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Improve Your Health by Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question

Improve Your Health by Asking Yourself This 1 Simple Question

I know why nutrition, fitness and health is so complicated. It is because of the internet. And because, as humans, we are naturally lazy and always looking for a shortcut.

The internet gives us way too much information. Our inherent laziness means that we are always looking for the next quick fix. The magic pill that will dissolve those last 10 pounds, make us feel energetic and alive, and fix everything in one fell swoop.

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A large part of my work involves helping people become healthy and happy. In turn, I also like to keep myself healthy and happy. Even though I have the knowledge and qualifications, I still find myself looking for that quick fix. I still find myself thinking, “Ooh that diet sounds interesting…Maybe that superfood will help me…Perhaps I could try this new thing…” But logically, I know this stuff is all a marketing scam.

I am always up for a shortcut, and I’m sure you are too. I’ve got a shortcut for you today. To improve your health, I’ve got one simple task for you.

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I truly believe that deep down, we already know the answers to our health and fitness questions. I know that if we ask ourselves just one simple question, we can make a radical difference in our lives.

What is one thing I can do today for my health?

Simple, right?

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I know that you know the answer. You can make it as simple as you like.

I don’t want to influence your thoughts too much on the matter, because it really should be a simple process. But here are some examples of just one thing you could do today to improve your health:

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  1. Go for a walk on your lunch break.
  2. Add three cups of vegetables to your dinner.
  3. Snack on a piece of fruit instead of a piece of chocolate.
  4. Research local gyms you might like to join.
  5. Organize a few friends to meet up for a run after work.
  6. Cook dinner at home instead of eating out.
  7. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual.
  8. Don’t add sugar to your coffee.
  9. Take your dog out for two walks instead of one.
  10. Restock your fridge with fresh healthy food.
  11. Meditate.
  12. Plan a hike.
  13. Book yourself a massage.
  14. Buy a new pair of running shoes.
  15. Shop at your local grocer and butcher rather than the supermarket.
  16. Drink a green juice.
  17. Look up recipes for healthier alternatives to junk food.
  18. Teach your kids how to play a new sport.
  19. Check the tires on your old bike in the garage.
  20. Get a health check-up from your doctor.

Your health could improve dramatically if you take action on this today. Imagine what your life could be like, if you asked yourself this question every day this week. This really is the most powerful question you can ask yourself.

So, what is the one thing you could do today for your health?

Featured photo credit: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Mt Balty / Drewski Mac 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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