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6 Ways to Get Fit Before Work Even Starts

6 Ways to Get Fit Before Work Even Starts

With everything going on in your crazy schedule, do you struggle to find time to get fit? Your day is likely full of work, family time, meals, and other obligations. With hardly a second to sit down and breathe, how in the world will you ever be able to achieve your fitness dreams?

Fortunately, with a few life hacks, you can start getting fit before you even get to work! You don’t need to be a personal trainer, marathon runner, or bodybuilder to start getting fit – you don’t even need a gym membership. All you need are a few simple changes to your morning routine. Once those tweaks become habits, you’ll be on a clear path to a fit new you.

1. Ride Your Bike to Work

Ride Your Bike to Work

    You can get a good morning workout simply by riding your bike to work. Not only will this help burn some additional calories, but riding your bike to work will save money and make parking easy too. This change to your morning commute will help jumpstart your fit day. Enjoying a leisure ride to work, enjoying the breeze and fresh air, will help you get mentally fit as well. Riding your bike can also relieve stress caused by traffic.

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    2. Enjoy a Nutritious Breakfast

    Enjoy a nutritious breakfast

      You get out what you put in. If you start your day eating a big, nutrient-dense breakfast, you’ll have energy to keep you going through the morning. Find wholesome foods you love and start including them in your breakfast: turkey bacon, whole-grain toast, oatmeal, fruits, low-sugar yogurts, etc.

      If you opt for sugar-filled cereals and pastries, you’ll feel the crash before you even reach lunch time. Give yourself the physical and mental boost you need to start the day off right. When you start the day eating healthy, you’re more likely to continue eating healthy the rest of the day.

      3. Workout in the Morning

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      Morning Jog

        The longer the day drags on, the more tired you’ll become. By the end of the day, it’s difficult to still have motivation or energy to exercise. Do yourself a favor and get your workout out of the way as soon as you wake up. Go for an early run, lifting workout, yoga session, or whatever exercise you enjoy. You’ll start the day energized and determined, and that momentum will carry you through the whole day.

        4. Plan Your Meals

        Plan Your Meals

          Determine what you’re going to eat before you step out the door. You don’t need to pack a lunch every day, but you should know what you’ll be eating for at least the next eight hours. Don’t just wing it! Failure to have a meal plan can lead to excessive snacking and unhealthy alternatives. If you know what you’re going to eat, you’re more likely to stick to a healthy meal plan and eat nutritious foods to support your fitness goals.

          5. Take the Stairs

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          Take the Stairs

            The stairs might take a few extra minutes, but you’ll be extra happy with the results. Taking the stairs will help you get practically fit. You’ll see your endurance and health improve day by day as you begin climbing each floor with more energy. In no time, you’ll be reaching your destination without being out of breath. You’ve now gained a new level of fitness inside your own work building!

            6. Pack Snacks

            Apple - Pack a snack

              Think about it. You always get hungry before lunch, and how many times does that lead you to the vending machine? Packing healthy snacks will help you avoid sugary pitfalls and save money at the same time. You’ll feel better after enjoying a healthy snack, and this will help you stick to your fitness resolutions. You don’t need to go crazy either – an apple, a handful of nuts, or a bag of carrots will suffice.

              Fitness transformations don’t require huge changes – all you need is minor tweaks! Not only will these changes directly improve your healthy, but they’ll also indirectly influence the rest of your health decisions for the better! Get started with these life hacks right away and watch your health begin to improve.

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              Featured Photo Credit: woman with handbag, man on a bike, a nutritious breakfast, morning jog in the woods, pencil and notebook, woman on stairs, apple.

              Featured photo credit: Marius Boatca via imcreator.com

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              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

              20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

              Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

              If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

              1. Create a Daily Plan

              Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

              2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

              Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

              3. Use a Calendar

              Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

              I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

              Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

              4. Use an Organizer

              An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

              These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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              5. Know Your Deadlines

              When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

              But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

              6. Learn to Say “No”

              Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

              Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

              7. Target to Be Early

              When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

              For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

              Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

              8. Time Box Your Activities

              This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

              You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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              9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

              Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

              10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

              Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

              You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

              11. Focus

              Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

              Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

              Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

              12. Block out Distractions

              What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

              I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

              When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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              Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

              13. Track Your Time Spent

              When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

              You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

              14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

              You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

              Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

              15. Prioritize

              Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

              Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

              16. Delegate

              If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

              When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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              17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

              For related work, batch them together.

              For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

              1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
              2. coaching
              3. workshop development
              4. business development
              5. administrative

              I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

              18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

              What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

              One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

              While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

              19. Cut off When You Need To

              The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

              Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

              20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

              Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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