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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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