How to Motivate Yourself to Workout

Fall and Winter have always been the seasons of staying warm and staying full. With school, work and everyday life making a full comeback after the end of summer, it isn’t easy to motivate yourself to do much. Not unless that “much” involves take-out and T.V. Some of us love the hibernation period; cookies, hot drinks and home-cooked meals, whats not to love? Its the side effects most of us would rather do without. But, the last thing on our minds during the holiday season is working out. It doesn’t have to be impossible, though. At least, not if you don’t want it to be. So, for those desperately seeking inspiration and a kind kick in the butt, here is the best ways to motivate your workout.

1. A Fire Playlist

Don’t brush this one off. Arguably, its one of the most motivating ways to get yourself to the gym. Think about it, whether you’re walking down the street or behind the wheel, you’re usually moving to the music. So why not apply that to your workout? If you haven’t updated your playlist recently, there is nothing to feel excited about. Sure, they may be some of your all-time favs, but pick a playlist that refuses to let your body still. It’ll give you something to look forward to and promote a better, longer workout.

 

2. Be Creative

You don’t have to go to the gym to workout. More often than not, its the formidable trip to the gym that holds us back. The drive, or walk, seems unworthy of our effort. So ditch the trip and use the area around you. It can be you living room floor, your backyard or your entire neighborhood. Whatever appeals to you most is the best choice to keep your motivation in ‘drive.’ Even if its a slow walk around your block, a few rounds of ‘Just Dance‘ or Pilates DVD, do something. Your body and mind will come to anticipate the daily activity, need it, even.

 

3. Switch it Up

Once you’ve gotten into the initial swing of working out, the motivating doesn’t stop there. In fact, its even more important to focus on motivational while you workout regularly. Don’t give yourself a reason to call it quits. And nothing will stop you faster than the absolute boredom of repetition. Now, its possible that routine and repetition is the driving force for a lot of exercisers, and its cool. But, for those of us who can’t stand doing the same thing over and over again, diversity is a must. Change up your workout from day-to-day so you don’t avoid it altogether. Whats more, you can look to fellow exercisers and the internet for information. There is no shortage of workout tutorials on the web, Thus, there should be no shortage of working out for us.

4. Flaunt Your Stuff

Literally, flaunt your workout clothes. What better feeling is there than when you buy that brand new pair of shoes you had your eye on? Or, the perfect dress for a long-awaited night out. You look good in it, and more importantly, you feel good in it. Do the same for your gym clothes. Treat yourself and get the outfit you want. It doesn’t matter if its more a matter of comfort or appearance. Whatever it is, if it gets you in the clothes and off the couch, thats all that counts. This generation is the luckiest in this respect, with workout clothes being something of an admired style- one that offers a countless number of flawless looking sneaks to tie any look together.

 

5. Buy Your Motivation

If you can afford it, buy yoga or workout classes. Group exercises are growing in popularity and they all but ensure your attendance. After all, if you pay for the classes ahead of time, do you really want to waste your money? Tying yourself to a paid-for exercise class is probably the smartest, though not most cost effective, way to handle you workout motivation. If you pay and don’t go, thats the sound of the toilet flushing with your money in it.

How you do it doesn’t really matter. Each person is different from the next and maybe no one thing will work for you. What matters is if it means something to you, and if you want to do it to be a happier and healthier person, there are plenty of ways to motivate yourself. Just remember the end goal, remember why you started and if you scratch it, pick up and start again .

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Why People Are Wearing Safety Pins

Since the end of the election, you may have noticed a unfamiliar new trend. Except, its not a trend at all. Wearing ‘safety pins’ on your clothing is actually a very meaningful political message. The purpose of wearing safety pins as a political stance first started in the U.K. Just after the vote to leave the European Union there was an increase in hate crimes. As a way to show support and solidarity for immigrants, people in the U.K. started to wear safety pins.

