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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 October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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