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Now Officially a Parrothead!


Last year, I wrote a blog about my first experience attending a Jimmy Buffett concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Elkhorn, WI.  In this blog, I stated and I quote: “I now realize why Parrotheads migrate back to see Jimmy Buffett live in concert year after year. For I too will be part of this Parrothead migration next summer.” Well, I kept my word and this past Saturday night, I attended my second Jimmy Buffett concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The first thing I noticed between this years concert event versus  last years, is the elimination of the pre-concert tailgating. Instead, this year, hundreds of people were hanging out at the outdoor bars and restaurants around Wrigleyville.

As show time was upon us, the mass of people pre-partying in Wrigleyville started making the short walk to the stadium. As Jimmy took the stage, the crowd cheered and came to their feet, as they got into the groove of his signature Caribbean sound.

Once again it hit me during the song “Fins”, when everyone was swaying their hands back and forth over their heads, that a Buffett concert is really an adult version of The Wiggles for drunken people!

As Jimmy finished his last encore song of the night up in the bleachers of Wrigley Field, the massive stadium crowd peacefully headed to the exits. As we made our way back to the car, I was still singing verses of Margaritaville to myself. I realized again why Parrotheads migrate back to see Jimmy Buffett live in concert year after year. For I too will be part of this Parrothead migration again next summer (for a third time!). “Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame, but I know, it’s my own damn fault.” It definitely is…again!




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How To Look Forward To Your Workout

For some people, working out is euphoric. For others, it’s a source of anxiety and apprehension. However, going to the gym or health club doesn’t have to be an exercise in motivation. By changing the way you think about going to the gym or health club, you might find yourself looking forward to your exercise time. Below are some helpful tips to make it happen!

Wear gym clothes that make you look and feel good. With the rise of fitness fashion, there are now countless options for workout clothes. Maybe you feel your best in leggings and a bright tank, or perhaps flowing muscle tees are more to your liking. By investing in a few good-quality pieces of workout wear, you might find you look forward to expressing yourself at the gym more than you do in your street clothes.

Download music that gets you excited. In the same way that your clothes define your style at the gym, your playlist defines your energy. Maybe the rhythm and bounce of rap music makes your time on the stair-stepper more tolerable, or perhaps blasting heavy metal motives you to reach for heavier weights when you would otherwise play it safe.

Check in on a fitness app. By using a fitness app on your phone, you can better keep track of your progress. Many apps will craft graphs and charts for you to record every detail of your workout and the duration of your cardio time. Additionally, some apps can be set to post on your Facebook and Twitter so you can let your friends and family know about your goals and progress. Members of your network might even feel motivated enough to pursue their own exercise routines.

Bring along a post-workout snack. A snack high in protein will facilitate muscle growth after you’ve been weight lifting. A good way to use the snack as motivation is to allow yourself to eat it only following a workout–don’t reach for it during other parts of the day. That way you’re not only developing a routine, you’re also incorporating a “rewards” system.

Use social media to stay updated on the latest fitness news and trends. Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are all great resources. Subscribing to a handful of fitness personalities on some social media sites will ensure that you’re presented with gentle reminders of your goals and the benefits of working out on a regular basis. That way, you aren’t researching pictures of the hottest celebrity bodies as an attempt to motivate yourself after a pizza binge. Instead, you’re receiving subtle, daily reminders that other people are going through what you’re going through as well. Their success didn’t happen overnight, and neither will yours.

While getting to the gym or health club every day or every other day does require discipline, the aforementioned tips can help you think of your gym time as an opportunity for personal development and expression. Working out can itself be a socially and personally rewarding activity, aside from reaching your desired fitness goals.

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Exercise Leads to Better Sleep

Millions of Americans are affected by sleeping disorders, but adding a workout to your routine might help alleviate your nighttime woes. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, people who reported participating in regular exercise also reported having the highest quality sleep.

Nearly fifty percent of respondents who reported no physical activity also answered that they have very bad or fairly bad sleep quality. By adding light exercise–as little as a ten minute walk per day–the amount of people reporting poor sleep was cut in half, to just over twenty percent. People who participated in vigorous exercise every day had the lowest occurrence of poor sleep. It was also shown that those who did not exercise were more prone to daytime sleepiness while driving, eating, or participating in social functions.

The poll also asked its respondents how many hours per day were spent sitting. Unsurprisingly, those who spent the most time sitting also had the worst quality sleep at night. It is clear that there is a direct correlation between the amounts of exercise you do and the quality of sleep you experience. Adding physical activity, even just a small amount, can help you get that “shut eye” you most desperately need.






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4 Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels


It is important to be energetic throughout the day to be able to complete tasks and meet deadlines. If you suffer from lethargy and lassitude, do not worry. This article offers you simple and effective tips on how to increase your energy levels, and keep you active and alert all throughout the day.

  1. Eat Healthy Foods

Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. A hearty breakfast can fuel your vigor and prevent hunger pangs later on. Your diet should include plenty of whole grains, carbs like wheat bread and brown rice, meat, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Magnesium is a great energy booster, and can be found in almonds, bran cereal, and fish.

Nutrition experts recommend eating five or six smaller meals during the day instead of three large ones. This is because digesting heavy meals taxes the body and zaps energy. Eating smaller meals at regular intervals also helps to keep the metabolism active, and provides steady energy throughout the day. If you feel hungry between meals, do not reach for junk food, but snack smartly with a banana or apple.

    2. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can deplete your energy and make you feel tired. Therefore, it is important to drink water during the day to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary soft drinks and stick to plain water. Drinking water can also help to curb appetite as well as flush out toxins from your body.

  1. Workout

If you feel languid, do not give in to the temptation to jump into bed and doze off. Instead, get cracking and hit the treadmill or yoga mat. This can help to stimulate your body and pump more oxygen into your blood, which will boost your energy levels. Excess weight consumes extra energy, so exercise regularly to stay slim and more energetic. Working out in the morning as oppose to the evening will help you to be mentally sharp all through the day.

  1. Think Positive

Negative thoughts and emotions can drain energy and make you feel down. So, try to think positive, and be optimistic even if you are having a rough day. Be aware of your mental states, and replace negativity with constructive thoughts to stay strong and upbeat throughout the day.