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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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              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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