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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 January 14, 2019

              7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

              7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

              From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

              What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

              1. Take the scenic route.

              Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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              Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

              2. Distract yourself.

              No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

              3. Listen to music or podcasts.

              There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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              4. Bring a friend.

              Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

              Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

              5. Accessorize.

              There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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              For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

              6. Compete.

              A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

              7. Relax.

              The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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              With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

              Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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