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Love Hack: How to Make Valentine’s Day Last All Year Long

Love Hack: How to Make Valentine’s Day Last All Year Long

    I’m going to cut to the chase here. Why should Valentine’s Day be the only day where you show your significant other how much you love and care for them? Why shouldn’t you do it each and every day of the year – making sure you take a little time to remind them of how much they mean to you?

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    There’s really no reason why you can’t make every day Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take too much effort, and by getting started today with a rotuine that you can carry throughout the year, you’ll find that the momentum of the day can – and will – last all year long.

    Here are just a few of the little things you can do to make February 14th last far longer than just 24 hours:

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    Start and End the Day with a Connection

    When you wake up in the morning, let them know you’re happy to see them or hear their voice. Before you go to bed, remind them that once more. There’s nothing quite like reminded how special you are to start and end your day. And it takes just a little bit of awareness to make such a huge difference in someone’s life. Why shouldn’t that difference be made for that special someone in your life?

    Give Hugs

    Again, something that takes very little to make happen but can mean so much to the recipient. A hug reinforces that physical connection you have with your partner, and it can linger all day long. Whether your partner needs a hug to lift their spirits or just as a gesture of how much you care about them, a hug is one of the best ways you can make that Valentine’s Day feeling last all year long.

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    Simple Gestures

    Things like writing a love note in their lunch kit or sending an email that lets them know you’re thinking of them is a simple gesture that can go a long way. Keep some Post-It notes in a kitchen drawer along with pens of different colours so you’ve got them at the ready, and bookmark an eCard service in your Internet browser so that should the moment strike you, you can quickly send off a message to your sweetheart.

    Say the Words

    Whether those words are “I love you” or “You’re the best”, it really doesn’t matter. Sometimes it’s just great to hear them, especially if they seem to appear out of the blue. By starting to “ritualize” this sort of thing, you’re setting yourself up for a long-lasting habit that will level up your love life and keep the home fires burning throughout the year.

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    Reflection Leads to Recognition

    Taking the time to journal how you feel is an important way to not only express how you feel about someone, but to foster expressing those feelings to them on a daily basis. It’s in those moments of capturing your thoughts in a journal of some sort that the gratitude really resonates, giving you further fuel to make sure that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day where you let your love one know how much they mean to you.

    In Closing

    As you can see, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t make Valentine’s Day last the whole year through. You just need to take the time to make it happen. You’d be surprised as to how much your productivity and zest for life will increase by showing those you love how much they mean to you more than just one day per year.

    (Photo credit: A happy couple in love with painted smiley and hugging via Shutterstock)

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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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