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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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