaging game of sailing in nature. Better than Pokemon Go!

6. A portable toilet

When you are glamping you don’t want to go out to the toilet in the woods or at the special station. Luckily, you can bring your own loo, so invest in a portable toilet, which can provide you with the home comfort.

After you set up your camp, which should take about one hour, you can sit back on the pillows and enjoy a glass of wine, along with some tasty glamping snacks. This is how millennials go camping!

Featured photo credit: BlondeAbroad/theblondeabroad via theblondeabroad.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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