7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise

Do you have a problem of boredom during exercise? I know I sometimes do. I used to struggle with that a lot more in the past than I do today. Today when I get bored, I know what to do. This post is going to help you cure boredom during exercise.

 

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In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy exercise, we know we have to exercise. But sometimes the motivation to actually start exercising is there. But then we struggle with following through with our session out of boredom.

You are doing your routine, and you suddenly find yourself bored and tempted to stop. We know we cannot yield to that boredom. So then, how do we proceed to cure boredom if confronted by it?

 

What could be causing boredom during exercise in the first place?

That’s the question you have to ask first and foremost. If you’ve been doing your routine for months now, and suddenly boredom replaces your usual enthusiasm, then you need to identify where this boredom is coming from so you can now deal with it.

 

  • Tip #1: Maybe it’s time to change your routine

Maybe you’ve been doing what you are doing for way too long and your body is screaming at you to give it a change. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a routine if it works for you. But when you suddenly experience boredom, it might be time to change things.

Don’t worry. The change might be for a little while until your body can get excited again about the old routine. Cure boredom during exercise with this simple tip.

 

  • Tip #2: Maybe you just need to rest altogether

I know this one happens with me quite a lot. At first, I didn’t know what was happening. But I’ve since come to learn that when I’m bored, sometimes all I need to cure boredom is to rest from my workouts altogether.

I exercise on weekdays. So taking a rest from my workouts will last all of the 5 weekdays plus the weekend. And during this time I get a lot of rest, including enough sleep. I usually go back to my workouts the following Monday. And usually I’m excited to get back again even if it’s to my old routine.

So, next time you get bored, think about taking a rest from your workouts altogether as a way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #3: It might be time to get an exercise partner

Maybe you’ve been doing your workouts and they’ve been working for you. But suddenly you feel bored. Then maybe you need some company, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Everyone is taking on exercise now in an effort to adopt a healthy lifestyle. So, you won’t be in short supply of people to exercise with. Maybe one of your family members, or a friend, or a colleague.

Exercising with a partner enables you to not only avoid boredom but to actually be excited about making new goals and meeting them, so definitely consider taking on a partner to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #4: Change your environment

Sometimes your routine is not the problem; your environment could be your problem. And this is usually the case when you exercise indoors, perhaps at a gym. That same environment everyday, with perhaps the same equipment, and the same faces around you, could be triggering your boredom.

Don’t take this the wrong way. Having regulars at the gym makes you feel like part of the family. But maybe your body is screaming at you to get out into a different environment.

Next time you feel that boredom approaching, leave the gym and jog outside, or take a walk. Go to familiar places, and unfamiliar ones as long as you are safe. Exercising outside beats exercising inside any day, and it’s such a simple and fun way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #5: Go easy on your body

Maybe your workouts are too intense for your body. People who want to achieve results in a short period of time usually put themselves through ridiculously rigorous workout regimes.

Your body will definitely tell you if you push it too hard. So your boredom could stem from the fact that your body can’t handle your workouts, therefore go easy on your body.

Even if you love jogging and you feel like you do it effortlessly, go walking instead of jogging maybe two times out of the five of your workout days. Walking is easier on the body. Your body will appreciate the relief and you’ll cure boredom at the same time.

 

  • Tip #6: Don’t put off exercising until too late in the day

You are likely to be bored with your workout if you are too tired. If you work during the day and you wait until you get out of the office to exercise, then you might end up not exercising at all.

It’s usually hard to muster the motivation to exercise after a long day. Instead of pushing your workouts to the end of the day, try starting your days with them. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and exercise before you shower and go to work. You’ll feel better throughout your day, have more energy and will likely not have to deal with that kind of boredom again.

 

  • Tip #7: Exercise by doing what you love

This is perhaps the most important tip and all of the above tips are dependent on it. Do something you genuinely love. Don’t feel compelled to exercise a certain way because you know it works for so and so. Do what makes you happy and that will work for you.

If you love jogging, then jog. If it’s walking for you, then walk. Or maybe you like a sport like tennis, then great, go ahead and play tennis. You are much more likely to stick to something you like than something you don’t like. Please remember that.

 

The final word

Exercise is something everyone of us must do, and it was meant to be effortless and natural. If it’s anything but, then it’s time to look into what you are doing, identify problem areas and start fixing them.

That will put you in a place where you can cure boredom and exercise regularly for the long term, enabling you to actually enjoy your simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please adopt the above tips and watch your workouts transform into a constant practice. Remember to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

 

Check out this lifehacker.com post to make your workouts less boring.

This bodybuilding.com post is also worth reading.

 

 

 

 

This is what you didn’t know about meditation

Meditation is one of those things everyone is talking about today. Some have gotten the hang of it, but there are some who are still struggling with really grasping what it means and how to go about doing it. Please continue reading this post if you have any questions about meditation.

 

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word meditation?

I’m sure what you see in the picture above is what you must think of when you hear the word meditation. You associate it with this foreign thing that you known nothing of, but you know will benefit you.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that true meditation doesn’t have all those embellishments you’ve seen. You do not have to pose like the people you’ve seen on TV and in pictures. What they are trying to do, what you should aim to do if you must, is settle into a comfortable position, in a place where you know you won’t be distracted. That’s all. It’s as simple as that.

(You’ll learn below that meditation can be a lot simpler than sitting down in a quiet place, so keep reading).

 

Now, I’ve heard some people say meditation is emptying the mind for a set time in order to quieten it. That doesn’t sound like the meditation I know of, or at least meditation according to the bible, which is the truest piece of writing in existence.

