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Its Time For Summer Body Prep To Be Added Into Your Daily Routine

Here are some tips for sticking with your morning gym routine!

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With summer around the corner, the annual quest for the summer body has officially begun. It's 7 am, you hear that god awful, repetitive PLING of your alarm nagging you to get up, wash your face, and throw on that dusty pair of sneakers you haven't touched since you said you were going to get in shape for spring break. I know this feeling, you know it, your friends know it, and everyone who strives for that dream body knows it. It's hard, and it seems nearly impossible. But what kind of Odyssey writer would I be if I didn't have a solution for this first world problem?

Throughout this semester, I have struggled with my fitness goals. If you are reading this now, I'm assuming you have as well. You go to sleep with the best intentions, three alarms set and shoes by the door, ready to hit the gym. When morning comes, the only thing you're motivated to "hit" is the snooze button. So what is the secret to following through with your intentions? This is the question I have been asking myself this past week in order to let you all in on it.

1. Pack your gym bag the night before

One of the most effective habits I have created in these last couple of weeks is packing a backpack the night before. Inside this backpack, I have all of my essentials: a full water bottle, a granola bar, headphones, keys, and wallet. Going to bed, I know that I will not have any excuse to search for my keys or pick out an outfit; thus gobbling up precious cardio time.

2. Jump out of bed

I suggest setting three alarms, five minutes apart. When the first one sounds, I challenge you to count down from ten. Sounds crazy, but try it. When you reach 0, stand up. Now that you are standing, force yourself to make your bed. This will subconsciously trick you into believing that you are ready for this day to begin.

3. Wake up with a chilling splash

The best way to wake yourself up is to shock your body. The easiest way to do this is by splashing cold water on your face or hopping into a chilly shower. When the cold water hits your skin, it will elicit a secretion of adrenaline thus pumping blood to your brain. Now you are awake and ready to kick that punching bags butt...You know what I mean.

4. Pump up your favorite gym playlist

Now that you are awake and that motivation from the night before is too, turn on your favorite hype playlist. You can listen to this in your room, your cold shower, or even your car as you drive to the gym. This will get your creative juices flowing and put you in the right mindset to get your blood pumping!

5. Positively reinforce your new habit

So you finally did it! Even if it's only the first day, that is an accomplishment! Now that you have proven to yourself that you are capable of following through with this morning routine, you must reward yourself. By rewarding your morning routines actions, you are positive reinforcing them and increasing the likelihood for repeating them tomorrow! Depending on who you are, this could mean a breakfast burrito in the morning or a good cup of coffee at a local coffee shop!

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14 Signs Lake Water Runs Deep In Your DNA

Things that only lake people can relate to.

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If you grew up having a boat, have lived on a lake or have been a boat owner for most of your life, chances are you have lake water in your blood. Thus, you are a probably classified by society as a "lake person" or a part of the "lake people." You know you are a lake person if...

1. You have a lot of friends and people are very nice to you.

Especially in the summer months. You've figured out that your seasonal popularity is due to your boat ownership. People want friends with boats, not one for themselves because they've probably heard you complain about the numerous times you have to repair your boat.

2. You wave to everyone, whether you know them or not.

This is a societal norm out on the pond. There is no such thing as a stranger when everyone is having a good time out on the lake. Boat ownership fosters a unique sense of unity.

3. You drove a boat before you drove a car.

Your first time behind the wheel was on the water and you might have been as young as 4 or 5 years old. However, you learned quickly that driving a boat is nothing like driving a car.

4. You know how to wear a life jacket like a pair of pants.

Swimming and socializing in the water is more comfortable when you are floating diaper style.

5. You've slept in your swimsuit... multiple times.

The sun, water, and other lake-like elements can leave you feeling zonked. Sometimes, you're just too tired to care about changing into real clothes. Besides, if you sleep in your swimsuit you're ready to resume your activities as soon as you wake up.

6. You've seen more couples argue on a boat ramp than on Jerry Springer.

A true test of a relationship is backing a boat into the water for the first time. People really show their true colors when the truck is about to plunge into the lake or when their boat falls off the trailer.

7. You have a “lake pair" of everything.

You know not to bring really nice possessions to the lake. Either you've learned this lesson the hard way or just ask yourself “could I wear or bring this to the lake" before you buy anything.

8. Peeing in the lake is perfectly normal.

If you're a polite lake person, you probably swim around 10 yards away from your friends before you drain the tank. You've most likely used the excuse, “Oh wow, the water is warmer right here. I must be in a shallow spot."

9. No shoes, no shirt, no problem, and you probably have a raccoon tan-line from your sunglasses.

The bottoms of your feet are immune to just about any temperature thanks to all the times you've shuffled across a radiating dock.

10. There is a cove for every occasion.

There's a party cove, a fishing cove, a cove for water sports, a family cove, a romantic cove and you know exactly where they are at. You just tend to avoid public beaches.

11. You know who Jimmy Buffet and Alan Jackson are.

If you don't know these two names then you're not really a lake person.

12. Your boat is a hydration station.

It gets hot out there on the water so you know how to keep your body's cooling system in check. Your boat has probably held the same amount of Bud Light, water, Gatorade, and home-made margaritas as it has in gallons of gasoline.

13. You know how to get back up again after you fall down.

You've been thrown off a tube, wiped out on a wakeboard and taken spills on skis some many times that you could not even begin to count them all. Nevertheless, you learn from your mistakes, laugh it off and get right back to it.

14. You accept and love things for how they are.

Despite your boat (that always seems to something wrong with it) your nutty family members, irrational friends or crazy neighbors, you know deep down you wouldn't trade any of them in for anything. They have given you a lifetime of stories, laughs, and lessons that can only be learned out on the lake.

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If You Take Fitness Advice From Instagram, You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Living a healthy lifestyle really isn't that complicated.

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I lost 90 pounds during my freshman year of high school. Over the years, I've gotten many questions about how I accomplished such a feat and what my secret is. The truth is, I did what any doctor would tell you to do when you ask for weight loss advice. I ate healthy foods, I counted my caloric intake and I worked out regularly doing exercise that I enjoyed.

This seems so simple, but in today's complex society of Instagram fitness gurus and "experts" telling you that the secret to weight loss is wrapping your stomach in a wrap, it's difficult to know who is genuinely trying to give you good advice and who just wants to sell you something. I've fallen prey to these people too, so I know how difficult it is to decipher between sound advice and a sales pitch.

So as you embark on your health and fitness journey, remember that the end goal of any workout regimen or diet plan is to be healthy and increase the longevity of your life. It's about seeing your grandchildren graduate high school and go on to succeed in life while swinging on a porch with your husband or wife of 50 years, all because you took care of yourself instead of eating fast food and drinking every weekend of your 20s. It isn't to have slimmer thighs or a bigger butt, though those are nice benefits. What these people won't tell you is that if you simply eat healthy, exercise regularly and take overall better care of your body, you will see results without having to buy some stupid weight loss tea or crazy diet plan.

Believe me, the journey to being a better and healthier you is worth the consistent effort and work it will take to get there.

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