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How to Build Physical Fitness When You Really Just Want to Sleep

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By Gladys A.

For those of us who have struggled with physical fitness for a long time, it can be hard to stay motivated and find balance. We understand the importance of being healthy, but it can be difficult to stay positive and start moving – or keep going – when we don’t see results right away. Fortunately, there are many strategies we can use to help us stay on track and achieve our goals.

Small Lifestyle Changes for Big Results

By making small changes in our lifestyle, such as creating a regular exercise routine, eating healthier foods, and taking time out for ourselves, we can create an environment that supports our physical health and well-being. With the right combination of dedication and positivity, anyone can take control of their physical fitness journey!

Exercise Is Essential

Exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle – but that doesn’t mean you have to start big. Exercise helps to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, and even boost creativity. For those just beginning their journey of getting into shape, it’s important to find exercises that are easy and achievable.

Beginner Exercises

Regular exercise can be made more enjoyable if you choose the right beginner exercises. Exercise doesn’t have to be brutal to be beneficial – you just need to do it and go for consistency – especially when you’re getting started.

Achieve a Sense of Balance

Mental health and fitness are closely connected. When we take care of our physical health, it helps us to stay mentally healthy and vice versa. To achieve a balance between the two, it is important to understand how our physical and mental health are linked.

Enhanced Physical and Mental Well-Being

Exercise can be beneficial for both our physical and mental wellbeing. It can help us to reduce stress levels, increase self-confidence and improve our overall mood. On the other hand, poor mental health can lead to a lack of motivation or energy which can make it difficult to stay active.

“By understanding the connection between fitness and mental health, we can create an effective plan that will help us maintain both aspects of our wellbeing in balance. – Gladys A. @ Intrinsic Vicissitude

Finding the Motivation to Start Exercising

Exercising is an important part of staying healthy and feeling good. But sometimes it can be hard to get or stay motivated to exercise, especially when you are busy or feeling tired. That’s why it’s important to find ways to motivate yourself to exercise, so that you can stay active and reap the benefits of physical activity. Whether it’s setting goals, trying different activities, or finding an accountability partner, there are many ways to help keep yourself motivated and make exercise a regular part of your routine.

Which Supplements For Muscle Growth?

Which Supplements for Muscle Growth?

By: Darren O Connell

Taking certain nutritional supplements for muscle building is not absolutely necessary; you can do without them, however, some of them really do have their advantages. They can give you an added physical and mental edge.

They help to enhance performance and can help in the muscle-building process. Although some are a waste of your time money and effort, there are a few that do actually perform.

Supplements help to fulfil the missing link that may occur during an intense muscle-building phase.

You do need some supplements for greater muscle growth.

Here are the supplements I’d recommend for Muscle-building.

A great supplement that always produces positive health and muscle-building benefits. Helps to fill the muscles with fluid making you stronger and able to lift heavier and recover faster.
Good bodyweight gains achieved with this, which allows you to lift more for better muscle growth stimulation.

Protein Powders:
Whey protein isolate is the best fast acting protein to aid in repair and growth of muscle tissue after an intense training session.
Casein Protein is a slow digesting protein best taken just before bed to supply the body with a continuous flow of amino acids for repair and growth through the night while you sleep.

Weight Gainers:
A high calorie supplement is a good idea if you consider yourself as being under weight. High calories are needed for muscle endurance and optimum performance and effective muscle repair.

You’ll want to stay healthy while you’re on a muscle-building quest so I’d also recommend:

A good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement:

To offset any nutrient deficits that may occur during an intense training program. Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and well being.

Vitamin C:
A great immunity booster and free radical destroyer.

Vitamin E:
Great for Cell integrity and vitality.

Essential Fatty Acids:
Great for overall health and helps promote the body’s production of Testosterone – the muscle builder.

Note: You should always check with your GP or other health professional before taking any nutritional supplements.

Along with the supplements there are other elements that you need for muscle-growth:

A sound workout routine that induces muscle growth and does not over-train the muscles.
A good healthy high calorie diet. Eat six smaller meals instead of 3 large meals.

Sufficient rest and recovery time. Your muscles have to be fully recovered.

Discipline Commitment and Consistency.

A few supplements like the above.

The bodybuilding supplement industry is big business. You really don’t need all those “miracle” muscle-building supplements that come onto the market, but once in a while they do actually bring about a supplement that actually does what it’s reported to do.