The bible talks about meditation. It says time and again that we are to meditate. But not just meditate, but meditate on the word of God. That means we are to ponder the word of God, think of it, run it over and over in our minds.

That is far from emptying our minds. As children of God, we get our peace from our father’s word, and therefore dwelling in it will give us exactly the kind of peace meditation is meant to achieve.

Remember that it’s not enough to just read the word. Reading the word and then putting aside your bible is not going to help you if you don’t think about what you just read.

And you don’t think about it for the five minutes after you finish reading the bible. No, you think about it over and over again for as long as you live. That’s the only way the word will change your way of thinking so you become more and more like God and access the blessings our father has made available to us, including the peace we are all after.

 

Now, you might not agree with me when I say, we all meditate every day. Every second of every day we are pondering stuff, mulling it over, chewing on it. Each and every one of us. That’s meditation.

But get this, it’s the negative form of meditation, the bad kind. So, the truth is, we all know how to meditate. We are just meditating on the wrong stuff.

Now, here is what I meant earlier when I said meditation requires no embellishments.

When you worry, and that’s meditation, you do it whenever and wherever you are. You could be sitting in front of the TV and worrying about paying your bills. Or you could worry about it as you drive to work. You could worry about it as you take a shower. You don’t have to be sitting down in a quiet place, humming, in order to meditate.

So it is with meditating on the word of God. You can think of your scriptures as you ride the bus to school or to work, as you go about your chores. Don’t think that you can only meditate if you are sitting alone in a quiet place. Well, that’s important too, if you can do it. But know that you can meditate at any time, in any place.

 

So, how do I move forward?

OK, now that you’ve taken comfort and confidence in knowing that you already know how to meditate, it’s time to think about what you’ve been meditating on. Decide if you want to keep meditating on that. If you’ve been meditating on fear, you know that kind of meditation has brought no peace to your days, so it’s time to change that.

Achieving the meditation you want is just a matter of changing what you meditate on from bad to good, from negative to positive. Begin to think about good things all the time. Think about the fact that you are still alive. That’s something worth meditating on.

Think about the people in your life. That’s another thing worth meditating on. Count your blessings and meditate on them. Meditate on God’s love for you. You’ll begin to see different results than what you’ve been seeing while you’ve been meditating on the wrong things.

  • You’ll reap joy as you realize you have a lot to be grateful for.
  • You’ll feel God’s love.
  • You’ll extend that love to those around you.
  • You’ll reap peace that no one can understand.

 

The final word

You no longer have to worry about meditation being a foreign thing for you. Now that you know you’ve been doing it all along, and are doing it now as we speak, you can have the confidence to continue with it, this time, meditating on the good things as opposed to the bad things you’ve been pondering all along.

Don’t worry about setting aside time to meditate. We all know trying to set time to do some things can backfire on us, especially in the early stages while we’re still trying to get used to them.

That’s why you must embed meditation in your everyday activities. Then as you get more and more used to it and you’re confident it has stuck as a habit, you can set a specific time and place to do your meditation.

Enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle requires exactly that. Embedding things like meditation and exercise into our everyday duties so that we do not have an opportunity to slack on them and use lack of time as an excuse.

Do it right now. As soon as you finish reading this post, begin meditating on the good things in your life. Meditate on God’s word and access the blessings he’s made available to us, blessings we can’t be aware of unless we read his word.

 

I felt like this post had to be written, and I feel fulfilled now that I’ve shared with you what meditation really is. I feel like most of us have been robbed of the benefits of meditation because we thought we didn’t know how to do it. And we even enrolled in classes to try to learn to do it.

Well, don’t worry about classes anymore. You have the best teacher: the holy spirit. He’ll teach you everything you need to know not only about meditation but about life as a whole.

 

Please share your thoughts on this post by commenting below. Your thoughts and input are always appreciated. Thank you.

 

I absolutely love this article by Founders Ministries. Please check it out.

Are you aware of what you read?

We’d all like to read more, or at least, I hope that’s the case. Reading opens our minds to new ideas. It challenges our minds and causes us to think more, which is good. Well, as long as what you read benefits you. Which brings me to the question: are you aware of what you read?

 

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I used to read a lot when I was growing up. I read everything I could lay my hands on: novels, newspapers, magazines, science books, everything. I loved reading and didn’t care what I read.

That was until I grew older and wiser and came to understand that everything you read affects your subconscious mind in a tremendous way and will determine your way of thinking.

That’s right. Reading doesn’t stop when you put your book down. The content of that book stays with you for a long time after that. It shapes your thinking, your thinking shapes your behavior and ultimately your character. And then your character stays with you for the rest of your life.

The question is, is that character the one you want? Because if it’s not, then you have to be mindful of what you let your eyes feast on.

 

What determines the kind of books you should read?

Your life goals

What are your life goals? What do you want to do now while you are still alive? If it’s to be a teacher, then you should dedicate all your reading time to reading books that feed the right knowledge into you. The same thing happens if you want to become a doctor, a pilot, a business owner, anything and everything in life.

Now, that doesn’t mean it’s completely wrong to pick up a book outside of your profession. I’ll explain now. You might be a teacher with a lot of interest in medicine. There’s nothing wrong with reading a book on medicine. Nurturing your dreams is vital to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, but so is nurturing your hobbies, your interests.

Doing that keeps you joyful and excited about life, leading you to live a more fulfilling life.

 

So then how can I make a poor choice in what I read?

Good question. I’ve thought long and hard about this question, and now I’ve come to a conclusion that I believe will stand for as long as I live.

