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.

Men’s Guide to Finding Inner Peace

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Finding inner peace in this day and age can be quite hard, and you have to put in a lot of work to make it happen. It’s all about detecting the things that make you relaxed and peaceful, and then doing them as often as you can. Of course, this is usually not possible, with all your personal and professional obligations, and most men just give up for good. If you too are really dedicated to doing it as well, here are a few ideas that might help you find your inner peace and preserve it.

Treating yourself to a massage

This is something most men usually don’t do, finding it too girly or just too weird, but the truth is that a proper massage can help you more than you can imagine. The therapeutic treatment and healing effects that come when you’re being massaged by a professional can help you relax, both mentally and physically, and forget all about your worries, at least for an hour or two. This is just one of the benefits of a great massage, while the others include boosting your mood, curing your desk stiffness, improving your sleep and maximizing your flexibility, and that’s something every man needs today.

Spend time with your boys

Being a grown-up means you don’t have enough time for basically anything, including socializing with your friends, and you probably feel like you aren’t as close with them as you were back in the day. That’s why you have to find time and get together with your boys at least once a week. Whatever you do – from playing sports to hanging out in your basement – you’ll have a ton of fun, and that’s precisely what’s going to boost your mood and make you happier than you’ve ever been. So, call your buddies, organize a get-together, and enjoy yourself – you all deserve it!

A healthy yet tasty diet

All men love feeling good and being comforted, and what better way to do so than by treating yourself with great foods? There are lots of foods you can choose from, and no matter how you feel, you’ll surely find something that suits you. Some days, you’ll go for Italian cuisine, and others for something more exotic like Vietnamese, but you’ll definitely feel cozier and nicer after satisfying your food cravings. Men who work out regularly and maintain a healthy diet already know what they love and they also have their healthy food suppliers. Luckily, finding healthy food anywhere you live is easy nowadays, whether you’re looking for the absolutely tastiest sustainable food in Australia or your favorite brand of organic coffee beans. So, find your supplier and enjoy amazing coffee every single morning.

Meditation and yoga

This is another idea that most men find repulsive and strange, but, again, it’s more helpful than they realize. Practicing meditation and yoga can help you regain inner peace in just a couple of days, and you’ll remain focused, concentrated and relaxed for quite a long time as well. You can do it alone, with your partner or your friends, but you have to stay committed to it instead of quitting the minute you feel bored. Meditation and yoga demand some sacrifice, but they’ll help you feel better in return, so it’s time well spent.

Spend time with kids

Being a father – or even an uncle or a godfather – to a new human being makes you change the way you perceive the world, and you’ll start seeing things differently the second that little bundle of joy enters your life. You’ll forget your troubles and focus all your energy on these kids, and you’re going to feel much better after spending just a minute or two in their company. On the other hand, it’s essential for children to spend as much time with their dads as possible, as this will help them grow up to be more balanced and happier people, so you’ll all feel great as soon as you start hanging out together.

Finding inner peace isn’t as hard as it seems, and all you have to do is identify the activities that can help you reach balance, as well as people who make you feel relaxed, and dedicate your time to them.

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