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Fitness Product Hacks for Busy Workaholics

Fitness Product Hacks for Busy Workaholics

Hey, I know you! You’re a workaholic like me. You work 24/7; you show up to work early, you leave late, and when you’re not in the office, you’re still responding to emails, researching ideas, and planning for the weeks ahead. It’s hard for go-getters like us to turn it all off and shift our focus to things that don’t make any money – like the gym.

What I’ve found works best for me is to compact my exercise routines so that I don’t have to carve out too much time in my day to go to the gym. At work, we have a few different fitness products available. We all jump on the equipment every couple of hours to work different muscle groups, get a little pick-me-up, and get back to brainstorming.

There are at least 10 different ways to use each of the fitness items in our office, and there are even some great ways to work multiple muscle groups at a time for maximum exertion and time efficiency. Take a look…

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These Are the Only 5 Things You Need to Cram a Great Workout Session into Your Hectic Work Schedule

    We bolted gymnastics rings into our ceiling.

    They’re out of the way and adjustable for height, and they can hold up to a thousand pounds. You can use gymnastics rings at work, in your garage, or even in your backyard on a tree! But, as I mentioned earlier, we sought out equipment that can maximize muscle group usage and take up the least amount of space. Gymnastic rings are inherently unstable, so they force you to stabilize your body more than any other machine does. So, although you have to hang on for dear life with your hands, you’re definitely going to feel the workout in your arms, back, chest, and core the entire time you’re swinging. From pull-ups to push-ups, from deadlifts to the dreaded iron cross, you can do it all on a set of gymnastic rings.

    We have a treadmill in our back office

    With this machine in our office, I avoid waking up another hour earlier to take a run and a much-needed shower before work. I hop on our machine at work before heading out, so I avoid driving across town to my gym after work and fighting for a machine, and I avoid missing out on the limited time at home that I have in the evenings. There are a hundred different models out there, but what I like about our machine at the office is that it comes equipped with tons of built-in workout programs plus Google Mapping to mimic my normal fair-weather route outside. I can work from the machine via my laptop placed on the built-in workstation.

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    An Indo board lives on our lobby rug

    You can work your entire body with the Indo Board. It can be used for balancing fun and tricks, or you can use it to produce blood, sweat, and tears. It’s totally up to you. It’s essentially a balance board that was created to perfect the user’s surfing game, but if you utilize it for push-ups or combine it with the gymnastic rings, your entire body will be screaming after a few minutes.

    The foam roller keeps you going

    Have you ever been so sore the day (or two) after an intense workout that you think “man, this isn’t worth it”? You don’t have to hurt like that! After your cool-down, and a nice long stretch, take to the foam roller. By working your tired muscles with the foam roller, you’re pushing around all the lactic acid that’s built up in your muscles from your workout. You’ll be surprised at how not-sore you are the day after doing 50 lunges and squats.

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      Use something (anything) to keep track of what you’re doing

      Tracking your progress is the only way you’re going to see if your efforts are making any difference. Keep a journal, jot down some notes on your calendar, or use an app to do it all for you. Programs like iFit have a virtual coach, track your heart rate, count the steps you take throughout the day, and pair up to different machines, including most NordicTrack treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines for individualized workouts and tracking.

      You can keep any of these products in your home if you’re not able to have them in the office. Just remember that you don’t have to go to the gym for two hours at a time, lifting 80% of your max with 3 minute breaks in between. (Who has time for that anyway?) You can utilize your body weight and exude high energy for minutes at a time throughout the day to keep your body active and in shape. If you really want a bigger focus on your health, you can find the time and the means to make the necessary changes. You’re a beast at work – you can do this too.

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      7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

      7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

      Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

      In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

      There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

      1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

      The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

      Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

      Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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      2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

      When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

      The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

      It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

      By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

      3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

      At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

      Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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      Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

      You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

      Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

      4. Don’t Take Sides

      In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

      In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

      By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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      5. Don’t Get Personal

      In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

      People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

      To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

      Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

      6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

      The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

      Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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      Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

      7. Think Win-Win

      As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

      In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

      Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

      Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

      People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

      Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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