Overcome Stress

Just as physically your body can only take so much stress, the mind has limits as well. 

  • Just like you plan out rest days to allow your body to recover you need to employ strategies to refresh your mind  

  • Some simple tips for staying emotionally fit include following your purpose, being grateful and staying active.

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Whistle while you work

Want to be happier, sleep better and reduce depression? Pop on your favorite tunes for about 15 minutes. When listening to music your brain releases dopamine, the happiness chemical. 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. Studies have found that listening to relaxing music significantly improves sleep. In the same studies classical music was found to reduce the effects of depression.

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Grounding

Grounding refers to direct skin contact with the earth. In years past mankind walked barefoot in constant contact with the earth. Nowadays, unless you’re at the beach, it’s unlikely that you ever walk around barefooted. This week we’ll look at the effects of grounding and put it to the test.

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Circuit Workout

According to Harvard Medical School, a 185-pound person who performs 30 minutes of circuit weight training can burn 355 calories. That’s equivalent to a cup and a half of mashed potatoes made with butter and whole milk. MMM. Mashed potatoes. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. An intense circuit session raises your metabolism for days afterward, increasing the rate at which you burn calories for the long haul.

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Handling physical stressors

Today we're going to focus on building your core strength.  Working on your core is more about getting a great looking stomach, although that may be an outcome. With an engaged core that is in shape, you'll be less likely to be injured, more flexible, and better able to handle the physical stressors you'll encounter in the real world.

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The Humble Burpee workout

I'm not sure how you feel about Burpees but I'm pretty sure you're going to hate them after this week. Regardless, let's get some basics out of the way. Burpees meld three exercises into one. You start off face down on the ground, move to a push-up position, jump to your feet, and finish off with a jump. It's aggressive, it's explosive, it's perfect.

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No time for the gym

I'm all for hitting the gym and picking things up just to set them down. Hell, I love it. But what happens if you don't have a gym to go to?

In times like these, it's important that you keep your routine going. So why not hit it with a body weight workout? All of the exercises you'll be completing today are body weight only.  You won't require any additional equipment or even a gym membership. 

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How to start running

This is about setting an example, being confident, and approaching life with less stress. Pick the one or two of the items in this article that are important to you and write them down or share them in the comments.  We'd love to see what's driving you.  For me its setting a good example for my kids and stress reduction.

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