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Six Reasons you Don’t Work out (That Aren’t Your Fault)

Six Reasons you Don’t Work out (That Aren’t Your Fault)

I “should” work out more. Ever tell yourself that? I know I have. Exercise is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but only a few people really stick with. It certainly doesn’t help that skipping workouts is a “lazy” thing to do. No one wants to be called “lazy”, and every skipped workout leads to shame and regret and zero progress. Luckily, not working out doesn’t automatically mean that you’re lazy. There are perfectly valid reasons that you don’t work out. Understanding them can help you forgive yourself and be more consistent with your exercise.

1) You Don’t Know How.

When were you supposed to learn this stuff? I don’t know about you, but I never had classes on how to eat right, whether to do lifting or cardio, and what kind of exercises to do. There are a million exercise routines out there. Power lifting? Running? Bodybuilding? Crossfit? Interval training? Swimming? Sports? How are you supposed to know what works? With so many things to choose from, is it any surprise that you miss workouts? Tomorrow the new trend could make all of your workouts seem silly.

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2) You Didn’t Have a Fit Role Model.

Growing up, I knew a guy whose parents worked out daily in the house. He played four sports and was constantly practicing. When he was old enough, he joined a gym and started lifting. He was active his entire life, so was it any surprise that working out was easy for him?

Not everyone had a fit role model. In a lot of homes, exercise is hardly mentioned. If you didn’t start early, how were you supposed to know that this whole exercise thing was so important? It’s no wonder you don’t work out; no one was there to show you!

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3) It’s Lonely.

I was shocked at how lonely exercising can sometimes be. When I told people I was trying to get in shape, I was actually mocked. People said things like “why would you want to do that?” One of the most frustrating parts of working out is that it’s sometimes hard to share your successes. You don’t want to be that guy who’s always bragging about his workouts. It can be hard to celebrate success.

Until I started paying attention to my food, I never realized how much social interaction revolves around eating. People are constantly trying to feed you sweets or offering second helpings, and it’s hard to politely decline without coming across as rude.

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4) You’re Tired.

Working a 9-5 is hard. A full day of focus and energy is spent on your job. When you add in your commute, there’s hardly enough time left to do what you want to do. You still need to cook/eat dinner, do laundry, clean, and take care of adult life issues. All you want to do is relax. Even if you have the time, the thought of dragging yourself to the gym and doing all that other stuff is exhausting. You want to have time to be yourself.

5) You Don’t Have Time.

You might actually not have any time! If you don’t get home until 6 or 7pm, cook/eat, take out the trash, meet with friends, have a life to tend to, it’s hard enough to be in bed by 11pm. Morning workouts are possible, but waking up early means going to bed early or running low on sleep. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!

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6) You Don’t Feel Like You Belong.

When I started it felt like I wasn’t fit enough to be in the gym. The gym is a place for fit people, right? That’s where the super in-shape people hang out. It doesn’t feel like you belong there. It’s even worse if you aren’t sure what to do. What if everyone thinks the exercise you’re doing is stupid? What if people are judging you? The gym is intimidating.

All of these reasons can be overcome, but it’s not wrong to feel this way. Understand the reasons that you skip workouts. By doing that, you can figure out ways to overcome them.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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