Health & Fitness
Health & Fitness
Werkout of the Week: Nasty Girl
WERK IT, GIRL! ;) 12 minutes. Upper and lower body. A body weight cardio blast – no equipment needed. This awesome workout is ready to rock you to your core. Do one or two rounds, according to your ability; you'll definitely feel the burn! Check out the images below to learn how to do the moves! But be sure to follow the pink image above; the below are not in order. :) If you're a beginner, do one round; for more advanced fitness levels, do two! Credit to Lucille Roberts for the workout :) Jumping Jacks Alternating Side Lunges First go to one side, then to the other. (Hence "alternating"! Pretty easy, huh?) Squats Stick your butt out behind you, and don't let your bent knees pass your toes. Burpees This is one magical exercise that combines strength training AND cardio! Push through, because these are tough. ;) Alternating Reverse Lunges Switch between legs. Keep your back straight, and your core and butt engaged. Don't let that bent knee surpass your toes! Mountain Climbers There are two styles you can try – scroll to see both. The first is a cardio-heavy mountain climber sprint; the second, a slower-paced version that concentrates more on toning muscles. It's your decision which to do! :) Speed Skaters This move's all about cardio and coordination – and working muscles you didn't even know you had. Butt Kicks Like jogging in place, but you bring your feet all the way up so that they almost kick your butt. :) Push Ups You know the drill! Hands slightly wider than chest-width apart, positioned at mid-chest level. Keep your knees on the ground if you need to, à la 7th grade gym class. Keep head and back straight. Awesome job! Another great step in your fitness journey. For more workouts and health tips, be sure to follow my Easy Health Hacks collection! And if you have any questions or workout requests, definitely let me know in the comments below :)
The Art of Burning Out: How Stay Productive When You're Exhausted
In the twilight hours of most nights, I lay in my bed and think about work. My obligations, my expectations. If you have the kind of brain that never turns off, you know that every day you're on the cusp of burning out. Here's how to keep on keeping on when you don't feel like you have anything left in the tank. Exhaustion is something that happens to all humans. And you have to deal with that. You're not the energizer bunny and that's okay. First thing's first: You must recognize you have a limit. I spent a lot of time tip-toeing around the fact that I was human. In college I thought I was a machine. I didn't need sleep, I didn't need friends hell...I didn't need anyone. My idea of "productivity" was to push my limit as far as it could go without dying. And it nearly killed me. Realizing that I had a limit helped me make a lot of hard decisions. If I had a long week and went out partying, I had to understand the consequences. Once I really looked at why I was so tired it helped me get the support and rest I needed. It's hard when you're young and hungry for success. You want to be the best. You want to make everyone proud, but that shouldn't be at the expense of your health. Then, force yourself to take a break. When you are on the verge of burning out everything isn't working. It's like there's a block in your brain preventing you from working hard. Things take longer to accomplish. You type slower. Your eyes can't focus. Things get harder. That's how you know you've reached your limit. In order to avoid a total burn out and get your work done, you have to take breaks. Stressing yourself out will not help any. You can't work when you're all freaked out anyway. I've learned that the hard way. Do yourself a favor and walk away from your work. Do not work like you're a robot. Every two or three hours, get up...walk around...find something to look at that isn't your computer screen. Nobody can deal with that much continuous labor, it's just not possible. No matter how indestructible you feel, you have to take breaks. Okay, you're exhausted, you've taken a break and still, you know you're totally burnt out. What now? Drop the work and do something for pure joy. For people who enjoy working really hard and living fast, this can be a huge issue. Safety isn't attractive for those who want to transcend normal and make something amazing, but it's necessary. Trust me. If you're falling all the time it becomes harder and harder to get back up. You will burn out. Now, when you have a full time job or are at school there isn't a lot of down-time. So when you feel like you're hitting your breaking point, whatever you love can kick in and save you. Whether it's reading, writing, looking at gossip magazines or just sleeping. Doing something for pure leisure can really help with burning out. It's like a charger of sorts. In college, when my schedule got really hectic I would take one hour per day to do something I really loved. I'd use my break to play the guitar, draw or do some free-writing. It opened my mind. The act of doing something you love will free you from the sense of falling, and will ultimately become your safety net. Although knowing your limits, taking breaks and re-charging don't necessarily play into everyone's big plans, they are necessary measures. We have to take time to recognize our limits. Humans have expiration dates. And as much as we don't want to confront that concept: it is the truth. When you're young and hungry for success it's easy to fall into the perpetual burn-out stage. With a little more consciousness and a little more care we can leave the flames behind and really succeed.
Newsflash: Night Owls are Killing the Game
Shout out to all the Night Owls who have had to withstand societies ridicule of being lazy, unsuccessful or just plain weird. Your time to bask in that beautiful moonlit spotlight has come. About time am I right? Recent studies explained by Vivian Giang show that while the early bird still gets whatever worm they think is worth waking up at 6am for, Night Owls are taking over the work force. No longer is it necessary to hunker down in a 9-5 office job. The advancement in technology has developed totally new job opportunities, along with very different work hours. Now a person doesn't even have to be in the office to get work done, let alone have to be there bight and early. Every night owls dream. So now let me take a moment to praise and explain why we have become a society built for the Night Owl. Studies have revealed that night owls are more creative. Since the nights are usually more quiet and distraction free it is much easier to throw oneself into work. This will lead to a more well thought out and complex projects than the early bird counterpart who might be distracted at the thought of a mid day lunch break. Night Owls are also bigger risk takers. The days of the disciplined early bird corporation successes are over. We are now in the middle of the Entrepreneur Era, where risking taking is the only way to receive huge success. Their risk-taking crazy brain also helps them problem solve in different, unique and bigger ways. And the best part… they have higher IQs! Children with higher IQ levels tend to become night owls over early birds. Their increased IQ leads them to develop better quality of work as the day (or I should say night)wears on, while the early bird will start getting tired towards the final stretch of work. Their larger IQ will lead to higher incomes and their increased alertness means they are always down for a drink at happy hour. This research not only stripped the lazy stereotype away but also the weird vampire one as well. Everyone loves to party with a Night Owl. Keep rocking on till the light of day Night Owls. Your time has finally come!