The simple gesture spoke volumes, especially for those in need of that support. It was a strange but unique way to help immigrants feel safer and to unite those against hate in the U.K.

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The creator of this simple, yet moving idea? And American woman living in London whom, like many others, were outraged by the treatment of immigrants. In an interview Indy100, Allison spoke about the concept of wearing a safety pin as support…

“It’s simple because you don’t have to go out and buy it, there’s no language or political slogans involved. It’s just a little signal that shows people facing hate crimes that they’re not alone and their right to be in the UK is supported. I’m always having to remind people I’m an immigrant. You know, I’m white and speak English as a first language so I get a pass. They say ‘oh you don’t count, you’re not the kind of person we’re talking about.”

The ‘safety pin’ messages didn’t just impact U.K. residents, though. As of recently, Americans have taken to adding the extra accessory to their clothing.

Trump ran a campaign that encouraged hate for minorities. Hate based on race, gender, religion and disabilities to name a few. He was not shy in his verbal attack on Muslims and Mexicans. Nor did he sugarcoat his feelings towards women and war veterans. It was this attitude and race riding on the hate of so many that instilled fear into the masses. It became clear, very soon after the election, that a presidential election won from hate would only encourage the hate of his followers. And, it did just that.

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, swastikas were painted onto buildings, some of which were Jewish-owned businesses. Similar acts of hate occurred in states all across the U.S. It was a reaction very unsurprising of the results of the election. No one is safe, not unless you’re a white male in America, that is.

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That is why the safety pins have become a symbol of protection. To some, it may seem fickle or pointless. But, its not. Its a symbol of unification in a country that is quickly being divided by hate and fear. It is a reminder that when we cannot be string there are those we can lean on. In a world that is growing increasingly dark and seemingly unbearable, people will continue to fight and stand up for what is right.

Maybe no one will notice the safety pin. Maybe it is too small and the world is moving by too fast. But…maybe there will be a moment when someone spots it walking by- someone who felt attacked, someone who felt alone or a fellow supporter. It is in those moments that we are united. When these displays of bravery and refusal to assimilate to hate catch and spread like fire. That is the kind of America we should be living in.

 

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Songs You Didn’t Know Were About Sex

Everybody has their own interpretation of their favorite songs. As fans, we pick up on the most relatable or immediately satisfying aspects of songs. Usually our interpretations are not what the musician or writer originally intended. Imagine all the songs that had us swaying and singing along. The lyrics themselves and the subtext of them is irrelevant to most. Does that stop us from jumping headfirst into blissful ignorance? Of course not. So, here are the songs that most of us were blissfully unaware were about sex. Surprise!

1. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield.

On the surface, it’s a song about loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. Think ‘loving yourself’ a little deeper and a little more physically. “When I get chills at night/ I feel it deep inside without you, yeah/ Know how to satisfy/ Keeping that tempo right without you, yeah.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.

2. “You Outta Know,” by Alanis Morisette.

She’s the ground you girl we all know and love. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, that’s for sure. Not even want to comes to sex, apparently. You all to know, that this song is it what you thought it was. Does she go down on you want to feed her? Your conscience probably skipped over that little bit while you were screaming the chorus in front of the mirror or on a whim blowing car ride but now you know.

3. “Crash Into Me,” by Dave Matthews Band.

That song you thought was poetically spelling words of love and adoration? It’s actually the secret peeping-tom anthem. “Oh I watch you through the window/and I stare at you/ you wear nothing but you wear it so well.”

4. “This Love,” by Maroon 5.

“I tried to best to feed her appetite, keep her coming every night.” I lost count of the amount of times I sang the song in front of my parents. Truth be told I’d have been OK remaining in the dark about this one. Once upon a time, this was the desperation of a man showing his love and effort to keep his girl around. Now, well now it’s a matter of fear of abandonment for lack of sexual satisfaction.

5. “White Houses,” by Vanessa Carlton.