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Darren O Connell – has over 20 years experience in Muscle Growth, Health, Fitness, Fat loss and Nutrition –

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Hi, Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude! I wanted to share this article to bring in the expertise of a fitness professional to give you information I couldn’t provide from my personal experience. Of course, for more information, visit Mr. O Connell’s website, and be sure to talk with your own physician, nutritionist, or personal trainer to learn more about your body’s specific nutritional needs and supplements to try. – Laure

Where Are You?

My soul knows you.  

I just can’t find you.  

I can feel you pulsing through my veins, but you linger, always just out of reach.  

You are eternity.  

And I am you.  

And you are me.  

We are lacking without each other, but always dangling just out of reach.  

Always out of reach.  

I call your name in my dreams.  

I feel you in my heart.  

I hear your laughter in my soul.  

But you are gone when I wake up.  

Will I never find you when my eyes are open?  

ABCs Of Your Career Journey – V Is For Vulnerability

ABCs Of Your Career Journey – V Is For Vulnerability
By E. Elizabeth Carter

Career Journey Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

It takes courage to be vulnerable especially in the workplace! It can be very difficult and stressful to be “seen” by others when faced with challenging issues. By exposing ourselves to others to voice our opinion, we open ourselves up to possible ridicule. HOWEVER more importantly it can open the door to innovation and willingness to look at situations differently.

The question then is when is it appropriate to show our vulnerability? Every situation is different so it is hard to define best practices when dealing with potential difficult conversations with coworkers, bosses, and/or other stakeholders. Hopefully the work environment is such that there is psychological safety, trust, and integrity. Without these three elements plus both parties having high emotional intelligence, these interactions could be very confrontational to the point that relationships are irreparable and the workplace becomes toxic.

To guard against this, try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Some see this as being a time waster because they feel the other person will not budge on their opinion, is needy or whiny, or always has to win. Stick with the facts when you do your analysis of the situation and determine what the best outcome is that you could hope for. You also have to set boundaries for yourself and also consider the other person’s. In other words, take the time to make a plan just like you would if this was a project. Anticipate what the sunk cost would be if this does not come to a successful conclusion as well as what safeguards can be put in place so that both parties are respectful of each other.

Another thing to consider is: do we put ourselves in situations where we are more vulnerable than at other times? Naturally this can occur when meeting or presenting to senior level leaders in the company but we also have to identify those people we feel intimidated by for a variety of reasons. Why does our confidence drop when we interact with these people? What traits do they possess that make us feel insecure? Are they really doing anything differently than how others behave or are we just perceiving them in a different way?

There are definitely pros and cons to being vulnerable but we all have different tolerance levels. What we need to consider is not only how we feel but how do we project our thoughts to others and in turn do we make them feel vulnerable. This is just another part of our career journey in that we can’t have a meaningful connection with someone if one or both of us feel like we have hit a dead-end road.

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10 Powerful Patience Quotes

Today, I am dealing with the need for patience, and it seemed the perfect time to share these 10 powerful patience quotes.

I’ve chosen my 10 favorite (at least today they’re my favorite) quotes about patience.

Zen: Patience quotes Image by Elias Sch. from Pixabay

10 Beautiful Quotes About Patience

  1. “Genius is eternal patience.” – Michelangelo

2. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill

3. “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

4. “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – William Shakespeare

5. “He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

6. “Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.” – James Russell Lowell

7. “The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.” – Erik Ericson

8. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

9. “Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.” – Thomas Hardy

10. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

How to Make Your Wishes Come True: The Importance of Wishes

Someone I loved once told me that wishes are important, even sacred, because every time we’re given an opportunity to make a wish, we’re also given the opportunity to make it come true.

Wishing on a candle Image by diapicard from Pixabay

Make Your Wishes Count

The catch (there’s always a catch, right?) is that what it takes to make a wish come true may be a higher price than you’re willing to pay.

Are you willing to do what it takes to make your wishes come true?

So, when making a wish, you should think about what you really want and decide if you’re really willing to do what it takes to make your wish come true.

It’s kind of common thinking to believe that you make a wish, then wait, and if you don’t get what you wished for, then wishes are lame – but – that isn’t how life works most of the time! If it was how life works, we would all be thin, rich, and happy.

Birthday Wishes on Candles

I’m thinking about wishes and how important a wish can be because today’s my birthday and birthdays are kind of the ultimate ‘wish days’ with candles on cakes and all that.

Birthday candle wishes Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

I like to pause and reflect on my life and the things I most want to change and, of course, what I’m willing to make happen before making a birthday wish – or any wish.

