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5 Myths About Working Out

5 Myths About Working Out

Everybody wants to be healthy and have a body one can be proud of; and physical exercise seems like a natural way of achieving it. However, it is astonishing how many misconceptions, superstitions and outright lies there are in the fitness community. Some of them may render your efforts useless and some can hurt you. Here are 5 workout myths you should be aware of.

1. Training Regimen Doesn’t Matter

Who needs trainers? I can always surf the Internet, pick up a dozen exercises and work out happily on my own, thank you very much.

It is, however, not a very productive approach.

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Although in most cases you won’t do yourself much harm by compiling your own training schedule, chances are you will waste more time with less results. Sometimes it may be outright dangerous – an exercise may be detrimental to your health if you have certain conditions. All in all, looking for help of a professional trainer is a good idea.

2. Steroids Are Extremely Harmful

Many people treat anabolic steroids as some kind of hellish concoction that makes your muscles grow like mushrooms while simultaneously ruining your health. Both notions are equally untrue.

On the one hand, steroids won’t do much for your muscles unless accompanied by a carefully planned intensive training schedule. On the other hand, of course they can ruin your health – just like about any other medication, supplement or substance if used without proper knowledge and procedure. Steroids are just a tool – an incredibly useful tool in skilled hands. And just like with any other tool, you can harm yourself if you don’t know how to wield it.

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This is exactly why you should only use legal steroids and supplements – in this case you can hope for proper guidance and support to make sure you get all the results without suffering any ill effects.

3. No Pain, No Gain

Despite being extremely popular, this phrase is rarely used by those who really know their business. Experts usually have a diametrically different opinion: if you feel pain when exercising, you are doing something wrong. It may be the sign that you can hurt yourself or already have an injury. It doesn’t mean that you are ‘really’ exercising – it means that you should see your doctor.

On the other hand, muscle soreness, usually on the day after the exercise, is quite normal, especially if you have just started a new, more intensive workout regimen. So be reasonable, follow some simple guidelines and you will be alright.

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4. The Choice of Sport Doesn’t Matter

Unless you are really into some particular kind of sport, the choice of activity usually happens kind of on its own, which isn’t a correct approach. Each person is different, and is capable of different results in different sports. The choice should be based on how much time you have, at what time of year you can dedicate more resources to the activity and so on.

5. Gym Is Just a Gym

In fact, it is something much greater – at least for regulars. Gyms are places with their own culture, etiquette, acceptable and unacceptable behavior patterns. It is not so much a place where you go to work out – it is a social occasion that happens to coincide with working out. So, if you want to maintain good relationships both with other visitors and gym’s administration, you should learn what to do and what not to do prior to signing up.

Of course, these are not the only myths and misconceptions accompanying sport and working out. Some are more obvious than others, some are less – but you will do yourself a world of good if you learn to single them out and steer clear of them.

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Featured photo credit: Matthew Coughlin 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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