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5 Marvelous Ways To Beat The Winter Chill

5 Marvelous Ways To Beat The Winter Chill

Shivering is your body’s signal to you that you need to get somewhere warm. In a heartbeat. Your body shivers because it’s trying to tell you that your muscles aren’t contracting anymore, thereby ensuring your blood flow is decreasing.

This is bad news.

Luckily, there are a few handy and fun ways to maximize the joys of beating the winter chill. Let’s take a look!

1. Throw A Party

No, not that kind of party. Well, you can if you feel like it. But I mean a dinner party that involves a lot of baking. Baking when it’s cold out is a common trick (such as baking bread). But if you’re baking a lot of food for a dinner party (say, a casserole, followed by meat-loaf, etc.) you’re going to get a lot more mileage out of the oven’s heat.

An added bonus to this trick is good-ol’ science: The more people that are around you, the more you get to bask in the joys of their body warmth. This makes your home much cozier and warm.

An even bigger bonus to throwing a party is this: Being able to show off your brand-new curtains! A lot of people swear by hanging up thicker, denser curtains (like wool-cotton) on their windows to block out the cold. Just find some curtains that match your interior décor, hang them up, and presto! Instant serenity that doubles in its value.

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2. Dance

Like the Lady Gaga song says, “Just dance… Gonna be okay…” You’ll warm yourself up (and anybody with you) in no time if you pick a funky groove, and get your shake on. (Am I nerdy or what?)

Picking an up-tempo rock (or pop hit) song that you can move your feet to gets your heart up. Everybody knows that increasing your heart-rate is how you keep your heart healthy and young. It’s a good way to “take your breath away” and start breaking a sweat.

You could just as easily work out, with something as simple as jumping jacks or burpees! But I personally find dancing to be a lot less of a chore than working out. (Which says a lot about me, but hey… Who doesn’t like having fun?)

Now everybody’s personal dance songs differ, but I’d like to share with you some songs that never fail to “help you get up off your feet, and you’ll feel better.” (James Brown ftw!)

You can find all these songs on YouTube:

  • Coldplay – Charlie Brown
  • White Stripes – Hotel Yorba, Black Math, Fell In Love With A Girl, Forever For Her (Is Over For Me), The Air Near My Fingers, Effect And Cause. (There’s a lot more, but we’ll be here all day – I LOVE The White Stripes)
  • The Kinks – People Take Pictures, Johnny Thunder, Big Sky
  • Foster The People – Houdini, Pumped Up Kicks
  • Cheap Trick – Surrender
  • Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

Those are just a few musical prompts you can load up on YouTube and help you work the floor to dance Winter’s chill away.

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3. The Wonders Of A Scalding-Hot Bath

After a strenuous workout, a lot of professional athletes soak in a scorching-hot bath for half an hour. This is because hot water “stretches out” muscles and nerves, preventing inflammation and fluid build-up in limbs.

(I do a round of HIIT each week and, trust me, I’ve seriously regretted the sessions I cut out the hot bath recovery in an effort to save time. It is THAT vital towards keeping your limbs as fresh and relaxed as they can be.)

Immersing yourself in a hot bath, even if you hardly work out, can feel like heaven.

Hot water naturally relaxes the body – this much we know already. That’s why so many overworked, grunting people look forward to a hot bath and glass of wine at the end of a hard day. Every one of us needs that type of peace of mind, right?

Plus, studies have shown diabetics who soak in a hot tub or hot bath every day reduce their sugar and glucose levels! This is incredible news that has many advantages for thousands of diabetics everywhere.

If that weren’t awesome enough, hot baths even help you lose weight. People discovered that soaking in hot baths for half an hour each day of the week helped them shed almost 2 ½ lbs. in one month. (So, if you’re already working the circuits, CrossFit, or HIIT rounds – which significantly burn up enough calories – by soaking in a hot bath you’re turning your metabolism into a fat-burning machine!)

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However, because your body temperature raises and your body will dehydrate, it is highly recommended that you take a glass of cold water with you. Staying hydrated during the day is important, and not just because it gets oxygen to your cells, lubricates your joints, and cleanses toxins from your body.

With all the benefits we know about a hot bath, it’s time to tackle something that’s FUN. Something that’s amazing (and relaxing) when it comes to hot water…

4. Hot Hot Tubs

You should know, right off the bat, that two-person hot tubs will usually set you back $1500-3000, for starters. For models that seat 5-7 people, you’re looking at $3000-8000. So, these babies are not for the faint of heart, or weekend hobbyists who are game for a soak every now and then. Even building an extra wooden deck to house the tub can set you back $500+, for starters.

Hot tubs are a lot better than hot baths and even more relaxing. They are for serious people who are serious about treating their many aches, pains, and physical disorders.

If money is no problem for you, then hot tubs are a GREAT investment. Everyone I know wants a hot tub – and we’re all secretly jealous of people who do have one.

5. Make Love (Adults Only)

Sweet, unbridled passion with your loved one. Is there anything better? I can’t think of any, especially during the winter. This isn’t a time to blush or feel embarrassed, as rolling around in the covers and exploring your lover’s body is one of the best ways to warm up. (Obviously!)

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There’s a two-fold light of enjoyment here, too. Once you’ve successfully heated each other up, turning each other into a sweaty mess, sleep is right around the corner. Falling into the arms of another is a serenity few people savor.

Which doesn’t make sense, since falling asleep lowers your body temperature. Scientifically-speaking, your lowered body temperature will combat the cold. (Plus you won’t actually be awake to feel the cold.)

Conclusion

And there we have it! 5 ways to make sure the winter freeze stays out of your home.

These are just a few ways to keep yourself from being beaten by the cold. Do you have any other suggestions?

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via pixabay.com

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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