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The Top Five Hacks for Having the Best Home Gym

The Top Five Hacks for Having the Best Home Gym

Staying fit is important for so many reasons. When you are fit, you are a lot healthier and you can enjoy life so much more since you can move a lot more and have the ability to do more things. When you are fit, you also look much better which is terrific for improving your confidence and your mental health.

Not having money or time for the gym is no excuse and neither is not having enough room for a home gym. If you have the right tools you can still get a full workout from a mini gym that can fit into a tiny closet or trunk. Here are the top five hacks that will help you stay fit even if you live in the world’s tiniest apartment or if you are on a small budget;

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1. Resistance bands

Resistance bands have hit the market by storm and are an absolute must for your mini home gym because you can get a full body workout from an item that can fit into a tiny handbag. There are so many different workouts that you can do with these bands. You can use resistance bands for losing weight, as a cardio workout and for toning your body by simply following the right exercises.

Resistance bands are great for loosing unwanted fat quickly as you are using your own body’s resistance to help with the workout.  The bands are perfect for targeting certain problem areas of your body such as your love handles. You can also use the bands to recover from injuries since you can stretch out and strengthen damaged muscles.

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2. Yoga mat

A yoga mat will give you good cushioning from the hard ground and they roll up into a tiny roll that can easily be stuffed into a trunk or closet in your apartment. You can use a yoga mat to do a lot of different workouts such as Yoga and Pilates or you can do basic workouts such as sit-ups, pushups and stretches much more comfortably. Yoga is such a creative activity for people who want to clear their mind and work on their centre of gravity.

3. Weights

Weights are perfect for a mini home gym because there are so many different weighted weights on the market. You can find a few sets that match your body size and workout types and viola! You are ready to build, shape and tone those muscles and break down fat in your arms, back, tummy and more by simply doing the right type of exercises.

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You can also get adjusted weights so you do not need different a bunch of different weight sets lying around because you can set the weight of your adjusted weights to suit your need for that exercise.

4. Jumping rope

Skipping or jumping rope workouts are some of the best cardio workouts that you can do if you don’t have space. Your skipping rope won’t take up any space at all and will give you a mega workout that is sure to improve your heart and burn lots of calories with just a few minutes of jumping.

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5. Workout DVD’s

It’s tough to figure out how to work out and to create a good workout routine if you are using minimal equipment. A workout DVD is a must because the fitness instructors show you proper form when doing certain exercises so you don’t end up injuring yourself. You can also learn to do a great variety of types of workouts and many of these routines such as the Zumba and Tae Bo workouts are great fun and actually teach you added skills such as dancing or self-defense.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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