The Science Behind the Health Benefits of Standing Desks

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Sitting at your desk for eight hours or more per day has been shown to create a variety of health issues, so it came as no surprise that people eventually looked for an alternative workplace arrangement that would help solve some of these problems.

What are the benefits of using a standing desk?

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As the name implies, a standing desk is a desk tall enough to be used while standing up. Also called the active desk or the active workplace, experts are weighing are recommending that people shift to a standing workplace to reduce the health risks associated with the more conventional setup of just sitting down for hours at a time.

The most common complaints associated with being seated for hours is the acute pains that affect the lower and upper back, and the various joints affected by being basically stationary for long periods.

While some people jerry-rig their own standing workstations by trying to raise their keyboards, they soon found out that if you really want a standing workstation, you need a real standing desk that will elevate not just your keyboard and mouse, but also your monitor or display.

A few more changes to your workstation such as using a wireless headset to receive VOIP or online calls and the like will complete the transition from a traditional, seated workstation to a more active standing workstation.

The great thing about this shift is you can transition from a seated setup to a standing one with the help of modern standing desks or desk converters that operate pneumatically or electrically.

Body AcheThe first benefit or advantage that you will enjoy is you will be able to reduce the joint strain (especially around the shoulders and back), and when you want to go back to your previous seated position, you can just adjust the desk converter or standing desk so that everything goes down to their former height.

It is fortunate that companies are now paying closer attention to workers’ needs, and they are now offering options to folks who may want to use standing desks instead of more conventional, single-height desks in the office.

In a 2019 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 60% of employers now subsidize the use of standing desks in offices, as it has become one of the fastest rising benefits trend in the corporate setting today.

In 2013, just 13% of employers even considered of providing such an amenity to employees.

Four years later, the figure jumped to 44%, and now more than half of employers include it in their benefits package. We still have a ways to go, but things are definitely looking up for folks who would like to enjoy a more ergonomic office space so they don’t end up with back and joint injuries.

Now if you work from home, there is absolutely nothing wrong with shifting to a standing desk workstation, because the effects of being seated for long periods will be the same whether you are in a conventional office or working from your living room.

postureAccording to Fletcher Zumbusch, a physical therapist from the Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Performance Therapy, located in Santa Monica, California, the root cause of all the problems associated with being seated on a desk is poor posture.

When you are not able to maintain the ideal posture, things are bound to go awry. According to Zumbusch, there is nothing inherently wrong with sitting down in front of a desk – but there might be a problem if you have poor posture, and you’re stuck in the same position for hours at a time.

He continues that the “problem is with the number of hours we spend doing it,”

“Using a standing desk promotes more muscle activity and thus, better circulation compared to a traditional [seated] desk. In addition [to this], spending less time sitting helps keep the hips form becoming tight.”

He explains further that the tightness that people feel around the hips is a precursor to hip mobility issues, which can then produce unnecessary strain and injury to adjacent joints. When there is constant stress on or around the joints, there will be “accelerated development of pain in the joints of the lower back, hip, and knees.” A standing desk, he concurs, can help workers avoid these joint stress issues.

What are the risks of being stuck in a seated position for years?

If you are thinking about sticking it out with being seated for hours a day, then yes, the answer is that there are real medical Back Posturerisks associated with the more conventional setup. Among the potential problems that you might encounter later on are:

– There is a risk of misalignment of the spine and the joints, which can pave the way for more serious spinal issues down the line.

– Generalized joint pain as the body is constantly forced into postures that are not healthy for the joints in general.

– There is also a risk factor that affects the overall circulation in the body. Due to poor posture, the heart may find it difficult to pump blood to the extremities, which can then trigger a chain of events that might conclude in deep vein thrombosis or potentially fatal venous blockages. Blood clots that emerge as a result of poor circulation can actually travel to other parts of the body (like the heart and lungs) and cause strokes.

work fatigue– The most common complaint of people stuck in a seated position is generalized physical fatigue – that feeling that you are already tired despite being in the office for only a few hours. This fatigue is directly associated with poor working posture.

– Around the head region, it is possible to develop spontaneous headaches, migraines, and jaw pain. These can be triggered by a variety of events, but the most common triggers are spinal misalignment, tight and knotted muscles, and general poor posture.

– Unfortunately, there has also been a correlation between sexual function and poor workplace posture. Pinched nerves and spinal issues can all affect sexual function, and these are all within the realm of possibility when your body has already taken a beating from years of being slouched over a desk.

Should you use accessories like standing desk balance boards?

Accessories like standing desk bikes and standing desk balance boards might make your workstations more interesting, but they’re not an absolute necessity, so purchase only if you really feel that you need any of them.

What’s the right standing desk posture?

While there are no hard and fast rules about the right posture while working on a standing desk, we’ve prepared a few guidelines that might help you transition from your old seated setup to a more active and dynamic standing workstation.