Yes, you can make a poor choice in what you read, even if what you read nurtures your dreams, hobbies and interests. What do I mean by that?

I’ll give an example. I want to be wealthy in every way. That means in my physical health, my relationships, spirituality, personal development, and my finances.

 

Now I’ll pick finances for this example.

I’ve read books on how to be financially successful. I won’t name those books out of respect for the authors because I don’t want to come straight out with names and bash ideas the authors feel strongly about.

But I once read this book about accumulating money that literally told me to meditate on money and think about it all the time. It was a great book, but I have to be honest with you, when I got to that point, I felt a sense of shock and honestly, a little bit of disgust. To think about money all the time just felt very extreme to me. And completely appalling.

Now, money is very important, there’s no doubt about that. But money isn’t everything. There’s more to life than having money. God clearly says so. He says he’ll take care of us and will never leave us.

That’s why even without money, life continues. Haven’t you realized that the best things in life are free. The most magical things like nature and life itself are given to all of us whether or not we have money.

There’s no law that separates those who have money from those who don’t. Happiness can be enjoyed by both groups, salvation can be enjoyed by both groups. Life in general can be enjoyed by both groups.

And that wasn’t the only book I read that I found very questionable. I’ve read many self-help books that focus too much on the self in a selfish way that leaves no place for God’s intervention.

Let me tell you, when a book tells you to take everything upon your shoulders, then you might be headed for disaster because you are trusting only on you and when things fail, you feel like a failure.

Today I’m much more aware of what I read. In fact, I avoid any piece that excludes God because then it only leads me to the world’s way of doing things when I should be seeking God’s way of doing things.

I love self-help books, don’t get me wrong. But today I don’t just blindly pick up a self-help book. No. I pick a self-help book that will focus more on God than on me. A book that encourages a strong relationship between me and God in whatever I do.

 

The final word

I’m not trying to limit you in what you can read. This is not some kind of punishment. In fact, it’s good advice to say to you, be aware of what you read. If you’ve been grabbing any book like I used to, then it’s time to stop, take a step back and clearly establish what it is that you want to read and what you hope to achieve out of it.

There are many books out there. Don’t think you’ll limit your choices if you become picky. Never. You can’t possibly finish all the good books out there. So relax. Don’t slack on your expectations. Be firm about reading only what benefits you. When you read books that benefit you, you’ll open your mind in unimaginable ways and truly enjoy your days.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Maybe it’s a bit controversial but I hope you still got to learn from it, appreciate my thoughts, though you might not agree with all of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of this post? Are you aware of what you read? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

How to listen to your body

Listen to your body. We hear that all the time, yet a lot of people still struggle with what it really means. In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, listening to your body is very important.

Having a deep relationship with your body will enable you to pick up every sign it’s giving you, thereby taking the necessary measures to get it to where it should be.

 

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We’ve talked about listening to your body before. But I want to dedicate this post solely to the topic just to make sure everyone understands what we really mean when we say listen to your body.

 

So what does ‘listen to your body’ really mean?

Now, your body is your best messenger. It will tell you when things are going well and when they are going not so well. The best thing you can do is listen when it’s telling you these things. It will never lie to you.

But many of us have chosen to ignore everything the body tells us in favor of what we think it needs. We push it too hard to achieve the things we want to achieve. We want a lean toned body. So we push ourselves too hard at the gym for the physique. Great, now we’ve achieved fitness at the expense of health.

It means nothing to be fit but not healthy. OK, maybe your body rocks and you turn heads everywhere you go. But in the long run, your body is going to break down if you are exercising 4 hours at the gym, eating very little and not getting enough sleep.

 

  • If you are committed to your exercise regime but today you feel fatigued, then maybe you need to take a step back from that treadmill, from those weights, and take a break, sometimes not just for the rest of that session but for the rest of the day, and the next day, maybe even the next week.

If you worry that taking a break from your workouts will drag down your progress, then don’t worry. The opposite is actually true. Taking a break will actually benefit your body.

 

  • When you are eating, your body will tell you when you are full. Don’t argue with it by continuing to stuff yourself with food.

 

  • Your body will tell you when you are thirsty. Headache is a sign of dehydration. Next time you have a headache, drink some water. It always works for me.

 

  • Listen to your cravings. I know this might sound a bit controversial but please hear me out. I used to struggle with cravings. I still do. Before I discovered what I’m about to share with you, I refused to yield to my cravings. Now, I’m sure this has happened with you before. Maybe you crave a cookie, but you try really hard to not reach for that cookie. Instead you reach for an apple.

You are thinking ‘good choice’ right? Well, an apple is definitely healthier than a cookie. But you are lying to yourself if you think that apple is going to satisfy your craving for a cookie. I guarantee you: you will eat the apple, and then the cookie.

So, I was that misguided before. Remember you can’t argue with your body. You can certainly try, but it will backfire on you. But you can trick the body.

 

Now this is what I do to trick my body, and it actually works.

Everything that I eat is home made. I make all my food. So, when I crave a cookie, I always make a healthier version of that cookie. I’ll make a cookie and sweeten it with fruit instead of table sugar. I’ll make the cookie smaller and that always tricks my mind into thinking that having more than two helpings is just too much.

You can try doing that. Make a healthier version of the food you crave. Your body will still get to have that food it craves, but it will be a healthier version.

 

  • When you feel sick, your body needs to rest. Let it rest and don’t push it to work. This past week I had a cold. I didn’t want to take time off from my work, but I also knew I needed to let my body rest. That meant not working as hard as I do when I’m not sick, and going to bed earlier than I usually do. I tend to recover much quicker when I do that.

