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.

5 Things All Healthy Men Have in Common

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Healthy Men

Most men take health for granted. While you are young and vital, health problems won’t affect you that much, but as you grow older, those years of not exercising and eating junk food will come back to bite you. Fortunately, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes.

If you ever wondered what healthy men have in common, you have come to the right place. Yes, exercising is one of the things, but there is so much more that men do to stay healthy. So, let’s check out those other things.

Taking care of their bodies

First and foremost, if you want to maintain your youthfulness, you need to take proper care of your body. All that sitting at work, in the car, etc. will harm your back and posture. That is why millions of men everyday go to massages.

People often think of massages as something that you treat yourself to once every three months, but they should really be on your weekly schedule. Massages can help you relieve stress, back and joint pain, improve circulation, and much, much more. So, make sure you start going to them at least every two weeks, but ideally on a weekly basis.

Nutrient supplementing

Eating healthy and nutrient-rich food will not only improve your body and health, but also your mind. Many men think that food is only for the muscles, but your brain requires it as well. However, sometimes even when eating healthy and diverse meals, you might be missing some nutrients. That is why healthy men use nutrients and vitamin supplements to make up for what’s missing.

Today, there are hundreds of excellent supplement companies, and you can easily find high-quality vitamins online. A small notice; you should do the bloodwork before you start using supplements, just so you know what vitamins and nutrients you need.

Active lives

Of course, all healthy men exercise. This doesn’t mean that all of them are in the gym lifting weights, but rather that they are living active lives. You don’t have to have 50 pounds of muscles to be healthy; any form of exercise is good.

However, the key is to be consistent. At least once or twice a week go for a run, hit the group fitness classes, or play a game of tennis, whichever suits you the best. Unless you have specific goals like building muscles, any form of activity is excellent for your health.

Healthy sleeping patterns

Most people don’t realise how important sleep is to our overall health. Unhealthy sleeping behaviour can deprive you of energy, cause health problems, affect your mood, and many, many other things. So, having six to eight hours of sleep every night is crucial if you want to have the energy for the upcoming day.

But not only that. You need to create and stick to a sleep schedule. Waking up early is one of the traits that many healthy men possess. That means that you need to go to bed at least by midnight. Another common thing that you will find among healthy people is that they don’t watch TV before bed or play with their phones. Instead, they read books.

Proper hydration

Finally, every healthy man is properly hydrated. Hydration is something that most of us do on autopilot. However, the majority of the people are not taking in as much fluids as they should be during the day. And no, drinking juice is not a good way of hydrating. Instead, stick to water. Tea is a good option as well, but you need to drink it in moderation, as some teas contain caffeine in them.

And that is all for today. As you can see, being a healthy male is so much more than just lifting weights. Your mind and body have different needs, and if you want to truly feel and be healthy, you need to address them all.

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