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You Cannot Manage What You Cannot Measure

May 9, 2016

When it comes to fitness and weight loss, many people fall in to the trap of just “doing it”. They exercise, they eat less, but they end up making no real progress. When it comes to getting results from healthy eating or working out, often it is not enough just to take action, those actions need to have direction.

Adaptations to nutrition and exercise are SPECIFIC to the actions you take. Walking further or faster trains your body to walk further and faster whereas doing more squats will strengthen your legs. Specificity is one of the most important exercise principles.

So, if you have specific goals that you want to achieve from your workouts and eating plan, you need to effectively manage what actions you take and that way you will get the results you want.

Thankfully, there is no need to keep yourself in the dark and eat or exercise without direction. There are lots of ways you can quantify your actions and measure your progress to ensure you fitness moves forward and does not stagnate or regress.

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Overcoming Mental Barriers To Exercise

March 10, 2016

Most people understand how exercise is good for their health. They know that it can help prevent weight gain, promotes weight loss, reduces the risk of heart disease, and can prevent and treat a host of other serious medical conditions. Many people even know what exercise they should be doing and how often.

And yet, despite knowing what they should be doing, a relatively small percentage of people are actually regular exercisers. Others find that their minds quit before their bodies and their workouts are either too short or too easy to be beneficial.

In many cases, mental barriers prevent or negatively affect the ability to exercise. In this article, we’ll explore three of the more common barriers and look at how to overcome them.

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Motivation Tips: 6 Powerful Tips To Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2015

Most people know that New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to but did you know that less than 10-percent of New Year’s resolutions actually come to fruition? The remaining 90-percent are left in the dust by the end of January. That’s a pretty poor rate of success.

If you want to be one of the successful 10-percent rather than the unsuccessful 90-percent, we’ve got some great tips for you to try!

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Setting Goals: New Year’s Resolutions

December 28, 2015
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New Year’s resolutions – almost everyone makes them but a very small percentage of people actually stick to them. Why? Often, New Year’s resolutions fail because:

  • Resolutions are too vague e.g. this year I’m going to lose weight.
  • To many resolutions are set e.g. this year I’m going to stop drinking coffee, give up smoking, join a gym, lose weight, get a new job, get married, stop eating sugar, drink less alcohol etc.
  • Resolutions are too big e.g. I’m going to run a marathon by March even though I’ve can’t even run a mile today.

Over 90-percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January – 90-percent! That’s an atrocious success rate! So, does that mean you shouldn’t bother with New Year’s Resolutions? Actually, no, but if you want to be one of the few people that achieve their New Year goals, make sure you apply the acronym SMARTER to your resolutions…

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5 Great Reasons To Get Outdoors More Often

December 14, 2015

Bad weather, convenience, technology, laziness (!?); there are lots of reasons that many of us spend most of our time indoors. In fact, unless you actually seek out opportunities to go outside, it’s quite likely that you are indoors for all but a few minutes a day.

Cars, supermarkets, gyms, offices, our homes – there is almost no reason to head outside other than when we are moving from one of these places to another.

The thing is, spending so much time indoors is not especially healthy and while everyone needs shelter and warmth, we don’t need to be constantly under cover 24/7. It’s time to get out of the cave and roam the plains!

Getting outside more offers several important benefits…

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10 Ways Working Out Will Change Your Life!

December 3, 2015

If you are reading this, you already know that exercise is important and something that you should probably be doing more of. However, even the most ardent exerciser sometimes loses motivation for working out.

When it comes to working out, it’s all too easy to focus on the here and now and forget about the many long-term benefits of regular exercise so, in an effort to keep you motivated over the coming weeks and months, here are TEN ways in which working out will change your life!

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Five Tips For Maximizing Motivation And Willpower

August 20, 2015

Most people know that exercise is good for them but knowing and doing are two very different things! The most common barrier to actively pursuing and active lifestyle is often lack of motivation and willpower.

Motivation and willpower are similar, inseparable but different. Motivation is the driving force that makes you want to take a certain course of action while willpower is your ability to stick with it.

Both motivation and willpower are valuable commodities and levels can rise and fall like the tide. One minute you feel like nothing can stop you from reaching your fitness goals and the next you can’t even be bothered to think about exercise, let alone do any!

In this article I’d like to share my TOP FIVE tips for maximizing motivation and willpower!

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How Mondays Can Help You Stay Fit

August 14, 2015

Are you having trouble sticking to your health goals? You’re not the only one.

Often times, our motivation level can vary greatly from day to day which makes achieving health goals difficult. Some days are easy to get through, while others require serious will-power. Even the simplest of tasks can seem overwhelming at times.

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7 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Get In Shape

July 13, 2015

By this point, everyone in the modern world is aware of the health risks associated with being severely overweight, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take that important first step and start an exercise and diet regime. Not a lot of people feel comfortable with making huge and sudden changes, particularly when they have gotten used to doing very little in terms of physical activity. This is why it is incredibly important to focus on the psychological aspect of fitness in the beginning stages of your body transformation. Motivation is a huge issue for those new to training, and it can be quite difficult to convince yourself to push on past sticking points, so we will be looking at some effective ways of boosting your morale.

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How To Stay Motivated

June 26, 2015

When it comes to exercise and staying fit, some people are naturally self-motivated. These are the lucky few who never skip a workout and would exercise in the parking lot if they turned up and found the gym was closed.

Self-motivated people don’t need personal trainers or training partners to keep them on the straight and narrow path to fitness; they can do it all by themselves.

Such self-motivated people are relatively rare though. For the rest of us mere mortals, getting and staying fit can be a real mental battle. On one hand, we know we’ll feel better afterward and that exercise is important for our health and wellbeing but, on the other hand, exercise can sometimes feel like such a chore!

Here are some useful and actionable ways to get and stay motivated for exercise…

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