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10 Daily Habits That Hugely Strengthen Both Your Body And Mind

10 Daily Habits That Hugely Strengthen Both Your Body And Mind

Our daily routines may keep us active, but how active are you really, and is your mind active enough? There are many habits that we get into that keep us from having a strong body and mind. But, there are also habits we can get into that will help to make the body and mind stronger than ever. Here are some of those habits that you need to get into.

1. Exercise between Workouts

You don’t have to wait for a workout to get some much-needed exercise. For instance, if you are at work, you can stand up and do some stretching exercises, or go for a walk, run, bike ride on your lunch break, and take one-minute exercise breaks.

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2. Eat Brain Food

We all know about eating healthy food to keep our bodies healthy. Are you eating the right foods for your brain as well? Try to include eggs, milk, juice, and fish (particularly salmon and halibut) to your diet.

3. Increase Your Goals

You have likely been told to set daily goals. But, how difficult are these goals? You need to challenge yourself, so make sure that your goals are harder and harder all the time. This is going to build you up to where you want to be.

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4. Improve Your Memory

Playing little memory games is a great way to have sharper recall at any time. Try associating things that you normally wouldn’t think of being associated with one another, and they will stick in your mind even more. There is a scientific term for this, which is synesthesia.

5. Watch Inspirational Videos

There are loads of great inspirational videos online. Try looking for the more obscure videos on topics that you don’t see in all of the other videos. You will find a great selection of inspirational videos at Uscreen and YouTube, as well as videos on health, diet, exercise, and more.

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6. Turn Jealousy into a Good Thing

Everyone has jealous moments, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you are jealous that someone is more successful than you are, use that person as a role model. Use your jealousy to start being more like they are, and pay attention to how they handle many situations, their habits, etc.

7. Track Your Walking Miles

Do you realize that the biggest part of your day is spent sitting down? This is not only going to cause stiff muscles, it can actually lead to health problems because you aren’t getting enough exercise. It is a good idea to try and take at least 3,000 steps per day (you can calculate your walk count with pedometer). Each day, strive to make the count a little bit higher.

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8. Move Around every 15 Minutes

You should never sit still for long periods of time. Whenever possible, try to get up and move around every 15 to 20 minutes, even if it is just to stretch your arms and legs. Walk to the coffee shop at break time instead of driving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

9. Go Out of Your Way

If you normally walk to work, take a different route that is a bit longer. Park far away from stores (unless you plan on buying a lot of stuff and don’t want to lug it all back to the car). Walk to the next train or bus stop. Every extra step you take is going to add up.

10. Grow Your Vocabulary

Start reading more, and increase your vocabulary by leaps and bounds. Look for books and movies that are going to challenge your mind, and if there are words you are unsure of, look them up and keep on learning.

Featured photo credit: lauren rushing via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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