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A Quick Quiz to See How Balanced Your Life Is

A Quick Quiz to See How Balanced Your Life Is

What is happiness? Sunlight dancing on the surface of the ocean? Clean sheets? Puppies frolicking in the snow? For many of us, it can be any or all of these things and more, but in this crazy, fast-paced, workaday world, how do we find the time to enjoy such simple pleasures?

According to personal development and spiritual growth coach Mariya Swanson, the answer is balance and bliss. Achieving balance between mind, body, and sol, Swanson claims, is the key to tapping into our inner joy. “We are all divine,” writes Swanson on her website, the OmniApproach, “and it is each of our duties to ourselves, as well as to our fellow beings, to vibrate at the frequency of our truest divinity.” The question remains, then, how do we learn to vibrate with divine vitality?

To help you begin, Swanson has created a quick quiz on her website that can provide you with an indicator of the level of balance in your life.

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    Here’s the link http://www.theomniapproach.com/quiz

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            As a Libra, I couldn’t resist the temptation. Once you click on the above link, you’ll be directed to a short, 4-question quiz that asks you about your daily activities, how you process emotions, the way you use your brain, and how and when you exercise. Based on the results, you’ll either be declared a bliss guru or, like me (spoiler alert) be told you need to make some balance adjustments in your life. Apparently my idea of balance, which involves holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a chocolate chip cookie in the other while still managing to type this article, isn’t quite what Swanson had in mind.

            Given that, according to a 2013 Harris Pole, only 1 in 3 Americans claim to be happy, my results aren’t terribly surprising; this made me feel slightly better. It took me a few minutes to appreciate that having my fellow Americans to keep good miserable company with cheered me up, so in addition to being unbalanced, I’m also apparently irony impaired. (Whatever. One problem at a time.)

            Based on the information the quiz gathers from you, you can take a few minutes to reflect on how you might begin to shift the life scales a bit. Play less Trivia Crack, and jog more. Spend less time on Facebook and more time actually sitting opposite your bff at the local Starbucks. Pace your viewing of the latest season of House of Cards instead of binge-watching it in its entirety on a Saturday night. The key thing to keep in mind, however, is moderation. Too much of anything, even a good thing, leaves less room in our lives for other good things. So take the test and become a balance guru!

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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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