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Life Lessons Right Out Of The Gym

Whether you go to the gym to build muscle, lose weight, get a six pack, or simply because you enjoy it, there is more than just a physical return for your hard work. I believe that there is an equally valuable reward that comes from the gym. It offers much more than just the dream body you want. It offers a winner’s mentality and concepts applicable to everyday life. Check these out.

Consistency

Going to the gym once or twice a month isn’t going to bring you results. You have to be disciplined enough to get your ass up and to the gym several times a week. You have to work hard every time you go and walk out of the gym knowing you kicked ass.

Just like in life, if you want to learn something new or get better at something, you’re not going to see much improvement if you’re doing it every once in a while. You have to be committed and consistent with whatever your trying to accomplish.

The results you see are the reflection of the time and effort you put in. 

This doesn’t mean kill yourself by hitting the gym every day or practicing whatever it is for 10 hours, but it does mean committing a good amount of time to reach your goal.

Supplements

Take all the supplements you want but this isn’t how you will grow and get stronger. A lot of people have the misconception that if they spend $200, take 6 pills a day, and drink 2 different supplement powders they’re going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In life we can see a similar concept. If you want to become a pro at let’s say, playing the piano, you won’t accomplish this by subscribing to 5 piano magazines and buying 12 books. If you want to be fit and healthy you have to actually workout. If you want to be good at something you actually have to do it, not just read about it or watch people do it.

Same Workout, Same Results

If you do the same exercises everyday you’re not going to grow. The body is amazing at adapting to the same workouts. You have to switch it up.

In life, if you’re looking for results you can’t keep doing the same thing! Whenever you feel comfortable get into the habit of changing that right away. The reality is that we see the most growth when we feel challenged.

Obviously keep learning and getting better at whatever it is you’re doing, but find different ways. You can’t read the same book or watch the same tutorial 10 times and expect to get better.

Without challenge there is no growth.

Rest and Recover

Don’t expect crazy results if you’re not resting after killer workouts. You can’t destroy yourself at the gym every day and not rest! You have to eat and get enough sleep if you want your muscles to recover and get stronger.

In life it’s very similar, you can’t overload yourself with work and duties and not rest. This only comes with stress and feeling overwhelmed.

You have to rest in order to grow.

Give yourself time to let new information and skills be processed. Don’t just keep shoving things at your brain and expect it to learn it all.

Hard Work Equals Results

Those that work hard at the gym and actually put their phones down are usually the ones with real results. Stopping at 8 reps when you know you can get to 12 is just not cool.

If you want the results you gotta pay the price.

In life we can see the same thing. Successful people didn’t get there by just talking about their goals. They didn’t get there by “kinda trying.” They got there with hard work. Consistency and discipline are the traits successful people have mastered.

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The Art Of Planning And Why You Should Master It

To do anything correctly it’s well known we must have a plan. Google defines the word plan as “a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.” So if a plan helps us achieve things why don’t we make use of plans in our everyday lives? Why don’t we plan for a good day and achieve whatever it is we want? Rather than going through the day doing this and that, I challenge you to go through it knowing exactly what’s coming next.

Why Should I Master The Art Of Planning?

Planning your day out rather than accepting whatever comes your way makes for a much more simple and stress free one. If you set a schedule for the next day you’ll know almost exactly what’s coming and when it’s going to come.

We’ve all had those days running all over the place doing what seems like everything there is to do and it’s not very fun. Keeping track of all that has to be done in our heads only makes for bad headaches and an overwhelming feeling from all that has to be done.

Need some motivation? Write down your day’s plan and watch everything you’ve set out to do be accomplished. For example, let’s say tomorrow you wanna go to the gym, you have to do homework, and you gotta cook. Wouldn’t it be nice to literally see everything get done as you check them off?

Another great reason to start planning your days out comes from a study done by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthew’s who found that we are 42% more likely to do anything if we write it down.  So if we can save ourselves from stress, headaches, and accomplish more of what we set out to do by planning,  shouldn’t we all be doing this? I think so.

Also keep in mind you have the freedom to write down anything in your plan. If you wanna lose weight write down in your plan “don’t buy junk food tomorrow.” If you want to start saving money write down “deposit $100 tomorrow.” You see another beauty of writing down a plan is that when you read it the next day you’ll know it seemed like a good idea yesterday even if you don’t want to do it today.

Your plan doesn't have to be fancy. Make it simple and straight to the point.

Your plan doesn’t have to be fancy. Make it simple and straight to the point.

