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20 Things Only People Who Workout Understand

20 Things Only People Who Workout Understand

Fitting exercise in to your busy daily routine is an excellent habit to get into. Not only will you benefit from increased health and energy, your heart and cardiovascular system will stay fit and functional much later in life. However, with new habits come new challenges, and certain stresses revolving around your workout might take you by surprise. Whether you’re a lift enthusiast, a cardio maniac, or a cross training fiend, these 20 experiences are ones every workout lover can relate to.

1. Forgetting Leg Day

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    It only takes a few times in a row before you start to feel like Popeye.

    2. The Pain Of The Day After

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      Hopefully you have a go to friend for massages, because waddling around the office the day after an intense workout is never graceful.

      3. Machine Hogging

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        Nothing is quite as frustrating as pretending to do more reps while the entire gym sits casually on the treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals.

        4. Showing Off

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          Normally showing off is annoying, but if you look like this guy, we’re just impressed.

          5. The Joy Of The Shower

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            You know the one – directly after leaving the gym, popping in a piping hot shower is exactly what you need.

            6. Filtered Water Bottles

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              Whoever made water bottles that make gym water taste like real water is a genius.

              7. Recovery Drinks

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                At first they’re kind of powdery, but after a month or two you crave them like chocolate.

                8. Protein Shakes

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                  Again, something you might hate at first, you could never go two days without one now.

                  9. Workout Beginners

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                    You can spot them a mile away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help workout newbies figure out the modern machines.

                    10. Forgetting Your Sweat Towel

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                      Nothing feels more awkward than sweating up a storm with no way to fix it. My apologies to the next one to use the machine.

                      11. The Self Obsessed Gym Goer

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                        You know the type – the guy or girl who shows up in color coordinated outfits, uncomfortable but fashionable pieces, and with their hair fully done. Sure, looking great at the gym is probably fun, but we’re here to work.

                        12. Losing Your Gym Partner

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                          It is always tragic when your favourite gym buddy stops going or moves away.

                          13. Inefficient Gym Wear

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                            Nothing is worse than picking up a new pair of workout shorts only to find out they ride up when you exercise….way up. Why would you make workout wear you can’t work out in?

                            14. Hotels Without Gyms

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                              Time away from home is a welcome change, unless you’re caught in a closet sized hotel room with no way to get your heartbeat up.

                              15. Cravings

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                                Friends and family might think we’re Superman of fighting junk food cravings, but we know the truth. We’re just as fast to fantasize about doughnuts as anyone else.

                                16. Clingy Gym Friends

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                                  While someone to workout with is better than no one, it’s always combersome when your friend follows you from machine to machine, with no time to hear yourself think.

                                  17. Going Too Hard

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                                    Sure we all want to feel the burn, but when you over extend yourself, you’ll be feeling it for weeks.

                                    18. Ignoring Safety Rules

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                                      It only takes one or two mishaps to make you realize you’ll never underestimate gym rules again.

                                      19. Others Ignoring Safety Rules

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                                        That being said, it can be hysterical to watch other people figure out why the rules are there – as long as they’re not seriously hurt.

                                        20. Health Benefits

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                                          At the end of the day, whether your gym is crawling with unique characters or not, the energy boost and overall healthy feeling of a regular workout are one-of-a-kind.

                                          Featured photo credit: MandoBarista via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                          The result: no more mental stress.

                                          2. Unplug

                                          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                          3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                          The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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