1. Ask for professional help as much as possible

back doctorWhether it’s from a physical therapist or a physician, it is important to first consult with a professional when shifting from a seated setup to a standing setup.

The consultation doesn’t have to be too extensive – you just need a professional to look at how your body is doing so you can purchase the right type of standing desk or desk converter to start improving your posture while working.

According to Zumbush, a standing desk setup that has not been set up properly can actually cause problems of its own. A professional who has a background in ergonomics can guide you in the transition, as well as licensed physical therapists.

2. Don’t make a sudden transition from being seated all day to standing all day

It may sound tempting to just ‘solve’ all your problems by just throwing yourself at the standing desk mania in 24 hours. But what if we tell you that this can actually cause more problems?

You see, your body has been used to being seated for hours all these years, and despite the damage it has gotten all these years, it’s used to being seated. If your goal is to reduce pain and numbness, then shifting to 100% standing might backfire on you.

What you can do to ensure that your body has enough time to adapt to what you want to transition to is to take it slowly, and allow your body to get used to the standing workstation slowly.

Start with ten to twenty minutes per day, before lengthening the period that you are working while standing up. Eventually, you can ‘split’ your schedule evenly into two. You can spend four hours seated, and then four hours standing up.

3. Always listen to what your body is telling you.

According to Zumbusch, standing workstations are not magic, so you must pace your expectations accordingly. We know that it can be frustrating in the beginning when the shift seems to be producing nothing for your pain and bad posture, but just give it time.

It takes some time to reverse and resolve spinal and joint issues created by years of being seated with poor posture. Zumbusch reminds us: “Don’t be unrealistic and expect to feel amazing immediately.

Listen to your body and if you continue to feel discomfort or pain, don’t be afraid to ask for outside help, like an ergonomics professional or someone who is licensed in physical therapy.” He continues that the setup that you may have inadvertently created may not be set up right or you may be “spending too much time standing right away without transitioning [properly] into it.”

4. Get into a more balanced groove

As we’ve mentioned earlier, shifting too quickly from a seated position to a standing one can cause more problems than it solves. According to experts, too much of anything can be a problem, so it would be best to get into a more balanced groove if you want to reap the benefits of having a standing workstation.

According to Alan Hedge, a profession from the department of design and environment analysis at the Cornell University, the goal would be to introduce the right changes to how you do things, so you can enjoy the health benefits.

He is actually against overdoing anything: “If what you are doing is replacing sitting with standing, you are not actually doing your body any favors. In fact, you are introducing a whole variety of new risk factors.”

Furthermore, Hedge believes that “If you go from sitting to standing and vice versa frequently throughout the day… That complete eradicates any of the supposed risk factors associated with sitting, or indeed, with standing.”

While there are some risk factors associated with prolonged standing, these can be offset by using a more balanced ratio of sitting, standing, and moving, so you can avoid problems like a compressed spine, varicose veins, venous issues (blockages) and the like.

According to one study from the American Journal of Epidemiology, the best results (health-wise) can actually be derived through the use of “combinations of sitting and standing, and these are likely to have beneficial cardiovascular health benefits.”

What about standing desk exercises?

Office ExercisesIn addition to balancing how much you move throughout the day, you can definitely perform some standing desk exercises, like stretches to help improve your circulation and keep your muscles in top condition. Hedge himself believes that using the 20:8:2 ratio is just perfect for recovering from years and years of being stuck in a seated position in the office. What does this ratio mean, anyway?

20:8:2 means you sit down for 20 minutes, stand up for eight, and perform some standing desk exercises or gentle movements for two. If you do not like performing static exercises, you can use the extra two minutes to walk around. The point is to get the blood circulating and to exercise those muscles and joints, so they’re not frozen all the time. This ratio will help decompress your spine and it will likely help you burn calories, too.

How long do people normally stick to a sitting-standing routine in the office?

Unfortunately, in terms of maintaining the routine, a lot of people have difficulty maintaining the ratio. Statistics show that without the correct intervention, only one-third of those who have tried the sit-stand routine actually maintain it for more than a month.

In a study from the peer-reviewed journal Applied Ergonomics, it was found that digital prompts can actually pave the way for a healthier workplace as these can help sustain the transition: “People who receive computer prompts reminding users when to stand and when to sit are more likely to maintain the use of standing desks.

They were more active and transitioned between sitting and standing more frequently throughout the day than their counterparts who did not receive prompts.”

What is even more enlightening with the same study was that the participants reported actual, positive changes with their bodies when they continued using the sit-stand ratio: “The participants who received reminders cited a decrease in body discomfort, increase in mental focus, and a general increase in productivity.”

Standing Desk Vs. Sitting At Your Desk: The Showdown

What does the current science have to tell us about standing desks or active workstations? What are the current debates, and what do doctors and scientists have to say about shifting to standing desks?

