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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

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      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 September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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