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Fitness Is A Daily Battle

Fitness Is A Daily Battle

When it comes to success, your future and other matters, it’s advised to think as far into the future as possible. But with fitness things it’s slightly different. Fitness is a matter of a few simple habits and calculations, such as how many calories did I consume, how many did I burn?

Of course there’s more to fitness than that, but many would agree that this alone could take you very far. Burn more than you eat and you may just have a six pack and the appearance of ripped muscles. Eat more than you burn and you’re on your way to bulking.

So what does this suggest? It’s suggests that fitness should be a daily focus.

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Getting Ripped

If you’re looking to get ripped, then these should be your daily aims:

  • Burn more calories than I consume.
  • Eat all carbs before 1pm.
  • Exercise once a day.
  • Only consume healthy protein and vegetables after 1pm.
  • Make sure to lightly exercise later at night to make sure no carbs or sugars are left in the system.
  • Stay away from alcohol and drink plenty of water.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

I don’t know what you think about this, but for me this is a very easy task list to follow. If you only had to tick all of these boxes each day, then all of us would be shredded. It’s complications that prevent us from succeeding.

Instead of viewing fitness as a 5 year journey, just view it as a battle that you have to win each day. By doing that you’ll soon clock up the days, see progress occur day by day and feel as though you’ve accomplished something with regularity.

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Adding Bulk/Muscle

If your aim is to add muscle or bulk then your daily task list would look like this:

  • Consume more calories that you burn each day.
  • Increase protein intake.
  • Eat testosterone boosting foods each day.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Lift heavy weights except for your rest day.

This list seems even easier, again it seems hard to understand why people fail to reach their fitness goals. But like we said everything becomes daunting and over-complicated when you see it as a 5 year journey.

Don’t get me wrong, fitness is a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be viewed as that. You’re not going to get results overnight, but thinking like this encourages you to cheat due to lack of motivation. By taking on fitness each day with a fresh and motivated mind, you can win this brief 24 hour battle with your simple checklist at hand.

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Conclusion

For anyone who does struggle with motivation, this could be your greatest asset. Simply write down basic and achievable daily targets and tick them off every day.

As Bruce Lee said, “I don’t fear the man who practices 1,000 kicks, I fear the man who practices 1 kick for 1,000 days”

It’s repetition that gets results. Tick those daily goals off every day for a year and watch the results occur. Win that 24 hour battle, get done what needs to be done, then win again tomorrow.

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Habit is more powerful than motivation. The moment you realize this, the easier everything becomes. Motivation is easy to gain, it’s also easy to lose. When you’re at your most motivated, perhaps you just watched a fitness video or a film, you’re more likely to jump up and do something on the spur of the moment.

But it’s two weeks later when you’re sore, the motivation has faded and your purpose/desire to do what you set out to do is feeling kind of pointless, this is when habit kicks in and drags you through.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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