Four Easy Steps

1. Grab a piece of paper and a pen.

2. Think of what you need, have, or want to do.

3. Write it down.

4. Look at it tomorrow and feel in control of your day.

So there you have it. That’s the art of planning. It’s not hard, it doesn’t take up a lot time, and it’s free. Trust me when I say it makes life easier! I do this daily and I can honestly say it’s made life better. I don’t have to worry about forgetting things, I know what I have to do, and I know when I’m going to do them. It’s made everything simpler and I think everyone could benefit from this. So try it out and see for yourself.

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-P.S. if you keep up with my blog (which makes you awesome) you might have noticed I didn’t post anything last week and that was because I started school on Monday. I’m currently in the process of figuring out how I’ll fit the blog into my new school schedule so I don’t know how often I’ll be publishing posts! For now it’ll be pretty random but I will keep posting at least once a week. Again thanks for reading!
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You Can Still Eat Healthy Without Spending Big Bucks

Let’s face it, food is expensive. Whether you’re buying your own food or living off your parents grocery shopping you know filling up a shopping cart isn’t cheap.

With this being said, we can also sadly agree eating healthy seems to be even more expensive. It’s sad how our health is now being determined by the prices of foods but we can’t let this stop us from eating right.

Don’t lose hope just yet! There are still healthy options that won’t leave your wallet sad and empty. I’ve put together this list of fairly cheap foods you can start buying to begin eating healthier and living more wisely.

Oatmeal

oat meal complex carbs healthy breakfast cholestorol

Pictures all taken by me expect the picture of the bananas.

It’s cheap, it’s healthy, it helps maintain and can even lower your weight, and it’s a great source of good carbohydrates. Your morning’s are important. A lot of people have the misconception that cereals make for a good breakfast but that’s not the case whatsoever. Breakfast cereals are known to have high amounts of refined sugars, synthetic nutrients, and aren’t good carbohydrates.

A bowl of oatmeal in the morning can help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol levels, and is packed full of fiber which makes you feel full and reduces your cravings for unhealthy snacks.

Note: make sure to stay way from instant oatmeal packets that are flavored and contain high amounts of sugar and sodium.

Canned Tuna

tuna protein fats healthyIt’s high in protein, it’s a good source of fats, and it increases brain power. If you workout you probably know the importance behind a post-workout meal and tuna is perfect for this due to it’s high protein levels.

A simple and tasty way to prepare tuna is to mix it up with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Peanut Butter

peanut butter healthy protein jif low sodiumI feel that peanut butter is just too good to be considered a healthy food, but it really is. It’s high in niacin, folate, and vitamin E. It’s also high in antioxidants, healthy monounsaturated fats and polyphenols.

Along these health benefits it’s also a good source of protein. And just like oatmeal it’ll fill you up!

Eggs

eggs protein healthy lean breakfast cheapGreat source of lean protein and they’re cheap. The high quality protein in an egg (6 grams) is perfect for recovery after a workout as well.

Carrots

carrots healthy vitamin a healthy skinI’ve started eating carrots as if they were apples recently and I’ve grown to love them. Carrots are usually sold in large quantities and are cheap! Rather than eating candy or a bag of carbs and air (chips) do yourself a favor and eat a carrot.

Carrots are loaded with high amounts of vitamin A which is known to improve vision, promote healthy skin, and helps cleanse the body of toxins.

They’re good for our eyesight, can help prevent cancer, and are even known to help clean your teeth with their crunchy texture.

Bananas

bananas healthy potassiumIt’s one of the cheapest fruits you can buy, they’re high in potassium, are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. No wonder why they’re known as “Nature’s Powerbar.”

Feeling down? Eat a banana. Bananas are known to have high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin- the happy-mood brain chemical. Now you know why monkeys are so happy!

Grapefruits

graphfruit vitamin c healthy immune systemNot a lot of people eat grapefruits and it’s probably due to the slightly sour taste they can have, but don’t miss out on the benefits!

Grapefruits are super high in vitamin C levels which strengthen your immune system to prevent you from getting sick. And like the carrot they’re also a good source of vitamin A which promotes healthy skin.

Potatoes

potatoes healthy complex carbs foodNo I don’t mean french fries or potatoes doused in oils, butter, or cheese. I’m talking about a good ol’ natural potato.

Before they’re fried or dripping in butter potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can buy. They are composed of complex carbohydrates which digest slowly unlike simple carbs such as white flour, sugar, soda, and packaged cereals. These are great especially for athletes and gym goers because like I said, they digest slowly providing you with more sustained energy.

