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10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

10 Things Healthy People Do Before Going To Work Every Day

Have you ever considered that doing more healthy things before you go to work each day will actually improve your day rather than hinder it? It might be time to make a change to your normal, everyday routine just to see what effect it might have on you and your surroundings. You’ll never know unless you go for it!

If you want to feel invigorated and ready to tackle the day ahead, try these simple tips for 30 days and you’ll never go back to hitting the snooze button again!

1. Get up 20 minutes earlier

This might be a struggle, especially if, like me, you find it hard to tear yourself away from your duvet when the alarm clock rings. I used to be a ‘bed hugger’ until I started working for myself. Then I realized that I worked better in the mornings than in the afternoons or evenings. Because of that I now get up at least an hour earlier than I used to and have become a lot more productive as a result.

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So how about trying it? Make that extra time in the mornings count, so you aren’t as stressed trying to fit everything in first thing. This will also help with the other tips I’ve got lined up for you!

2. Meditate and set intentions for the day

Before I do anything in the morning, I go to my quiet place and I meditate. This sets the mood for the day and is a great way of setting your intentions for how you want the day to go. It also gets you into a place of feeling calm and relaxed. If you have to drive or battle with train commuters on your way to work, you’ll deal with things in a less reactionary way after meditating. So begin your day just like other healthy people by visualizing your day ahead and making sure it’s a good one!

3. Drink hot water with lemon

If you want something to set you up for your day in a healthy way, then drinking a hydrating and nourishing hot water and lemon drink is a great choice. It’s known for activating digestion and is another positive step toward better health, so why not?

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4. Sit and watch nature

This is a great way to really get yourself in touch with your natural surroundings and appreciating all that you have at that very moment. How often do you just sit, listen and watch the birds and the environment they inhabit? We spend so much of our lives rushing from one thing to the next that we forget how lucky we are to be alive. If you can take five minutes out of your usual morning routine and observe, you’ll be amazed at what’s just outside your back door.

5. Do a bit of exercise

I’m not talking about a full on hour at the gym or a sweaty 30 minute run. It’s more like a gentle walk in nature to get you outside, relaxed and fully alert. Healthy people find this not only energizing, but know that the benefits of stimulating the brain will start the day off with a clear and clutter-free mind. Taking some exercise—even if it’s just ten minutes—is better than none. You’ll feel great and look great, so where’s the harm in that?

6. Always eat breakfast

I know that if I’ve not eaten anything for breakfast, I’m like a bear with a sore head, so I make sure I eat something every morning. Not only do I eat breakfast, I make sure it’s healthy and always includes some kind of fruit. Healthy people like to eat breakfast because it’s brain food; it’s a sure fire way to be more effective at work and it’ll make you a lot more fun to be around. If you can, try to make your breakfast something really tasty—so tasty in fact that you’ll hate to miss out on it!

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7. Make your lunch

Making your lunch before you go to work is a great way of ensuring that you make time to take that well-earned lunch break. Think about it: how many times do you work straight through your lunch, or take what seems like an age to think about what to have so that you’ve already wasted half your lunch break trying to decide. Do yourself a favor: pack all your healthy favorites beforehand so you’ve got the whole of your lunch break to enjoy them!

8. Make time to schedule your to do list

We’ve all got a mountain of stuff to do each week, let alone each day, so why not take the stress out of your day by organizing things you are definitely going to accomplish that same day. If you do this, it will take all the anxiety and stress out of making important decisions. It will ensure that you know what tasks you have to complete and it’ll remind you to do them. After all, the only person who will be letting you down is YOU! However, it’s important to be flexible as other things can crop up at the last minute, which can mean you’ve got less time than you thought. Remember to always stay calm, don’t panic, and reschedule for the next day if you have to. As long as you do that, there really is no harm.

9. Listen to uplifting and inspiring music

Forget the TV or the radio for once—the early morning news can bring you down. Instead, opt to listen to your favorite track, and get your mood lifted each morning. Music is a great way of bringing you back to the present moment, which can help you focus on the good stuff and stop any anxiety or worries about future commitments.

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10. Be grateful for all that you have each day

Take time to reflect on your life and what you already have. If you can take time to make a list of all the things you are grateful for each morning and reevaluate your life as it currently stands, it will make you appreciate all the goodness you have around you. Doing this one thing each day will make you feel fantastic and inspired. After all, being grateful is the key to happiness and abundance.

So which of these 10 tips are you going to try for the next 30 days?

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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