How to Up Your Motivation on Getting in Shape
July 6th, 2017
Let’s go back to around March or April and think about your fitness goals. Was it something along the lines of “ the ultimate beach body by summer?” If that has yet to be obtained, then there is still time to kick it into high gear at the gym and start eating a healthy diet. If your reading this blog, then chances are the reason you haven’t obtain your fitness goal is due to lack of motivation. I mean let’s face it, working your butt off at the gym and then going home to eat a salad and downing a protein shake isn’t the most exciting routine to start. To help you get in the gym and start eating right, here are some tips to help with motivation.
1. Get some new workout clothes
Ever experience that feeling of no longer dreading the next day of work because you have some new threads to show off to your co-workers? It works the same for when getting new gym clothes. Make going to the gym a fashion show. Purchase some workout clothes you feel confident in and you’ll be itching to go to the gym to show them off.
2. Recruit a fitness buddy
Misery loves company ;). We kid, but having a partner in crime to knock out the weights does make it a lot more enjoyable. Turn working out into your new weekly get together with your closest friends and you’ll start looking forward to hitting the gym.
3. Sign-up for group fitness classes
It’s not all about boring work out routines and the monotonous jog around the track. Sign up for a swim class, a dance class, a spin cycle class, or any other class that gets your blood pumping.
4. Put your money where your motivation is
We have found a way for you to actually get paid for working out, or charged for not working out. The app Pact makes you accountable by tying your bank account in with your workout success. Make a weekly pact to exercise more or eat healthier. Set what you’ll pay other Pact members if you don’t reach it and if you don’t they get paid. It works the same for you though, so if another member doesn’t meet their goal you get paid.
5. Reward yourself
If you work hard then you deserve a reward. Set goals and if you meet those goals reward yourself. Say you lose 5 pounds in a week’s time; you get a new pair of shoes. Reached a new bench press max? You get a beer (light beer). When your working for small rewards then you’ll have more motivation to make it through the week.
6. Track your success
There is nothing like success to boost your motivation. Make sure and keep track of where you start and the progress you’re making along the way. There are tons of apps and programs, like Weight Watchers, that help you track your progress so you know how far you’ve come in your fitness journey. Take pictures as well so you can visually see your progress.
7. Let the world know of your progress
All your friends are doing it so why not join in? Take what they call “gym selfies” and pictures of the healthy meals you prepare and share on social media. Getting praise for a “progress pic” is a pretty good feeling. It may sound a little vain, but hey, it sure will get you motivated.
8. Create a workout playlist
Does the right music get you in the mood for throwing around weights and sprinting around a track? Make yourself a playlist of music you like that’s also up beat and only allow yourself to listen to it at the gym. Pandora has some great pre-made workout stations that you can also take advantage of.
9. Splurge on a personal trainer twice a month
If a fitness crazed trainer yelling at you won’t get you motivated to push through that workout then nothing will. Make an appointment twice a month to work with a personal trainer as a way to mix things up and ensure you get a seriously good workout. You can even get some friends to join and do a group session.
10. Get creative with your workouts and diet
It’s not just about salads and the treadmill. Make eating healthy enjoyable by trying unique, yet health conscious recipes. Working out doesn’t have to be the same old gym workout you do every time. Take a hike one day or do some indoor rock climbing. Switching things up and making them more exciting will make getting into shape something you enjoy and you’ll be motivated to keep it up.
Side Gigs Paying the Most with the Least Amount of Effort
June 29th, 2017
You work yourself to death at a 9 to 5 job but your paycheck is still not enough to pay all those bills and personal expenses. Getting a second job to make ends meet or even a little extra cash is never easy and can almost seem impossible at times. If you lack the time or energy for a second job, but need some extra income, try one of these super easy side gigs.
