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8 Creative Ways to Exercise Wherever You Are!

8 Creative Ways to Exercise Wherever You Are!

Everyone knows that exercising is really good for you. It improves your vitality, boosts your health, and leaves you feeling really re-energized and de-stressed. Everyone also knows though that finding time to exercise is one of the biggest challenges we face, as we try to juggle everything we need to do in a day.

It really is difficult to find time to go to the gym. Who actually has an extra 2 hours a day to exercise when you don’t even have time to get through your daily tasks? Sometimes exercise can seem like a real schlep, mostly because it just doesn’t fit into your schedule comfortably.

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Most health experts advise you to exercise at least 30 minutes a day to stay fit and healthy. Okay, so 30 minutes isn’t so much, but that still doesn’t make it easier to find 30 minutes! The good news is that research has shown us that if you only exercise for 10 minutes 3 times a day it is just as effective as 30 minutes consecutively! Did you know that? Think about a cash tin — if you keep putting coins in, by the end of the day, it all sums up. That is the same as exercising throughout the day.

Now that you know you don’t need to find 30 minutes consecutively, but rather 10 minute intervals, what do you do, and how can you incorporate this into your current lifestyle easily?  This is where you need to start getting creative. Quit those weight loss plans, pills, and diets and try a different, much easier approach to feeling energized and more productive.

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Are you ready to change the way you think about exercise and unleash your imagination and creativity? The point is, you don’t need to be in a gym with all the best equipment to build your muscles and tighten your tummy – it is the movement that counts, not the machinery!

Here are some really simple but powerful exercises you can do – FROM ANYWHERE!

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At home:

So you have arrived home and the last thing on your mind is going to the gym, but you are still desperate to get a little exercise in. Do these exercises to tone and strengthen your whole body from the comfort of your home.

  1. Watching TV – For 10 minutes (I know you can commit to at least 10 minutes), take advantage of this time to do some stretching, leg lifts, or abdominal crunches on the floor in front of the TV. Again, get creative and be productive while watching TV – kill two birds with one stone.
  2. Get your legs toned – Forward lunges can be done at home and all you need is yourself! Just a few repetitions a day will go a long way.
  3. Work your muscles – Wall push-ups are a fabulous way to build those upper arm muscles – just do a few repetitions every day as well and you will see how your muscles start to strengthen in no time.
  4. Stop using the lift – If you have stairs, for 5 minutes every day before you shower or after work, just walk up and down. Only 5 minutes – it can’t be easier than that.
  5. Remember jumping jacks – Just before you go for a walk or do your stair climb– these are great warm up and get your heart rate up, which is essential.

At work:

  1. From the comfort of your desk – Do neck stretches as well as arm and leg circles (no one will see the leg circles from under your desk). This technique is also great for releasing stress.
  2. Another leg exercise from your desk – Keep your back dead straight, put your arms at your side, lift your one foot up so your leg is straight, hold it for a few minutes, and change. Do this a few times to tone legs.
  3. At lunch – Always take at least a 10 minute walk before or after your lunch. If you can’t get out of the office, walk up the stairs, along the corridor, and back. Do this for 10 minutes each day.

Remember – don’t use the lift!  Never pass up the opportunity to exercise with a flight of stairs, whether at home, in the office, or even in the subway.

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Sound simple? Of course it is! Getting better results doesn’t need to be so complicated — sometimes it is the smallest changes and effects that yield the biggest results. Stay motivated, keep your imagination open, and remember, if anything has a weight, it can be lifted!

Challenge yourself every day to creatively fit in 30 minutes of exercise with minimal effort on your part. If you want to have more energy and boost your productivity, you must fit in some form of exercise daily. Not having time to go to the gym is no longer an excuse!

If you have more ideas, share them here!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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