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.

The Art of Loving Yourself

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Proper Attention

Taking care of yourself and being cautious towards your own wishes and desires is something we often forget, but if we all paid more attention to how we’re feeling, we’d be calmer and at peace with ourselves. Making yourself happy is, luckily, a simple process – all you need is an hour or two a day to what you want. If you’re lacking ideas how to do so, here are a few suggestions that might point you in the right direction.

Proper massage

Getting a massage by a professional is one of the best feelings in the world and something you should definitely do at least once a month. This is also an extremely effective way to relax and heal your body, mind and soul at the same time, but you can never know how truly amazing it feels until you’ve done.

There are lots of styles of massages you can explore – Thai and Balinese massages are quite popular in Southeast Asia, for instance, but you can also try deep tissue and relaxation massage as well. Keep in mind that this idea has a therapeutic effect on your body, too, so give it a try.

Proper skincare

Unlike women, this is something men usually don’t take seriously and are often uninterested in maintaining skin and hair, but it’s still one of the ways to show your body respect. Investing in proper skincare and grooming doesn’t have to be too expensive nor too extravagant, so start with just a couple of reliable products and see how they work for you.

After you’ve noticed their positive effect on your face, hands, forehead and beard, you can continue exploring more options and expand your skincare and grooming techniques. In just a couple of weeks, you’ll look much younger and feel much better.

Proper food

Your body really is a temple and should be treated like one. Eating junk food and relying on poor dietary choices is definitely the worst idea in the world and a sure path towards diabetes, obesity, cardiac arrest and other serious life-threatening illnesses.

If you, however, choose a different path and pack your diet with seafood, things are going to change for the better. Tracking down a place that offers proper seafood isn’t easy, but you’ll definitely be able to find your favorite seafood restaurant in Sydney – or, for that matter, in any other town! Good seafood is hard to find, so once you’ve located a great place, visit it as frequently as possible.

Proper flaws

Embracing other people’s flaws is quite easy because you love them for who they are and wouldn’t dare to change even the smallest thing about them. Nevertheless, have you tried doing the same thing with your own self for a change? We all have flaws, and that’s only natural, but what isn’t is beating yourself up over them – you should either accept yourself the way you are or try to work things out any way you can.

Accepting your imperfections and weaknesses is the only way to true happiness and the minute you do so, you’ll feel better – even when you look in the mirror and see that you’ve gained or lost weight, grew a funny beard or have been sporting an unbecoming hairdo. You’ll see that these are the things that make the real you and welcoming them into your life again is going to help you overcome your insecurities and doubts.

Proper time off

Everyone needs some alone time every once in a while, regardless of their sex, age and relationship status. From single people ready to mingle to those who are married and with children, we could all benefit from a little time off now and then – but not too much, though, or we’ll turn into a bunch of loners.

This is a moment for you to collect your thoughts, make plans for the future, do something you normally don’t have time for or simply relax and take a nap. Ultimately, this alone time will make you more relaxed and you’ll be ready to get back to your daily lives stronger and happier than you’ve been before, so find time for yourself and give yourself the attention you truly deserve.

After all, no matter how effective and positive these methods are, they aren’t the only ways to show yourself some respect and care. Some of the other things you might want to consider doing include spending more time with your friends, going to places you’ve never been to before, picking up interesting and exciting hobbies, drinking more water and eating more healthy food, as well as coming to terms with the dreams and plans you had back in the day, but haven’t had the time for them yet. Trust us, nothing’s perfect and you can’t realize all your potentials at the same time, so relax and give yourself a break.

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