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How to Exercise When You Don’t Feel Like it

How to Exercise When You Don’t Feel Like it

No matter how motivated, energized or regimented you are when it comes to getting in your daily workout, you’re likely to face a day that you just don’t feel like exercising. Whether you’re exhausted from a poor night’s sleep, you’re thinking about all of the other tasks on your plate or you just can’t seem to muster up the energy to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement, there are times that working out just doesn’t seem appealing.

With all the countless health benefits that come along with regular exercise, most Americans try to adhere to the recommended 30 minutes of activity a day. In fact, just 30 minutes of walking every day can help you manage your weight, improve your mood, increase energy levels, and help you sleep better at night, according to Mayo Clinic. So how do you get yourself to exercise when you’re just not in the mood?

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1. Enlist a Buddy

One of the best ways to get motivated to move is to commit time to walking or running with someone else. Call a friend, grab your spouse or stop by your neighbor’s house to recruit them to join you. This will hold you accountable and make the activity more of a social event than a workout. You can even use the Lumo Run sensor which can serve as a personal accountability coach to motivate you to achieve your best performance.

2. Dress the Part

Oftentimes, the biggest hurdle to actually going to the gym or getting outside to exercise is the actual act of getting ready to go. Once you’re dressed in workout gear – shoes and all – it’ll be much more difficult to turn back to the couch and kick up your feet or to crawl into bed. Whether you feel like it or not, lace up your running shoes, slip on your yoga pants or swap your cozy sweatshirt for a tank top and you’ll be halfway out the door before you realize.

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3. Set a Goal

Setting a daily goal, a weekly goal or even a monthly goal will help you stay on track in your fitness regimen. This goal can include anything from walking a certain number of steps each day or completing a local marathon event by year’s end. By setting a realistic and achievable goal that you can easily track and to which you can hold yourself accountable, you’re more likely to set your competitive drive in gear in order to reach your objective.

4. Fuel Up

More often than not, your body is fatigued or lethargic because it doesn’t have the energy source or hydration it needs to get moving. This is particularly true first thing in the morning, as your body has gone without food or water for many hours. Additionally, you lose water weight through the emission of water vapor and sweat as you sleep, according to NPR. Try drinking a high-protein shake or guzzling down a glass of cold water before attempting to exercise so you set your metabolism and energy levels in motion.

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5. Sign Up for a Class

If your workout regimen has become so repetitive that it’s just not interesting enough anymore, you’re more likely to opt for catching up on reruns at home than heading to the gym. If this is the case, sign up for an exercise class (they’re usually free with your membership) or make an appointment with a personal trainer to shake up your routine. Your mind and your body will benefit, as switching up your sequence will help you work new muscles and get you out of your monotonous rut.

6. Shake Up Your Soundtrack

Have you ever found yourself unknowingly bobbing your head or tapping your foot when a popular pop song comes on the radio overhead while waiting on line at a coffee shop? For most people, music has the incredible power to make them move, especially if it’s a fast-paced dance song or widely popular jingle. Make yourself a CD or download some new songs on iTunes, and use this as the soundtrack to your workout. You’ll find yourself groovin’ and movin’ before you know it!

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There are always times when a workout feels like the last thing you want to do, but these six simple suggestions will help you get motivated to move when you need it most. While it’s certainly healthy – and even recommended – to take a few “rest days” a week, regular exercise is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Make a point to move every day on your own, with a friend, at a class or to the sound of new beats, and it will become a routine that you won’t want to skip!

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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