 

  • Your body will also tell you when you are stressed. Don’t simply dismiss that stress but address it. Identify why you are stressed, and then deal with that stress. 

I’ve found my refuge in the word of God, so that’s always my cure for stress. I read about God’s solution to the problem I’m having. I tell him about it and trust that his solution is the best.

The bible says we shouldn’t worry about anything but we should pray about everything. It also says, worrying won’t make you an inch taller, in other words, it won’t achieve anything good. So the best thing to do is rest in God’s promise to take care of us in every way. That’s the most effective solution to stress.

 

The final word

Your body is always talking to you. Respect it by listening to it. Be in tune with it so you are aware of even the slightest communication it tries to make with you. If you do that, your body will never fail you. It will sustain you as you enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Hopefully, by now you have an understanding of what it means to listen to your body. Now it’s your turn. How do you listen to your body? Share with us in the comments below.

 

Check out this great article by mindbodygreen on listening to your body.

 

Are you aware of God’s blessings for you?

Blessings. What a lovely word we all want to hear. But do you feel like you do not yet have God’s blessings? Maybe you look at everyone around you and think, “How come everyone else but me seems to be walking in God’s blessings?”

The most important thing to remember is that as a child of God, you have every right to have every blessing our father says you can have. Those blessings are there for your taking. Taking them for yourself is just a matter of stretching out your heart in faith and claiming what is rightfully yours.

 

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God loves a humble heart, but I know of a lot of Christians who’ve been led to believe that we must live a life of lack if we are to prove our humility.  That’s how they mistakenly define humility. To them it’s passiveness and lack of action.

But that is not what humility in the biblical context means. Humility simply means the willingness to submit to God in every way possible. To count his ways more important than yours. To lean on his own understanding and not on your own. The bible clearly tells us to do this in:

Proverbs 3 v 5: With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. (CEV)

That’s humility. But it doesn’t in any way hint on being passive and doing nothing in matters of God. In fact passiveness and inactivity are the exact opposite of humility.

Now, with your humble heart, you can receive everything the father promises us in the pages of the Holy Bible.

There are many blessings God has made available for our taking:

 

  • Healing and a sound body

1 Peter 2 v 24: He used his servant body to carry our sins to the cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. (MSG)

Exodus 15 v 26: Then he said, “I am the LORD your God, and I cure your diseases.”

I can’t possibly outline all the healing scriptures in this post. So I’ll be back in the near future with a post dedicated solely to healing. But as a child of God, you should know healing and a sound body is one of God’s blessings for you.

 

  • Prosperity

I hope you haven’t bought into the stupid and false claim by some people that God doesn’t want us to be prosperous. Again, they wrongly attribute poverty to humility. How ridiculous is that? How can God invent prosperity and not let any of his children have it? In fact, God’s children are the rightful claimants of prosperity.

We should be more prosperous than the world. But many of us still aren’t because we have not reached out to take it in faith.

Proverbs 3 v 9-10: Honor the LORD by giving him your money and the first part of all your crops. Then you will have more grain and grapes than you will ever need. (CEV)

Proverbs 16 v 3:  Share your plans with the LORD, and you will succeed. (CEV)

Again, as with healing, there are many more scriptures on prosperity. We will address those scriptures soon. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these two, meditate on them, and realize that you are supposed to be prosperous. Prosperity is one of your many rights as a child of God.

 

  • God’s companionship 

    You are a child of God, and one of God’s blessings is his eternal companionship. He promises never to leave you. So that means wherever you go, whenever, God is always with you. That doesn’t mean you won’t go through hard times. But when you do, you can count on God’s presence. He’ll walk with you through the most difficult of trials. And if you’ll succumb to his counsel, he’ll see you through those times to victory.

God says whatever happens, don’t quit on him because he’ll never quit on you.

Hebrews 13 v 5: Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.” (MSG)

 

  • A life free of condemnation

Think of all the things you’ve done wrong. Let’s not pretend. We’ve all sinned, committed huge sins. But God forgives us each time, for even the deadliest of sins. God says no sin is big enough for him not to forgive. And he says that when we come before him with our sins and confess them, and then repent, he’s faithful enough to forgive our sins, blot them out of our lives, and make us new again.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17: Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. (CEV)

God says don’t beat yourself up over your past mistakes. He’s made you so clean that you can boldly stand before people and say I am innocent, I have wronged no man.

So then, because God promises a life free of condemnation, don’t continue to condemn yourself, or let the world condemn you. If you abide in God’s word, he’ll give you the grace to sin no more, then you can boldly stand before the world and say, “I am innocent.”

 

  • Life

When we talk of a life free of condemnation, free of sickness and disease, free of lack, you might put an emphasis on the last parts of those phrases and overlook the ‘life’ part.

Notice you must have life before you can enjoy all of the above, and life is what God has promised us.

Romans 6 v 23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.(KJV)

If you sin, you invite death, plain as that. But if you follow God and obey him, you invite eternal life. Children of God can just reach out and claim the life that our Father has made available to us.

 

The Final word

The bible says we have everything we need in order to live a life that pleases God. If we please God, obey him, we can have every one of God’s blessings, all of them. If you’ve been deceived into think you are not to be healed or prosperous, or any of the above, then shut that down, push it completely out of your mind. Familiarize yourself with the word because all of God’s blessings are contained in his word. May you enjoy everyone of these blessings and many more. And may God’s peace and joy be with you, in Jesus name, Amen.