 

“My first time, hard to explain – rush of blood, oh, and a little bit of pain – on a cloudy day.” It all makes sense now, right? When you aren’t just singing the misunderstood words with no direction, when they’re smacking you in the face with their sudden obviousness. Makes you really think about the words that you sang with such conviction… Such ignorance. I guess it’s true, ignorance really is bliss.

6. “Little Red Corvette,” by Prince

“I guess I must be dumb/ because you had a pocket full of horses/ Trojan and some of them use/ but it was Saturday night/ I guess that makes it all right.” I guess I must be dumb for not putting two-and-two together. Let’s just blame this one on the childhood innocence. One thing is for sure, Prince was just like the rest of us – looking for love but settling for Saturday night booty call and possibly with a lady of the night.

7. “If You Seek Amy,” by Brittany Spears.

This one requires little explanation. In the simplest terms possible – I had no idea the song wasn’t about a girl named “Amy”. Kudos, Britney, for your less–than-subtle, but successfully clever, ways.

8. “Here’s to the Night,” by Eve 6

The words you focused on: “Here’s to the night we felt alive…tomorrow’s gonna come too soon.” It’s a sentimental song that resonates with audiences of all ages. Reminiscent adults reliving their past, check. Angsty teenagers soaking up the sadness of the confusing lyrics. Double check. We all had it pegged as a reminder to live in the now. Except, it’s not a headbanging high school graduation tune, it’s about a one night stand, ‘hit-it and quit-it’. Call it what you will. Once you see it – it cannot be unseen.

9. “MMMBop” by Hanson.


You probably thought that because these boys were so young that they were immune to the perversions of a male dominated industry. You thought wrong. Hanson, you can’t fool us with you pubescent pale hair and innocent smiles. Maybe it’s better to leave this stone unturned.

10. “Dancing with Myself,” by Billy Idol

I saved the best for last, of course. This real meaning of this song redirected the memory of my childhood dreams- tainting what was once a fun, guilty pleasure and twisting it into something only my adult mind could comprehend. We danced to the literal interpretation of these lyrics. We would dance without a care, without anyone. Dancing, don’t always mean dancing, though. Who knew? Not me?

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The Art of Chinese Face Mapping

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Hello to all my lovely and beautiful Glamorous People! Let’s face it (literally): we all have struggles and insecurities about our acne. For real- who doesn’t? It’s totally normal and it’s a part of our human development. Recently, I noticed I started to breakout a few pimples around my T-zone area- mostly around my chin, mouth, and the center of my forehead area. It’s probably due to lack of sleep, stress, irregular eating schedules and a bunch of other factors that cause these red, painful bumps on my face.

That’s pretty easy to point out how you might have gotten acne. But did you know where acne might pop-up, can be a certain part of your immune system that causes it? This is called Chinese face mapping. Chinese face mapping is a longstanding, Eastern medicine practice used to determine how healthy your body. What it does is indicate the parts of the face that corresponds with a specific internal organ. If acne, pimple, or discoloration pops up on certain places on your face, it usually means that there is a deficiency with that internal organ. The only way to make it go away is to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.

There are many places on the face where it centers on different organs, but here’s a quick overview on the different parts of the face that indicates internal organ problems. (Plus, a bit of anatomy 101, just for you cool, biology geeks out there!)

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Forehead (Above the brows)

The forehead indicates the gallbladder and bladder in the body. These two organs, apart from the kidney, act as a filter for the body by getting rid of the toxins and other foreign materials that shouldn’t be good for the immune system. If breakouts occur there, eat less processed or junk food and reduce the intake of fat in your diet. Instead, try to consume more organic and raw foods and probiotics. Getting enough sleep will also do the job.

