How to Actually Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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Fitness Goals

Are you guilty of countless abandoned fitness goals? If you are, you’re most definitely having issues with your approach towards the said goal(s). Don’t beat yourself up over this. After all, motivation is difficult to hang onto as time goes by. But if you really think it’s time you did something about your fitness level, self-confidence and overall health, you have to change your ways and act! Keep on reading if you want to learn some tips and tricks about reaching your fitness goals – finally.

Setting the date is sometimes more important than setting the goal

Of course, you have your usual fitness goals you’re trying to achieve. But even if there’s nothing too specific, it doesn’t have to deter you from your journey and motivation. What can do that, however, especially if you’re not exercising yet, is the lack of a starting date. Other than the goals, it’s paramount that you set the exact time when you’re going to start working towards the realization of your goal. And that’s not all. You don’t just need a specific time for the first time you’re going to work out. You need to come up with an actual schedule on a week-to-week basis! Knowing exactly when you have the time to exercise and that you’ve got the designated slot on a specific day for it will be a lot more effective than getting into this with no clue when your next workout is going to be.

Switch things up a little, boredom happens to the best of us

It’s not easy for motivation to win the fight against boredom, especially if boredom is getting stronger every day. Routine is helpful but too much routine is the wrong answer sometimes. In order to get the best fitness results, you should always strive to switch things up a little. This means that you don’t have to stick to the exact same exercise routine all the time. That’s not even recommended! The combination of strength training and cardio is the best, and it gives you endless possibilities to experiment with different activities, workouts and equipment. That way, you won’t find your “routine” overwhelmingly boring.

Watch out what and how you eat

Most people fail their fitness goals because they actually try to starve themselves or change their diet too drastically too suddenly. But you won’t get where you want to be by feeling hungry and frustrated, or vitamin-depleted! A balanced diet is a must! Eat everything (unless there’s something you’re allergic to) but in smaller portions and more often. What’s more, do your best to eat at the same time every day because that will boost your metabolism considerably. In case your main issue is the lack of time to prepare something healthy and filling, you can have your top fitness meals delivered directly to your door these days thanks to the rising popularity of this kind of service. Or you could try to meal plan and prep once a week (Sunday perhaps) for the whole following week.

Remember, you need to feel good!

In order for your relentless work towards specific fitness goals to work, you need to enjoy yourself. It’s OK to have rewards and it’s perfectly fine to find something that relaxes you. That said, you can get the best of both world with effective sports massages. Also, don’t miss your chance to visit a sauna and maybe even go out to a restaurant every other weekend to enjoy your favorite meal. It’s true that you should constantly work in order to change yourself and your lifestyle, but that has to become your “default” while the “cheat” (previous default) times should become rather special and rare. This is why you need to make every step of the way enjoyable by utilizing everything available!

Remember to always surround yourself with motivation – for you, this could be fun music, supportive friends, positive affirmations, inspirational quotes, all of those, something completely different, etc. Whatever it is that makes you all jumpy and willing to work on changing your life and reaching your fitness goals, embrace it and keep it close!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

A Stressed Man's Guide to Handling a Bad Mood

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Fighting stress

Fighting stress could quite possibly be the hardest thing a modern man is faced with at the moment. From tedious tasks and traffic hassle to tight deadlines and nightmare bosses, we are surrounded by stressful situations from all directions. While there is no way of avoiding stress completely, there are still a few ways you could bring serenity back into your life. So, here is a stressed man's guide to handling a bad mood:

Get a Melbourne relaxation massage

Stress affects more than just our mind – it influences every part of our body as well. When we carry too much tension, it seems only natural that it often leads to muscle stiffness and pain. That is why the best way to deal with stress might be to get a Melbourne trigger point therapy massage that targets those specific tender spots and relieves tension and pain in your muscles. If you want to release the built-up tension, but also nurture your whole body and achieve complete relaxation and rejuvenation, then you may want to opt for an incredible Melbourne relaxation massage.

Schedule a dinner night with your friends

As the people who care about us the most, listen to our problems and help us deal with them in the best way possible, it’s no wonder that spending quality time with our friends is an extremely effective way of dealing with stress. So, make your friendships a priority, gather the group together and organise an amazing dinner night. If you live in Melbourne, there are many great Warrandyte restaurants where you could laugh and unwind with your friends, enjoy some quality food and good drinks and spend a relaxing evening together.

Take up a sports activity

Whether you decide to exercise alone or start playing sports with your friends on a regular basis, physical activity will not only improve your levels of stress, but it will also reduce the risk of serious illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Football and basketball are great options, but if you don’t have such a large group of friends, you might want to consider sports such as tennis or squash, since all you need for these games is one partner, some equipment and a few hours of your free time.

Give yoga and meditation a try

Even though they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, yoga and meditation can do wonders for your stress level. These practices calm you down, restore your inner balance, increase your mindfulness and minimise negative emotions. And the more you do them, the more peace they bring into your life. So, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try yoga and meditation, in order to restore some peace of mind.

Remember to take a nap

While it may not sound like the best idea in the world, taking a nap is quite an effective way of dealing with tension. Most people who are under a lot of stress have problems falling asleep at night, let alone during the day, but when you force your body to do so, it can be hugely beneficial to your stress levels and your overall health. Apart from being well-rested, feeling refreshed and productive and being able to focus on important things, you’ll also be able to forget about all the stress that’s been bothering you, which is why you should think about adding power-napping into your everyday routine.

Whichever way you choose to deal with your mood, make sure it relaxes you and restores your inner balance. When you find a couple of activities you thoroughly enjoy, you’ll notice your stress levels drop in no time.

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.