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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 January 21, 2020

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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