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It’s Time to Make Fitness Logs Sexy

It’s Time to Make Fitness Logs Sexy

“The early bird catches the worm.”

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

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Ahh, cliches, don’t you love to hate them? The problem we have with cliches is that they seem overly simplistic and unrealistic, yet there is often much truth behind them. That’s why they have withstood the test of time. We might have to dig a little deeper to find the true meaning, but historically cliches ring true and their batting average isn’t going down anytime soon.

One of the most battle-tested health cliches around today is that if you want to change your health and fitness, you should keep a food and activity log.

Just typing that out feels boring to me. That’s the feeling of a cliche. It’s old. It’s tired. It’s lame. But something is there… There must be a reason that the only people I see with a journal everywhere they go are fit people and strength coaches. If you started one for a New Year’s resolution, odds are that you’ve lost it or thrown it into recycling at this point.

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It’s time to make fitness logs sexy!

If you want to upgrade your health, create the beach bod you’ve always wanted, or maximize every ounce of energy you can muster, it’s time to grab a pen and paper and get tracking.

Here are three sexy reasons to start tracking your health and fitness.

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1. You create self-awareness

The number one reason to start tracking your health and fitness activity is to create self-awareness. If you follow Gary Vaynerchuk,[1] you have no doubt heard him rant on this topic on more than a few occasions. Just like in business, in health we must become self-aware about why we do what we do. Without it, there is no possible way we can be consistently successful. We need to figure out what works for us and without a written history of what we have done, it’s impossible to piece it all together. The self-awareness we create when we keep track of our workouts, our food, and the metrics we want to improve (lose weight, lose fat, increase muscle mass) helps us see what we actually do day to day. Reality can be much different than what we “think” we do. Don’t lie to your journal, because the scale and mirror won’t lie to you.

2. You hold yourself accountable

What get’s measured, gets managed. Sometimes we don’t have the ability to get a workout partner or have a personal coach walk us through our health transformations. That’s where our fitness log comes in. When you check in every day writing down your meals, workouts, weight, and anything else you might want to improve, you are creating an area of accountability for yourself. You have to stare your log in the eyes every day and tell it what you are up to.

3. You document the journey

You did it! You lost the weight, lost the fat, gained the muscle, whatever your goal was. Congrats! The months or years go by and maybe you gained a bit of it back. No fear, go back to your journal that led to your previous goal. Your gameplan is right there. Tim Ferriss[2] is known for having shelves of notebooks dedicated to past workouts and experiments. If he wants to look like he once did after a certain workout regimen, the plan is ready for him.

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Want to create better health for yourself? Don’t go join a gym right away or start a new diet, just grab a pen and paper and start tracking. Seeing where your numbers are and what you do every day can be eye opening and motivating. Let your journal help shape your path. It’s time to own the cliche and make fitness logs sexy!

Reference

[1] Instagram: garyvee
[2] Tim.blog: The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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