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Exercise Routine That Best Fits You (With 3 Difficulty Levels to Choose)

Exercise Routine That Best Fits You (With 3 Difficulty Levels to Choose)

Do you find it difficult sticking with an exercise routine? Do you love the idea of creating a routine, yet still lack the motivation to apply your creation? If so, you are not alone. If you have not heard of my 24 Hour Workout, let me introduce you to the ultimate exercise routine hack.

Let’s examine the routine by splitting it into three levels as my routine can seem a little intimidating at times.

Why you need an exercise routine

The ultimate exercise routine identified here is different than most routines in that it requires no gym membership and can be done anywhere at any time. The benefits of exercise (and maintaining an exercise routine) will lead to an overall healthy life.

Simply adopting this exercise routine will completely change your life. Let’s examine 11 Benefits of Exercise provided by Dr. Axe:[1]

  1. Boost happiness levels
  2. Learn to set and achieve goals
  3. Reduce risk of heart disease
  4. Improved sleep
  5. Boost in overall energy
  6. Increased strength and flexibility
  7. Improved memory
  8. Increased self-confidence
  9. Perform better at work
  10. Less susceptible to disease
  11. You will live longer

An exercise routine (combined with a morning routine) is the ultimate life hack. Not only will it provide you with a way to think, look, and feel great, but it will also boost your productivity, increase your energy level and intelligence, improve your memory, and increase your overall quality of life.

Equally important, you can begin an exercise routine at any stage in your life.

The 3 levels of exercise routine

This exercise plan is designed based onthe American Council on Exercise (ACE) Health-Fitness-Performance (HFP) Continuum as a guide for better health, fitness and performance:

    I have broken the fitness program into three different difficulty level: beginners, intermediate and advanced.

    Workout routine for beginners

      It is easy to imagine starting an exercise routine, yet it is very difficult to begin doing the actual work. That’s why it is actually the hardest level.

      The following is a beginner’s exercise routine:

      1. Exercise hourly or High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

      When:

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      Monday, Wednesday, Friday

      • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere
      • How long: 2 months

      Both options are exercises that can be done at home (or anywhere indoors).

      Option A – Exercise hourly (if possible)

      Using a version of the Pomodoro Technique, use a timer and set it for every 60 minutes.

      Once the timer goes off, do the following:

      Power Push-up. Start with 10 push-ups and do these five times a day. Watch the following video:

      Plank. Hold the plank for at least 30 seconds (five times a day). Watch the following video:

      Option B – High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts for beginners at Home (morning or evening)

      Before beginning the following workout, make sure you warm up for 3 minutes (jumping jacks, quick jog, etc.). After you have completed the workout, rest for at least 1 minute and stretch.

      The HIIT Workout for Beginners at Home by Anytimestrength.com outlines the perfect alternative to my 24 Workout.[2] Follow Circuits 1-4 in the image below:

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        2. Cardio workout exercises of your interest (works with Option A or B)

        • When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
        • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere
        • How long: 2 months

        Do some form of cardio (i.e. jogging, elliptical, stair climber, jumping rope, swimming, cycling, etc.) for at least 20 minutes.

        Before you do any cardio exercises, do this 5-minute warmup routine to prevent injuries:

        Fitness tips for the beginner level

        • Stand while you work. This simple change will improve posture, reduce lower back pain, and prevent neck strain.
        • Drink more water as it will increase your energy, relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, and flush out toxins.
        • Take a cold shower to wake up.

        Workout routine for intermediate level

          After 2 months you will want to step it up. At this point you should start seeing some of the benefits of your new exercise routine. The following is an intermediate guide:

          1. Exercise hourly or 10-minute home fat burning workout

          • When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
          • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere
          • How long: 4 months

          Option A – Exercise hourly (if possible)

          Using a version of the Pomodoro Technique, use a timer and set it for every 60 minutes. Once the timer goes off, do the following:

          Power Push-up. Do 20 push-ups (five times a day).

          Plank. Hold the plank for at least 50 seconds (five times a day).

