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It’s so encouraging to see that some people are getting up off the couch, and doing something active. I must admit that a lot of people are now taking a keen interest in getting back in shape and stay healthy. While there are others who just keep making-up excuses and more excuses.

Two common barriers for people who want to exercise and get in shape are a lack of time and money needed for fitness.

Who has the time to go to the gym, or buy expensive equipment, or take long bike rides?
Well, if those are the things stopping you, you’re in luck.

It takes no equipment to get a great workout and get in shape, and with one or two pieces of simple equipment, you can turn that great workout into a fantastic one, you magnificent beast, you.
And with little or no equipment required for a fantastic workout, you can do it at home, or wherever you are. Even if you’re in solitary confinement – one lesson we can learn from prisoners.

It’s hard not to find time for this type of workout — you can do it while watching TV, for goodness sake!

Using just your bodyweight, you can do a large number of challenging exercises. I suggest starting with bodyweight exercises along with some cardio (i.e. walking, jogging, swimming, etc) and then slowly transitioning to a combination of bodyweight and weight training to get a good balance.

And even if you’re doing a complete weight training program, you can always use bodyweight exercises anytime you can’t make it to the gym.

I’m curious to hear your excuse(s) – why you’re still falling asleep in front the TV when you could be doing something active. Let’s hear ‘em in the comments.

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This post dedicated to the *DW* Readers – particularly the die-hard readers who for the last few days have been ridiculing each other about who-said-this and who-said-what. What have we accomplish from all this bickering? – nothing!

Why don’t we use this energy to do something that will make someone happy today. Making others happy is one of the best ways to have a great day yourself. It can brighten the world around you. Making others happy is one of the best ways to have a great day yourself. It can brighten the world around you – even those with different opinions 🙂

Here is a short list just to spark some ideas, and please note that not every item on this list is appropriate for everyone. I trust you to figure out which actions go with which people.

Make someone happy today!

1.Smile.
2.Listen
3.Help them get ahead.
4.Send a thank-you email.
5.Be proud of them.
6.Be there when they’re in need.
7.Praise them publicly.
8.Thank them for a job well done.
9.Tell a joke and laugh your butts off.
10.Be happy yourself.
Any ideas on how to make someone happy today? Add them in the comments!

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A few years ago, I had an argument with one of my sisters, about her watching “As the World Turns”. Basically I was trying to discourage her from watching all these soap operas. I gave her many reasons not to. It waste of time, it is petty, and it promotes vanity.

Anyway, after about two hour of sermon she told me she would try to stop. Thinking about the whole discussion, though, I realized that I could have summarized it in a better way: As the World Turns is not something pure.

If you lookup pure in the dictionary, pure refers to things that are free of dirt or pollution, that have a uniform composition, that are complete and sinless. The interesting thing is that this concept can be extended to virtually any field or venture. There are pure movies and impure movies. There is pure talk and impure talk. There are pure people and impure people.

Many people wonder why they’re not happy, even if they are financially stable. Apply the principle of purity to your life and it will become much easier to decide the things you should be doing and the ones you shouldn’t. I assure you will feel better about yourself and your decisions.

Sitting in front of the television watching soap operas or reality shows is impure. It will not make you grow as a human being. It will not make you more conscious. Sometimes, in fact, it will do exactly the opposite.

Have time to spare? Learn a foreign dance. Spend some time with friends and family. Read a good book. Learn how to play an instrument. Practice a sport. These are pure things.

Not convinced that this principle applies to virtually anything? Think about your job. You could always step on other people to rise and make more money. You could always put honesty and integrity aside and do whatever it takes to gain more power.

Is such attitude pure? Would this be worth it? I don’t think so.

In the end it will be only you and a mirror, and usually only pure images get reflected.

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