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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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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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