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5 Grooming Tips for Men to Boost Their Confidence

5 Grooming Tips for Men to Boost Their Confidence

Confidence matters so much more than many of us like to admit. Studies have shown that confidence matters just as much as intelligence or skills for getting ahead in life. And while that may seem bad at first, it really is not. By being confident, you project an image which everyone wants to be a part of, and that ability to appeal to people is a highly useful skill.

But part of being confident means projecting an appealing image. No one is going to be confidence in you if you are wearing a ratty t-shirt and a hideous beard. And it becomes a lot harder to stay confident yourself if no one else is.

Looking good and properly groomed is the first step to both gain the respect of your peers and boost your own confidence in turn. While we may think of grooming as some weird thing done with lotions and creams, it is not that difficult. Here are a few steps for you to consider as you groom your way into success and confidence.

  1. Don’t grow a beard

Chances are that if you are reading this, you probably do not have a lot of experience with personal grooming. One thing which inexperienced people often do (and this applies to grooming, hobbies, or life in general) is that they try to make a grand gesture to show that they are going to pay more attention to how they look. And what gesture is grander than growing a beard?

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Don’t. And if you have a beard, I would recommend shaving it.

Beards can look good under the right circumstances, and I do respect those who want to go for the stubble look. But they just don’t work a lot of the time and require real effort to maintain and ensure they look good. For now, you should be using that effort on the other aspects of good grooming.

The beard did have its heyday five years ago, but that was five years ago.

  1. How you shave matters

You probably have been shaving regularly for years, but there is a lot about shaving which men do not know about. And while equipment such as a straight razor or a brush can improve your shaving experience, your technique is more important.

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One of the most important things you can do is to let the lather sit on your face for a few minutes before you shave. The entire point of the lather is so it can soften your skin and hair for a smoother shave. The longer you let it sit, the softer your face will become.

Here are some additional tips to learn about on how to properly shave. Also, do not hesitate to get a professional shave right before a big meeting or a date.

  1. Trim your nose hairs

Whether you look better with a beard or not is a matter of debate, but everyone thinks visible nose hairs are disgusting. A single long nose hair can focus people’s attention away from the rest of your well-groomed face and create a bad impression about you.

That sort of scorn is deserved, especially because trimming your nose hair does not require a lot of effort. You can find a trimmer or scissors with a rounded tip at Walgreens or order one from Amazon. Use it once every few weeks and you should be set.

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  1. Take regular walks

People don’t just look at your face when they meet you. They look at your whole body, and so you should work to make sure that it is in good shape.

Now you could go the whole hog into some fitness routine, but you should start by taking regular outdoor walks. Not only is the exercise good for you, but walking outdoors should distract your mind from your regular stresses and give you the energy you need to appear confident in front of others.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week, and walking is a good way to fulfill that quota. It won’t make you muscular, but moderate exercise can improve your health, your figure, and your confidence.

  1. Get more haircuts

If you ever hear the words, “Hey, you got a haircut”, you have made a mistake. A well-groomed and confident man should never make it clear that they have gotten a haircut. One leading clinic that performs hair transplants advises against hair products to maintain a natural look. You want to maintain a consistent appearance so that people will always have the same, positive impression of you.

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If you are hearing those words, then go to the barber more often. I would recommend that once every three weeks is a good amount, and you can go once every four weeks if you want to stretch the time between haircuts a bit more. But I know way too many people who go every six to eight weeks, if not longer. Do not do that.

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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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