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9 Reasons Why People Are Not Able To Always Keep Fit

9 Reasons Why People Are Not Able To Always Keep Fit

The world around us is constantly changing. Our personalities and even our looks change throughout our lives. And so do our diet and bodies. Staying healthy is a hard thing to do. Maybe we set a goal and after reaching it, we just move on. Or we just don’t have the energy to keep up with a healthy diet.

The primary goal of keeping fit, however, is to keep healthy, making it even more important to get and stay fit. No matter what your problem may be though,, here are 9 tips to help you stay fit!

1. They do it alone

Exercising alone may be less awkward, but it is a lot harder to stay motivated. You will have to push yourself to work out and eat healthy. When you have a friend with you, they can help you stay on track when it gets harder. A recent study showed that working out with a partner can motivate you to keep going longer. And it is a lot more fun too!

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2. They don’t stay hydrated

Water is beneficial in so many ways. It keeps your skin clear, it helps speed up your metabolism, helps you stay focused and much more. It is recommended that an average adult drink roughly two liters of water per day. Not only is it refreshing, but it will help your body to stay fit!

3. They eat too much junk

It is commonly known that fast food is very unhealthy. It contains a lot of carbohydrates and sodium. So logically, if you eat it too much, it will be noticeable on your body (in weight gain) and in your daily health. In the long term, a bad diet can cause heart disease and obesity, among other life altering ailments.

4. They don’t eat balanced meals

To keep your body nurtured, it is important to make sure that you eat the right amount of nutrients. The easiest way to make sure you eat balanced is by using the Healthy Eating Plate. You can also do well to keep track of your meals and see if you reach your daily macronutrients.

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5. They don’t build up their exercising

Some people think that they can work toward a goal and then just give up or stay at the same pace. Your body doesn’t work that way. You have to keep up the work that you started to put in. It is a ongoing process to keep your body in shape.

Also, if you do the same workout every time, your body will get used to it. You have to keep building it up, challenging yourself, and sometimes mix it up with other, different exercises.

6. They cut out a portion of the workout

A good workout exists out of five crucial parts: cardio, strength training, core exercises, balance training and stretching. After reaching a goal, some people decide to only continue with the part they like.

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This will have the opposite effect of what they want. It will not keep you fit, but your body will start missing the parts it also needs. So make sure your whole workout is balanced in order to keep your body fit!

7. They don’t use the healthy body care products

Yes, you read that right. The products you use on your body can actually have bad toxins in them. Imagine eating healthy, but still not feeling healthy, just because of the products you are using. Do some online research and find a healthier alternative.

Your skin takes in the products you put on in, and it will hold on to unknown components. Your body saves these until it knows what to do, or until it has the opportunity to somehow get rid of it.

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8. They are not consistent

Consistency is a big word and it comes with big responsibility. If you are on and off about your workout or your diet, you cannot expect your body to stay in shape. You need to have a regular schedule. See for yourself what time you prefer to work out, and reward yourself or keep score for yourself.

Research fun ways to keep yourself on your workout schedule. Plan meals a week or a few days ahead, so you know you won’t go hungry or binge on unhealthy products.

9. They don’t rest

Overloading your body with exercise is also an issue. Working hard for something you want is a great thing. But doing it too much is not so great. Your muscles need rest, so they can build up both strength and muscle tissue.

When you do strength training, you break down your muscles. The amount of protein that you take in over the next 24-48 hours is the amount of muscle your body can build up. Taking regular rests is essential for a fit and healthy life.

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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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