This is our comprehensive showdown of scientific and medical literature associated with active workstations. Time to decide if the benefits of an active workstation are for you or not!

1. Shifting to a standing desk means calories burned.

In a combined analysis of 44 studies by the peer-reviewed scientific journal Circulation, it has been found that standing for at least six hours a day (combined, switching from a seated position to standing) can burn more calories than just staying put.

Additionally, standing up provides the opportunity for more movement throughout the day, which might be why many ergonomics experts like the idea of switching between sitting and standing precisely because you can engage in some exercise in between and all that extra movement throughout the day can definitely help you burn more fat than when you are just largely stationary.

Another great benefit related to “the switch” is standing up more frequently keeps you more flexible and limber, and this alone can reduce the risk of painful joints and stiff or frozen muscles.

2. Reduce pressure on your disks and organs.

According to Stanford University Director of PM& R Sports Medicine, Michael Fredericson, MD, FACSM, there is plenty of proof that sitting for long periods of time can directly damage your disks, causing undue compression, which can then translate to lower back pain. Having chronic or acute back pain can affect your overall fitness levels, as well as your ability to just work without pain in the office.

Over time, the pain is going to become debilitating, especially when you are already in your late thirties or older. According to Fredericson, long periods of sitting down can also result in overall poor health. There is definitely causation between how you spend most of your day and your health.

The correlation is based on sound evidence: those who are not as active at all tend to have more visceral fat (or the fat that sticks close to the organs), and the same people tend to have poorer heart and lung health, too.

All these conditions, combined with the continually rising risk factors due to the same thing happening over and over again to the body will spell problems definitely, for people who do not change their lifestyle or at least modify their working stations.

3. Reduce your risk of degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease.

According to James Levine, an endocrinologist, “The way we live now is to sit all day, occasionally punctuated by a walk from the parking lot to the office. The default has become to sit.Human Heart

We need the default to be standing.” If you think about it, this particular suggestion seems to be aligned with what we know so far about shifting to standing tables: that we need to start moving even if the office setting doesn’t really encouraging moving about.

According to other studies, the average office worker spends a hefty six hours being in a fixed, seated position per day.

Being this stationary has been associated with a wide range of health issues, including type 2 adult onset diabetes and different kinds of cancer.

It may sound like a tall order to begin moving, but if you want to avoid cancer, the effort begins with being less sedentary and being more active. And if you are in the office for most of the day, you need to take control of your fitness even when you are at work, right?

If you need more proof that sitting can actually contribute to cancer, another 2011 study states that as many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer may have been inadvertently caused by prolonged sitting. The same can be said of a staggering 43,000 cases of colon cancer in the United States, annually.

It is also unfortunate to note that prolonged sitting has also been associated with other fatal forms of cancer in both men and women, including 37,200 cases of lung cancer, 30,600 cases of prostate cancer, 12,000 cases of endometrial cancer, and 1,800 cases of ovarian cancer.

As you can see from the statistics, it is not possible to rule out the role of prolonged sitting in both men and women because many of these cancers are specific to both men and women.

For example, while lung cancer may occur in men and women, ovarian cancer and breast cancer occur in women specifically. The message here is quite clear: that there is a huge need for men and women to start changing their lifestyles so they can start being healthier and to reduce their risk of encountering these fatal diseases.

The writing is on the wall with so much scientific evidence piling up against just sitting, as opposed to standing up and moving more frequently throughout the day. It has also been identified by a 2010 Australian study that for every hour of sitting every day, the risk of dying prematurely from one or two causes related to a sedentary lifestyle increases by as much as 11%.

As we have said before, it is imperative that you shift gradually to a more active lifestyle inside the office and out of it, so you do not shock your body. It’s important that the body is eased to its new movement pattern so you can reap the benefits of the change completely.

4. Start taking control of your weight and weight loss efforts.

being active weight lossIn one study that delved into the age old question of why some people gained weight while others didn’t it was found that participants who didn’t gain weight at all were on average standing up about 2.5 to 3 hours per day more than those who were more or less sedentary or unmoving.

One can easily imagine why the weight was piling on with those who don’t move about: without movement, their physical fitness levels were falling every day, causing their metabolisms to slow down and eventually dwindle. According to Levine, “during all of our days, there are opportunities to move around substantially more.”

He also believes that there are ‘mundane opportunities’ for movement such as walking to a colleague’s office instead of shooting an email or instant message, or taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator. What the experts are definitely pointing to these days is people need to stand more and do more with their bodies because the human body was designed to move.

Does this all tie up perfectly with the use of more active workspaces and standing desks? One hundred percent. Standing desks provide people the opportunity to break the cycle of being sedentary for so long and when you are standing you are also more motivated to move about. Research shows that people need to start taking advantage of the little opportunities to move, and not doing so can directly increase the risk of developing conditions like diabetes and obesity.