Between the brows

This area, also including the middle part of the forehead, indicates the liver of the body. The liver is a main organ that acts as a filter along with the bladder and gallbladder. Breakouts in that area can indicate that you might be consuming too much rich foods such as dairy and meat. Limit your intake on those two food groups. You can opt for eating more fruits and veggies in your diet. This also might have something to do with pollution, or the air you’re breathing, especially if you live within the urban, city areas. Every once in a while, try to get some fresh, clean air by taking a walk in the park or neighboring hiking trails.

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Cheeks

The right side of your cheeks is connected to your lungs, while the left side of your cheeks is connected to your kidneys (also related to your liver a well). Reasons being could be due to unhealthy foods, high stress, and smoking. Simplest solution to getting rid of skin problems on these areas is to eat healthy and consume less sugar. Eat foods that have a lot of water retained in them, such as cucumber and melons. The key to treatment is getting the proper hydration.

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Nose

This area is connected to your heart, can breakouts can happen due to pollution, inconsistent blood circulation, and high blood pressure. To counter this, exercise, watch cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, and sweat out toxins with soup, green tea, etc. Eating foods with fiber, vitamin B and omega-3 and 6 will also counter against constant acne on your nose.

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Mouth & Chin

Around the mouth and chin area is related to what goes on inside your stomach. The biggest factor to breakouts on these areas is due to bad diet and stress. Consuming too much fat, sweets, caffeine, and alcohol will cause some digestive problems in your stomach and will show on your face. Again, maintain a healthy diet of fruits, veggies, and fibers such as chia seeds and aloe vera can improve stomach health. Especially around the chin area, stress can cause hormones to break out and show as acne. To counter that, find ways to de-stress the body. You could start by drinking spearmint tea or taking omega-3’s to relieve breakouts. In any case, also check with your local doctor or dermatologist on your hormone levels.

Overall, maintain a healthy body and face can be obtaining a healthy diet with no processed ingredients, drinking a lot of water, having at least eight hours of sleep, and taking the time to de-stress your mind and body.

Did you Glamorous people find Chinese face mapping accurate? Let me know in the comments below! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper for other remedies to clear breakouts and improving your immune system!

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Artist Spotlight: Porter Robinson

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To all my glamorous people and music lovers! Although I don’t have an exact favorite music genre to listen to, I love going out and exploring on new music. Every once in a while it’s nice to get away from all of the mainstream music.  So quite recently, a friend from work recommended me this artist to listen to. I have been hooked since then. For all you EDM fans, this ones for you, here’s my pick for music artist of the week.

Porter Robinson is an American DJ, record producer, and musician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He specializes in electro house, dubstep, and synthpop music. A majority of his influences come from Japanese culture, Japanese anime, and gaming which he integrates into his music. Since 2010, he has been gaining popularity all over the country and was recognized overseas as a one of the music industry’s leading electronic DJs and producers. He collaborated with multiple DJs and music artists on the nation’s top hits. One you may know is Zedd’s “Clarity.”

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[Robinson (left) with Madeon (right)]

In 2014, Robinson made his debut album “Worlds” through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI. Since that time, he was on hiatus with the purpose of producing new music. He collaborated with Madeon to produce “Shelter” and the single was released on August 11, 2016.

On October 18, Robinson collaborated with A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll to release a new Japanese anime music video “Shelter.” The story tells of a 17-year-old girl named Rin, who lives alone in the confinements of an empty virtual space. She takes control of that virtual reality and with her vivid imagination, creates a world of her own. During the process, she discovers an important aspect of her past and its key help her move forward in the future.

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What attracts people to his music is his ability to not only incorporate different elements in tune with the music he creates, but his ability to have his music tell a story and to give it depth and meaning in his tracks. His music is highly praised for its worldly difference from other DJs and for its Japanese-inspired synchronicity.

If you would you like to listen more of Robinson’s music, “Worlds” is available on most digital download sites, such as iTunes and Spotify. If you want to check out more on Robinson, visit his website here or his YouTube channel.

Listen to Robinson’s music and let me know in the comments below on your favorite tracks! Or tweet it at @GlamorousPaper!

 

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