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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 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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