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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 September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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