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Keep Your Workout Focus on Yourself, Not on Your Pain

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Workouts can sometimes come with a little bit of pain. Although it's generally recommended to stop working out if you start having severe pain, some discomfort is common both during and after workouts. If you're able to stop that pain, you can focus more on having the workout that you're looking for! By following these steps, you can make sure that you're getting the right workout without potentially setting yourself up for severe post-workout pain.


Have the right workout plan.

Every person needs their own workout plan. What works for your friend might not work for you, and your body might be more cut out for a certain type of exercise that you haven't thought about. This doesn't need to be something that you stick to unerringly, but it should at least be something that guides you in all of your workouts.

You don't have to pay a personal trainer to help you set up your own workout plan, but it's a good idea to at least have something set up. You can create a workout plan with tools available online, or you might even be able to ask some fitness-obsessed friends. Remember to ramp up your workouts slowly, so your body gets adjusted to it.

Don't be afraid to take rest days.

Setting up rest days in advance is an incredibly important part of your workout plan, and it should be part of every plan that you create. Your body needs rest days in order to heal and recuperate; working out every single day will only make you feel miserable and hurt your body. Having those days built into your schedule will give you something to look forward to, and help you remember not to overwork yourself.

However, sometimes you also need to take impromptu rest days. If a tragedy has recently struck in your family, or you've run into some financial trouble that currently needs all of your attention, it's okay to cut down a little on your workouts. If you've recently injured yourself, you need to be careful going back into your workout routine. No matter what, just remember that rest days aren't bad. They're there for an important reason, so use them.

Take supplements if necessary.

Taking supplements, vitamins, and minerals is a great way to increase your performance! When you're using natural supplements or changing your diet to include extra vitamins, they're not changing your body in any way. Instead, they're just optimizing the way your body works. Here are some good supplements to use that can increase your ability to have a fulfilling workout.

Vitamin D

If your workouts are largely outside, you may have just fine Vitamin D levels, but otherwise, there's a good chance that your Vitamin D is lacking a little bit. Low Vitamin D is related to depression and weak bones, both things that can have a significant impact on your workouts. You can take Vitamin D as a supplement, get it as an additive in milk, or just spend some extra time outside every day.

Omega-3's

Omega-3 fatty acids should be an incredibly important part of any athlete's required nutrients. They're a great way to make sure your body and your brain are both in alignment, and can help alleviate stiffness and inflammation both during and after workouts. Although you can get them by eating certain foods, you can also take a fish oil capsule or algae supplement to get your omega-3's every day.

CBD

There are a number of reasons that CBD should be an integral part of your athletic medicine cabinet. The best CBD capsules will help you calm down and be a little looser, making it easier to go through a hard workout without hurting yourself. CBD oil capsules are easy and convenient to take. You can also get CBD oils and tinctures, which you can rub on affected areas to provide relief from muscle soreness.

Although workouts might end up with a little bit of pain, that doesn't have to be your main focus. In fact, it shouldn't be! By just taking a few steps, you can alleviate pain while still having a great workout.

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How I Turned my Fine Art Drawings into a Temporary Tattoo Empire

I have always been in love with all things art- I was obsessed with drawing and painting before I was even walking. In high school, I started a career selling art through various gallery art shows and on Etsy. I then went on to study fine arts at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in painting, but took classes in ceramics, printmaking, cinema and architecture to get a really well-rounded education on all sorts of art.

During my senior year of college, my career path went through a huge transition; I started my own temporary tattoo brand, INKED by Dani, which is a brand of temporary tattoos based on my hand-drawn fine art designs.


The idea for the brand came one night after a themed party at college. My friends, knowing how much I loved drawing, asked me to cover them in hand-drawn doodles using eyeliner. The feedback from that night was overwhelming, everyone my friends saw that night was obsessed with the designs. In that moment, a lightbulb went off in my head... I could do some completely unique here and create chic temporary tattoos with an art-driven aesthetic, unlike anything else on the market. Other temporary tattoo brands were targeted to kids or lacked a sleek and millennial-driven look. It was a perfect pivot; I could utilize my fine arts training and tattoos as a new art medium to create a completely innovative brand.

Using the money I made from selling my artwork throughout high school and college, I funded the launch of INKED by Dani. I had always loved the look of dainty tattoos, but knew I could never commit to the real thing, and I knew my parents would kill me if I got a tattoo (I also knew that so many girls must have that same conflict). Starting INKED by Dani was a no-brainer.

I started off with a collection of about only 10 designs and sold them at sorority houses around USC. Our unique concept for on-trend and fashion-forward tattoos was spreading through word of mouth, and we quickly started growing an Instagram following. I was hustling all day from my room, cold calling retailers, sending blind samples and tons of emails, and trying to open up as many opportunities as I could.

Now, we're sold at over 10,000 retail locations (retailers include Target, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Hot Topic), and we've transformed temporary tattoos into a whole new form of wearable art.

My 4 best tips for starting your own business are:

  1. Just go with your gut! You'll never know what works until you try it. Go day by day and do everything in your power to work toward your goals. Be bold, but be sure to be thoughtful in your actions.
  2. Research your competitors and other successful brands in your category to determine how you can make your product stand out. Figure out where there is a need or hole in the market that your new offering or approach can fill.
  3. Don't spread yourself too thin. Delegate where possible, and stay focused each day on doing the best and most you can. Don't get too caught up in your end goal or the big picture to a point where it overwhelms or freezes you. You're already making a bold move to start something new, so try to prioritize what's important! I started off in the beginning hand packing every single tattoo pack that we sold and shipped. If I wanted to scale to align with the level of demand we were receiving, I needed to make the pivot to mass produce and relinquish the control of doing every step myself. I am a total perfectionist, so that was definitely hard! From that point on, overseeing production has been a huge part of my daily schedule, but by doing so I've been able to free up more time to focus on design, merchandising, and sales, allowing me to really focus on growing the business.
  4. Prioritize great product packaging and branding. It's so important to invest time in customer experience- how customers view and interact with your product. The packaging is just as important as the actual product inside! When we were starting off, we had high demand, and I definitely jumped the gun a bit on packaging so we could deliver product to the retailers when they wanted it. Since then, we've completely revamped the packaging into something upscale and unique that reflects what the brand is all about. Our product packaging is always called out as being one of our retailers' and customers' favorite part of our product!