To make your weight loss efforts more well-rounded, you also need to make sure that you are more actively throughout the day, and not just when you are able to hit the gym, which as we know, doesn’t happen on a daily basis unless you are very dedicated to working out.

Additional studies show that there is so much more to sitting around all day than meets the eye. It appears that on the cellular level, the body is taking some damage too. It turns out that when you are more sedentary it is possible that the body’s own cells become less responsive to insulin, which is essential for the regulation of glucose in the body. Another possibility is the body is releasing reduced levels of lipoprotein lipase, which is important for normal metabolism.

Levine has some final recommendations to ensure that you are getting the best of your shift to a more active workstation: “Step one is to get up. Step two is learn to get up more often. Step three is once you’re up, move. And what we have discovered is that once you are up, to do tend to move.”

5. Target metabolic syndrome and associated disorders early.

It is unfortunate for many of us that something as simple as sitting could actually cause so much harm that even our metabolisms are impacted. An explanation is definitely underway here. When we talk about metabolism, we are not just talking about how fast you can burn calories.

We’re talking about the overall capacity of the body to utilize energy, harness it for biochemical processes, and more. So when something alters a person’s metabolism, a lot of organs are damaged in the process. Of course, the damage occurs over a period of time, and the symptoms are usually slow in coming. But that’s precisely the point of wanting to solve the problem earlier: that if you are more or less interested in want to safeguard your health, you perform the interventions needed early, before the major symptoms of metabolic disorders begin to show.

The science definitely proves many of our fears about sedentary lifestyles. A 2008 study showed that people who were stationary for longer periods and just sat rather than stood or moved are less responsive to the natural metabolic processes of the body such as the release of insulin, which translates to poorer absorption of glucose in the bloodstream, and this will cause problems in how the body utilizes energy in the first place.

Another 2013 study reveals that individuals who already have a risk for developing adult onset diabetes or type 2 diabetes readily increase the said risk factor by sitting most of the time.

The solution to the problem is not just standing up, though this is an excellent first step, but getting vigorous exercise regularly. Again, the more we move away from being sedentary, the better our chances of being more active throughout the day.

6. Take better care of your heart and entire cardiovascular system.

In our day and age when there is just so much repeated stress from work and life that doesn’t just go away, it’s enlightening to know that just moving more can do so much good for the heart.

On the flipside, if you don’t get as much movement going, you get the opposite: higher risk for heart disease and associated problems, such as developing debilitating chest pains and of course, the most problematic of all events – heart attacks.

Cardiovascular research has shown that people who sit for more than two hours at a time per day develop a devastating 125% higher risk for developing heart problems than those who don’t.

The prognosis is that much grimmer for individuals who sit for five hours or more per day and do not get that much physical exercise at all, even after work. It has been discovered that historically speaking, 34% of chronic sitters were more likely to die of heart failure than those who were more active.

SubQ Vs IM Injections: Which Is Better For TRT

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For this article we’re going to cover SubQ (Subcutaneous) vs IM (Intramuscular) injections for testosterone replacement therapy.

I’ll be going over the pros & cons of each & how I felt on both.

Let’s do a quick of both for those who aren’t familiar with the terms.

What are SubQ (Subcutaneous) injections

This is where you inject just under the skin, usually in the belly fat area. This method is relatively new for injecting testosterone, Subq is manly used for insulin injections.

Pros & Cons of SubQ TRT Injections

Pros

  • Very easy to administer, almost no pain
  • *Potentially need less (see link below on this)
  • Avoiding potential nerve damage

Cons

  • Estrogen Issues
  • Feeling dizzy/sick

So with Subq injections, you’re just a injecting directly into the fat so the only pain you should feel is inserting into the skin.

It has been discussed in the trt community from doctors that you may not need the same amount of testosterone to get the same or even higher testosterone blood level numbers from using subq vs IM.

With that being said, I think that could be true because as soon as I started injecting with SubQ at the same dose that I’ve been good at with IM, I had estrogen issues.

So I lowered the dose hoping this would not only fix the estrogen issues but I would also end saving money because I wasn’t having to inject as much.

Alas, I never made it long enough to see the results.

Every time I injected subq, I felt dizzy/sick feeling after it started to kick in (roughly 4-6 hours) after each injection and that feeling would last about the same amount of time.

This dizzy/sick feeling is not from the increased estrogen, as I had high estrogen for about a year on IM injections before I finally got my dose corrected and never felt that way.

Also, this is not a placebo because It took me over 3 weeks before I finally figured out what was causing it because I’ve never read anything like that as a side effect

What are IM (Intramuscular) injections

IM injections mean injecting into the muscle directly. This is the most common method of injecting testosterone.

There are specific spots you’ll want to inject when doing IM, I won’t cover this here but here is a good article reference on where you should look into doing your injections.

