Many programs, initiatives and aspirations aren't acted on because the best time to start wasn't taken into consideration. If a call to action catches you in the middle of you busy life when you're entrenched in other routines, it's easy to ignore. Psychologists are now saying that the best time to motivate yourself to start is when it feels like you have a clean slate. This is a time when no old habits or routines are working against you. It's called the fresh start effect.
Only a small percentage of people stay motivated to keep going consistently month after month, year after year, continuing to pursue fitness and continuing to improve themselves. What's the difference between these people and the masses who drop out? The answer may lie in the type of motivation they use because there's one kind of motivation that's stronger and longer lasting than all the rest
For years, bodybuilders have preached about the importance of the mind to muscle connection. Physique athletes believe that improving your ability to concentrate on the muscle you're training, and feel the muscle contract, will increase activation in the target muscle and reduce the involvement of secondary muscles, and that this in turn will increase muscle growth.
Until recently, mindfulness had been nothing more than an abstract concept to me. Something the ultra spiritual and silicon valley folks did. In the past few years, however, I started paying more attention. My curiosities led me to exploring the implications of mindfulness and fat loss
How does an overweight, out-of-shape person melt away all the excess fat, achieve all of their health and fitness goals – safely, sensibly, even with what looks like a sustainable plan – but then promptly begin to regain the weight, starting literally the day after they reach their goal?
You've probably heard of the 5-part smart goals formula, because it's one of the most well-known and enduring methods for setting goals. S.M.A.R.T., of course, is an acronym representing each of the 5 steps. But did you know about the other 2 steps that most people keep missing?
The difference between success and failure isn't whether you get off track, it's whether you get back on track, and most important of all is how quickly you do it. I recently hiked the 2200-mile Appalachian trail (AT) from my home state of New Jersey to the Southern terminus in Georgia.
Goal setting strategies have been formally researched by psychologists since at least the 1960’s. More than 1000 studies have confirmed that goal setting is one of the most effective techniques you can use for motivation [...]
Guest post by Josh Hillis, author of Lean And Strong Mostly, when people talk about nutrition, they talk about the things that they planned to eat. They talk about macros or portion sizes or [...]
Attitudes are mental, but there's no question they affect you physically in every possible way. The right attitudes lead you to peak health and fitness. The wrong attitudes sabotage even the best-designed diet and [...]