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8 Reasons To Get Off Your Butt And Get Active

8 Reasons To Get Off Your Butt And Get Active

We all know we’re supposed to exercise, yet many of us struggle to remain active. Exercise provides such incredible benefits, that each us should take a pointed look at moving more. You don’t have to be a size two, or want to be one, in order to get active. Finding time to walk more, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or free exercise classes are all simple ways to ease into exercising. While you find ways to change your life for the better, stay motivated with these eight marvelous health benefits. 

1. Fight Health Problems

Exercise is a powerful tool in helping prevent certain health problems. Being active strengthens your heart muscles, as well as lowers your chances of getting certain cancers and arthritis. Exercise is also a useful habit in managing some conditions, including strokes, depression and metabolic syndromes. Finally, being active helps to keep your bones and muscles strong. 

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2. Boost Energy

Exercise can help to boost your mood, but it also helps you have more energy. Though it seems counter intuitive, spending energy exercising will strengthen your muscles so you have greater endurance. Between feeling less stressful and having more energy, being active can make a tangible difference in your overall health.

3. Sleep Better

Being active also aids in improving your sleep. By getting in the habit of physical activity, you’ll be able to fall asleep faster. Not only that, studies show exercise also helps you sleep deeper. By being more active during the day, your nights will go much smoother.

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4. Achieve Goals

Staying active is a fantastic way to set achievable goals for yourself. Learning how to plan and stick to a goal is a critical life skill, and practicing can help you in other areas of life. Plus, meeting goals you’ve set for yourself is a helpful confidence booster.

5. Healthy Sex Life

Exercise is a significant factor for your sexual health, too. Improved energy levels also tend to extend to the bedroom when you’re getting active, though health benefits go beyond a better mood. Increased physical activity for women can increase arousal. Additionally, men who exercise are less likely to have erectile disfunction than men who don’t.

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6. Live Longer

Exercise also improves your chances of living longer. Besides the health problems being active helps you avoid, those who are active for seven hours a week are 40 percent less likely to die early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week.

7. Extend Your Health

Exercise is also a critical part of keeping your body healthy later in life. Staying active keeps your balance and posture sharp, and also reduces the risk of falls. Particularly important for aging readers, even regular walks can help you stay firmly planted. Besides, if you start getting active earlier in life, you’ll retain your ability to live independently for longer.

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8. Healthy Weight

Finally, exercise helps to control your weight. While weight loss doesn’t need to be a goal to reap benefits from exercise, keeping your weight in a healthy range has a multitude of health benefits. Some of these benefits include a lower risk of heart problems, plus lower chances of developing type two diabetes. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity every day in order to maintain and improve your health. Even walks and easy hikes go a long way towards keeping yourself in good health.

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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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