In The End..

oranges apples grapefruits kiwis health fruitsAlthough the foods I listed above are great to get started on eating healthier without spending too much, don’t stop here! Keep searching for healthy foods that don’t hurt the wallet!

Also if you’re trying to eat healthier a great rule to follow is to stay away from anything packaged or anything that has more than 5 ingredients.

Next time you’re craving a snack stop yourself from reaching for the chips, sugary sweets, and crappy simple carbs. Try to eat as much natural foods as you can. Anything grown is always better than something in a box or bag.

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Reference:
-http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-oatmeal-morning-4112.html
-http://www.mensfitness.com/ian-cohen/cheap-sources-of-healthy-protein?page=2
-http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html?page=1
-http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas
 
 
 
 

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Recipe: The Messy Omelet

Before you pour yourself another bowl of cheerios, start your day out with a protein and vitamin packed  breakfast instead.

You’re not going to be in the kitchen for an hour putting this together and it should take you no longer than 20 minutes to prepare. Like I said in 10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without any food and is more than ready for a good meal.

The Messy Omelet

The Messy Omelet Eggs Vegetables Cheese Healthy Protein

Makes About 2 Servings

What You Need To Know:

-How to cook scrambled eggs.
-How to sauté vegetables.
-How to use a knife without cutting yourself.
 

What You’ll Need:

-4 Large Eggs
-1 Medium Sized Tomato
-1/2 Bell Pepper 
-1/2 Onion 
-2 1/2 Teaspoons Of Olive Oil
-Ham
-Cheese (Optional)
 
 

What You Gotta Do:

1.  Dice tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. Cut ham into little strips as well. 
 
Tomatoes Ham Onions Bell Peppers Vegetables Healthy Omelet Ham
 
2.  Crack four eggs into a medium sized bowl, mix whites and yolk until they are one color.
Scrambled Eggs Vegetables Omelet Yolk Whites Healthy
 
3.  Set stove to medium heat. 
 
4.  Once the stove is heated add 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil and spread it around the pan.
Olive Oil Healthy Omelet Saute Vegetables
 
5.  Begin cooking vegetables and ham. 
 Saute Vegetables Pan Heat Oil Healhty Omelet Messy Eggs
 
6.  When the vegetables and ham are cooked to your liking move them to one side of the pan.
 Sauteed Vegetables Olive Oil Healthy Breakfast Recipe Omelet
 
7.  Add another teaspoon of olive oil to the side of the pan with no vegetables and spread.
 
8.  Pour eggs into the pan and cook them just as you would cook scrambled eggs.
 Eggs and Vegetables Breakfast
 
9.  Serve & Enjoy!
 
Breakfast Messy Omelet Healthy Eggs Cheese Vegetables Food
 
So there you have it, my first of many recipes to come. Thanks for reading and I would love to hear from anyone who follows this recipe! Let me know if you liked it or if you did something different so I can try it. Also don’t forget to share this with your friends and make their mornings better. 
 
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Change Your Life By Using These Three Words

We have to go to the gym, we have to eat healthy, we have to do homework, we have to wake up early, it goes on and on. Seems like we have to do a lot things, but let’s think about this for a second… do we really have to?

Every day we wake up with these words playing constantly in our heads, but why? Why do we have to do things when we could want to do them?

It’s three words; I want to.

Saying you want to rather than you have to is completely different. When we say we have to do something we immediately place burdens in our heads. Having to do something doesn’t sound fun and in the end isn’t fun.

You want to start hitting the gym, you want to start eating healthy, you want to wake up early for work, you want to do homework. If you remove the words I have to from your vocabulary I really do believe you could be a happier and more positive person.

A lot of the time we use these words when in reality what we’re doing is positive and shouldn’t be looked at negatively as if it is a task or job to accomplish. Your life isn’t about having to do things, it’s about wanting to do things.

It's so simple. All you gotta do is use three words.

It’s so simple. All you gotta do is use three words.

View all that you have to do as opportunities, not duties.

You want to go to the gym because you care about your body and you want to look good.
You want to wake up early for work because you‘re fortunate enough to have a job.
You want to start eating healthy because you know your body is important and you want to change.
You want to go to school because you know it’s for your future.
You want to not have to.

Making this change won’t be easy. I barely started doing this a week ago and I still find myself saying I have to. Set a reminder on your phone, write it on your hand,  or print it out and hang it on your wall. Just remember that you want to do it.

