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Four Strategies that Build Lasting Motivation (and How to Use Them to Achieve Your Goals)

Four Strategies that Build Lasting Motivation (and How to Use Them to Achieve Your Goals)
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How to Get Anything Done Let’s say you had a baby. Congratulations! Your baby is the best human ever! You love your baby. You celebrate as it starts to crawl. Then, one day, the baby stands up on her own. One evening, you and your partner are on the carpet playing with your baby. Your child lurches forward. Then, CLUNK. “Awwwww,” you say. “Damn,” your partner says. “Well, I guess that’s it. “Oh well,” you say. You hang up the phone. Get the idea? And yet, how many of us act like this with our own small beginnings? Your project or your dream or your creation or your goal is your baby. The Best Way to Take Action: Baby Steps Every big project or big goal can be broken down into baby steps. - Years and years of built up clutter get sorted and thrown away one drawer at a time. - Years and years of reckless eating and unhealthy habits get shifted one work-out at a time. - A song gets written in fits and starts. - A blogger builds her audience one post at a time, one link at a time. That’s how it works. Actually, no.

Jump In... to Cross-Training Sometimes, it's what you do when you're not running that can give your training an edge. That's the case with cross-training. A weekly nonrunning workout gives your muscles and joints a break from pounding the pavement while producing specific benefits that carry over to your running. While you can get a good cross-training workout from many activities, some exercises are particularly useful in helping you achieve certain running goals. To Train Hard Try Pool Running If you're focused on an ambitious goal, you might be eager to take on extra training miles. Wear a pool belt to help keep you afloat and vertical in the deep end of the pool. To Nail a PR Try Weights Sure, there's no substitute for traditional running speedwork. If you are new to resistance training, start with a light weight, one that allows you to do about 12 reps of your chosen exercise comfortably. To Finish Strong Try Rowing In the last miles of a long run or race, many runners can't seem to hold themselves upright.

printer Eating 10 hot dogs in 6 minutes and belching the national anthem may impress your friends, but neither of those feats will do much for your body—at least not much good. Instead, why not train yourself to do something that may actually pay off? We're not talking bench presses and interval training (though those do help). You can teach your body to cure itself from everyday health ailments—side stitches, first-date jitters, even hands that have fallen asleep. Just study this list, and the next time your friends challenge you to an ice cream eating contest, chow down: You know how to thaw a brain freeze—and 17 other tricks that'll make everyone think you're the next David Blaine. But without all that "hold your breath for 17 minutes" mess. Do Them Right: To mazimize your workout, good form is a must. Cure a Tickling Throat When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Experience Supersonic Hearing If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear.

Scientific 7 Minute Workout Makes Your Android Phone an Exercise Guide How to get started with anything There is a funny thing about getting started. It’s that for the most part I believed, it is the hard part. When really, the hardest part and also, much more important part is to keep going. In Andrew Warner’s guide on getting started with video interviews, he said: I don’t want you doubting yourself or procrastinating after your first interview. “If only I could bring the courage to get this thing started, things will slot into place.“ This was my thinking. The one quote I keep coming back to is this: Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going. – unknown You need to craft the way you get started carefully, so you can keep going and turn it into a habit. How I got started with Buffer – The Joel way I am sure you know this. Buffer was live for about 1 month and had around 110 users. What Joel suggested, was that I would spend 30 minutes per day, monitoring the Buffer Twitter account. And that was it. And from there things started to kick off.

Running Efficiently Speed is for sprinters.NEW CW: Speed training helps everyone. Think back on your past week of running. How much of it was at a brisk, saber-tooth–eluding clip? Today's top runners do as much as 20 percent of their training at speeds faster than race pace. This conditions the fast-twitch muscle fibers that are seldom recruited during slower running. Speed training also makes you ripped. You burn more calories, because, simply, it takes more energy to run hard. The Ladder Do this workout at a running track. 1. OLD CW: Run up hills, then jog back down. OLD CW: Strength makes you faster. Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä, in Finland, found that runners who replaced a third of their weekly running with plyometrics improved their 5-K race times by roughly 3 percent, while a control group saw no improvement. Split Squat Leap Stand with your left foot half a step ahead of your right foot, your hands at your sides. OLD CW: Make every run count. The reason? OLD CW: Stick to your plan.

