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Simple Yet Effective Life Hacks to Make Your Lifestyle More Active

Simple Yet Effective Life Hacks to Make Your Lifestyle More Active

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    Getting active can be a challenge, especially if it requires that you go to an extreme amount of extra effort to do so. There are a few ways, however, that can help you get active without the extra effort, which can help you lose weight, get healthier, and feel great. Here are five life hacks that can help get you up and active without you even thinking about it.

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    1. Stop Pushing Snooze

    One of the biggest things that people do which negatively affects their overall activity level is pushing snooze time and again each morning when they should be leaping out of bed. Though it may seem as if your alarm clock is enough, setting several alarms is a great way to make sure that you are up and alert. Having multiple alerts like one on your wrist watch, one on your cell phone, and your traditional alarm clock will force you to get up to shut them all off thus helping to wake you up and get you moving for that early morning workout.

    2. Bring the Gym to You

    It does not take expensive machines to make you healthy. You can bring the gym to your home by using things like chairs, stairs, and even the good old floor of your home to get you more active. Try using household items to help get you healthy. It will save you money and time and effort in the long run as you will not have to join a pricey gym or drive there to workout. Doing squats on a chair, leg exercises on the floor, or even using something as simple as a paint can as a weight can truly help get you active.

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    3. Do Exercises All Day

    Slipping in a bit or cardio while you get dressed, some strength training while you wait for dinner to cook, some squats while you walk across the house, walking in place or riding an exercise bike while playing video games, and other similar tactics can help you stay active without the boring routine of a workout. Using these tactics is a great way to add some exercise without having to commit to a routine that may be stressful.

    4. Cut Down Calorie Intake

    Taking the time to write down what you eat may seem like a great idea but often carrying around a notebook to do so can be incredibly frustrating and often times people simply forget. Instead, buy a watch or calorie counting app that keeps track for you. These technological devices can help keep track of how much you have eaten and how much you can still eat to continue to lose weight.

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    5. Use Your TV Time as Workout Time

    Those of us who just want to sit down and relax with their favorite show when they get home know how annoying it can be to have to get up and go exercise when you are trying to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. That being said, people who watch television also know how annoying commercials are and how they can disrupt the flow of the greatest drama. Take the time to turn your commercial breaks into workout breaks. On average, during an hour-long show there are about 20 minutes of commercials. If you take the time to do a few exercises during each break you can have timed intervals in which to workout, you can avoid paying attention to pesky ads, and you can even get in a 40 min workout without getting tired by just watching two hours of television.

    These life hacks are meant to make getting active easier, and they will help if you take the time to do them. Getting active does not have to be difficult; with a few simple steps, anyone can get active and make a huge difference in their lives and overall 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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