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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 March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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