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5 Lifestyle Blogs To Follow In 2017

5 Lifestyle Blogs To Follow In 2017

From wellness to traveling, 2016 was the year of lifestyle blogs. On this list are five blogs that’ve made readers want to come back for more. Also, these five websites had some impact in the lifestyle genre of blogging.

In 2017, expect DIY, fitness, travel and mental health blogs to conquer the internet once again. With so many blogs out there, however, it’s difficult to keep track of the best. Have no fear: I did some research and weeded out five lifestyle blogs you should be following in 2017. Ready?

Cup of Jo

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    A Cup of Jo, a New York-based site, is one of the most notable lifestyle blogs on the web. Founded in 2007 by Joanna Goddard — dubbed as the Queen of Blogosphere by Refinery 29 — this blog was established to cover fashion, beauty, food, travel, and relationship stories.

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    This blog is one of those that will keep you coming back every single day to get a daily dose of elegant fashion, finger-licking food, and traveling experiences. However, A Cup of Jo didn’t start out as successful as you may think. The blog struggled during its launch, but after a few years, it grew in monthly readers well into the millions.

    Today, with over five million monthly viewers, Goddard was able to turn a weekend hobby into a full-time money-making website. The blog currently makes the majority of its revenue from advertising and continues to grow.

    HBFIT

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      Health, beauty, fitness: that’s what HBFIT is all about! Hannah Bronfman, one of the most influential online fitness bloggers, started HBFIT as a way to inspire and motivate fitness advocates. Upon visiting her blog, you can find tips and life hacks about fitness and diet, similar to those here on Lifehack.

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      Are you into makeup and beauty products? If so, then HBFIT will be a great fit for you. If you’re a man, then you’ll probably like the diet plans published in this blog. Additionally, HBFIT provides wellness advice and yummy weight-loss recipes to help you cross out that new years resolution list.

      GlobalGrasshopper

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        As featured on the Travel Channel, GlobalGrasshopper was named one of the most innovative travel blogs of 2015. And the tradition seems to have followed in 2016 too. As an award-winning blog, Becky Moore, the founder, provides readers with beautiful imagery from locations you’ll only dream of visiting.

        Aside from breathtaking images of beaches, you will also find hotel recommendations and destinations to visit the next time you decide to travel. The blog was created as a resource for independent travelers, specifically for those who are nuts about photography. Warning: Don’t visit their Instagram account, or you might just catch yourself daydreaming somewhere on a mountain in a sunny island.

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        The Blonde Salad

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          In 2015, after bringing in $8 million of revenue, the Los Angeles-based blog known as The Blonde Salad was recently re-launched by Chiara Ferragni and Riccardo Pozzoli into a lifestyle magazine. The Blonde Salad has expanded to a team of 16 people and has caught the attention of luxurious brands including Dior and Burberry, as Refinery29 wrote.

          It’s easy to say that Ferragni is one of the biggest paid bloggers, obtaining a lucky blogging life of fame and fortune. But what makes her so successful? Well, you can thank Ferragni’s 8 million Instagram followers.

          Happy Fit Mama

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            Happy Fit Mama is one of those fitness blogs that will motivate anyone, no matter the age. As part of the BlogHer network, the blog was founded by Angela Bekkala with a dire purpose to make exercising enjoyable.

            Workout routines, yoga, running coach services frequent the fitness blog — oh, and yummy recipes too! It’s another blog that will help you cross out that new years resolution list.

            Final Words:

            Every once in a while, I tend to inspire myself by recalling a great quote by Will Rogers. Hope this inspires you: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” So, check out these blogs and get inspired!

            Featured photo credit: Stokpic via pixabay.com

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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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            If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

            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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