 

I hope you enjoy this post and become more enlightened in the matters of God. Please share some of God’s blessings that you’ve realized in your life so we may all grow. Leave your comments below. Thank you.

 

Please read these interesting principles for experiencing the blessing of God.

Also look at these uplifting verses about blessings.

Let this prayer for God’s blessing guide you.

 

 

 

 

 

8 effective but simple strategies to be productive

Are you looking for effective but simple strategies to be productive everyday? Maybe you are just like the rest of us. You get out of bed every morning with the intention to be productive, but when you go to bed at night and look back at your day, you feel like you didn’t achieve much. I used to struggle a lot with that.

That was before I discovered effective but simple strategies to be productive. Now I’m about to share with you those strategies, so keep reading and get ready to receive.

 

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I know we never give this much thought, but when you sit down and really reflect on how quickly time passes, then you realize we can’t and mustn’t waste even a single second. This moment that you are in right now, you’ll never get back. You might get to do the same thing you are doing right now, but not at this minute of this day. The past second is gone forever and you’ll never get it back.

So then, we have to use our time wisely, be as productive as we possibly can so that we make best use of the little time God has given us on this earth.

OK, so what are my effective but simple strategies?

 

Strategy #1: Make the decision to be productive.

This might sound like a stupid strategy, but many people miss everything because they miss this first step. Everything begins with a decision. I’m not talking about what we usually say. “You know, I have to learn to be productive with my days.” That’s not a decision. That’s just a frivolous comment you make in passing.

“From this moment forth, I make a decision to be productive with my days.”

This statement is the kind of decision I’m talking about here. Make this decision and stick to it.

 

Strategy #2: Get out of bed early every morning

I don’t know about you. But if I get out of bed late, like 9 or 10 am, I feel like I’ve lost a huge and important chunk of my day. And now I feel like I have limited time to do the things I need to do.

And getting out of bed early in the morning, around 5, for me is so important that when I miss these first few hours, I just lose the motivation to do anything else throughout my day.

The earlier you get out of bed, the longer your day will be in a good way, a way that lets you do everything that needs to be done. People are still struggling with getting out of bed early in the morning. Maybe you are too. Just practice and you’ll get there. Don’t beat yourself up over failed efforts, just get back up and carry on.

 

Strategy #3: Read the bible

The word of God gets me going every morning, first thing before I do anything. The word gives me the courage to face my day, the zeal to get out and make things happen. Our God speaks against laziness. So a few years ago I made a decision to no longer have anything to do with laziness because I prefer to stay in good terms with my God.

 

Strategy #4: Exercise

Exercise, like reading the bible, will get you going. Exercise wakes the body up in ways you can’t possibly imagine. I stretch every part of my body from head to toe, and can literally feel the blood running through my veins. After I’m done with my 30 mins session, I feel ready to face my day.

 

Strategy #5: Shower or take a bath very early in the morning

After your workout, don’t wait before you take your shower. Just do it right away. I do it even before I think about breakfast. There’s something about bathing that makes me think ‘OK, now the train has left the station.’ Maybe showering early in the morning takes me back to my school and work days when I knew my day was on right after I showered.

 

Strategy #6: Have a healthy breakfast

Many people roll their eyes at this one, but it’s very important. If you have nothing healthy to eat, take the time to prepare it. Of course you if don’t have the time, you would’ve prepared for your breakfast the previous day. Don’t be one of those people who claim they are too busy to cook or to eat healthy. Be smart and know that a healthy breakfast is the right fuel for your body.

 

Strategy #6: Make a to-do list and tackle the most difficult things first

I never used to understand this one but now I do. I always start with the things I consider difficult or important. For example, I write my posts as soon as I get into my office. And then I go on to my novel. Even before I reach my word limit and have to stop, I feel energized to come back and meet my count because I already started.

The most difficult or important thing could be anything. It could be household chores for you, like it is for me. Anything. Just remember to do that first.

 

Strategy #7: Take some time to interact with those around you.

Notice I didn’t say take some time ‘off’. The people around you are not a break from your day, they are part of your day. Don’t be one of those people who doesn’t want visitors because you want a productive day. No, a simple healthy lifestyle that excludes the social aspect is not possible.

 

Strategy # 8: Always reflect on your day and be grateful for whatever you accomplished.

This lets you see where you went wrong. But even then, give your self an applause for the little that you did, as long as you know you’ll keep trying. Thank God for your productive day. After all, he’s the one who gives you the strength to work.

 

The final word

Being productive can take time to master, but you’ll get there if you work hard at it and remain patient with yourself.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it. Please share some of your effective but simple strategies for being productive. Remember to leave a comment below.

I love this article on becoming the most productive person. I feel like it’s very practical and offers a wide variety of tips, so definitely read it please.

Here‘s another article I love. Some of the ideas are different from mine, but read it and decide what works for you.

How to serve God in your profession

Do you want to serve God but don’t know how to go about it? So many of us love God and want to do everything we can to spread the good news about him. And yet we find ourselves stuck because we are not pastors or ministers and don’t work anywhere near the church.

The two main questions are: can only pastors and ministers and those who work in the church serve God or can every one of us do it? If we can, then how do we go about it?

I’m about to share the answers to those two questions, so keep reading.

 

A picture for how to serve God in your profession

 

We’ve already established the significance of spirituality in enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Revisit that here.

Honestly, I don’t know how people who don’t acknowledge God can actually claim to live a fulfilling life. What is life without God? Because that to me is just impossible. Everything I do, I do for the honor and glory of God. The life that I live, I live for him. While death used to scare me, now it doesn’t because when I die, I finally get to be with him.