          Option B – 10 minute home fat burning workout (morning or evening)

          Before beginning the following workout, make sure you warm up for 3 minutes (jumping jacks, quick jog, etc.). After you have completed the workout, rest for at least 1 minute and stretch.

          ATHLEAN-X provides a fantastic (and killer) workout you can perform in the morning or evening if you are not able to exercise hourly.[3]

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          Watch and follow along with the following video:

          2. Cardio workout exercises of your interest (works with Option A or B)

          • When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
          • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere
          • How long: 4 months

          Do some form of cardio (i.e. jogging, elliptical, stair climber, jumping rope, swimming, cycling, etc.) for (at a minimum) 30 minutes.

          Don’t forget to do this warmup routine to prevent injuries:

          Fitness tips for the intermediate level

          • Stand while you work. This simple change will improve posture, reduce lower back pain, and prevent neck strain.
          • Drink more water as it will increase your energy, relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, and flush out toxins.
          • Take a cold shower to wake up.

          Workout routine for advanced level

            After 6 months you should start to think, look, and feel really good. It’s now time to enter into beast mode! The following is an advanced guide:

            1. Exercise hourly, or Bodyweight only HIIT workout

            • When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
            • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere (try it in an airport!)
            • How long: the rest of your life!

            Option A – Exercise hourly (if possible)

            Using a version of the Pomodoro Technique, use a timer and set it for every 45-60 minutes. Once the timer goes off, do the following:

            Power Push-up. Do them until they hurt (ten times a day).

            Plank. Hold the plank until it hurts (ten times a day).

            Bicep curls with a resistance band (as many as you can ten times a day – can be done anywhere and everywhere). Learn how to do it with this video:

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            Pull-ups (as many as you can 5 times a day). Watch this video to do it right:

            Option B – Insane HIIT Challenge – Bodyweight Only HIIT Workout (morning or evening)

            Before beginning the following workout, make sure you warm up for 3 minutes (jumping jacks, quick jog, etc.). After you have completed the workout, rest for at least 1 minute and stretch.

            FitnessBlender.com provides an insane HIIT workout and I recommend it as an alternative to my 24 Hour Workout if you are unable to exercise hourly. [4] Watch and follow along with the following video:

            2. Cardio workout exercises of your interest (works with Option A or B)

            • When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
            • Where: Anywhere and Everywhere
            • How long: the rest of your life!

            Do some form of cardio (i.e. jogging, elliptical, stair climber, jumping rope, swimming, cycling, etc.) for (at a minimum) 30 minutes. Bump it up to 60 minutes or more when training for an event (i.e. a marathon).

            Always remember, warming up your body before any exercises is important:

            Fitness tips for the advanced level

            • Stand while you work. This simple change will improve posture, reduce lower back pain, and prevent neck strain.
            • Take a Vitamin B-12 to increase energy and improve cardiovascular support.
            • Take a Nootropic. Known as “Smart Drugs” will boost your memory, increase focus, and can provide mood enhancing benefits.[5]
            • Drink more water as it will increase your energy, relieve fatigue, promote weight loss, and flush out toxins.
            • Take a cold shower to wake up.
            • Listen to audiobooks while you exercise.
            • Read a book while you plank.
            • Sign up for an event (i.e. a marathon).

            Adopting an exercise routine is a life-changing experience. I guarantee, if you adopt the exercise routine discussed here, you will see significant improvements in your life. You will find that your “happy” chemicals in your body will receive a boost, your stress levels will reduce, your ability to cope with stress will get better, your self-confidence will increase, and your mental capacity will improve.

            Essentially, you will think – look – and feel better than ever!

            Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

            Reference

            [1] Dr. Axe: 11 Benefits of Exercise — Start Working Out Today!
            [2] Anytimestrength.com: HIIT Workouts Beginners Home
            [3] ATHLEAN-X: 10 Minute Home Fat Burning Workout
            [4] FitnessBlender.com: Insane HIIT Challenge
            [5] Artofmanliness.com: Supplements to Boost Your Brain

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            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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