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7 Simple Exercises Busy People Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

7 Simple Exercises Busy People Can Do Anywhere, Anytime

Looking for quick, easy ways to get in shape? There are simple exercises to help tone your body without having to go to the gym.  Want to know the best part? They can be done anywhere, anytime!  These exercises only take a few minutes to complete, require no outside equipment, and are easy to master. No matter if you’re at work, at home, or on the go, these easy-to-follow calisthenic exercises are sure to make you break a sweat.

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    Calf raises

    Doing calf raises will help strengthen your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. In other words, calf raises strengthen your lower legs.  There are a lot of different ways to do calf raises, but one of the easiest—and most effective—is doing the standing raise.  This video further details how to do a stationary calf raise:

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    Chair dips

    Where there’s a chair, there’s a way!  Chair dips are great for strengthening your triceps and can be done just about anywhere.  Like other exercises, there are varying techniques that can either increase or decrease resistance. This video shows the different variations on this tried-and-true classic:

    Lunges

    Because you’re using your own body weight, lunges both strengthen your lower body and increase overall flexibility.  Lunges can be done anywhere: You can lunge when you walk to the kitchen; you can lunge to the driveway as you get the paper in the morning, and you can even lunge when you walk from your desk to the water cooler at work.  Here’s another video that shows the ins and outs of lunging:

    Squats

    The most important thing to keep in mind when doing squats is having proper form.  Squats are one of the most effective full body exercises around because they simultaneously work to build muscle and burn fat.  Try using a chair as a reference point as to how far down you should go:

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    Planks

    Looking for effective exercises to tighten your core? Planks are great at strengthening both your abs and your back–all you need is a flat surface.  Remember to time how long you can hold it, and then try to add a few more seconds every time thereafter.  Here’s a guide on how to perform a basic plank:

     

    After you’ve mastered the basics, try adding side planks to your routine.

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    Arm circles

    Worried about flabby arms?  Arm circles are great at toning while simultaneously strengthening your arms.  They can be done with varying intensity, all of which will help you feel “the burn.” Here’s a beginner’s guide to help get you started:

     

    If you’re at work, try to grab a book or a binder for some extra weight.

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    Burpees

    The most high-intensity exercise on this list, burpees are often referred to as the cornerstone to any workout because they are guaranteed to produce results.  This aerobic exercise helps strengthen your entire body by utilizing almost every muscle group. There are many different ways to perform a burpee, but the easiest one is quite possibly the best. As with every other exercise, proper form is a must.

     

    The above exercises are proven classics that require very little room and no equipment. While it may not take you long to master each exercise, the incredible array of different methods to employ is endless.  Once you feel comfortable with the basics, begin applying the advanced techniques and embrace the burn. Keep track of the amount of time or reps you do for each one and continually strive to increase it.

    In addition to the exercises above, why not make exercising a part of your everyday routine?  For example, take the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and instead of wasting the gas going to the grocery store why not walk or ride your bike instead.  Getting in shape doesn’t require the use of a Gold’s Gym membership, all it takes is a little gumption, a bit of creativity, and a lot of willpower.

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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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