You’ve decided you need to exercise, but you can’t figure out how to fit it into your busy schedule? Rid yourself of the expectations that you need to go to the gym five days a week in order to get exercise, and try these innovative solutions for squeezing in workouts.Seize opportunities presented mid-day. Schedule lunches far away from your desk. Force yourself to walk both ways, taking the stairs whenever possible and bringing coworkers or your laptop with you if you need to work over lunch. Promise yourself ten minutes of exercise each day. Refuse to go to bed without doing at least ten minutes of crunches, squats, and planks or push ups. Sacrifice two mornings (or late nights) a week. Yes, you have to work a full day, but you can sacrifice sleep for exercise–which will energize you–two days a week. Take a cue from those who devote themselves to religious services and treat your two main workouts as sacred, scheduling them for times when no one can deter you from working out. Work yourself hard on those two days, fitting in both cardio and weights. Turn weekend errands and chores into a workout. Make yourself walk as much as possible while running errands (park far away, make yourself walk fast) and turn the loading and unloading of bags into a workout by bending your knees, lifting them high, etc. You can do the same with household chores. Use your whole body as you vacuum, push your arm muscles as your scrub, and do squats while folding laundry. Relax by engaging in active hobbies. Instead of watching a movie, meet a friend for a walk. Instead of surfing the web, do something outside. Exchange athletic hobbies for sedentary ones. If you look for alternatives, you’ll find it’s possible to cram exercise into even the most overflowing schedule.
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While most people keep something of a schedule in their everyday life, one of the areas where they fail to keep any sort of schedule is in the time they wake up each morning and the time they go to sleep each night, failing to realize how important it is for them to find a consistent wake-up time. Your body’s internal clock is always looking for a rhythm that it can follow, and when you are allowing your body to find this rhythm – that is, when you are allowing your body to fall asleep and wake up at the same times each day – you will have a lot more energy, and your body will be a whole lot healthier.When it comes to creating a consistent wake-up time, of course, one of the toughest aspects is that it is sometimes difficult to get out of bed, especially on days when you will be getting out of bed before you "have to," and this is why it is useful to find ways to motivate you out of be; a few examples include setting your coffee maker to brew your coffee at the time you are supposed to be getting up, or using a self-timer to turn on a light or turn off a fan at a certain time. After you have figured out something that will get you out of bed, you should try to get yourself in the habit of "doing something" as soon as you are out of bed – whether it is going for a short walk, taking a shower, preparing breakfast, or anything else that gets you going. Finally, you should make sure you are listening to your body to know when to go to sleep; as your body starts to get used to waking up at a specific time each morning, it will also start telling you what time it wants to go to bed – and it will be important for you to listen! Once you start to follow these steps – and once you start to listen to your body – you will have no problem waking up at a consistent time each morning, and you will start to reap the benefits of a rested and healthy body.
Posted by on August 2, 2015
You may have gone to a friend’s house and seen one of those big, silly-looking exercise balls in their living room and thought, "There is absolutely no way those things actually work." But it is better to actually research for yourself than to automatically assume that they do not really work. And you just might be surprised what you turn up when you do some research on the GoFit ball!First off, you need to know that not all exercise balls are created equal; there are companies besides GoFit that make these exercise balls, and some of these other ones have a tendency to pop easily or to become sticky over time. The GoFit is the best when it comes to exercise balls, as theirs are durable without any stickiness or funny odor! What’s more, you can get a GoFit ball without spending a whole bunch of dough; for instance, the 65 centimeter GoFit ball – along with a 25 minute instructional DVD – costs only $33 (and it is only 24 dollars if you shop for it on Amazon!). If you decide to purchase a GoFit ball for yourself, keep in mind that the size that is right for you is based more on the length of your legs than on your actual height. This is important to keep in mind, as GoFit tells you what size you should buy based on height, but you should adjust this appropriately if you have long or short legs for your height. So then, the question becomes: "All right, it’s inexpensive, sure – but does the darn thing actually work?" The short answer to this question is: As long as you use it regularly and correctly, yes, it absolutely does work! You need to keep the ball inflated to the proper size (it comes with an air pump as well) and use it several times per week; if you do this, you will significantly strengthen your core. Furthermore, you will feel a huge improvement in your back – even if you have had back problems, and even if these back problems have been severe! For a minimal price, you can have a fun, easy workout that actually works; the GoFit is well worth the small investment, as you will surely see if you buy one yourself!
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Regardless of whether you are taking a short hiking or backpacking adventure or a more lengthy one, it will be important that you make sure you bring with you a number of basic first aid supplies. After all, when you are out on the trail, you never know what might happen to you; and the last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of nowhere without the supplies that you need!It will not be unusual for you to end up needing some pain relief, so two of the most important things for you to bring with you will be asprin and ibuprofen. An ointment or cream for soothing burns or bug bites is another thing that is extremely useful to have with you. Of course, you probably know already that you will need bandages, but you might not realize the extent to which you should prepare in this way. Not only should you have basic bandages, but you should also have other bandages – such as butterfly bandages and eye bandages – for anything you might encounter. Furthermore, disinfectant creams and alcohol swabs will be important for you to have so that you can clean cuts and abrasions before you apply your bandages. Any good first aid kit should also have things that are intended to protect you from the sun – and from sun damage. In addition to sunscreen – which is, of course, a must – you should have some sort of skin cream and some lip balm that can soothe pain inflicted by the sun. Another thing that is good to bring with you is a cooling pack, because you never know when you will have to "put ice on something." You will be able to put ice on something even when you have no ice with you if you have a cooling pack. In your first aid kit, there are also a number of less basic, more specialized things you will want to make sure you have with you. And rather than spending money on all these different things and trying to put together a first aid kit yourself, your best bet is to get everything you need at once by spending only $20 on the first aid kit from First Aid Only!