“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

A great quote that fits the theme of today’s post perfectly.  Do what makes you happy everyday!!  Of course my first recommendation is for everyone to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day but if exercising isn’t the number one thing on your list that makes you happy then find out what does and do it everyday!  So whether you want to surf the internet, enjoy a good book, meditate, sit in a coffee shop, talk to a friend on the phone or take a nap, take the time to do it everyday!

Why??  Because it makes you feel good!  I am trying to do 20 minutes of yoga everyday and to be honest it has really Kids laughingimproved my mood and my energy for the rest of the day.  Here is a simple formula I came up with…

FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY+DO IT EVERYDAY=HAPPIER SELF!!

Pretty straight forward right?  So why don’t we do it more often??  You can do this with anything and it doesn’t have to be the same thing everyday.  The point I am trying to make here is take some time to enjoy life and by doing something for YOU for at least 20 minutes a day and you will feel really good and if you don’t, well please let me know!  Maybe you’ll want to try some of these I found on this website http://www.highexistence.com/life-secrets-and-tips/ and here’s another link that will be helpful…http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/happy-people/

Keeping with the theme of my blog (“Get Fit with Les”) here is a workout you can do in 20 minutes or less the next time you are at the gym.

20 Minutes Circuit Workout

(*choose light weights for max reps)

1) Bench press* or pushups – max in 1:00
2) Squats – max in 1:00
3) Pullups or pulldowns – 1:00
4) Bike or jog – 3:00
5) Military press* – 1:00 (Standing shoulder press)
6) Lunges – 1:00 each leg
7) Bicep curls – 1:00
8) Bike or jog – 3:00
9) Tricep extensions.- 1:00
10) Leg ext – 1:00 (requires leg machines – or repeat squats with weights)
11) Leg curls – 1:00 (requires leg machines – or repeat lunges with weights)
12) Situps – 2:00
13) Crunches – 2:00
14) Stretch

I LOVE circuit training as it is one of the best ways to make a strength training workout that is also challenging for your heart and lungs.

This workout is a 20-minute workout that will take you to your maximum physical effort as well as your maximum heart rate. The object of this workout is not to rest in between exercises. You will see that one minute of a particular exercise will burn out the targeted muscle group as well as increase your heart rate to a fat burning zone. Try the 20 minute workout above- if it is not challenging enough for you try it again, totaling only 40 minutes of your time in the weight room.

Let me know what you think and remember all you need is to give yourself 20 minutes a day to do whatever you want.  It’s not that much considering there are 1,440 minutes in a day…ever think about it that way??

Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Les 🙂

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