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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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