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3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

3 Things To Do Before You Can Benefit From Any Song You Hear

People listen to songs for pleasure. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, wouldn’t it be good if you could go beyond that? What if you could listen to any song, be entertained, but learn something from it at the same time? That’s what I’m going to share with you today – the three things you can do to benefit from any song you listen to.

1. Memorize the song

It’s interesting that even though we listen to a song many times we rarely memorize all of them. This is because you are listening passively; you let the words flow through your ears as if they are meaningless utterances and only the sound caught our attention. You need to change that.

Commit to memorize the songs you listen to because every memorization effort you take can help to solidify the strength of your memory. Aside from that, it can help you to understand the meaning behind the song because if you know every word in the song, you will easily grasp what the song writer has to convey.

For more tips on memorization, read the article “10 Practical Tips on Improving Memory” to start jump-start your memory improvement effort.

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2. Discover the meaning behind the song

Did you know that Paul McCartney of the Beatles wrote the song “Hey Jude” as a way to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after the divorce of John Lennon? How about the song “Zombie” by the Cranberries which was about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland?

It’s important to discover the meanings behind songs you listen to as it can help you to appreciate the effort the song writer puts into it. Sometimes, you might find the meaning is relevant to your life and there are many people who explained how some songs changed their life after they discovered the meanings behind them.

Meanings can be subjective. There are meanings coming from song writers themselves or they can also be interpreted by you. It doesn’t matter what kind of meaning you choose because if a song has some sort of meaning that resonates with you, you can usually find it relevant to your life and cherish it.

Websites like Song Meanings and Song Facts are good places to learn the variety of meanings people attribute to the songs they listen to and how it can help you appreciate the diversity of opinions and interpretations.

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3. Make an anchor out of a song

Songs are good emotional anchors. Essentially, when you decide that a song is an anchor for an emotion, you will listen to it anytime you want to feel the emotion. There are various uses of song anchoring.

Generally, you can use it to motivate yourself by using anchoring “motivation” into high energy songs. If you are a novelist who writes in the romantic genre, you can listen to the song that you anchored for the feeling of “love” before you start your writing. Or maybe you need to write a reflection and you think a gloomy outlook can help you to be realistic, then just open the song that’s been anchored with “sadness.”

Songs are meant to be indulged

The three tips outlined above can be highly beneficial if you want to get the most out of any song. It can help you turn from a passive listener into a reflective and appreciative listener.

Your homework is to listen to the following song “Fix You” by Coldplay and answer the questions below the video.

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Try to understand the meaning behind the following phrases:

1. Stuck in reverse

2. Lights will guide you home

3. And I will try to fix you

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There are no right or wrong answers to these questions; It’s only right if your heart says that it’s right. Happy listening!

Featured photo credit: Sing along with me by John Liu via flickr.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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