Pros & Cons of IM TRT Injections

Pros

  • No strange feelings of dizziness
  • Most common method of injections used; more research available on it.
  • My estrogen doesn’t spike as much versus what subq caused.

Cons

  • Injecting into the muscle is more painful than subq
  • Potential for nerve damage
  • Scar tissue buildup makes the injections more difficult overtime.

The number one pro is not having the dizziness and strange feeling that I get from subq injections.

Everything else could have been managed but, not knowing what the main cause was behind that and how it made me feel was a major factor on staying with IM injections.

IM injections has been the staple for how trt is injected so there is much more research based from it.

I didn’t have to start back trying to tackle, my estrogen issues; that shit gets old after one year of back n forth blood work and feeling like crap.

When first starting out the injections aren’t as bad as they become later. This is because the scar tissue buildup makes it more difficult to get into the muscle.

Therefore, you should rotate areas that you inject in.

I’m not to knowledgeable on the nerve damage aspect here but I’ve read that you can cause nerve damage from IM injections.

Which Injection Style Do I Recommend?

In my opinion, I like the IM way better.

With that being said, you will learn that trt is something that everyone reacts differently to.

The dosage, injection type, how often you inject etc..

I would say talk to your doctor and see what they say about subq vs im.

Subq is rather new in terms of using it for trt though so most doctors will just stick with what they know most likely, which is IM.

Another way to get a good idea how others react to different types is join a forum focused around trt and read peoples opinions on what they think about it.

One of the forums I’ve frequented when starting up on testosterone replacement therapy was excelmale.com. Got a lot of good feedback from other users their and there is actually some trt doctors that will post on the forum and answer questions.

I will say, don’t make any decisions on changing anything up with your trt protocol until after talking with your doctor.

How to Achieve God-Tier Monk Mode Starting Today

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It is official, guys. We now live in the age of Anxiety and Uncertainty. But uncertainty and anxiety over what things, specifically?

Men have lost their intellectual and psychological rudders, and are being swept to and fro by currents that are now too strong for them. Men used to lead, and are the natural alphas to the world’s omegas.

This is what monk mode tries to resolve, or at least tries, because the outcomes will be completely up to you. You, yourself – in monk mode. Monk mode is not a magic bullet.

It is a concrete, hardcore method of self-improvement that aims to deliver you from your weaknesses. It aims to recreate you, so you can become better in most aspects of your life. It is a beginning worth taking, and if you love yourself, even a little bit, you would pay closer attention to how it’s done properly.

The Pillars of Monk Mode

The heart and soul of monk mode is its three I’s. They are introspection, isolation, and improvement. It’s best to go through these life-changing principles with an open mind. Imagine yourself a blank slate.

Control your inner resistance to change, because monk mode is all about change – the toughest kind of change around. Inner change. And that’s going to take some inner fortitude and strength you thought you never had. Let’s get started.

1st Pillar: Introspection

Introspection is a form of looking inward, of determining the relationship of the “I” with Truth.

Overinflated egos prevent men from even seeing their weaknesses, and the process of introspection doesn’t end with just knowing that you have weaknesses. The point of the first pillar of monk mode is you are looking inward to find solutions and fix problems with yourself.

To have weaknesses is human, but to ignore them because of your pride or laziness is never a good thing.

We can say that such tendencies edge closer to self-destruction in the worst way possible: in stasis, because you chose not to act. Introspection should be done regularly, and the output of introspection is knowledge of what must be changed, and not just a begrudging acceptance that you have weaknesses.

2nd Pillar: Isolation

Monk mode requires a certain level of isolation in order to work. Our take of isolation is you have to start distancing yourself from activities and people that are flat out distractions to self-improvement.

You are probably already well aware of what these activities are: time wasters, excessive desires, and so on. While we do not want to put a cap on your happiness, it is vital that you realize that many of the activities that eat up your time are unnecessary for your self-improvement and only drain you of the essential energy that you need to start changing.

Additionally, the isolation element of monk mode will pare down your social obligations and interactions to the absolute necessary ones only. Of course, if you have a 9-5 job, you won’t be completely isolated. But you can be isolated enough for you to begin forging yourself anew in the white-hot fires brought about by your regular introspection.

Take note that introspection is by no means associated with obsession or any other negative activity or process. Like the depth of the ocean, introspection allows you to move from the bone dry land of your bad habits toward the unfathomable depth of your own human potential, your own wells of confidence, motivation, and natural love for change.

Humans used to be brave, quick, and adaptable. That’s how our ancestors were able to carry our genetic lines to the modern era.

They were adaptable. What we learned from the age of Anxiety and Uncertainty is that modernity isn’t what it’s cut out to be. Modernity didn’t bring us joy. It brought us a truckload of weaknesses that have eroded intrinsic human strength as we know it.