So, I really just wanted to say, to anyone who reads this – don’t waste your wishes on empty dreams – choose a wish you’re willing to work for, and when you get your wish, it will be all the sweeter for the effort you’ve invested.

Brief History of Birthday Candle Wishes

Wondering where the idea to wish on birthday cake candles came from?

The history of wishing on birthday candles goes back to Greek mythology – in which it was thought that the smoke from the extinguished flames carried a person’s wishes up to the gods.

Necklace Wishes

Necklace wishes are the wishes you get to make when the clasp of a necklace moves to the front and touches the pendant in the front.

Wishing on a necklace Image by Markéta Machová from Pixabay
How to wish on a necklace…

The clasp has to actually touch the pendant, not just be close.

Plus, it’s really the same deal in that you have to be willing to act in order for the necklace wishes you make to come true.

Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion wishes are the wishes made before blowing on the dried seeds of a dandelion blossom.

Wishing on a dandelion Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay
How to wish on a dandelion…

Wishing on a dandelion is something many children learn when playing in the yard or a park.

To wish on a dandelion, choose a puffy, white dandelion that has lost all of its yellow petals.

Close your eyes and make a wish while taking a deep breath, then blow as hard as possible on the fluffy white seed pods.

Open your eyes, and see if all the puffy white seed pods are gone.

According to the legend, if you blew all the seeds into the air in one breath, your wish is supposed to come true and if there are still seeds attached to the stem, then you’ll have to try to wish again some other time because it isn’t going to come true.

So, to wind up this post, and what I hope is a message of hope, wishing on things with no plan to apply effort is just a form of superstition.

The power behind a wish lies with you – so choose your wishes carefully and wish for things that are worth the effort to work for – and may all your wishes come true.

Finding Peace Through Gardening

When things get crazy, like now with the coronavirus crisis going on, gardening is a great for finding peace if you enjoy outdoor activities.

Gardening Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Gardening to Get Fresh Air

I’m planning to make this post kind of short because I’m anxious to get outside and work in my own little flowerbed, but I wanted to share how much more positive I feel (and hopefully you might too) when I get away from my electronic devices for a while and enjoy some light gardening.

I don’t have much space for a traditional garden, so I only take on a few potted plants and flowerbed plants each summer, and it’s satisfying because it makes the yard look nicer (Hello, curb appeal!) and it provides fresh air and exercise that lift my spirits.

Working in the Garden Can Help You Sleep Better

I’m not the only one who has noticed these positive benefits, either, According to Health, gardening also helps you destress and can even help you sleep better – and that’s on top of the benefits I’ve already mentioned.

Earthing: Also Known as Grounding

According to numerous experts, including some who prepared a report on earthing for the NCBI website, contact with the earth can help with a variety of ailments, including chronic inflammation, wounds that heal slowly, and autoimmune disorders.

In earthing, a part of the body touches the earth, forming a connection, so the earth’s natural electrical field is transferred into and throughout the body.

It’s not for me to say whether this is true or not, since I’m not a medical doctor, but I will say that I always seem to feel better after working in the soil to plant things or pull weeds from the ground

Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude. Have you tried gardening as a way to lift your spirits and feel at peace with the world? Your comments and thoughts are welcome in the comment section below or on our Facebook group page.

Renovate Your Home with These Spring Ideas

Home Renovations for Spring image by Laura Shaw from Pixabay

When winter is over, you’re probably looking forward to the outdoors. Take this time to remodel your space and make it more comfortable and relaxing for the warmer months. Spring is certainly the best season to invest in home renovations. Although there’s no perfect way to renovate a home, we’ll share some fun ideas and ways to save you money with the home depot coupon generator

Finish Your Basement

A finished basement has endless potential. From a bedroom, a studio apartment or the coveted “man cave,” finishing your basement not only adds value to your home but also a lot of functional square footage for the whole family. Sure, an unfinished basement can store boxes, but who likes to dig around in a dank, dark basement to find what you need? Instead, consider adding charming built-ins to your basement living space. A finished basement can provide the perfect canvas for a family game room. The finished basement allows the whole family to play pool, watch a football game or finish a game of Monopoly. 

Hardwood Floors

Carpet accumulates dust, dirt, dander, and there is no way around that no matter how many times you give it a deep clean. It also stains, wears, and tears much more often. While it is true that no one can really answer how much do hardwood floors increase home value, it certainly increases the time not spent scrubbing stains. Sure, hardwood floors need to be refinished every so often but only every ten years. But that is preserving the floor beneath while carpeting you’d have to tear out and put in fresh for any stain or damage to it. It’s better to pay for something every ten years to keep the floor healthy than have to get a new floor every time a piece is damaged. Hardwood floors can last for over a century when properly cared for and they don’t need much care. 