Ok, now on to addressing those two questions.

 

Can everyone serve God and how do we go about it?

Absolutely. Anyone can serve God. In fact everyone should serve God. It doesn’t matter your age, gender, color, background, profession. Anybody can serve God and everyone should.

Somehow we’ve adopted this mentality that only ministers and pastors and people working in the church can serve God. But that doesn’t make any sense. Because then we are limiting God to only the church. In other words we are saying outside of church, he doesn’t exist, and that’s not true at all.

Ministers and pastors and people working in the church serve God, but so must everyone else.

  • Wait, you say. But I’m just an elementary school teacher. How can I serve God? By working hard and to best of your ability. Teach those kids everything they need to learn. Nurture them so they can grow up to become the kind of leaders we want to have.

Minister to them about God. You are teaching them everything else; Math, Science, Physical Education, so why not teach them about God? Because frankly, especially in this day and age, we need to hear about God more than we do about everything else.

 

  • If you are a nurse or a doctor, you have patients you need to nurse back to health. Patients who need to hear about the healing that’s already been made available to them by our God. You need to minister to them and let them know they have the right as children of God, to get out of that hospital bed and march home in perfect health.

 

  • If you are a janitor, you should do your job well. Make your surroundings immaculate for those who work in them. Do your job with love. Talk to others about God and share your thoughts and experiences with them.

 

  • If you are a student, you have a responsibility to share with your fellow students the matters of God. Encourage each other to love and honor God as you go along in your studies.

 

  • If you are a prison guard, minister to those in prison. They need hope that their incarceration is not the end of their lives. Make them see that they too can minister to others and encourage each other to become better people who will serve God and carry forward his name.

 

The word of God is not limited to those who work in the church. It’s everyone’s duty to spread it all around the world so that those left behind can hear it and turn to God.

 

I don’t care who you are and what you do. You have as much obligation to spread the word of God as you do to hear it. If you have free access to the bible to read to yourself, then it means you also have free access to read it out loud to others.

The way I see it, we’ve burdened ministers and pastors and those who work in the church with spreading the word of God. We are doing nothing to help these people because somehow we feel like it’s not our duty. When things go wrong at the church, or when a pastor falls, we tend to distance ourselves from him or her and make sarcastic remarks about them supposedly being a servant of God.

In other words, we join the world in mocking a servant who despite being a flawed human being, is trying to educate us about God. We think it’s OK for us to just sit there and judge them, not realizing that their falling is partly our fault because we are not helping them the same way they are helping us.

 

So where do I go from here?

  • The first thing you need to do is realize that you are a child of God, and children speak well of their parents. So you have to do the same: speak well of God every chance you get.

 

  • Then realize that to best serve God, before you even open your mouth to anyone about him, you have to serve him internally. Give your body, soul and mind to him.

 

  • Then let him show in your work, whatever you do. Lawyer, prison inmate, librarian, stay at home mom or dad, every profession, every occupation. Do your work as if you are doing it for God himself, because you are. Let others benefit from your work.

 

  • Now, open your mouth and teach those around you about God. You don’t have to claim to know everything. We are all students in matters of God. Say what you know so others can also say what they know. Then together you can encourage each other to become the best children of God.

 

The final word

God is your entire life. He’s your creator, the creator of everything. Most importantly, he adores you and wants the best possible life for you. Realize that as a child of God, you can enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle he destined for you to enjoy, and share his good news with everyone around you.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What is your occupation? How do you serve God in it? Please let us know in the comments below.

Also read this wonderful post on this topic.

Tips to get rid of cellulite for good

The media had me convinced I couldn’t do anything about cellulite. My biggest mistake was believing that nonsense. Remember that just because cellulite is a stubborn problem doesn’t mean it can’t be gotten rid of.

It’s important to remember that a good relationship with our bodies is essential to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.  We have to love our bodies just the way they are. Only when we love our bodies can we take care of them and watch them transform into machines that will not quit on us for as long as we live.

 

A picture showing orange peel for getting rid of cellulite

 

Most of us have struggled with that ‘orange peel’ appearance of our skin. You know when you look in the mirror and all you can see on your thighs are unattractive bumps that just make you go, ‘ugh.’

I’ve come to not let the media influence me as much as it used to. The media are people just like you and me. They can only give their opinions and talk about their experiences. And yet, they take those and make them the standard by which everyone else must measure themselves. And the tragedy is: we let them.

Just remember: you don’t have to listen to everything the media says. What are your own opinions and experiences? Because those matter more to your life than the opinions and experiences of other people.

Anyway, I was saying that for a long time the media had me believe I could never get rid of cellulite. At best, I could reduce its appearance. That’s nonsense. I’ve gotten rid of the cellulite on my thighs though some is still visible at the backs of my thighs. But I believe it won’t be there for long.

 

So, what did I do?

Before I share with you what I did, I have to tell you that I didn’t set out on my journey of a simple healthy lifestyle with getting rid of cellulite on my mind. Like I said, I’d let the media convince me I couldn’t do that. So, what I did was accept my body and love it just the way it was. With that love, I set out to make my life better and my body just followed that and positively changed.

 

So, this is what I did:

  • I ate clean. I stopped the junk food. Seriously, what is nourishing about feeding your body greasy, overly sweet food? Nothing. Those foods are actually damaging to your body. I dropped all those foods and ate clean. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, grains, healthy fats etc.

 

  • I drank a lot of water. I talk about the effortless and natural way of drinking water here. Drinking a lot of water helped me in ways I never thought possible. A few weeks into drinking a lot of water, I felt better in every way. Water flushes out toxins from your body and just makes your body work efficiently.

