The month of January is typically like the Superbowl for gyms. New Year's resolutions tend to get more people moving off the couch and lacing up their sneakers — I have heard regular gym goers refer to the new faces in the crowds as resolutionaries. At peak times you might be experiencing a little less elbow room at the gym, and your yoga classes might be a bit more crowded too. Have you noticed a difference in the number of people at your gym or in classes since Jan. 1?
When you learn a certain group of go-to exercises, it's easy to get in the habit of doing them in the same sequence every time so you don't leave one out. I can totally relate, but if you're constantly doing your exercises in the same order, your muscles will become efficient at doing them, and you'll be more likely to reach a plateau. You'll get more out of your strength training sessions if you mix your exercises up. One day, start with lunges and bicep curls, and the next workout begin with squats and overhead presses. Varying the sequence will fatigue your muscles in a different order, which will not only be more challenging but will also prevent you from becoming bored.
- Clear out the paper — Recycle old papers and file away those you want to keep. Try to eliminate piles of paperwork, books, and boxes, and unpack them into drawers and bookshelves. Clearing away the clutter will cut distractions and make you instantly feel more directed when you sit down.
- Keep your tools hidden — You really only need one pen at all times. Keep your pens, calculators, tools, and tricks of the trade in your drawers unless you are using them. If you use certain tools daily, get a little box for them all and put them away at the end of the day so you return in the morning to a clean workspace.
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One of my goals for 2010 is to be able to do 30 push-ups — the difficult kind with your knees off the floor. Push-ups are one of the most effective exercises to strengthen and tone your upper body, and as of now, I can probably do about 12 with good form, but I want to push that number to 30. Are you up for trying out this challenge along with me?
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New year, new love! But before we jump into a rewarding relationship, we have to get through the first date, which always has the potential for disaster. Some of us might be more forgiving of first-date faux pas, and of course one person's deal breaker might be another's deal maker. I've rounded up 10 common situations that might sour you on a potential lover and I want you to tell me: would these things prevent you from going on a second date? Vote "deal" if the dilemma wouldn't be a factor and "no deal" if you'd decline another date.
What expenses have you been cutting back on recently?
The upcoming 2010 award season has me all fired up to see the flicks I missed in 2009, but it also leaves me longing for the geeky classics of yore. 3D may be all the rage this year, but before anyone thought about donning the red and blue glasses in their own homes, these geeky movies became cult classics. Although I've seen a majority of the titles on this list, my New Year's resolution is to solidify my geek cred by watching them all! Check out some of the best decade-spanning geeky movies, and then tell me your favorites (or even better — the ones I'm missing) in the comments!
According to the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. For those of you who are diehard followers of the Chinese calendar, and those who just like tiger motifs (hello LSU fans!), I thought I'd round up some tiger-related décor. From papercuts of festive Chinese parade characters celebrating the Year of the Tiger to a sophisticated tiger stripe bench to a contemporary pillow bearing jumping tigers, there's plenty to go around. Animal motifs can be tricky (i.e. tacky), but I managed to find plenty of stylish wares to outfit your house this year.