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Lean Towards Laziness? Try These 10 Easy & Effortless Health Tips

Lean Towards Laziness? Try These 10 Easy & Effortless Health Tips

1. Use commercial breaks to your advantage

woman doing sit ups at home

    Alternate between push-ups, sit ups, and squats during commercial breaks. Or stick with one exercise, but aim to get in more reps as the number of commercial breaks increase.

    2. Catch up on shows ONLY while on the treadmill, climbing on the elliptical, or cycling on a gym bike

    Fitness

      With the summer temps soaring, take refuge inside and dust off that gym membership card. Rewarding yourself for going to the gym with your favorite TV show will make time fly when you are on the machine. I know I am overdue for some trashy Bravo shows, but if you aren’t brave enough to flaunt your obsession with the latest Real Housewives, OINTB, Game of Thrones, and Orphan Black are high on my list to watch. Before you know it, you’ve just spent 30-60 min in a sweat sesh instead of lounging on the couch!

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      3. Schedule workouts with friends

      Workout with friends

        Having a buddy will hold you accountable to meet the recommended 150 minutes of cardio or resistance training per week. Plus, you will have time to catch up and spend quality time with your buds. Studies have shown that exercising two hours a week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by over 25%.

        4. Keep a set of workout clothes at work

        Woman tying shoelaces

          Having a set of clothes at work will ensure that there’s no excuse if you forget them. If you decide to nix the gym that day, having your clothes near your desk will be a reminder that it is time to hit the gym soon.

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          5. Tote around a water bottle wherever you go

          Water bottle

            Aim to fill your bottle at least three of four times a day to hit the recommended 91 ounces (if you are a woman) or 125 ounces (if you are a man). Not only will you be better hydrated, but you will also get the added bonus of leaving your desk and walking to the water cooler. If plain water isn’t your thing, try infusing water with citrus, berries, or cucumber.

            6. Take five or 10 minutes on Sunday to prep a selection of ready to go snacks

            Snack

              I like to cut up bell peppers, carrots, and celery and throw in some sweet cherry tomatoes into a large Tupperware and toss with some lemon juice to keep things fresh in the fridge. Every day, I take a small portion of the veggie mix to munch on at my desk. Same thing with trail mix: combine a variety of nuts, dried fruit, and even dark chocolate in a large container (Mason jars work great here!) and put into a baggie for a satisfying snack. For some options that require no work, turn to yogurt cups or pouched tuna as perfect on-the-go snack options.

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              7. Better yet, spend a few extra minutes to make big batches of foods for easy and fast lunches

              Healthy Kids Lunchbox

                Crank up the tunes and get meal prepping! Roast a large pan of vegetables (onions, green beans, and broccoli is my current favorite combo), cook up some whole grains like brown rice or quinoa, and prep some lean protein like chicken breast or lentils. Add your favorite sauce or dressing, mix together, and portion for versatile, healthful, and fast lunch options.

                8. Swing by your local corner store for grub

                Corner store

                  Chances are you don’t want to make multiple trips during the week to the grocery store. That’s where the local corner store comes in. Scour the shelves for nuts and peanut butter and head to the refrigerated section for yogurt or pre-made protein drinks.

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                  9. Stock up on frozen produce

                  Closeup frozen mixed vegetables

                    Convenient, cost-effective, and long shelf-life?! Sign me up! Throw a handful of frozen berries on top of your morning oatmeal or nuke a bowl of frozen veggies as a fast and easy way to get in your fruits and veggies at every meal.

                    10. Eat from small plates

                    Stack of Plates

                      We have already talked about loading up your plate, but let’s talk about the type of plate. Studies have shown that plate or bowl size affects serving size.

                      Start small and work to incorporate more of these easy healthful tricks each week. Though small, each tip can come together and add up to some significant benefits for your health!

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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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