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Five Christmas Presents for the Man who has Everything

Five Christmas Presents for the Man who has Everything

Men can be particularly difficult when it comes to gift buying. Ask them what they want for Christmas and you’ll likely get a response along the lines of “Not really bothered. I’ll leave it up to you.” Helpful, right? But woe betide you if they open up yet another pair of socks on Christmas Day! This makes it really tough to buy something which is fun or useful that they don’t already have.

Even though we’re still some months off, we’ve decided to put together an early guide to buying Christmas presents for the man in your life which will pleasantly surprise him!

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Black Record Album Frames- £4.99 each from Find Me A Gift

If your man is part of the “vinyl revival” that’s going on at the moment, he’ll love these frames for all of his old records. They’re handily sized so that he can store all of his favourite LPs from back in the day and create a stunning work of art on the wall by hanging complementary albums next to one another. It’s all well and good having a great vinyl collection, but what good is it if it’s just collecting dust under the stairs? Instead, make them into an exciting focal point and a great conversation starter for guests.

Sphero BB-8 App Enabled Droid- £104.99 each from Amazon.co.uk

With kids and adults alike, the biggest gift of 2016 has without doubt been this awesome BB-8 droid! It listens and responds to actions which can be programmed through a smartphone app and it can even listen to and respond to your voice! Anyone who saw Episode VII last December absolutely fell in love with this little droid, and this gift replicates that quirky attitude perfectly!

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Personalised Wooden iPhone 6 Case- £20.00 from Etch’d

If there’s anything we treasure more than anything else in our lives nowadays, it’s our smartphones. Most of us invest in a case to protect our phones from various scuffs and scratches, as well as to give them a little bit of character. For a unique gift, how about a personalised case from Etch’d with a bit of a difference? They’re each made from a unique piece of wood- either bamboo, cherry, rosewood or zebra- so that each one is bespoke and they’re a stylish way to keep your phone safe.

Huntsman Swiss Army Knife- £37.00 from Victorinox

The Swiss Army Knife is a classic gift which every man should own! This one is the real deal from Victorinox and includes a number of functions such as a can opener, screwdriver, bottle opener, wire stripper, corkscrew, toothpick, and wood saw! They’re perfect for a number of situations, especially if you’ve got an outdoorsy man in your life who sees himself as a bit of a Bear Grylls type.

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DIY Man Bar Tool Box- £24.99 from CKB

If you’ve got a would-be mixologist in your life, look no further than this DIY cocktail-making kit which comes with a bottle opener, citrus cutter, corkscrew, and drinks strainer. It comes disguised as a DIY tool box for a fun twist and gives you an ideal excuse to get him to knock you up a Martini after a hard day at work! Whilst men can undoubtedly be difficult to buy for, get ahead of the game and start buying early. In many ways, buying for the man who has everything comes a little easier than buying for a man who has nothing as you’ll be far more confident that they’ll be appreciative of the purchase you make!

It may only be October but get online and get shopping. You’ll thank yourself for it come December!

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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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