I’ve said before that I like sticking to the basics because they make things simple for me. I can’t claim to know a lot of science behind drinking a lot of water. But I listen to my body and I know it responds well when I drink a lot of water, including getting rid of cellulite.

 

  • I exercised regularly. For me that’s five days out of the seven days of the week. I rest on Saturdays and Sundays. But during these two days, my body still works hard because there’s a lot of yard work to do, including chores and laundry. Exercising just revitalized me and made me feel alive. With all that blood pumping through my body, the cellulite on my body reduced.

I jog and do strength training. I don’t force myself to do a lot. I just go with what my body can take and rest when I feel tired. I exercise for only 30 mins, and though you might feel like that time is just too short, for me it’s perfect. It lets me exercise without feeling bored or overwhelmed and keeps me doing my workouts every week day.

 

  • I adopted a positive mindset. Enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle can’t be possible if you are not mentally healthy. I feel like a lot of people ignore that, and they do all the right things but nurture their mental health.  I avoided stress and gave myself a lot of pep talks when I was feeling down.

I prayed and conversed with God about everything I was feeling, both good and bad. I let him take care of me while I rested in his finished works. That rest allowed me to have the peace of mind that still boggles my mind to this day (loving the pun here). With my mental health in shape, my body just followed through and I started feeling and looking healthy and the cellulite just packed and left.

 

  • I took care of my skin. I always cringe at people who say they don’t apply any lotion or cream to their bodies, or that they feel lazy to do it. In my culture that’s unheard of. It doesn’t matter how much of a hurry you are in, you have to apply lotion or cream after bathing. That’s how I grew up and the notion that I could take a bath and then put on my clothes without applying lotion or cream never even existed until I read of people who did it.

Anyway, applying some form of lotion or cream to your skin will keep your skin moisturized, lessening the appearance of cellulite. Don’t skimp out on the lotion. And don’t buy into the lie that you have to have an expensive cream. No, buy what you can afford and lather it on your skin.

 

  • I stopped obsessing over what I saw in the mirror. Please, remember to love your body. If you know you’re just going to hate your body when you look in the mirror, then don’t look in the mirror. But if you do, appreciate every part of your body and wish yourself good health.

 

The final word

Cellulite is a problem for many women. There’s no reason to hate yourself just because you have it. As you actively pursue a simple healthy lifestyle, your body is bound to change and your cellulite will slowly disappear until one day you look in the mirror and it’s gone. Remember to love your body just the way it is.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your experiences with cellulite? Please share with us in the comments below.

Here’s the effortless and natural way of drinking water

Are you struggling with drinking water? We hear about the importance of drinking water all the time. We are told we should drink anywhere between 1.5 and 2 liters, or between 6 and 8 cups of water everyday. We are told of all the benefits of drinking water: clear skin, easy digestion, easy flushing out of toxins, etc.

 

A picture for the effortless and natural way of drinking water

 

I used to struggle with drinking a lot of water. I knew the benefits of doing it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’d even convinced myself that I hated water. Can you believe it? Nature’s free and best drink, and I hated it.

So, a few months ago, I decided to give this drinking water thing a try. I found a 2 liter bottle and filled it up, and carried it with me around the house. And surprisingly, I went through those 2 liters everyday. It was a struggle at first, became easier as days went by but remained a bit of a struggle.

And then I realized why I was still struggling when drinking water should’ve felt effortless and natural.

 

Let me share with you my realization.

I was trying too hard. There. That was it. I was trying way too hard to drink water that I struggled and couldn’t get used to the practice. Of course I needed some effort in starting, but I was already on my way, and it should’ve gotten easier, but it hadn’t.

Once I admitted to myself that I was trying too hard, I thought of ways I could make this practice of drinking water effortless and natural. And here’s what I did.

  • I ditched the bottle and started drinking from small cups.
  • I got up from my desk when I was working to go get some water. Sometimes I even went outside the house and drank water there. That gave me a change of scenery and made drinking water more enjoyable and natural for me.
  • I stopped keeping track of how much water I drank. I just told myself to drink a lot of it. But I was no longer hell-bent on consciously measuring it.

 

So, the first day I did the above, I felt myself enjoying drinking water. So I carried on with my new strategy. It’s been a few months now and today I can confidently say that I’m drinking a lot of water and it’s effortless and natural.

 

Could people around you be complicating your efforts to drink water?

I used to watch a lot of fitness videos. It was great at first. I saw people trying to achieve what I wanted to achieve. But the problem came when I let them influence everything I did so much that I was just copying what they did, without regard to whether or not it worked for me.

One day I decided to spread my own wings and fly on my own. I decided that instead of listening to someone else’s body, I was going to listen to my own body. I was armed with a lot of information about health and fitness. Not to say I didn’t think I needed more, of course I did, but I believed the basics I knew would get me where I needed to be: on my way to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

So, I started watching less and less fitness videos until one day I just stopped. Now I had a chance to focus on my body and let it decide what it wanted to do. One thing I learned was that I’d adopted this water bottle technique from these videos. Those people carried huge water bottles everywhere and obsessively tracked their drinking throughout the day.

Well, for me that didn’t work. Drinking water is natural. You are not taught how to do it, you are born with that knowledge. Why should it suddenly become hard?

So, I knew then that though that strategy worked well for the vloggers, for me it was just not working and I needed to find out what worked for me.

