5 tips to help you achieve your fitness goals in 2016

04:14 Fitness 2021 0 Comments

I have been doing a lot of reading lately, I do not read a lot of fiction most of the books I read are self-improvement books because they teach me things I can apply in my own life. I wrote a post the other day inspired by a book called secrets of a millionaire mind that I was reading, that post was on having a partner who motivates you. I am currently reading another book now but I'm taking my time with this one to absorb its concepts it’s called think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill, this book was written a long time ago but its principles still apply to this day and the those principles apply not only in the accumulation of wealth but they apply to which ever goal you wish to attain.

5 tips to help you achieve your fitness goals in 2016
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Basically using the principles of this book what you should do if you really want to achieve something is (in this case your fitness goals):

  1. Know what you desire - you must think of something that you really desire, so since this is a fitness blog say you desire to have a bikini body or you desire to look like a fitness model.
  2. You must believe that you will attain what you desire no matter what – You must really believe that you can get the body you desire. You must be able to imagine yourself having your dream body at the beach, imagine people looking at you in awe of your awesome chiselled above average physique or whatever you dream body or goal physique is.
  3. You must be willing to sacrifice to achieve what you want – nothing comes for free, you cannot get your dream body by just wishing for it so you will have to commit, time and effort in order to research the right kinds of foods to eat and the perfect workout for you to reach your goals. You must stay consistent and must not give up until your goal is reached. Napoleon Hill says that those who win never give up and those who give up never win. If you want to be a winner in 2016 and get your dream body you will not give up.
  4. You must write a statement of your goal detailing what your fitness goal is, what you will give in order to hit your target and by when you goal is to be achieved – it is important to write down a statement of what you goal is for example if you are currently 1.83m tall and 100 kg and out of shape  , you must write a realistic goal like you want to be 90kg by June 2016 and 85kg by December 2016, it’s important that you don’t just say you want to lose weight but you say the specific weight you want to be so you can picture it and you mind and imagine yourself being that weight and believe that come June or December you will be that specific weight.  In terms of what you are willing to give in order to lose that weight you can say you will change your lifestyle and dedicate an hour every day to exercise whether it be going to gym or just jogging. When you have written down this statement of your goal you will read it out loud every day twice a day when you wake up and before you sleep until you believe it and know it off by heart, and you do the work required to attain your goal.
  5. Figure out and then write down the detailed plan of how you will achieve your goal – you may use the services of a personal trainer to get a diet plan and workout program, or you may read magazines and fitness blogs or watch YouTube videos, there are many good sources of information for whatever your fitness goal is and you follow whatever plan you choose to follow like its brushing your teeth every day and you can make adjustments to fit your liking and schedule as you go.

Merry Christmas, I hope you are enjoying this festive season and I wish you all the best in achieving your fitness goals, if you follow these tips you will achieve whatever realistic fitness goals you set for yourself in 2016. I highly recommend you read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill there is so much wisdom that can be picked up from there applicable in many areas of life.

The importance of having a partner that motivates you

16:02 Fitness 2021 0 Comments

I am currently reading the book, secrets of the millionaire mind by T Harv Eker. And what I have picked up from that book is that to be successful you must surround yourself with like-minded people, you must have positive energy and surround yourself with people with positive energy because negative people bring negative energy and negative energy is contagious like an infectious disease. What would you do when you hear that someone has measles, you stay away from that person to avoid getting measles. Even though this book is about getting rich it has a lot of lessons that can be applied to many areas in life where you want to be successful.

importance of having a partner who motivates you
Top fitness guy Tavi Castro and his girl Sandra 

Having a positive like-minded gym partner

In terms of getting in shape or bodybuilding its always the best to have a gym partner who is positive and has similar goals to yours, a partner like that will be committed and never miss gym sessions, they will motivate you and remind you of your goals when you start slacking, instead of making excuses for poor diet and not being able to make it to gym, when you have a good gym partner you will always make a plan to make up for whatever is happening in your lives that is affecting your gym schedule. In my experience I have found it to be hard to find a good, reliable and consistent gym partner, so I always end up going by myself because not having a gym partner is not a good excuse. If you are lucky enough to find a like-minded gym partner, it’s good to have a gym partner who is positive and believes that if you put in consistent work and you are progressing in terms of the types of exercises you are doing the amount of weight you are able to pick up then you will get the results you deserve. It’s good to have a realistic gym partner who does not expect results immediately as muscles don’t work like that, there is no muscle lottery. You don’t need negative energy, or people who think good results are achievable only by using steroids. I do not support the use of steroids by normal gym goers who don’t compete at a level where everyone is using steroids but I do know that whether a person is using steroids or not they still need to work hard to get their body to look amazing and champion level so there is a lot to learn from anyone with a better body or a body like the one I want to have.

 Having a like-minded and supportive girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband

Another sort of partner that’s important in achieving and maintaining your dream physique is your wife/husband or girlfriend/boyfriend. I have realized that I can be attracted to someone who is out of shape and not into the gym lifestyle because I find them facially attractive and they have a great personality but long term we would start having problems because my belief and their believes when it comes to fitness and body image are not the same so eventually I would end up hurting the girls feelings or I will convince them to join the gym and get in better shape. It’s important to have a like-minded partner, someone who will support you and push you to be your best, not someone who will judge you and put you down for being obsessed with the gym. I have had many people tell me that I’m obsessed with the gym and that it was a waste of time and what was being buff getting me? I have always been confused by those negative statements because going to gym is my hobby it makes me feel good and it’s how I destress, and gym is a priority for me, other people have hobbies as well which consume their time and you don’t hear people complaining about them and trying to bring them down because of their hobbies. And I find it’s usually out of shape people who are negative about my being gym obsessed.

Luckily I have a girlfriend who is supportive of my gym habits and she actually wants me to stay in shape and always reminds me to go to gym and to eat up so I don’t get skinny, and also since we started dating she has become a gym junkie herself. People will think that I was the one who made her go to gym but she actually wants to go by herself, Yes I encourage her to get in shape. I always say that we are in our 20s and now is the best time to look the best and feel the best we are ever going to be, before old age, marriage and kids enter the equation. I always say if you can’t get in the best shape in your life when things are still fairly simple then its highly unlikely that you will be in shape when things are more complicated because then you will have more excuses, some people can do it but it’s rare.

"if you can’t get in the best shape in your life when things are still fairly simple then its highly unlikely that you will be in shape when things are more complicated"

As I was saying like attracts like, associate yourself with like-minded people, people who motivate you, people with positive energy. How often do you see a couple where one is extremely fit and the other is at the opposite end of the spectrum? I have never seen that, but I bet it’s rare you usually find overweight people with overweight people and fit people involved with other fit people because people are comfortable around people who are similar to them. I know here in Africa you find couples where the husband is skinny and the wife is fat or big, but usually the husband is naturally skinny not that he is fit or into the health/fitness lifestyle. And there is this whole obsession about “thick” girls now and I get it, I’m also into curvy woman but to me there is a difference between being curvy and being fat and overweight.

 If you want to be a certain way, you have to surround yourself with people who are the way you want to be. It’s no use surrounding yourself with negative people who always bring you down.