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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Hard to Break

4 New Year’s Resolutions That Are Hard to Break

It’s 2017 – what’s your New Year’s resolution? If you’re looking to change your life for the better with a great New Year’s resolution, the National Institutes of Health advises you not to make outrageous and unrealistic resolutions. They recommend you either make a smaller goal (e.g. losing 5 pounds instead of 30 pounds) or include small goals into your resolution to keep you motivated (e.g. losing 30 pounds by next December by losing 5 pounds in the next three months).

Here are a few fun New Years resolutions that won’t be too hard to keep and will improve your life:

1. Try an Exotic New Sport

If your goal is to get more active, it’s a lot easier if your New Year’s resolution is to try a really fun, new sport. Trying something new and exotic will pique your curiosity and interest, which helps you stick to playing the sport and keeping your resolution.

Here are some exciting exotic sports that should keep you thrilled and playing regularly:

Freerunning

Freerunning, which is officially known as Parkour, is one of the most epic activities you can commit to. Remember TV superheroes, like Daredevil and the Green Arrow? Their stunts are the epitome of this sport!

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This sport is the extreme version of obstacle course racing – almost all the obstacle courses are buildings! You’re daringly vaulting across building ledges to nearby ledges or wall jumping onto a building’s metal grill, which you climb up only to leap off of to latch onto another building’s fixture. It’s really an official sport – with many universities having Parkour clubs and organizations, like Champlain’s Parkour Club, UGA’s Parkour, and UConn’s Husky Pack Parkour.

3D Dodgeball

This is regular dodgeball, except you’re playing in an arena where the floor and walls are a series of trampolines! This allows both you and your opponents to pull off cinema-like jukes and plays as you strategically throw yourself into a wall trampoline to both dodge an incoming ball and launch yourself towards your opponent for your own attack!

Salsa dancing

Salsa dancing is fun and is pretty much like going clubbing for your workout. You’ll meet new people and literally have fun dancing with them. It’s not just dancing – according to the University of Florida, it’s a vigorous cardio exercise that makes you burn up to 420 calories in just 60 minutes!

If your New Year’s resolution is sticking to one of these action-packed sports, you’ll enjoy your resolution instead of treating it like a chore.

2. Get a New Look by Growing a Stylish Beard

Do you want to look different in 2017 than you did in 2016? Growing facial hair makes a big difference. Experts say the kind of facial hair you have can drastically change how people perceive your intellect, attraction, and dominance:

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If you have a full beard, most females told researchers they thought it looked most aggressive and masculine. But they also said they thought it looked more socially mature and intelligent. The downside is they said bearers of full beards look older – but maybe that’s what you want to go for in 2017!

If you have a light beard, you’ll look more like a leader. Females told researchers that light beards looked most dominant.

If you have a light stubble, you’re probably popular with women! Females told researchers that they preferred light stubbles for long- and short-term relationships and found them most attractive.

There you have it – growing a new style of facial hair can instantly change your social status in 2017. If you’re eager to get your new beard, try natural ways to grow healthier facial hair, like upping your hair-nourishing B vitamin intake. Boosting your protein intake also helps, since your body needs mostly protein to grow hair, but choose clean vegetable protein sources, like tofu, nuts, and mushrooms, instead of cancer-causing red meats.

3. Be Healthier

Making a New Year’s resolution to be healthier for 2017 doesn’t have to mean more exercise and going vegan. There are easier ways to be healthier that make it easier to keep your resolution. Taking daily supplements is one very easy way to be healthier. All you do is take one or more capsules once a day – it only takes seconds of your time, but gives your health an enormous boost!

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Here are some you can choose from:

Branched-chain amino acid supplements (BCAAs)

Your body needs branched-chain amino acids everyday for its daily processes. You get them naturally from foods, but researchers found that supplementing with concentrated BCAAs prevents muscle damage and muscle loss during intense exercise. They also boost your immunity, especially if you’re recovering from surgery. They’ll also help you fight addiction urges – alcohol detox centers often include BCAAs in their patients’ treatment regimens because they’ve been found to help with recovery.

Two Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts aren’t supplements, but eating two daily has been found to boost your body’s selenium levels more effectively than selenium supplements. Selenium is rare in foods, but is important for your immune system.

Selenium also fights harmful free radicals and neutralizes mercury you ingest from seafood. Eating nuts isn’t that big of a leap from taking supplements – instead of popping a pill, chew on two Brazil nuts. Unlike selenium supplements, brazil nuts are also rich in essential fatty acids and protein.

4. Get Rid of Expensive Cable

If you’re still subscribing to cable or satellite television, you might want to consider stopping. The internet is swallowing up everything – it’s just part of modernization. People are moving from landlines to cellphones and VOIP services for their telecommunications needs. The same is true for television services — People are streaming more and watching regular cable TV less.

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Cable and satellite TV plans are costly compared to $9 per month for Netflix or Hulu, which now regularly streams currently airing shows – so it’s almost like watching live television, but without commercials!

Netflix Alternatives

If you’re not a fan of Netflix, you can try Netflix alternatives, like Cloudload and Amazon Prime.

Streaming

Streaming is also more versatile than cable or satellite because you can watch what you want when you want to without having to schedule recordings or prerecord anything. You can also take your subscription with you! You can bring your tablet or portable streaming device with you on vacation and hook it up to any TV and start streaming like you’re at home.

You’ll also get more for your buck. Streaming subscriptions usually have a bigger selection of movies and shows than cable or satellite – Netflix has shows dating back from the 1940s and older!

Of course, it all depends on your internet capabilities. Streaming is cheap because it uses your internet as the provider, unlike cable and satellite. If your geographical area or personal situation doesn’t allow for fast internet, then streaming might not be right for you.

Experts say the key to keeping your New Year’s resolution is choosing an easier one. Try these fun, healthy resolutions and you’ll have a better chance of staying true to your 2017 resolution!

Featured photo credit: rory3822 via pixabay.com

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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