Upgrade Windows and Doors

Replacement windows and doors can help save you money by slashing your energy bills. New windows create a tight seal with your home so that no air can leak out. Air leaks are the primary cause of wasted energy. When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less heating and cooling your home while enjoying a comfortable interior – no more drafts!  Replacing old windows also boosts your home’s value.  


You don’t want to try to paint outside in the middle of winter. Some days can be considered too hot for painting, since extreme heat can cause problems with how the paint dries as well. 

Spring weather is warmer, milder and has plenty of sunny breaks, which is perfect for exterior painting jobs. Not only is it more comfortable for the painters, but the temperatures between 50 to 60 degrees are ideal to achieve a quality finish. If the weather is too hot or too cold during this project, it could compromise the longevity of your exterior paint.

CBD Oil for Weight Loss?

I’ve been wondering, as a stress eater, if people could effectively take CBD oil for weight loss purposes, and it turns out, it could be a valid approach to weight loss.

CBD oil for weight loss image courtesy of Pixabay

CBD Diet Study

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, or NCBI, published the results of a recent study in December 2018 that shares some interesting points about why cannabis users enjoy reduced body mass indexes (BMIs)

It might seem a little counter intuitive on one aspect – the cannabis munchies aren’t associated with weight loss.

However, for stress eaters, which is a lot of people, the chilled-out effect you get from taking CBD oil supplements could feasibly end your drive for excessive consumption of rich, tasty goodies.

Back to the study… one of the key things the study was looking into was why cannabis users tend to have lower BMIs than the average American – especially given the “munchies effect” – and the study did find a “well-supported physiological, causative explanation” for the effect. According to the study results:

“Cannabis use appears to reverse the impact of the modern American diet on health by reducing the effects of an elevated ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids on endocannabinoid (eCB) tone.”

The Science Behind Cannabis Users Being Thinner

So – it ISN’T because of the way it makes people taking CBD products feel relaxed and chilled out… There’s an actual scientific reason, which is pretty cool!

“The present study summarizes the data on Cannabis use, caloric intake, and BMI, establishing conclusively that Cannabis use is associated with reduced BMI and obesity rates, despite increased caloric intake. It then provides a theoretical, causative explanation for this paradox. This theory encompasses the causative role in obesity of dietary disruption of the eCB system by an elevated omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio.” 

BMIs of Cannabis Users Versus Non-Cannabis Users

The proof is in the numbers, so I wanted to be sure to include the specifics for you to consider. According to the study, there’s a fair gap in the BMIs of cannabis users versus non-users.

  • Average BMI of Non-Users of Cannabis: 27.5 kg/m2
  • Average BMI of Cannabis Users: 25.5 kg/m2

While these study results come from only a single study, the results hold promise for patients who suffer from the risks of obesity and who have struggled to lose weight. 

I would like to note that the study used patients taking cannabis products that contain THC, which is typically not present in CBD oil products, or is present in only minute quantities. If this is the case, the main way CBD oil for weight loss would work would, in fact, be through reduction of the stress that spurs stress eating. 

Is Going for Multivitamin Supplements The Right Choice For You?

Is Going for Multivitamin Supplements The Right Choice For You?

Is Going for Multivitamin Supplements The Right Choice For You?
By Harshad Jethra

A Scientific Way towards a Healthier Diet

Going for a healthier diet can be extremely effective for letting us get over a vast majority of illnesses that we come across in everyday life. That could make a difference in our everyday being, and augur very well for our families as well.

But making sure you get a proper diet could be tough. A very scientific administration of a good every day diet is making sure that one consumes varied foods from each of the distinct food groups. And that would make sure that if we are missing out on a particular nutrient from any particular food, we could make up for it from a different food that we have selected from a different food group.

So consuming a variety of foods is important because no single food can supply us with all the nutrients that are required to stay healthy. Just as an example, from oranges we get vitamin C, but they do not provide us with Vitamin B12. And contrary to this, while we get Vitamin B12 from cheese, it does not provide us with Vitamin C. Ideally one must try and make sure that one gets a certain number of servings from each of the five major food groups, which are fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy.

Now Is It A Good Idea To Go For A Multivitamin Supplement?

