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9 Ways To Make Your Body Feel Good The Whole Day

9 Ways To Make Your Body Feel Good The Whole Day

Imagine you have just woken up from a full night’s sleep. You feel great. The challenge now is to organize your routine to make your body feel good the whole day. Follow these tips and you will soon see some lasting health benefits.

1. Do some stretching.

Stretching can get the muscles ready for the day. It improves circulation and can make you feel more relaxed as you face your grueling routine.  If you have a desk job, you really need to do this as long periods of sitting can shorten the muscles, and that can easily lead to sprains, injuries and discomfort. Here are my 3 favorite exercises:

  • Stretch your arms as far as you can.
  • Embrace your knees and hug them tightly to your chest.
  • Using the above position, stretch your arms out and then lower the knees to one side, still bent. Turn your neck gently in the opposite direction. Bring the knees back and then lower them to the other side.

2. Don’t reach for your smartphone yet!

If you are in the under 30 age group, you may well be among the 63% who take their smartphones to bed with them! That means that it is most likely to be the first thing you reach for as you wake up. Try doing the stretching exercise mentioned above first and leave the phone till later. Preferably after breakfast.

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3. Have a healthy breakfast.

They say that a great breakfast can set you up for the day. But is it true? Research shows that breakfast eaters consume fewer calories during the day. In addition, you get more energy, better stamina, and greater concentration. These are crucial to helping you feel great all day.

Some fast food breakfasts contain over 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat!  Stay away from waffles, muffins and sugary cereals. Opt for safer choices such as:

  • Eggs or cheese to give you protein.
  • Wholemeal bread or toast.
  • Cereals such as oatmeal, muesli with fruit and nuts.
  • Unsweetened low fat yogurt.
  • Fresh fruit.

 4.  Get some fresh air.

Whatever climate you live in, you will have to go out to get some fresh air, even if the weather is freezing cold or boiling hot. There are very good reasons why you should be doing this:

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  • Walking outside on a real surface, rather than on a treadmill, is much healthier. The muscles used when negotiating sidewalks, puddles, pedestrian crossings, and a variety of inclines gives a much healthier workout.
  • If you are lucky enough to get some sun, this will stimulate the production of the serotonin brain hormone. This puts you in a better mood.
  • You are getting some real air (smog levels permitting!) which will beat the air conditioned, stuffy atmosphere in an expensive gym.
  • Lots of studies show that exercising outdoors can increase optimism, self esteem and energy.

 5. Sit up straight.

Most of us have to spend a lot of time sitting down during the day. You may be one of the 80% of Americans who suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives. The number one reason is usually a poor posture while sitting down. People often lounge on the sofa while watching TV, which is even worse. Watch the video for some tips to make sure that back pain and other issues do not ruin your day.

6. Get some lumbar support.

If your office chair does not have proper lumbar support for the lower back, then it is time to think about getting a lumbar support pillow. This will help you to stop slumping in your chair. When you buy one, make sure that there is a way it can be secured to the chair, so that it does not fall off every time you stand up!

7.  Keep your shoulders relaxed.

Have you checked the height of your desk? This could be one of the reasons why your shoulders are too high and you cannot keep them at their normal level. It may be that your office chair is too low.

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Relaxed shoulders at the right height ensures that you are not going to get pain or discomfort. It also helps to maintain the natural S curve of the spine.

You have to do one essential exercise to stretch the shoulders a few times during the day. Try this:

  • Raise your hands above your head and intertwine your fingers.
  • Make sure that your palms are looking at the ceiling
  • Perform a movement which simultaneously pushes back the shoulders and also stretches your arms up so that they are trying to reach the ceiling.

8. Learn to breathe properly.

Did you know that you breathe 20,000 times every day?  If you do not do this properly, it can lead to depression, a compromised immune system, panic attacks, and affect quality of sleep.  Watch this video to understand how to breathe correctly.

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9. Walk tall, walk straight.

If you see someone walking with good posture, one’s first impression is that this is someone who is confident and has a certain presence. But there are very good health reasons why you should maintain a good posture while standing or walking. It means that there is less strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints because the force of gravity on your body is evenly distributed.  It also helps you to breathe correctly and has beneficial effects on blood circulation and digestion.

As we have seen, these are easy ways to make you feel great during the day. Start using these techniques today. If there are any other techniques that you use, let us know in the comments below.

Featured photo credit: Feeling good/ Camil Agapie via Photo Pin

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Robert Locke

Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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