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6 Things You Learn From Winter Camping

6 Things You Learn From Winter Camping

When it’s cold outside most people choose to crawl on the sofa with a hot cup of something and watch a movie or read a book. However, there are some adventurous people who dare to go camping in the winter. Why would someone do such thing? Well, there are some reasons to go winter camping: to challenge themselves, to enjoy ice fishing and to enjoy pure silence.

While summer camping attracts lots of people and bugs, which usually deter wild animals. However, in the winter, there are no bugs, which is a big plus and there are no crowds to leave a mess all around. And then, there is the scenery: all white!

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Winter camping is definitely not for everyone and it provides a lot of new experiences for those who dare to do this. It also provides a lot of life lessons, some funny, some more realistic.

1. You will see what a really bad morning looks like

If you thought mornings are bad, then you need to experience a morning during winter camping. While waking up in the nature is not bad at all, getting out of the warm sleeping bag and trying to function in the cold is definitely a challenge. However, after you manage to get the fire up and going and make your hot coffee, you will feel confident and proud of yourself.

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2. You also learn your financial powers are limited

Winter camping asks for special cold weather camping gear, which is especially designed to keep you warm. But this also means all those sleeping bags, sleeping pads, extra warm clothes and the rest of the gear are more expensive than regular camping gear. Which reminds you that your financial power is limited.

3. You learn to appreciate food more

After a day spent playing in the cold, with snow, there is nothing better than a nourishing meal. Winter camping makes you appreciate food more and it also shows you why humans are meant to eat all types of foods.

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4. You learn that cold really brings you closer

When you are winter camping you don’t need to be in love with someone in order to hug him or her: the simple thought of snuggling with someone becomes very attractive. Of course, you can also reap the benefits and snuggle for both romantic interest and warmth.

5. You learn that you’re not invincible

This is the most important thing you will learn while camping in the cold season. If camping in the summer is a breeze, winter camping is a challenge. Couple of mistakes can make the difference between a pleasurable experience and one ending in frostbites. As you try to make it through the day, overcoming the winter storm, you will see how fragile you are. Nature will show you how easy it is for humans to lose the ultimate battle, the battle for life. Because humans are not invincible!

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6. You also see what people are really made of

Cold alters one’s personality and takes out the real individual. While your friends will look funny jumping around to warm up, you will soon find out what they are made of. When it’s cold and the conditions are tough, you might discover your friends are not that friendly as you thought they were. And this time it won’t be from what they say, but from what they do.

All in one, winter camping is not for everyone, as it tests your abilities. If you do take up the challenge, you will learn a lot of interesting and useful things, both about you and about people who join you in this adventure.

Featured photo credit: huckberry via huckberry.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

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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