If you want to improve your life this year, the first thing you need to banish is your list of excuses. Then again, sometimes our excuses are pretty legitimate.
Good example – you might be working overtime, filling your spare moments studying a foreign language or working on your side business. So you aren’t just belly-aching when you say you are too busy or tired for the gym.
I hear you, but don’t give up so easily. Oftentimes with a touch of creativity, we can explode our excuses and find a way toward our goals. Here is one of my favorite shortcuts to success.
Too busy for the gym? Too tired? Here’s the routine. Order a pull-up bar for a doorway you pace through frequently in your home. Everytime you pass, do a pull-up. Boom, that’s your workout. Too easy? Do two pull-ups. Or two pull-ups and a couple pushups.
Cost? A few bucks for a pull-up bar. Time? 30 seconds here and there throughout the day. Results? You’ll work your shoulders, upper arms, back, and core.
So how about you? Taking this same principle of finding simple hacks around common excuses, what ideas do you have? Share yours in the comment section below!
4 Rules for a Great Morning… Every Day!
Drink Water Right After Waking Up
Your body needs water to, well, to survive. But you don’t want to just survive, you want to thrive. Check our post on how to get enough water throughout the day and watch your skin, energy, and brain power improve!
Make a Simple, Fresh, Healthy Breakfast
You don’t have to get fancy here. A homemade smoothie is so easy, so delicious, and best of all, so good for your body. Check out our post on how to make smoothies part of your morning routine.
Do Easy but Effective Body Weight Exercises Right in Your Own Home
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for you going to the gym. But if you are pressed for time or money, there is really nothing better for your morning routine than a quick run through some body weight exercises. Check out our post on how to use these effectively right in your own home for great results!
Do Something You Enjoy in the Morning
The secret to getting up easily in the morning is having something you want to get up for. Set aside a little time each morning for something you love to do. Need ideas? Here are a few!
Read something you love.
Keep a journal.
Start a blog!
Go for a run!
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A quality gym is one of the best investments you can make. Regular exercise will keep you happy, healthy, and fit. But sometimes we may not have access to a gym. You might be traveling or facing financial constraints. The good news is, by making use of your own body weight, you are able to replicate a lot of the benefits of a gym right in your own home.
The basic principle is pretty simple – you find ways to create resistance for your muscles through the weight of your body. Here’s a sample workout you can start with. As always, you should check with a doctor before initiating an exercise routine.
Pushups – We can use pushups to work our arms and chest. Find out how many you can comfortably do. Then do that number every other day. Each week, add one more pushup to your routine. Within a year, you’ll be doing over 50 pushups a day, and will see a dramatic transformation of your upper body.
Squats – Squats are an amazing exercise. They work your upper legs and buttand are quick and easy to do. Find out how many you can comforably do and then do them every other day on the opposite day of your pushups. Add one more to your routine once a week to make sure you keep challenging your body.
Planking – This exercise transforms your core. Plank on your squats day. See how long you can comfortably plank, and then add 5 seconds per week.
For each of these exercises, remember that form really matters. Check out some videos of each exercise on Youtube to make certain you are doing them correctly.
If this simple exercise routine gets a bit dull, you can step up your home-based body weight workout by getting You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Body Weight Exercises. It is written by an elite Special Operations physical trainer, and provides an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape.
To your daily growth!
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