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5 Style Tips To Stand Out Among Your Peers

5 Style Tips To Stand Out Among Your Peers

The desire to be noticed by peers is a natural human tendency. Your style – the way you dress up, the way you carry yourself out, the trends you follow- plays a key role in helping you stand out in a crowd of faces. Also, it tells a lot of things about your personality.

Simply following the overused fashion trends or wearing expensive clothes will not help you get a distinct style. However, a few simple, yet effective, tips can help you get your mojo.

Here are 5 style tips that will make you stand out among your peers.

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1. Be yourself.

Why be a second-rate version of anybody else when you can be the first rate version of yourself? Nothing will help you stand out of the crowd more than your originality and authenticity because there can be only one you. Everyone has their own belief, way of thinking, mind-set and experiences that shape his style.

However, self-doubt and fear of disapproval drive many to abandon their ways and follow what everyone else is doing. Imitating others will make you just another face in a crowd. Break free from the conformist approach to fashion and let your style reflect your individuality.

2. Be bold.

If you want to express your personality through fashion, you will have to be fearless. When you try something different, at first, you will have to overcome your fears of rejection. Then, you have to face people who do not approve of your fashion sense.

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Let’s face it; you can’t please everyone. The way you dress, the way you carry yourself will rub some people the wrong way. People have a habit of criticizing what they do not understand. Do not let the naysayers determine your style. You can and should have your own style. In fact, explore and experiment with different styles that may be completely non-conventional to find something that you prefer.

3. Keep an open mind.

Open-mindedness help you see things from a different perspective, understand others, find opportunities, and learn from others. The benefits of having an open mind can be very helpful in defining your style. There are several styles that you should explore and determine what suits your personality.

Who knows, you may be a goth or punk or any other alternative fashion enthusiast, yet to discover your true calling. Even if you are not awed by a particular style, you can always draw inspirations from it to incorporate into your own style.

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4. Keep up with recent trends.

Fashion is forever evolving. What worked yesterday, may not work today. Take the bell bottom trousers for example – a highly sought after apparel at its pinnacle in the 60s and 70s, hardly anyone wears them nowadays. As society changes, so does fashion.

Changing trends reflect the changes in people’s taste. Similarly, your sense of fashion changes as you garner more experience in life. Keeping track of the latest trends will help you redefine your style. While it is not absolutely necessary to follow every new trend, which is impossible, you can emulate the ones that you like.

5. Wear your confidence.

Your attitude when wearing an attire can make a significant difference on how you look. You can wear a very beautiful dress, but if you can’t carry it with confidence, it will not look good on you. On the other hand, even an average dress looks fabulous on people who wear it confidently.

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Just look at Lady Gaga. Her dresses may be very weird, but she wears them with such self-assuredness that people are in awe of her. In contrast, picture a girl uncomfortably wearing high heels. Her awkward strides will only draw winces from people seeing her. The role of confidence on your personality can’t be overstated. If you are unsure about your outfit, do not wear it.

Do not wear an uncomfortable dress just because everyone is wearing it or because it really suits your friend. Similarly, when you don an attire, trust yourself and wear it confidently. Remember, it is okay to have your own style as long as you are confident with it.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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