 

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3 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results

We all go to the gym for our own reasons, whether you want to gain weight (muscle weight,  I would hope) or you’re trying to lose a couple pounds, we’re all primarily focused on getting fit and looking good. In order for us to achieve this it’s well known that we must work hard, eat good, and rest.

While you may be doing all these things you may be asking yourself where these results are. You’re dedicated, you’ve got good workouts, you’re eating good yet you still don’t see what you want.

I’ve put together 3 reasons why you might not be seeing results and what you can do about it starting today.

1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of  this by sleeping and let the body recover.

During sleep HGH (Human Growth Hormone) reaches peak levels throughout the body. Take advantage of this by sleeping and let the body recover.

Regardless of the exercise you’re doing you are tearing muscle fibers. This tearing of the muscle fibers is what allows us to grow bigger and stronger muscles. While you may have figured out how to successfully tear these fibers and feel sore the next day you must also realize sleep is essential for growth to occur.

While you sleep your body is in regeneration mode. It uses the precious hours of rest to rebuild all the muscle fibers you tore during your workout so they can grow stronger and bigger. If you don’t give your body the time it needs to fix itself you won’t be giving yourself the results you’re working hard for either.

It is recommend that we sleep 8-10 hours for optimal muscle growth (in other words, results) to occur. So if you want to grow, if you want those results, make sure you don’t forget sleep. Train hard but don’t be an ass to your body either by depriving it of sleep.

2. You Aren’t Focusing

Don't underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

Don’t underestimate the power of your mind to grow your muscles.

(MMC) Mind-Muscle Connection. You may think working out is all physical, I mean you are trying to get physically fit here but it really isn’t all physical. The ability to move your muscles and contract them is entirely dependent of this Mind-Muscle Connection. The first step towards muscular contraction is a signal sent by the brain to your muscles telling them to flex, without this you can’t move.

When you’re lifting weights you shouldn’t be worried about anything else other than this connection. Don’t think about how much you’re lifting, don’t think about who’s looking or what you’re doing later, just focus on the muscle you’re trying to work on.

The more you can improve this communication between your brain and muscles the better you get at engaging all the fibers in the muscle you are working. So really the more muscle fibers ripped the more ripped you get as well.

3. You’re Not Switching It Up

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

If your workout is becoming to bore you mentally it could most likely be due to the fact that your body is also bored.

Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting time. There isn’t much else to say about this one because it’s simple and it makes perfect sense. If you’re doing the same workout for more than 3 months you’re no longer giving your body the challenge it needs to feel in order to get stronger.

Find new workouts, challenge your body, and stick to it. You don’t get smarter learning the same thing over and over again so don’t expect your muscles to get stronger doing the same thing every week.

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10 Ways To Make Your Mornings Better

alarm clock is ruining your morningMornings are the beginning to a new day, a new opportunity, and provide a fresh start to do something new or different. No matter what it is that you’re doing, the beginning is always important. With beginnings being so important I believe  we should strive to make the beginnings of our days as great as possible in order to have good and productive days. Check out these ideas that could possibly make your mornings more enjoyable. 

1. Stop Waking Up To Annoying Alarms

You’re not cold or hot- you’re perfect, you’re buried under your blankets and pillows, you’re towards the end of a perfect dream and the stupid alarm goes off. We’ve all experienced this and it really does suck. Why do we wake up to terrible noises like that iPhone duck quack alarm? I’s not a nice way to begin the day. It’s the first thing you’ll hear, so wake up to a pleasant sound.

2. Waking Up To A To-Do List

I must say I do this one quite often but I’m working on ending this crappy habit. In order for us to enjoy our mornings we can’t wake up and remind ourselves of what has to be done right away. We have to ease into the day and slowly pick up momentum until we’re in full gear. Don’t wake up and immediately visualize all you have to do and ruin the morning. Think about like this, when you wake up your mind is like a clear, blue-skied sunny day and if you immediately think of everything you have to do you’re only adding clouds and rain to this perfect sunny day.

3. Really Stretch

I don’t mean lay in your bed and stretch, but seriously get out of bed and stretch like you’re at the gym. A good stretch in the morning will loosen up your tight muscles and get the blood flowing. A proper morning stretch has been said to increase flexibility, posture and even your mood by releasing mood-enhancing endorphin’s according to certified personal trainer Kristin Anderson.

4. No Surprises

Stop having to deal with dumb things in the morning like being unable to find your keys. Before going to sleep know what you’re going to wear and where everything is so you don’t have to scramble in the morning.  If you eliminate these moments from your mornings everything will flow peacefully instead of worrying about the time while looking for your wallet.