3rd Pillar: Improvement

Assuming that you are performing both introspection and isolation in a balanced manner, you probably gained more than half of your life back.

You have additional time on your hands, time you are no longer wasting on activities that simply take but never give back.

This is where the third pillar of monk mode comes into play. Now that you have more energy and time, it’s time for improvement. But what can you improve?

Remember the main goal of introspection? We try to be more introspective of our lives because we want to weed out our weaknesses. These weaknesses belong to us, and us alone. In the same breath, no one else can take responsibility for these weaknesses but us.

You can’t expect your partner, girlfriend, or spouse to be the one ironing out the kinks and setting you on the straight path.

That simply is not tenable. You have to go about on your own, in monk mode.

There are five levels of needs according to Maslow: physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. You don’t have to go level by level.

It’s actually better if you can identify weaknesses that correspond to each level and work on them as frequently as possible every day.

By doing so, you will be able to create new routines and change your lifestyle in the process.

Does this sound dry and undesirable? Good. It’s supposed to feel that way because no one likes change on Day One.

But there are many more days ahead of you, and many more chances of quitting. We’re sure that you are not the one to quit on yourself.

If you feel that you are not worth the effort, then that simply means that you have not found the things that are of value in yourself. And we go back to the first pillar again, which is introspection.

As you find your weaknesses, so must you find the inner strength and values to counter these weaknesses. They are already there, the resources that you need. And by just having these resources, you know that you are already worth fighting for.

Win Using the Seduction Code

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We often think of seduction in negative terms: but in reality, seduction is more closely tied to persuasion and influence than we had imagined.

So let’s redefine what seduction is: seduction is being able to influence people with how you look, speak, and project yourself.

The Seduction Code is a set of principles and lifestyle changes that you are going to carry out to make sure that you will be at your most irresistible when you socialize with other people.

Whether it’s for intimacy, romance, business, or just getting what you want from life, the Seduction Code will be extremely helpful.

Code 1: Exude Confidence

Confidence is more than just about looking handsome or pretty. Confidence is actually a state of mind, more than anything, which is why you can’t really pretend to be confident, you just have to be. So where do we begin when building confidence?

The first thing that you should do is to take stock of how you socialize with others. The next time you speak to another person, take note of your body posture, the way you speak, the speed of your speech, etc. List all of these down in a journal.

When you get home, take a good look at your observations and ask yourself: if you were to meet and talk to yourself right now, what would you say? Would you feel the confidence just oozing from the other person? Would you feel that you are in the presence of someone who is surefooted, and knows what he wants?

If the answer is mostly no, it’s time to change some things. Go back to your list and draw up a picture of yourself that you feel is the real you, the more confident you.

For example, if you have a tendency to avoid eye contact with the other person, you can choose to hold natural eye contact to be more engaging. It is a continuous learning process, but it is extremely doable because you’re dealing with your own small habits that make up the whole.

Code 2: Be the Authority

Authority figures are well-respected and command the attention of everyone in any situation. It’s important that in every situation, you become the beacon of authority. How do you do this?

Being an authority figure has everything to do with how you project confidence to others. Confidence is not strained, nor is it forced. You communicate with a certain air of ease that tells people: relax, you are in the presence of authority.

Other traits of authority figures that you may want to add to your repertoire are:

1. Dominance – Authority figures are larger than life. People are willingly pulled into their aura of power. They speak, and everyone just wants to listen. They give their ideas and people agree, even before they’ve given the ideas a lot of thought.

2. Empathy – Contrary to what others think, authority figures are actually empathic. They care what other people might be thinking, and they use this information to make themselves more appealing and trustworthy. The point of being an authority figure in the first place is to get people to trust you more.

3. Clear and Straightforward Communication – Authority figures speak their mind, and rarely beat around the bush. They know what they want, and are not afraid to communicate these desires to people. Some people shy away from frankness thinking that it might ruin their reputation, but in reality, the people who strive to be authority figures end up being followed more.

4. They Stand Their Ground – Authority figures know their limits, but they also know how to stand their ground. They cannot be manipulated easily, and they only know how to compromise and to make strategic concessions while keeping their interests in mind.

Code 3: The Win-Win Situation

True seduction is all about making the other party feel that she’s also winning.

Whether you’re aiming for intimacy or some other desired outcome, it’s important to always create the right conditions for a win-win situation to occur. Sure, you can get away with tricking people – but for how long? Eventually, your reputation is going to catch up with you.

True seduction, and ultimately, influence is all about ensuring that people who give their trust to you aren’t wasting their time.

Language has a lot to do with the process of convincing other people that it is a win-win situation for all parties concerned. You need to speak as a leader – as someone who is taking care of the herd. Remember that old adage on herd mentality? It’s true. People will gravitate toward natural leaders, and people who seem to have everyone’s interest in mind.