There are some very specific viewpoints which express why a multivitamin supplement can work very well for your health and well being.

Let’s quickly run through two reasons why a multivitamin supplement works.

Two Reasons Why a Multivitamin Supplement Works

Reason 1

The conventional belief has been that a proper and healthy diet suffices for nutrition in a person. And when one consumes a proper diet, there is no need to go for dietary supplements.

But as per medical researches, most of the diets are lagging in one or the other supplements, and correspondingly may fail to provide comprehensive everyday nutrition for our bodies. This factor becomes more important still, when we take seniors or younger children into consideration.

A multivitamin and mineral supplement can make up for the dietary deficiencies, and ensure an enhanced everyday health and well being for your family and yourself!

Just as an example, one of the reasons why one must go for a multivitamin supplement is because many of our diets are lacking in Vitamin C or Vitamin D.

In general, an average adult would require around 600 iu’s of vitamin D in his daily diet. Along with that, one must also consume 200-300 mg of Vitamin C a day. And if one is fighting cold and flu like symptoms, one must have up to 1-3 gms of Vitamin C.

So going for a multivitamin supplement would make up for the deficiency of vitamin C and D in one’s diets, and ensure a much improved overall health and well being.

Reason 2

Some people tend to fall ill, and frequently so. And at times, the reason could be petty infections like cold, cough or flu. Our bodies are vulnerable towards falling sick, and the underlying reason for the illness could be the external environment, our diets, stress, or maybe even an external factor like pollution.

But the best way to counter illness is not to heal the body once one falls sick, but to prevent the occurrence of disease. Or, having a stronger immunity would ensure that we fall sick less often.

In such a scenario, going for a food supplement, maybe something like a multivitamin with minerals can go a long way towards ensuring an improved everyday health and well being for your family and yourself.

A multivitamin supplement would boost one’s immunity, and that would ensure that one falls sick less often. And if at one does fall sick, with a multivitamin supplement, one can ensure a quicker recovery.

Multivitamin Supplements Work towards Prevention of Diseases

A multivitamin and mineral supplement works in multiple ways to ensure prevention of disease, and a quicker recovery, if at all one falls sick.

Let’s take the help of a simple mechanism to understand how multivitamin supplements work towards prevention of diseases.

1. A multivitamin enhances one’s immunity, to ensure that one falls sick less often.

2. If at all one does fall sick, a multivitamin would work towards ensuring that the progress of disease is slowed down. So the ailment causes minimum damage for someone who may be sick.

3. Similarly, a multivitamin would work towards reversing the damage which may have occurred as one fell sick.

4. And that works towards ensuring that if one is unwell, the recovery process too is quicker.

5. With a disease free body, higher fitness levels also come naturally, making a multivitamin and mineral supplement a fine pick as a part of your everyday diet.

Some Scenarios Wherein Going for a Multivitamin Supplement Would Be a Great Choice

While going for a multivitamin supplement would work very effectively for just about every single one of us, there are some scenarios wherein consuming a multivitamin supplement would be effective in particular.

1. As an example, if one’s daily diet has less than 1600 calories, with a multivitamin and mineral supplement, one can ensure a better health and well being. And that’s because in our bodies, a host of vitamins are required to make sure that the metabolic processes work efficiently.

2. Similarly, going for a multivitamin supplement can work wonders if one is suffering from any allergies. A simple MV supplement prevents occurrence of allergies, and also speeds up healing of allergic reactions.

3. And if one is recovering from an injury, going for a multivitamin supplement with minerals is a smart choice. And that’s because a multivitamin supplement accentuates the healing of injuries to a great extent.

4. If your child has a bad diet or irregular eating habits, a multivitamin supplement can work very well for him. In particular, a multivitamin supplement can be very effective if your child has a diet which contains little or no dairy products.

5. A multivitamin can be very useful for one’s health, if one is suffering from a condition of the liver, gall bladder, intestine or pancreas.

Let’s consider some ways in which a multivitamin supplement can work effectively towards ensuring a much improved health and well being for us:-

Multivitamin supplements work by

– Boosting energy levels

– Enhancing immunity

– Fighting against normal infections

– Heightening focus

– Multivitamin supplements provide us with the recommended daily dosage of calcium to make sure that we maintain strong and healthy bones

– They enable proper functioning of the cardiovascular system

However if one is trying to figure out the best multivitamin available, one must try and make sure that one goes for an alternative which provides balanced nutrition over an option that supplies one or two specific nutrients.

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