5. Let In The Light!

Try opening your blinds and curtains as soon as you step out of bed.  You should allow the new day to enter your bedroom and invite it into yourself as well. Embrace it, a new day is like a new canvas; you can either use it to create a masterpiece or let it go to waste.

6. POWER POSE

7. Breakfast Of The Champions

Eat a good breakfast, keep in mind your body just went 7-8 hours without food. A good breakfast is not a cup of yogurt or a bowl of cheerios. Get into the habit of eating right in the mornings. Your breakfast should always consist of some protein rich foods, healthy carbs, and vitamins. Every morning is like a new race and you can’t win that race unless you have the right fuel.

8. Breakfast For The Ears

Wake up and open iTunes. You may be surprised how much better your day will start out if you hear your favorite songs in the morning. Not only does it wake you up but it makes you happy and wanna dance. Add a beat to your morning, dance while making breakfast, and start the day right. I find that speakers work best but headphones can also do the trick.

9. I’m Not Kidding, Wake Up Earlier

A lot of you may think I’m crazy but seriously try it. Waking up knowing you you have to be out of the house in 30 minutes is not a good feeling. Treat yourself to a peaceful morning that flows how you want it to. Start your day off calmly instead of showering in two minutes, taking a bite of an apple, brushing your teeth, and running to your car. Mornings are meant to be slow, not fast-paced. Don’t battle your still-waking up mind and body, go with the flow and give yourself that extra time to chill out.

10. Make Your Bed

So what if you’re gonna ruin it at night? It takes 30 seconds and makes your room look much more inviting a less chaotic. Making your bed doesn’t have to be a whole involved process. Just straighten your sheets and pull your blankets up. Arrange the pillows if you’re feeling ambitious. Don’t be lazy and make it a habit to have a freshly made bed after a busy day.

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Your Gym Partner Sucks

Couple using rowing machines in gym

If you’re seriously reading this it’s either because you’re bored or you really do have a horrible gym partner. To begin with, if your gym partner really does suck and you’ve always known this, shame on you for not finding a good one. If you think you’re currently suffering from Shitty Gym Partner Syndrome this will give you the possible symptoms of this common but very easily treated disease. If you don’t have a gym partner congrats for being a badass, and if you’ve thought about finding one this will help you to find the right gym partner in no time- hopefully.

“Just Shut Up”

Left headphone in, right headphone, two reps in, and they start talking about that crazy party you missed. Look, it’s one thing to chat while you’re both resting or walking to the next machine, but if you find yourself constantly having to pull out your headphones and hear what they have to say, you’re workout is only suffering. You’re at the gym to feel and look good, not to socialize. Go kick some ass at the gym and don’t waste your time.

“I’m Tired Man, Let’s Leave”

30 minutes in and your gym buddy already wants to call it a day. If you’re seriously trying to get a good workout don’t let your gym partner get in the way of that. If you depend on them for a ride you should find another way to get there so you can leave the gym feeling satisfied. You shouldn’t be walking out of the gym knowing you didn’t fully commit or do enough. Next time your gym partner wants to leave after 2 workouts tell ’em you’re staying. In the end you’re the one that’s gonna see results, not them.

“Let’s Just Do What We Always Do”

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the lookout for new workouts. Whether it’s observing what people are doing at the gym or looking an exercise up I’m always looking for new ways to hit muscle groups. Changing up your workout routine is a crucial step if you are serious about seeing results. Studies show that muscles take between 6-8 weeks in adapting to workout routines, so if you’re not switching it up you’re wasting your time! If you wanna try lunges this week instead of squatting don’t let your partner get in the way of that. Remember you’re paying for the gym membership, it’s your body, and it’s your results.

 “I Just Don’t Feel Like Going Today Bro”

DEDICATION. If you’re not dedicated you won’t ever see the results you want. You wanna be fit? You want those abs? You can’t let your shitty gym partner get in the way of that. Don’t let them talk you out of hitting the gym! I think this has to be one of the worst gym partners you can have because rather than at least having a shitty workout you’re gonna end up staying home, eating, and regret skipping chest day. You don’t need a gym partner, and who cares if they don’t wanna go. Let them stay home and watch Netflix while you lift some heavy ass weights at the gym.