Use active listening techniques to find out what matters the most to the people you are trying to influence. There’s plenty to be learned through active listening.

By making your subject or listener the center of your interaction, you are going to be a natural rock start with determining what makes people really tick, and what makes them agree. This brings us to the next code…

Code 4: The Yes Set

The easiest way to defuse tension and resistance during a conversation is by making sure that the other person agrees with you no matter. You can do this by phrasing statements and questions in a series, to set the right conditions for continuous agreement.

Starting with mundane things, and progressively layering the conversation to lead it to where you really want to go, you will be able to seduce the subject to thinking that there must be consistency – he or she has to agree with you, because that’s what she did before.

This is a classic seduction technique that’s actually quite hypnotic because people will get into this mental state where they can’t help but agree with what you say, even if they’re no longer processing everything.

We’re sure you’ve been in this situation in the past, too: when someone is so good in speaking that you become so enthralled, that you find everything being given to you so irresistible. This is the true power of seduction.

Traveling the World on a Budget 2019

World Travel

So you’re hyped up and raring to go on a world tour. But there’s a problem: you don’t have unlimited budget, but you still want to go on a journey of a lifetime.

While travelling the world on a budget isn’t an ordinary preoccupation, people have done it, and we’re going to share with you how the modern adventurers of today are succeeding with operating on lower budgets, and at the same time, they’re enjoying their stay in different countries. From the US to Europe to Asia, here’s our compendium of the best practices when travelling the world on a budget.

1. Scope out airline promotions.

Airfare is probably the most expensive item in your budget, right next to accommodations. Jumping from one continent to another, or even one country to another, is going to cost you a pretty penny.

But the thing about modern airlines today is they’re offering promotions left and right, whether or not it’s peak season or not. Local airlines and international airlines do it all the time.

You just need to be able to pick up the promotions and plan months or even a year ahead in advance. Journeying the globe shouldn’t be impulsive – you have to know what you’re going to find when you get there, and you need to have plans on top of plans as fail-safes.

2. Explore fewer places in a chosen region.

Again, the logistics of getting from one place to another is going to cost more than staying in fewer places. Bus trips, taxis, hotels in between cities – these things can inflate the costs of staying in just one country.

Get to know a few chosen towns or cities instead, and stick to micro transpiration across the locales you have chosen to get a better idea of what a place is really like, its history, and what it has to offer travelers like you.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of free stuff! Free stuff like public beaches, museums – these cost little or nothing at all, and they boost your experience meter mightily without increase the costs of travelling too much.

3. Schedule your flights strategically.

As we’ve already said in the first item of this discussion, there are many ways to get discounted flights across the globe.

One of the easiest methods of getting slightly discounted flights is scheduling early in the morning (we call these red-eye flights, for obvious reasons).

While it doesn’t always work, you can be sure that in some instances, there will be a slight margin of savings between regular morning or evening flights, and these early morning flights.

Use services like Kayak, Vayama, and Skyscanner to track flights from different airlines and make sure that you lock in on the cheapest flights each time. Every little thing helps when you’re trying to save for a global romp, remember that.

4. Forget about the holidays.

This is probably the biggest piece of advice we can give you. Peak travelling seasons and holidays affect everything from the cost of airline tickets to the cost of food in nearby restaurants.

You can also expect hotels to be high and mighty during this time, as many are often overbooked and businesses are jacking up their prices because the demand is so high.

Since you’re going to be planning your global romp ahead of time, you can plan your travels so you don’t have to travel during Christmas or New Year, or during the summer if you’re headed to the tropics or anywhere it’s warm. Don’t go at a time when everyone else is heading in the same direction, all at the same time. That’s bound to increase your overall expenses.

5. Don’t stay for just one night in hotels.

Unless you are booked in a capsule hotel that are usually communal or offer smaller spaces for transitory travelers who are just passing by, lock in hotel stays that are longer than just one night.

The reason for this is that hotels often offer discounts to guests who stay longer, and if you are going to be staying in the same city anyway, stay put for longer before transferring to cheaper accommodations.

6. Ask the locals (maybe)

Are you travelling to countries like the Philippines and Indonesia? Instead of relying on hotels and services like Airbnb, try to talk to the locals and try to find cheaper accommodations while maintaining the minimum of standards you need.

Not every accommodation in Asia is listed in Airbnb, and you can be sure that you will be getting lower rates when you talk to locals who are renting out rooms and entire homes to travelers.

But before you can get these accommodations, you have to ask around. It will be good practice for you in communicating with locals!

Usually, apartments can be rented for $100 or less per month (imagine the possibilities) and having an entire home to yourself, with the basic furnishings even, can spell the difference between a frugal stay and a really expensive one.

7. Frequent Flyer Miles.

Make sure that you maximize your favorite airline’s frequent flyer miles, and sign up for rewards programs if you are staying in international hotel chains.