 

So, here is what I think you should consider doing

  • If drinking water is a burden then consider ditching the bottle and drinking straight from cups.
  • Make those cups smaller so that you are likely to finish a cup and even go for more water, than not finish the cup and feel bad about it
  • Take every chance you can get to drink water. When you are inside the house and outside.
  • You don’t always need a cup. Make drinking water effortless and natural by playfully drinking from a fountain, or drinking as you water your garden.
  • Remember to incorporate food that contain a lot of water in your diet.

 

The final word

Remember that in our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle we put strong emphasis on the ‘simple’. We are slowly but surely doing away with the complicated way a lot of people have adopted in favor of a simple way that gets us where we want to go.

If you have that mentality that you can’t drink a lot of water then you need to get rid of it right now. Anybody can drink a lot of water, including you. And if you have that mentality that you hate water, then get rid of that mentality as well. How does that even make sense?

Start drinking a lot of water for your health. Make it effortless and natural and I guarantee you’ll stick with it for the long run.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Water is such an indispensable part of our lives, so of course I’ll be back to write more about it. In the meantime enjoy this post and let us know what you think of it. Is drinking water easy for you or do you also struggle with it? How do you make it effortless and natural? Please tell us in the comments below.

 

Tips to learn how to budget and be successful at it

Money. It evokes different emotions for different people. We’ve heard of the good and the bad about it. We can never agree on many things about money. But I’m sure we can agree that we have to budget before we spend it.

And we have to adopt budgeting not just as a one time thing, but something to do for the rest of our lives if we are to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle and not have money as an issue.

 

A wallet for learning how to budget and be successful at it

 

Remember: We all have a relationship with money. Whether that relationship is good or bad is entirely dependent on us. Creating a budget for your money ensures a good relationship with money. Creating a budget ensures you never have to worry about misusing money or not being able to track your spending.

Money was never something I drooled over. That was my sister’s department.  For me, from as long as I can remember, money was just a valuable resource we used every day. It wasn’t something to be loved or hated, just something to be used. And like all the other resources like water and air, money was to be used with respect.

I have to admit that seeing the need to budget didn’t come to me until I was much older. Even then, I had trouble putting it to work. It sounded easy to say: budget for your expenses before you actually incur them. But to actually do it was hard.

Everything takes practice, and patience. And I employed the same for learning how to budget and be successful at it. I’m still practicing, but I feel like I’m at a point where I can say I know where my money is going and how to best manage it. Let me share with you some tips.

 

Tip #1: Be determined to learn how to budget and be successful at it

That’s right. That’s a tip. You can’t hope to accomplish something if you are not determined to. And being determined doesn’t take a lot of action. It’s a decision, a decision that happens in a nano-second. You decide right here right now: I’m going to learn how to budget and be successful at it. There you go. You are off to a good start.

 

Tip #2: Know your expenses before you incur them

You can’t budget for something you don’t know. You have to know when your kid’s school fees will be due and how much they’ll be so you can budget for them.

Now, you can’t usually foretell what your electric or water bill will be, but you’ve paid them before. So go through your past bills to get a feel of how much you’ve been paying.

Then for this month, though you’ve been using your utilities at pretty much the same rate or quantity, make that estimate a little bit higher just to avoid surprises.

I’ll give you an example. If your water bill has been around $11 for the past three months, when you budget, put it as $15. That’s so you can cover any unexpected rise. If you end up paying $15, then that’s great because you budgeted for it. But if you end up paying that $11, it’s also great because you get to spare $4.

 

Tip #3: Cater for contingencies

This takes off from Tip #2. Always cater for the unexpected, just like in the tip above. But taking it farther, put money aside for whole expenses that don’t occur often, but are likely to come up.

For example: Put money aside in case your electric kettle suddenly quits on you. Or in case a relative calls asking for emergency money. By budgeting for contingencies, you have peace of mind to take care of unexpected expenses and not feel the brunt of that spending.

 

Tip #4: Cut out unnecessary expenses

And I’m not talking about contingencies. I’m talking about expenses for the things you don’t really need. Do you really need that fifth pair of shoes? Do you really need to buy that scarf that’s on sale?

People are misguided in thinking that when they buy something on sale, they get a bargain and therefore save money. No, they don’t. They still waste money on something they don’t need, even if it’s at a discount.

Stick to only what is necessary. We are trying to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle so we are trying to avoid clutter and be minimalists. So avoid stuff you don’t need and put that money toward something you really need.

 

Tip #5: If one item makes you go over your budget, then cut back on the other items.

Maybe you budgeted $500 for medical expenses, but then they go up to $700, look carefully at your whole budget and identify where you can cut back to cater for that extra $200 in expenses. Reduce your groceries by maybe cutting back on your snacks, or bottled water, something to help you not overspend.

 

Tip #6: Keep all your budgets in one place.

You are entering July and are done with June’s budget? Don’t throw it away. Neatly file it away. And don’t stash it in that cupboard until you can dispose of it. No, go back to it time and again as you move along with your budgets for the following months. Learn from your past mistakes and successes.

 

Tip #7: Budget to put some money in your bank

That’s right. Don’t let your budget be about spending and exchanging your hard earned money for goods and services. Put some money into your savings account and invest it. This way, budgeting is working for you and you are more likely to carry on with it now that it’s helping you build your net-worth.

 

The final word

Learning how to budget can be hard at first. But only for as long as you want, and it’s as hard as you want it to be. Anybody can budget, including you. If you learn how to budget and be successful at it, you’ll feel more peaceful, more in control, enabling you to enjoy your simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. We definitely need more tips so please share with us how you budget by commenting below. Thank you.