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5 Fresh Styles for an Exciting New Year

5 Fresh Styles for an Exciting New Year

Fortune favors the bold, and the bold keep up with existing styles and trends. And guys, it isn’t metro to think about style. You’re competing with some sharp looking dudes on Tinder, Match and Plenty of Fish. It’s time to step up the game.

This is especially true for busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Your style is part of your brand. If you’re still wearing the same clothes you bought at Target three years ago, it’s time for an upgrade. Otherwise, you’re going to stick out like a sore thumb, in a bad way.

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1. Facial Hair is Still In

You can blame it on the Old Spice Deodorant ads, off-camera celebrities, or the glorification of Special Operators getting things done overseas. Beards are everywhere, and it’s been that way for much of the past decade. If you haven’t caught up to the trend, it’s time to start letting your facial hair express who you are with style.

Yes, you’ll have that awkward stubble for a week or two, but there are strategies that can help with growing facial hair more quickly. I was shocked at how the contour of my face was highlighted by a clean-cut beard. And, I started getting a lot more matches on Tinder!

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2. Bathrobes with a Hood?

Okay, I have to admit, when I first saw the hooded bathrobe hit the fashion circuit, I thought it was designed for a boxer about to jump in the ring. It turns out, this is something that is starting to sell for the holidays. And, sitting here at home during a cold winter’s night, I could see the potential value of a hood for my bathrobe. This could be one of those rare moments where fashion and practicality intersect!

3. Pink is the New Black

Vogue is reporting that fans of pink should look forward to the spring/summer catalog. Pink is back and it’s taking no prisoners. Bold, beautiful and perfect for accenting every curve, I look forward to more exciting colors making their way back onto the mean streets.

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4. Emoji’s Have Jumped off the Keyboard and Into the New York Fashion Week

If you’re a lover of fashion, you probably already know that the second week in September is dominated by talk of New York Fashion Week. This year, designers went out of their way to start recreating the emoji’s we’ve come to love. Yes, Emoji-chic is real, and this past year was full of real-life Flamenco Lady Emoji’s.

Ladies, want to make a splash at your New Year’s party? The time has come to embrace your favorite emoji and let your freak flag fly.

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5. Bioluminescence – The Inspiration for the Coolest Tech in Fashion

Okay, at this point Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are old news. The newest technology that’s exploding, both on and off the catwalk, is wearable tech. I use an Apple Watch every day to work out, and Shark Tank recently had a cool pitch from the creators of DrumPants. It turns out that wearable tech is making its way into eye-catching, glowing fashion trends.

2017 might finally be the year where you can make a stunning first impression with glowing smart-garments. Can you imagine the possibilities at your favorite night club? And, if you’re tired of wearing a smartwatch or Fitbit, your sports-bra could be your next heartbeat sensor!

This holiday season is a time for reflection and looking forward to the coming year with optimism and hope. Put your best foot forward by taking some time to assess your wardrobe and boldly hone your personal brand. From glowing garments to hooded bathrobes, next year is shaping up to be an exciting leap in fashion technology!

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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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