 “You’re So Weak Man, You Can’t Lift That”

Like I said in my post 3 Reasons Why You Stopped Hitting The Gym, without motivation working out is not very fun. In order for us to be working out everyday we have to find a source of motivation. The sad thing is you might already have the motivation necessary, it’s just your partner who’s ruining it for you. We do things with other people for a source of motivation and so we don’t get bored, not for them to bring us down. If your gym partner doesn’t challenge or motivate you it’s time to find a new one. Real gym partners push you to do your best, they challenge you to put on those extra 10 pounds, and even though you hate it, they make you do two more reps. A good partner won’t be scrolling through their Instagram feed, they’re gonna be right behind you forcing you to do that last rep.

If you’ve just realized your gym partner sucks, I’m sorry but I had to tell you. Sometimes these people can be our best friends or even family members and I understand you don’t wanna just ditch them, but if you’re serious about fitness you gotta do what you gotta do. Who knows, maybe telling them they make a horrible gym partner may cause them to change their ways. But regardless of what they think, it’s more important that you don’t waste your time at the gym and have a kickass workout everyday. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your fitness goals, if you want something go and get it, there are no excuses. You have a shitty gym partner? Let them know and see if they change, or else find a new one. 

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No But Seriously, Christmas Isn’t About The Presents

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Yep, we’ve all heard it a thousand times but Christmas really isn’t about the new iPhone, laptop, or the car you get. It’s about the gathering of our families and the love we got for one another. It’s awesome that we’re getting free stuff and all but look around you today when feasting with the family or when you’re opening the presents. Realize these people have been here for you since the very beginning and don’t have intentions of leaving your ass like that one friend you had 3 years ago. Call it cheesy or whatever you want but you know it’s the truth! Family is awesome and it’s even more awesome that we can always know they’re here for us. So when you’re sitting there with your whole family today or tomorrow just remember this, family is something that will forever be in your life, not the iPhone. Hope everyone has a nice Christmas and thanks for reading!
 
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Stand Like A Boss, Be A Boss

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Successful people and badass wild animals have something in common, and it’s easy to see. They appear confident, they know what they’re doing, they look powerful, and at the end of the day are powerful. Look at the picture of the lion and tell me he doesn’t look confident and powerful. This sort of personality is the one that successful people usually all have in common, they are powerful because they feel powerful. So what if I told you there was a way for you to feel like that badass lion everyday? A study done by Dana Carney, Amy Cuddy, and Andy Yap at Harvard University say it’s possible, we just have to be willing to stand in a “power pose” for 2 minutes.

What is the Power Pose?

The power pose is simple. You can see it being done all over the animal world, birds spreading their wings, showing off their power; gorillas banging their chest’s, showing their assertiveness; lions standing proud, they do it for the power. What do all these poses have in common? They make themselves big, they take up as much room as they can with their bodies, they make a statement. For us power poses work the same, we must make our bodies look powerful and our minds will follow.

How Do We Power Pose?

-Stand tall, feet shoulder width apart, chin held high, shoulders back, arms above our heads, or on our hips like superman.

-After taking this position take a deep breath, feel the confidence building inside you, smile and know you’re powerful.

-Hold this power pose for 2 minutes, remain calm and confident, and know you are fully capable of taking on the world.

-Now that you’re done, take a moment and notice how you feel.

-You should feel good and empowered.

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The Science, Why Do We Feel The Way We Do? 

The reason is because our brains have two very important hormones, the dominant one associated with power (testosterone), and the stress related one (cortisol). When we feel uncomfortable and unconfident the cortisol flowing through our brains is to blame. The study showed that when we position our bodies in low power poses such as hands in between our legs we are affecting the chemistry in our brains. By sitting hunched over or standing in low power poses we are effectively lowering our testosterone and raising our cortisol levels, which in effect makes us feel powerless. The study found that people who held high-power poses for two minutes increased their testosterone by 20 percent and at the same time the participants’ stress hormone- cortisol- fell by 25 percent.

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Take Advantage Of The Power Pose!

If you’re not feeling happy or confident with yourself do the power pose, it’s free and the science has told us it really works. Next time you’re at a job interview don’t just wait there sitting down staring at your phone hunched over, go in the bathroom and do the power pose! If you have a presentation to present get pumped for it, give yourself the confidence to do it and make people see it. Even if you consider yourself laid back and not craving power it’s good for you, it will make you happier and better. It’s 2 minutes of your day, it’s free, no one has to see it, and the results are a more powerful you. So if you wanna be a boss, stand like a boss.

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Reference: 

-S. Rosenberg, R. 2011. Superhero Stance. [online] Available at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superheroes/201107/superhero-stance [Accessed: 23 Dec 2013].

-Cudy, A. 2013. Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. [online] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com [Accessed: 23 Dec 2013].

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