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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 May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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