Health Tips - Home Remedies That Work at WomansDay Nobody is naysaying the wonders of modern medicine—what would we do without a medication like penicillin to treat infections? But, as it turns out, everyday items have secret curing powers, too. Next time you don’t want to fork over money to get a common wart removed, consider using duct tape. Already popped two aspirin but can’t get rid of the headache? A pencil could do the trick. Duct Tape to Remove Warts In 2002, a group of doctors compared duct tape’s effectiveness with liquid nitrogen in removing warts. Vapor Rub to Cure Nail Fungus While there are no studies to prove coating infected toenails with vapor rub once or twice a day is an effective treatment for nail fungus, a basic Internet search results in a number of personal testaments to the medicinal ointment's fungus-killing powers. Oatmeal to Soothe Eczema “This is absolutely true, as oats have anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Yogurt to Cure Bad Breath A Spoonful of Sugar to Cure Hiccups Bite a Pencil to Cure a Headache

20 Procrastination Hacks This post was written by Leo Babauta of ZenHabits.net I’m going to take a wild leap and suggest that procrastination is a problem that plagues even the best of us. Yes, even Scott Young must procrastinate once in awhile. I surely do. But even though I procrastinate, I find ways to get a lot done. This post, for example, was written as a means of putting off a more urgent article that I need to write by the end of today. Please note that I do not suggest that you do all of these — that’s an overwhelming task that would certainly be pushed back endlessly. Form a Do It Now habit. Bonus hack: Procrascipline. Read more posts by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, including popular ones on Double Your Productivity, keeping your inbox empty, clearing your desk, becoming an early riser, and the Top 20 Motivation Hacks. This website is supported, in part, by affiliate arrangements (usually Amazon). Debate is fine, flaming is not.

Three Simple Ways to Improve Running Efficiency I’ve been running for about two years now, and I want to improve my running efficiency. I follow a program that has plenty of variety (tempo, hills, long run, cycling), but I’d love to know what I can do to improve. Thanks a bunch! ~Jacklyn Excellent question, Jacklyn, and one that shows you're a wise runner. Here are three simple ways to improve your running efficiency. Get Strong. For example, prolonged sitting can cause the glute medius on both sides to weaken or shut off, causing instability and lateral shifting in the hips. The key is to not only include the typical functional multi-joint exercises for runners (squats, lunges), but to also include the more simple exercises (like the clam) that might not seem like they’re doing much but are helping you activate and strengthen a weak, inactive muscle. You can also find the IronStrength Workout for runners here or download my free Strength Workout for Runners for your smart phone here. Get your power on. Improve your stride rate.

Led Scientists Find Antibodies that Prevent Most HIV Strains from Infecting Human Cells Scientists have discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90 percent of known global HIV strains from infecting human cells in the laboratory, and have demonstrated how one of these disease-fighting proteins accomplishes this feat. According to the scientists, these antibodies could be used to design improved HIV vaccines, or could be further developed to prevent or treat HIV infection. Moreover, the method used to find these antibodies could be applied to isolate therapeutic antibodies for other infectious diseases as well. “The discovery of these exceptionally broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV and the structural analysis that explains how they work are exciting advances that will accelerate our efforts to find a preventive HIV vaccine for global use,” says Anthony S. The scientists found that VRC01 and VRC02 neutralize more HIV strains with greater overall strength than previously known antibodies to the virus. NIAID scientists Peter D.

Procrastination News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker In a monthly mentor call this afternoon, my coach said, "Press pause...longer." Last winter, Daniel Kraft ( ) was teaching at Singularity University. His comment to "dive deeper in to the problem" has stuck with me over the past few months. It seems that the three "issues" listed here - Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination - might actually get in the way of this deep thinking: BOREDOM: a tendency to actually stew in how boring things are. DISTRACTION: sure, there's a pause, as I click the home button on my iPhone to launch another social media app. PROCRASTINATION: as any longevity thinker will tell you - Aubrey DeGrey is my go-to guy for this kind of mindset - we have a tendency to think "too much" will happen in the short term, and "not enough" will happen in the long term. Thorin, I sure appreciate you spending some time in collecting these studies and putting the comments around them.

Hal Higdon Training Programs Marathon Training Guide - Novice 2 HERE IS MY NOVICE 2 PROGRAM, a slight step upwards in difficulty from Novice 1. It is designed for people with some background as a runner, whether or not they have run a marathon before. Novice 2 is nearly identical to Novice 1, but there are some differences, mainly: 1) You do pace runs on Wednesdays, and 2) the mileage is somewhat higher. Long runs: The key to the program is the long run on weekends, which builds from 8 miles in Week 1 to 20 miles in the climactic Week 15. Run slow: For experienced marathoners, I recommend that runners do their long runs anywhere from 30 to 90 seconds or more per mile slower than their marathon pace. Walking breaks: Walking is a perfectly acceptable strategy in trying to finish a marathon. Cross-training: Sundays in this training program are devoted to cross-training. Strength Training: A frequently asked question is: "Should I add strength training to my marathon program?" Race Pace: What do I mean by "race pace?"

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