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You’ll No Longer Feel Stuck With Staying Healthy If You Learn This Trick

You’ll No Longer Feel Stuck With Staying Healthy If You Learn This Trick

Achieving our health goals can feel like a downright battle against our bodies. Even with all the will in the world, a lack of progress soon becomes a huge source of demotivation. Yet, if we are to reach and surpass our health goals, we are going to need to suck up all the motivation we can get along the way!

More often than not, this happens because you have set yourself up for failure from the start. By setting incredibly ambitious goals and deadlines, it is going to be an uphill struggle the whole way.

Why Breaking Down Goals Actually Helps You Achieve More

Having big dreams is great, but it’s extremely difficult to ever reach them without setting milestones or goals along the way. The trick is to break things down into smaller, highly actionable and achievable steps.

One particular Havard publication discovered that goal setting increases motivation and achievement academically. But the power of goal setting can be redirected to almost any aspect of life including business, health or fitness. Behind almost any great achievement you’ve seen, it’s likely that goal setting helped them achieve it!

The Common Pitfalls of Overly Ambitious and Vague Goals

You may have set yourself a single, highly ambitious goal such as having a 6-pack before summer. But without smaller goals along the way, it’s likely you’ll lose your way or motivation before reaching it.

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Similarly, setting vague goals such as “I want to lose weight” or “I will be more healthy” provides little guidance or accountability to help you achieve it. It doesn’t provoke action and it’s not at all clear how or when this can be achieved.

Instead, you need to set yourself a series of goals that will guide you towards your ultimate goal, providing support along the way. Make them specific and action invoking to maintain accountability.

Never Feel Stuck With Achieving Health Goals – Simple 5 Step Process

1. Harness Your Desire for Good Health

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    Any person’s actions are based on fears and desires. Most of us don’t desire, we do things out of fear, hence we leave things half done. Fear is a powerful motivator, but it will not help you achieve greatness.

    You’ve got to ignite your desire to become healthy and allow this fiery driving force to keep you on track. With the right mindset in place, you will absolutely guarantee your success.

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    Visualizations Are Powerful: Try to imagine how good and amazing your life will be once you learn to achieve your health goals. Perhaps picturing a well shaped you with your spouse on a beach somewhere sunny? Imagine how good you will feel!

    2. Create SMART Goals

    To set yourself up for success, your going to set smart goals that will fuel your motivation along the way. They should incorporate healthy eating and exercise habits. Remember to break things down into smaller steps – no more zero to hero!

    Mention specifics and make them highly actionable. For example, these may include:

    • Increase water intake to at least 4 liters per day
    • Quit eating junk food for snacks – only fruit, vegetables and nuts
    • Cook meals at home and stick to healthy meal plans
    • Begin to taper down portion sizes

    Don’t try to take on the world at once. Work step-by-step and ultimately you will train your body and mind to work that way. See here for further advice for setting healthy action plans.

    3. Small Lifestyle Changes Go a Long Way

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      Transitioning into a healthier lifestyle will support and reinforce your progress towards your goals. Again, there’s no need to go from zero to health freak the first day itself. Slowly adopt small changes and you’ll reap great rewards. These may include:

      • Always using stairs instead of elevators
      • Walking or cycling in place of driving to work or to the shops
      • Allowing yourself only a single cheat meal per week

      4. Set Schedules and Stick to Them

      Keep short and easy schedules in the beginning. This will encourage you and your body without getting overwhelmed. Remember to keep them realistic and things will continue to run smoothly. See here for further guidance on setting schedules and goals.

      Focus on Practice Instead Goals: Your main focus should be on the practice and not the goal. Yes, we need to achieve the goal, but performing the daily habits are going to get you there!

      5. List All Obstacles Along the Way

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        It’s an unavoidable fact that you’re going to encounter obstacles along the way. It’s how you choose to deal with them that affects your progress. The most successful people are those who have complete information. So start by listing down obstacles you encounter throughout your journey, for further examination. Instead of avoiding these issues, consider the difficulty level and try to come up with a solution.

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        If your obstacle is not having enough time to go to the gym, you could consider getting up a little earlier and going there before work or you can perform bodyweight exercises at home. If your friends frequently come over and order unhealthy pizza, you could limit this event to once per week and practice ordering a smaller meal.

        Use an “If-Then” Strategy: As I mentioned earlier, it is easy to plan, but how to act in the moment is what leads to success. The best bet is to stick with an “if-then” strategy to mitigate setbacks. For example: “If I’m going out of dinner with friends in the evening, I’ll have a light salad for lunch”. We all need to let loose once in awhile, but remember to take control of the situation first.

        If we do not exercise or diet correctly, you’re ultimately going to struggle and stall. Once you have programmed a desire of thought into your mind, the subconscious mind will do the rest. Trust that it will find the power needed to achieve your goals no matter what.

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        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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