The rewards may not provide large savings all at once, but the savings you get from these programs will help increase the size of your budget for other things like transportation, food, and the like. Don’t go backpacking internationally without being aware of the rewards programs that can help make your stay less expensive.

8. Choose your target locations wisely.

Large cities in any country are bound to be more expensive than more rural settings or smaller towns, so expect the prices of accommodation, food and transpiration to fluctuate when you’re travelling from a bigger, more bustling locale to a more laid back one.

While the margin of difference may not be apparent immediately, you know how the market works: with less demand come better prices. This is especially true when you are backpacking across Asia, as costs in every country can fluctuate wildly from one point to another.

Why She’s Not Into You: Decoding Bad Dates

Bad Dates

We’ve all been there: dates that just didn’t cut it. Dates that barely felt like dates. We’d rather forget about these flops, because the last thing we want to remember when engaging someone from the opposite sex is the memory of our last bad date.

But then again, it’s important to keep learning from our mistakes. Our bad dates are actually passageways to better dates – in the future. If you keep forgetting everything that’s happened in the past few bad dates, you are going to have a lot of trouble fixing your approach.

Is It All About You?

This is probably the worst approach to dates: making it all about you. By all means, make the conversation interesting. The girl is there to find out more about you, that’s the point.

She’s trying to figure out what kind of person you are. But there’s a catch: when you make the conversation all about you, you miss a vital opportunity to let the other person reveal what kind of person she is.

This means you are not really establishing a crucial connection with the other person. In addition to impressing the other person, it’s vital that you show your date that you are interested in what she has to say, and who she is.

What’s the solution?

There is a singular solution and it’s called active listening. Active listening is a communication technique that works wonders in all situations, not just dates. The principles are easy to follow:

1. In active listening, you listen more than speak.

2. The star of the conversation is the subject (your date) and not the speaker.

3. You calibrate your responses or feedback based on what the other person says.

We know what you’re thinking: would it be all about the other person? Not at all. You are still going to put your best foot forward to impress your date. But, you will not be leading the conversation – not in the way that we normally think we should lead.

Instead of just making the conversation about you, you are going to listen very closely to what the other person is saying so you can match your responses accordingly. This way, you will be able to provide the type of information that the other person wants to hear, as opposed to shooting in the dark.

Are You Using Feedback?

This is connected to active listening, but it’s another aspect of the communication process. Eliciting feedback means you are going to build your fortress of attraction on the basis of what the other person is communicating as opposed to just saying. When you elicit feedback, you forget your own preconceived notions of what makes a good conversation and hone in on what the other person is interested in.

Remember: if it is the first date, the other person will be wary of how you perceive her. Your date is going to be uncomfortable in some moments, simply because there is no rapport yet.

What is rapport?

The simplest definition of rapport is harmony. Harmony between two people is when they complement each other, like music or dance. When there’s harmony, there is no conflict or friction, and the flow energies between people are excellent. This is the sort of state that we want between two people who just might have the right chemistry to become partners.

Unfortunately, people usually fail to establish rapport in the beginning of the interaction and they end up thinking that the lack of rapport is due to absolute lack of chemistry. This is largely not true. Two people can have chemistry, but to rely on the first interaction for this chemistry to manifest is a tall order indeed. In order for chemistry to manifest, there has to be harmony between two people, first.

How can you establish rapport?

The simplest way to establish rapport with the other person is through the process of mirroring. Mirroring is different from mimicking or mechanical copying. Mirroring is allowing the other person’s verbal and nonverbal signals to influence your own. Think of how two old friends talk. One person smiles, the other one smiles, too.

One laughs, and the other reciprocates with laughter, no matter how old or corny the joke is. Unless the two are talking about mathematics or physics, the accuracy of the information involved in the interaction is of secondary importance. What is more importance is there is instant rapport between the two, and it shows with how they mirror each other.

The best way to begin the mirroring process is to think of the other person in the interaction as someone you know for a long time. This is an important junction because what we want you to do is to communicate as naturally as possible, without showing any fears or anxieties.

Sadly it’s easy to feel uneasy when you are out on a date, simply because you keep thinking that you are not doing enough to be “interesting” or “likable.”

By projecting the image of a person who is familiar or close to you onto your date, you will be able to ‘switch off’ the part of the brain that has something to do with anxiety and defensiveness.

This will definitely have a broad, general effect on how you communicate with the other person. You can be the most intelligent and astute speaker, but bear in mind that 50% of what we truly communicate does not pass through the verbal channel.

It’s been established that more than half of what we are communicating is projected by the body through nonverbal and vocal channels.

How your voice sounds, how you hold your body while speaking – these all have an impact on the final message that your date then receives before she is able to decode what you are communicating. So you can be talking about how great your Asian adventure was, but if your body is expressing anxiety, there is going to be a huge incongruence between what she sees and what you are saying.