Fitness · Lifestyle · Uncategorized

Getting Started With Your 2018 Fitness

New Year, new me!

I’m sure you’ve seen this on your timelines a lot in the last week or so, along with gym selfies, pictures of diet supplements and endless motivational quotes. It’s a good thing: people often use the New Year to become more motivated regarding their health and fitness.

The problem is that most people who start out with these fitness goals often abandon them within weeks of starting. It’s a popular trope at this point that ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ don’t stand the test of time, particularly when they relate to fitness.

This doesn’t have to be so. I, for example, have a fitness goal for this year and I do not intend to fall off it anytime soon. So, here are some tips to keep up with your fitness goals.

  • Start already: It’s common for people to decide to get fit at the beginning of the year (or at any other time) and give their new fitness lifestyle a far away start date. Maybe they’ll start working out next week or next month or tomorrow. Don’t fall into this habit. Start working out today. Even if you don’t have all the top equipment or Instagram-worthy workout clothes. Begin today.

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  • Start Sustainable: If you haven’t worked out in years, running 5 miles on your first try probably isn’t a good idea. A mistake that many people make is overloading themselves at the beginning. A rule I would recommend is this.. don’t start anything you won’t sustain long-term. For example, I’ve begun drinking a glass of water in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night along with other smaller glasses during the day. When I began, I asked myself if I could do this long-term. I knew I could and I’ve stuck with it ever since.

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  • Buildup Slowly: Start with small workout tasks, like a 5-minute workout on the elliptical or 10 situps. Make this a part of your daily routine for about two weeks. When this is done, increase it to say, 10 minutes on the elliptical or 20 situps. When you do this, you avoid overwhelming yourself and make your workouts not only a fad but an important part of your life.

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I’ll keep you all updated on how my fitness journey is going over the course of the year. In the meantime, enjoy these tips and enjoy your fitness!

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life · Lifestyle · work

My Top 3 Tips For Productivity

Tomorrow is officially my first day of work for 2018, and needless to say, my days will get a whole lot busier. Between my day job, content creation, freelance writing and being alive, I have a lot ahead of me.

 

This brings me to productivity. Now, I’m a person who procrastinates and forgets quite a bit and if I don’t keep my habits in check, I end up not getting a lot done. In the last few months, however, my productivity has greatly improved and I credit that to developing good productivity habits, some of which I’d like to share with you.

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Lifestyle · Uncategorized

10 Signs You LOVE Sleep

I’m gonna come out and say it, I love sleeping. A lot. I honestly sometimes think it’s unhealthy at times, but I love getting some shut-eye. And I’m not alone in this.

 

While all humans need sleep to function properly, some of us take our need to sleep a step further to the point that we develop an affection for it. Not sure if this is you? Here are 10 signs that you love sleep:

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Lifestyle

My Whispering Palms Birthday Trip Recap

Hello,

So, my birthday was on January the 3rd and to celebrate, my friend Iju and I went on a 2-day trip to Whispering Palms in Badagry.

Whispering Palms is an amazing resort and we were lucky to have gotten a package deal online. I’m not a party person, and so I think taking trips for my birthday will become more of a thing for me in the coming years.

For my first day, I finally got to rock a pair of side-mesh leggings I got last month. Pro tip: If you’re going to, or at a beach resort, dress comfortably. Trust me.

 

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Lifestyle · youth

Decoding Me

So.. it’s the eve of my 21st birthday!

Every birthday eve, I look back at the previous year(s) and one thing that is strikingly obvious this year is just how much I’ve learned about myself in the last year, particularly about my habits and mindset.

Now, I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I spend a lot of time on Reddit, and one of the benefits of doing this is that I read a lot of opinions of a lot of people on a lot of things.

This has led to my mind being changed about a lot of things and my worldview expanding a whole lot more. Honestly, I think civil, sensible discussion is the key to ending prejudice and ignorance in the world.

One of the things I’ve discovered is the benefit of knowing yourself. This basically means having self-awareness, even on things that are uncomfortable.

I’ve applied this philosophy particularly in the second half of this year and have found a lot of peace and stability from doing so.

For example, I became very enamored with this ‘thing’ back in September. I googled it endlessly and watched dozens of videos relating to it. After a while, I was on my own vase about being obsessed with it. However, due to having studied my habits before then, I realized that I’m the kind of person who grows interested in a thing for a few weeks, after which my interest declines.

I stopped feeling about it and let my phase come and go naturally.

I’ve made it a duty to study my mood patterns, my reactions to several things and myself as a whole.

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A few weeks ago, I got a message from an acquaintance that I wanted to respond to immediately. But I stopped myself and said “Tokoni, you’re stressed and edgy and annoyed right now. Whatever response you give now will likely be one that you’ll come to regret.” I was right. I waited a few hours before responding and I’m quite embarrassed about the initial response I would have given.

I’m learning every day, and every time I look back at myself at an age where I thought I had finally become ‘adult’ I think “Nah, Tokoni, you were a baby then.”

This is part of the reason I keep journals.

Maybe when I’m 30 or so, I’ll look back at myself now and think “Damn, I was a kid then. Why did I think I was mature in any way?”

Regardless, here’s to another year of living and decoding me.

 

Lifestyle · Uncategorized

My Biggest Lessons of 2017

I like to believe that I learn every day. I’m pretty sure I do, but 2017 as a whole was another level of self-development. From finishing College to my first ‘real’ job, I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown and changed in the last year, particularly the second half of the year.

I know I’ll grow even more in 208, but here are some of the biggest lessons I learned in 2017:

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