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3 Ways to Hack Your Fitness Routine

3 Ways to Hack Your Fitness Routine

    As much as you all love spending hours in the gym, I have some bad news for you.  Your workouts are too long, inefficient, and frankly they’re just plain boring.  Here are 3 tips you can use to trim that workout down into an efficient, productive and time-saving routine.

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    1.  Use Full Bodied Workouts

    Let’s face it, most of you reading this are computer geeks.  Not bodybuilders.  So what makes you think you can achieve the results you want by following a bodybuilder’s routine?  I have news for you.  Those bodybuilders didn’t achieve that physique because they had a great routine.  If I had to guess I’d say they had a little help in the way of chemicals and genetics.

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    The body recovers from a workout much faster than you may think.  The need for splitting up muscle groups into different days is just an old myth.  In fact it slows your progress down because you are only hitting certain muscles once a week.  Keep the workouts short and efficient by picking fewer exercises that hit more muscles.  For example; squats over leg curls or push ups over triceps extensions.

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    2.  Train movement patterns not muscle groups

    As evolved as you may think you are, your body is primitively designed.  In other words, your body doesn’t know what muscles do what.  It just knows how to get from point A to point B.  Your biceps will contract just the same doing a pull-up as they will doing a dumbbell curl.  Cut your time in the gym down considerably by eliminating all of the “isolation movements”.  Don’t take my word for it.  Take a look at any competitive gymnast. Their entire training revolves around complex body weight movements.  They don’t have time to waste doing leg extensions and biceps curls.

    3.  Take advantage of super sets, triple sets, and circuits

    Another way to cut your time in the gym down considerably is to limit your rest periods between sets.  This can be done by training non opposing movement patterns back to back like squats and pushups.  While working one group of muscles the other is recovering.  There really is no limit to the number of exercises you can string back to back.  More than three and you have yourself a circuit.  Not only does this method save you some time, it also makes the workout more cardiovascular in nature which doesn’t hurt when you’re trying to lose a couple lbs of body fat.

    Why spend an hour in the gym when the same results or better can be achieved in half the time?  Use the methods I described above to hack some unnecessary minutes from your gym life and free up some guilt free time to do whatever you like.

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    Last Updated on May 15, 2019

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

    As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

    “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

    When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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    Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

    We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

    But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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    So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

    It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

    1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

    Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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    2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

    This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

    You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

    3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

    This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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    4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

    How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

    So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

    If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

    And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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