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6 People You Need In Your Life For A Fitness Journey

6 People You Need In Your Life For A Fitness Journey

Getting ready to start a new diet plan? Ready to melt fat and get results fast? If you’re committed to getting yourself on a good diet and workout program, figure out who you want to have on your ‘team’ to support your efforts. Trying to go at your weight loss journey alone is typically never a wise move as when problems strike, you’ll be fast to fall off the plan.

Instead, if you have a number of people who you can turn to for support, depending on the particular issue you’re struggling with, you can stay the course and see the results you’re after. Let’s walk you through the various people you should have in place before you begin so you can better guarantee your chances of seeing the success you’re after.

1. The Personal Trainer

The first person you’ll want to have on your list is a personal trainer. The personal trainer is going to be great for ensuring you are able to continually change your workout program to get the results you’re looking for… Remember if you’re going into the gym and doing the same thing over and over again, it’s not going to be long before you hit a progress plateau.

By changing that workout around, you will see ongoing results you can feel proud off; plus, you’ll be that much more interested in sticking with the program as well. Another nice thing a trainer can help you with is making sure you maintain good form. Keeping good form is going to be vital for ensuring you don’t find yourself injured shortly after you start, allowing you to reap all the benefits exercise has to offer.

2. The Nutritionist

The nutritionist will help keep your diet in check so you are getting all the vital nutrients you need. Since nutrition is the most important part of the fat loss journey, it is vital you are doing things correctly here. A nutritionist can sit down with you, assess your natural food preferences and habits and then make smarter recommendations in terms of what you should be eating to see ongoing success.

Remember a diet is not a one size fits all thing – you need to adjust and adapt a diet to your own specific needs in order to feel your best and see optimal success. If you are unable to do so because you lack the knowledge required, this is not going to work in your favor.

3. The Supportive Friend

You want to have someone you can call during very difficult moments when you need a shoulder to cry on. Try and choose a friend who tends to always be upbeat and positive as they will be best able to talk you through this hard time and get you seeing the good in the situation and how it can be overcome.

A supportive friend is someone who will enable you to vent when you need advice as the situation arises. It’s best if this friend is also involved in healthy living as well, but not necessarily required.

4. The Counselor

In some cases, especially if you deal with emotional eating to a significant degree, you’ll want to have a counselor on your team who you can turn to for help. For those who have deep-rooted issues that date back to many years earlier, and you still sooth emotions with food, you will need to work these out in counselling in order to get past your obstacles.

Emotional eating can be a very trying thing to deal with, but if you want to achieve weight loss success, you need to be able to get past it. Get the help you need in order to do so.

5. The Assistant

Having an assistant, as silly as it sounds, will make your journey to your goal weight easier as well. This ‘assistant’ often ends up becoming your kids or significant other as it’s someone who you can delegate tasks to so you have time to hit the gym or prepare your food.

For instance, you may get your husband to run out and do a few errands you would have otherwise had to do, so you can attend the Pilates class in the evening. Clearly you can’t depend on this assistant for everything or he will soon step out of the roll, but if he is there and willing to help, this can be a huge benefit to you as far as managing your time goes and staying committed to the gym.

6. The Mentor

Finally, the last person you’ll want to have in place as you go about the program plan is a mentor. This is simply someone who is going to be there to inspire and motivate you every step of the way. A mentor can be someone who is especially fit themselves, who you know personally, or even just online.

Or, it can be someone you know who always seems to be calm, cool and collected and who never lets themselves get out of control. Those who possess these characteristics typically do better on diet plans than those who don’t, so if you can look up to them for those reasons, it will help you out as well.

So there you have all the people you should focus on trying to have on your team for fat loss success. If you can get them in place, you will be on track to a great fitness journey ahead.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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