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Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Here’s how to make life decisions if you are a student.

Decisions, decisions, decisions, we are making decisions 24/7. Would you have coffee now or later? Burger or salad? Pants or skirt? Am I going out or staying in? Every day we are struggling with decisions and of course we want to make the right ones, sometimes that can be a little bit harder, to be able to see all the positive or negative effects that something will bring to you and your life.

We are used to hearing people saying: do this or don’t, asking friends and mentors for advice and even doing some tests online just to double check if we are right but well, this is something everybody goes thru.

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Choosing a degree

To keep studying and getting a degree is the most common option young people take. If you are thinking about choosing a degree there are several aspects to consider, luckily you have come to the right place. The most poetic advice is to listen to your heart and I mean that’s a fantastic start.

But if you are still having doubts, you can search and read useful information that can help you to choose a degree and make everything clearer for you, especially in that stage of your life. There are many apps like Clearing, a course search engine with useful information to help you make up your mind.

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A similar option that freshmen take, is to look for some universities abroad and enjoy the experiences of living in a new place and getting a degree or even a master’s degree at the same time. This experience can bring a lot of benefits into our lives; you can have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life and learn about new cultures.

Stop worrying too much.

Now, you might have been living alone for quite a while or it could be that you are still living with your parents. If you are already living alone, then you have manage to live on your own and congrats for that, no matter if you are still cooking instants soups. If you’re still with your old folks, it may be a little bit difficult to do the transit to your own apartment. It’s a bittersweet moment of life when the excitement for everything waiting to be discovered meets the uncertainty of the unknown.

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But that will pass. It will take time, but it’s nothing that Netflix won’t fix. Like the North Carolina Home Builder‘s say, preparing to buy your first home can be overwhelming, but you need to be financially prepared, that’s why many young people have trouble, because they do not plan ahead for it.

It’s ok to allow yourself to feel homesick sometimes, but it can be exhaustive if you let the feeling in for too long. There are thousands of students just like you. If you are experiencing something like this, it is time for you (after a good nap if you have time for one) to  jump into the shower, dress up, and go for a walk.

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You can go to the community room if your school has one, to a little pub just around the corner if you are studying in a small town, or you can check out some concerts available on the next days in your city. If you want some more tips, you can also check this list for dealing with homesickness.

If you are planning on living on the university campus, you can search for some ideas of colleges with the best dorms, ‘cus let’s face it, nobody wants to spend most of his or her time somewhere he or she feels like they don’t belong.

Also with all the new rising awareness of sexual assaults on the campus, it’s time for men and women to walk with their eyes open to everything you may face with the frats or faculties. Here are further some tips. You never know when you are going to need this advice, so better be ready than sorry.

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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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