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Slim and Shapely Legs: 5 Ways to Get that Perfect Look

Slim and Shapely Legs: 5 Ways to Get that Perfect Look

Wanting a great looking, beach-ready body is something most people can relate to. However, it’s not all about having flat abs or toned buns. Lean legs are a great compliment to the rest of your look and can provide a sleek silhouette. So how can you achieve those gorgeous gams? There are quite a few ways to get slim, shapely legs depending on how much time you have. Below are five options for getting that lean leg look.

1. Nutrition Matters

Exercise is only part of the battle. What you eat also has an impact on how your body looks. Drinking regular amounts of water can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, as well as cutting back on any smoking and drinking. When trying to gain more slender legs, remake your meals so that you cut between 500 – 1,000 calories a day. Aim for more lean protein, smaller portions, and healthier choices like fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy; no processed foods.

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2. As Easy as Riding a Bike

Riding a bike is a great way to shape your legs and it has added benefits. Biking, like most types of exercise, can help with stress reduction and keep you generally healthier. This activity will help develop the muscles all throughout your legs, making them firm and toned. You can choose a stationary bike for indoor exercise or the outdoor option. You can even choose to ride a bike instead of driving one or two days a week and get your workout that way.

3. Don’t Skip Leg Day

There are a variety of methods you can use in your workout routine. You can try squats, leg rolls, lunges or hip extensions. Pilates is another great choice because it targets your legs. If you’re at the gym, go for the treadmill or elliptical. You’ll want to add in some cardio to burn calories (from 30 to 60 minutes daily). When doing your cardio, focus on leg-specific exercises that raise your heartbeat while keeping your legs moving. If you’re more of a people person, joining a team might be a good option. Sports like ice hockey, basketball and soccer are great for toning legs.

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4. Dress the Part

Maybe you don’t have months to sculpt your legs and need a quick solution. If you’re ready to show off what you’re working with, you can wear nude heels, which give the illusion of longer limbs. Dresses or skirts with hemlines that fall just below the knees will provide added height. Say you’re not really ready to show off your legs but want length, a great maxi dress can provide that look. You’ll definitely want to avoid any hems in the middle of your calf. That cuts your legs in half and makes you look stumpy. Another great accessory to create the effect of long, slender legs is black leggings. The solid color will draw attention to the overall shape and curves of your legs while also making you seem taller.

5. Add a Little Color

Lean legs also benefit from an added bit of color and shaving. You can shave the old fashioned way or use a moisturizing hair removal cream to achieve smoothness. It’s important to keep in mind, regardless of where you get your bronzing (naturally or otherwise), that there are risks. Excess exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to wrinkling and an increased risk of cancer. If you choose to go for a professional spray-tan, it might be a little more expensive than just buying something off the shelf.

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So beautiful legs are really just a few bike rides and smarter meals away. Whether you’ve got one fashionable night in mind or a long-term change, with a few simple tweaks you can achieve the look of slender, gorgeous legs. It’s important to take care of your entire body so that your legs will stand out among all your beautiful features. Show them off bare or through clever wardrobe choices. And don’t forget to get regular pedicures to really compliment your legs.

Featured photo credit: Pexels via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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