Welcome! Login | Register
 

Monfredo: Schools Need to Reach Out to Parents & Establish a Partnership—Monfredo: Schools Need to Reach Out to Parents…

Crypto’s Summer Time Sadness, Paul Johnson, Guest MINDSETTER™—Crypto's Summer Time Sadness, Paul Johnson, Guest MINDSETTER™

Fit for Life: It’s Up to You to Create Your Own Destiny—Fit for Life: It’s Up to You to…

10 Great Things to do in Worcester This Weekend - October 19, 2018—10 Great Things to do in Worcester This…

Red Sox Advance to The World Series—Red Sox Advance to The World Series

Finneran: Sports Talk—Finneran: Sports Talk

BBB to Host Shred Day in Worcester—BBB to Host Shred Day in Worcester

Revs Fall to Real Salt Lake 4-1—Revs Fall to Real Salt Lake 4-1

Worcester Police Investigate Suspicious Device on Dorchester Street—Worcester Police Investigate Suspicious Device on Dorchester Street

VIDEO: Red Sox Beat Astros 8-6 on Amazing Catch to Take 3-1 Series Lead in ALCS—Red Sox Beat Astros 8-6 to Take 3-1…

 
 

Fit For Life: How Bad Do You Want It?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

 

I get it you are busy.

You have things to do. You have a family, a job, a life to live, but what are your priorities? And are you making the most out of your time, and the effort that you exert throughout the day?

Some things in life need to be non-negotiable other things are considered trivial shit that should not be a priority, yet most of us confuse the two, and spend more time and money on things that net us negative results.

Actions dictate outcome not thought processes.

Everybody wants to be successful, everybody wants to be fit and healthy but not many people are willing to take the action or make the sacrifices that is necessary to achieve the goals they deep down desire.

I hear it every day in my profession.

I need to lose some weight or get off medication, but people aren’t willing to take action and do the work.

If you want money, you need to work hard.

If you want good grades, you need to study hard.

If you want to be fit, you need to train hard and eat right.

The common word is “hard”, and I’ll say it over and over again that nothing good comes easy.

Nothing is impossible, but it takes work.

No one is entitled to an easy life, so put in the work and exert some effort for what you want.

Ya see, we all have visions of success on all levels.

Nobody WANTS to be a loser, or fail at things, but many do, and they complain about being a “victim” or un-lucky, yet they keep doing the wrong things on a daily basis.

They do the wrong things because they fall into a pattern of bad habits that prevent them from achieving their goals.

One way I have found to be helpful in achieving what you want is to have a list of non-negotiable items that you never fail to do.

Here are some examples of my non-negotiable items that I stick to 99% of the time.

Never miss a workout.

It’s in my schedule 6 days a week, and I treat each workout as importantly as a dentist appointment. If something drastic happens and I can’t do it at the time I wanted, I cancel something less important and get it done. The more workouts you miss, the easier it gets to miss another. That’s how bad habits are formed.

Get 8 hours of sleep. This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, yet many people fail to do it. Binge watching tv isn’t a great tradeoff for your sleep, therefore is isn’t advisable to do so. You will not only have more energy, be in a better mood, you will also keep your immune system stronger, and get sick less.

Hitting the snooze button. If you do this, it will start your day in a panic and it will go downhill from there. If you get to bed on time, you won’t need another 9 minutes of interrupted sleep.

Eat flawlessly 5 days a week. You won’t see me eating bread or sugar Mon-Fri. It’s not even a thought. I have myself programmed not to do it, and regardless of where I eat, I avoid anything that will cause a negative effect. It’s just a matter of not giving into instant gratification. Sure, a candy bar would taste good when you eat it, but it’s not worth how you will feel later.

Letting negative people suck me into their circle of misery. Even family members. I have many friends and family that complain about everything wrong in the world, and I always try to change the subject, and avoid all confrontational conversations. I will either avoid these people or have an edited relationship with them and not talk business or politics with them. When someone is relentless, I end the visit or conversation and move on.

So, to sum it up, everything we want in life is actually attainable and right in front of us. I always say that if you want something bad enough, you will find a way, but if you don’t, you will make an excuse. We all have the ability to be fit, healthy and successful, it’s just a matter of how bad you want it, and what are you willing to do for it.

Committed to your success

Matt Espeut, GoLocal's Health & Lifestyle Contributor has been a personal trainer and health & fitnesss consultant for over 25 years. He is the owner of Fitness Profiles, a one on one, and small group personal training company, as well as Providence Fit Body Boot Camp, located at 1284 North Main St., on the Providence/Pawtucket line. You can reach Matt at (401) 453-3200; on Facebook at "Matt Espeut", and on Twitter at @MattEspeut. "We’re all in this life together – let’s make it a healthy one.

 

Related Slideshow: The 7 Best Health and Fitness Apps

Here is a list of some of the most obsession worthy health apps.

Prev Next

MapMyRun

MapMyRun is the number one selling running app for a reason:  it is easy to use, offers community support if you want it, and tracks and stores your exact routes for you.  If you are training for a race or a serious runner, users say that the extra perks in the upgraded paid version are well worth it. 

Made for iPhone, Android and Blackberry 

Prev Next

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal seems to be the clear favorite amongst everyone polled.  It is helpful not only for the fitness tracking aspect, but everyone polled mentioned how much they loved the food/diet aspect as well. From carb counting for diabetics to recipe ideas to complement your fitness goals, users love this app. 

Made for iPhone and Android

Prev Next

JeFit

JeFit is another fitness app that has rave reviews.  It not only tracks progress for you, but offers a huge database of workouts.  While many apps offer community support, JeFit allows you to sync workouts with friends who use the app, offering a (real) virtual buddy system.

Made for iPhone and Android

Prev Next

Strava

Strava gets the highest mark of all the cycling apps.  While it is also great for runners, the cyclers seem particularly inclined towards the fierce competition that can be ignited by this app.  You can track all of your rides via GPS, then you can compare your efforts to those logged by others in the community on the same stretch of road.  You can also join ongoing challenges that can net you great prizes (in addition to bragging rights). 

Made for iPhone and Android

Prev Next

YogaStudio

YogaStudio gets the top vote for Yoga apps.  It has a lengthy collection of full class-length videos available at your fingertips.  Unlike many other apps, this one also allows you to customize your own video yoga class.  All of the poses are done by qualified yoga instructors, and you can find classes suitable for all levels of yogis.

Made for iPhone only

Prev Next

SimplyBeing

SimplyBeing meditation app offers the best of both worlds.  You can choose to run this app as a background for your meditation with soothing music or natural sounds that run for a set amount of time.  Conversely, for those of you who have trouble focusing during meditation, you can choose a soothing voice-guided meditation. 

Made for iPhone and Android

Prev Next

Fooducate

Fooducate is an app all about educating people so that they make healthier food choices.  Although not perfect, this app is easy to use (you can even take pictures of bar codes to instantly find foods in their database).  It gives food a letter grade, tells you the pluses and minuses, and gives you better ranked alternatives.  You can also use it as a weight loss tool by tracking your daily calories. 

Made for iPhone and Android

 
 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 

X

Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email