Amazon Flex Driver
Flexibility is the key for this side hustle. Amazon is paying people to deliver packages and they give you extreme flexibility when doing so. You can make anywhere between $18-$25 an hour and you schedule when you want to work or pick up a time slot that’s available. You can make up to $100 a week by only working 4 hours. Find our more here – Amazon Flex
Amazon Mechanical Turk
The best way to describe this gig is assembly line work for the mind. Once signing up to be a Turk, Amazon will post “HIT’s” or “Human Intelligence Tasks” that you can sign up to take on. This is mostly mindless work you do on your computer in your spare time. Jobs consist of tasks like stalking a person’s social media accounts to see if it appears to really be the same person for every account. The tasks involve doing odd things that computers can’t do and require a human mind. Jobs are usually really short and range in pay from pennies to dollars. Sign up to be a Turk here – Amazon Mechanical Turk
If you’re concerned about selling your body for cash, don’t be. You’ll only be selling part of it. Donating plasma is a safe and reliable side gig that allows you to earn between $20 and $50 a donation. The FDA allows donors to give twice a week, allowing you to make at minimum an extra $160 a month.
Own a dog? Take advantage of your routine walks by walking your neighbor’s dogs as well. Based on the size of the dog you can walk up to 5 dogs at a time and charge between $5-$10 a dog. This side gig is as simple as posting on a neighborhood Facebook group or putting up flyers on surrounding streets. You’re sure to gain some exercise with this one as well.
This side gig literally takes hardly any work at all. Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, allowing people to lease short-term lodging. Based on your location and residence the range is pretty wide for the amount you can earn from this one. If you own your home you can simply rent it out for the weekend and stay with a friend. Depending on the size of your home you can charge whatever amount you want per night. If you rent your place you can still take advantage of this side gig, but you will have to make sure your landlord approves prior to signing up.
Guide to a TN Vacation on Budget
May 25th, 2017
It’s a time to de-stress, have some fun, and spend quality time with your loved ones. However, for a lot of families a vacation can really set them back financially. You shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to a great vacation and that’s why we put this guide together. All activities are budget friendly and sure to make for an awesome trip with great memories.
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April 4th, 2017
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March 22nd, 2017
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March 9th, 2017
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Easy St. Patty’s Day Paper Plate Crafts
March 8th, 2017
It’s almost St. Patricks day and one of the best ways to celebrate with the kids are some fun and easy crafts. Here are some where all you’ll need are paper plates, construction paper, scissors, glue, and some paint to do any of these super easy St. Patricks Day crafts. So gather up the kids and start crafting together!
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10 Benefits of Drinking More Water
March 1st, 2017
If you’ve heard it once, then you’ve heard it a thousand times. Drink more water; 8 glasses a day to be exact. As daunting of a task as that can be, there are some major health benefits that make it all worth it. Here are the top 10 reasons to add more water into your life.
1. Helps Treat Headaches and Migraines
A headache is one of the first symptoms of being dehydrated. Next time you feel one coming on, start chugging some water.
2. Aids in Losing Weight
It has been proven that drinking 2 glasses of water before a meal can actually suppress your appetite, causing you to eat less.
3. Regulates Body Temperature
Sweat, which is our bodies’ natural way to decrease its temperature when overheated, is directly affected by the amount of water intake. Someone who is well hydrated will also have a well-balanced temperature.
4. Promotes Healthy Skin
Staying hydrated aids in a healthy capillary blood flow, which has a direct affect on the youthfulness and clarity of skin. Drink more water and you should see fewer breakouts and wrinkles.
5. Improves Bad Breath
A sure sign of dehydration is not so pleasant breath. Staying well-hydrated causes the mouth to be moist and dilutes smells created by bacteria and food particles.
6. Balances Your Bodies Fluids
Considering your body is roughly 60% fluids, it’s pretty important to replenish those fluids. Not drinking enough water can negatively affect the flow and transportation of nutrients to the entire body.
7. Fights Fatigue
Feeling unexpectedly tired? You may be dehydrated. Drinking an adequate amount of water can actually boost your energy levels and relieve those tired eyes.
8. Promotes Digestive Health
Not having enough fluids in the body can often cause constipation because the colon pulls water from the stool to stay hydrated. This causes a more difficult bowel movement.
9. Improves Mood
Studies have shown that being dehydrated can negatively affect your mood and happiness. Drinking enough water helps to improve your cognitive functions and ability to think, leading to less stress.
10. Flushes Out Toxins
Water is one of the best detoxifiers. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your body, leading to improved kidney function while also pushing out toxins through increased sweat and urination.