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Top 10 Ways to Take a Break from Training

top-ten-break_EMAILYou’ve been training for hours. Your eyes are tired, your back is stiff, and your brain is a little fried. Don’t you think it’s time to take a break? You certainly deserve one!

Whether you have a few minutes to spare or an hour, here are the top 10 ways to take a break from training.

10. Set up a lab: Come on, did you really think we’d let you get away from training completely? But seriously, setting up your own network, etc. can be a nice switch up from watching videos and reading textbooks. Plus, you can never have enough hands-on experience.

9. Get your GAME on: Maybe you only have time for a 10-minute break. Power up your PS4, Xbox One, or vintage Atari. Gaming is always a fun reprieve, as long as you don’t go overboard. We know Rock Band is addicting!

8. Sweat it out: Have more than a few minutes to spare? Go for a run, lift some weights, shoot 100 free throws. Exercise is a great way to rejuvenate your focus level. Our personal favorite method at CBT Nuggets? Stress ball fights! You’d be surprised how many muscles you work out.

7. Surf the net: Catch up on what’s going on in the news, locally and nationally, or read your fav tech blog. CBT Nuggets trainer Chris Ward said he enjoys checking out fellow trainer Shawn Powers’ birdcam.

6. Do your chores: Being focused on one thing often means neglecting other things, such as dirty dishes or laundry. Attack those funky smells that threaten your study zone. You never know, leave that days-old bowl of cereal in the sink too long, and it might come alive.

5. Realize your culinary aspirations: Working on mastering that recipe for perfect lasagna or cookies? Here’s your chance! CBT Nuggets trainer Scott Morris uses down time to figure out whether he needs to tweak his apple pie moonshine recipe, or how to concoct a butterscotch moonshine. YUM!

4. Hit up social media: Check out what your friends have been up to on Facebook or Twitter while you’ve been busy training. Or better yet, share your relieved “I’m on a break!” face by taking a selfie. Some of our trainers (cough, Garth Schulte, cough) love taking selfies!

3. Chase other goals: Have other goals you are trying to accomplish, such as becoming a poker pro? “Training for the World Series of Poker with (CBT Nuggets CEO) Dan Charbonneau is a great distraction from IT,” said CBT Nuggets trainer Anthony Sequeira.

2. Indulge: All that training can make a person hungry. Whip up some carne asada tacos or make an ice cream cone. Chug a tall boy of Code Red Mountain Dew. Have you ever tried studying on an empty stomach? Didn’t think so, because it’s impossible to focus when your stomach is growling.

1. Spend quality time with friends and family: They’re your biggest fans. They cheer each of your breakthroughs and support you through those frustrating times. So recharge by spending time with the ones who make you smile and laugh the most 🙂

The bottom line is that it’s important to take breaks. It helps you recharge your batteries and, perhaps most importantly, keeps you from going crazy. Remember the classic proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and  Jack Nicholson’s meltdown in “The Shining”?

How do you take a break from training? Share in the comments section below!

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