The Dark Side of Fitness Tracking

The Dark Side of Fitness Tracking

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As you can see then, fitness tracking can absolutely revolutionize your training. It does this by taking the kind of ‘shotgun’ approach you might be using at the moment and transforming it into a fine scalpel or a laser. You now use math and numbers to make sure you’re getting the precise amount of exercise you need, that you’re not eating too much and that you’re training in the most efficient manner. You keep an eye on the numbers and you can know with certainty whether you’re going to lose weight or not.

But there are downsides to fitness tracking too and you do need to be a little careful in some respects.

One pitfall for instance is the possibility that you end up reliant on your fitness tracking devices. This can then be a problem if your fitness device should break and you trust it whole heartedly. Imagine for instance that your device goes mad and starts telling you that you have a resting heartrate of 140bpm. You might now start worrying about your health, skipping the gym and potentially eating less carefully seeing as you’ll probably be burning ’10,000 calories a day’.
Of course no one has a resting BPM that high and in this case, it’s more likely that your device is just damaged. What’s key is that you recognize this possibility and don’t just believe it.

SOLUTION
The solution in this case? Listen to your body. Use your intuition and learn to feel what a high heart rate is like and what a low heart rate is like. If your fitness tracker is telling you one thing and your body is telling you another, check it by taking your pulse the old fashioned way!

A similar problem is what happens when you forget to wear your tracker or you miss a workout. Fitness tracking can be surprisingly addictive and this can make the whole process a little stressful if you occasionally miss a session.

One way to solve this problem is to use multiple tracking techniques. For instance, you might use Microsoft Health and S Health and combine the tracking of your Fitbit with the tracking of your phone. This way, when you forget to charge your device, you’ll still be able to monitor your steps.

A Glossary of Exercises

A Glossary of Exercises

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Alright, now you know what you need to do and we’ve gotten the awkward subject of biceps out the way, it’s time to look at some of the actual moves you can use! Of course there are many more bodyweight exercises and there’s nothing to stop you creating your own bodyweight moves either. Just use this as a starting point…

Push Up/Dip/Handstand Variations

Press Ups
You know this one! Lie flat on the ground, hands shoulder width apart and push your upper body upright.

Clapping Push Up
Our first variation, just perform push ups but clap in the air once.
You can also perform:
· Double claps
· Claps behind the back

Maltese Push Up
We touched on this already: this is a push up with your hands slightly further down your body and facing outward.

Uneven Push Ups
Push ups with one hand on a medicine ball or another raised platform.

Wall Press Ups
For those who can’t do press ups, lean against a wall and push yourself away.

Knee Press Ups
Press ups on your knees.

One Handed Push Ups
Like they sound. You can also do them ‘Rocky style’ and switch from one hand to the next mid-air.

Incline Press Ups
Hands on something higher like a sofa. Makes it a little easier and is useful for drop sets.

Decline Press Ups
Moves the pressure to the shoulders slightly more and the upper pecs.

Rocking Press Ups
Push down more on one side and then more on the other.

Diamond Press Ups
Have your fingers form a diamond shape in the middle of your chest on the ground. This is a good way to focus more on the triceps.

Wide Grip/Narrow Grip
Moves the focus to the outer pecs and the triceps respectively.

Extended Range of Motion Press Ups
Put both hands on something a little raised from the ground so you can do press ups further down than you normally would.

Dips
Dips can be performed on any two surfaces of the same height just opposite each other.

Tricep Dips
This is a dip but with your hands behind you on a sofa or another raised platform and feet touching the ground stretched out in front.

Pike Push Up
Push up with your body pointing down towards the ground. This works the shoulders more once again.

Handstand Push Ups
With or without support!

Staying in the Fat Burning Zone

Staying in the Fat Burning Zone

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One very useful tool for training that presents itself once you start tracking your fitness and your training is the optimum ‘fat burning zone’.

The fat burning zone is a somewhat controversial topic, as some people will claim that it doesn’t exist. Is this true? Well yes and no. The argument really surrounds the perfect pace at which you should be training in order to burn the maximum amount of fat and while some people say you need to train more intensively, other people say you should train less intensively.

The level that most people tell you to train is at 75% of your MHR. MHR is ‘Maximum Heart Rate’ and to get this figure, you just need to take your tracker, heart rate monitor or CV machine of choice and then train as intensively as you can (while remaining safe). You’ll find that your data shows the point at which you peaked and if you take that number, that is your MHR. 75%, according to many, is your optimum fat burning zone and the zone at which you should try to stay within when training in order to shed poudns.
Interestingly though, it seems that a higher level of intensity is going to be more useful for burning the maximum number of calories. Note here the distinction between calories and fat.

You see, it all comes down to the way in which your body burns the calories. When you work out at above 75% of your MHR, you enter an ‘anaerobic’ type of training, which means that you’ll need energy more quickly than your body can burn it for fuel. That means that the only source of energy is the glucose in the blood and at this point you’ve then stopped burning fat and started burning carbs.
But that doesn’t mean that high intensity training is useless. Because once you exit that high intensity training, your body will then start to get more of its energy from your fat stores because it has nowhere else to look. This means you actually burn more calories overall and more fat in the long-term because you change the metabolism of your body.

What counts as high intensity training?
That’s about 90-95% of your MHR.
But of course not everyone is going to want to train at 90-95% of their capacity as it will pose health risks if you’re elderly or if you have heart problems. For those who are willing to go intense, the next section on HIIT will sort you out. For everyone else, training in the 70-80% range is still useful and will still burn lots of calories.
Either way, taking a look at your wrist will let you know how heart your body is working and whether you need to increase the intensity or lower it.

HIIT
Even if you are super athletic, you won’t be able to maintain anaerobic exercise for long before you collapse. That’s why the marathon isn’t sprinted by anyone but rather jogged.

What you can do though, is to use interval training. This means that you’ll be alternating between periods of high intensity and lower intensity. So you might train at 90% of your MHR for about 2 minutes and then drop down to 70% for 5 minutes while you recover.

What’s excellent about this strategy is that it allows you to burn more calories in less time without killing yourself. At the same time, it also means that you can use both strategies for burning fat. This is great because it means that you use the anaerobic type of training in order to remove your blood glucose and then immediately follow this up with lower intensity training to burn off the optimum amount of fat. It’s a hugely efficient and scientific approach to your training and fitness tracking really makes this much easier.

(As an added bonus, HIIT also increases the efficiency of your mitochondria. We won’t go into this in detail here, but suffice to say that your mitochondria handle your body’s ability to utilize glucose for energy. The more you have and the more efficient they are, the more energetic you become and the more fat your body burns.)

Guided Workouts
Using the above strategies, you can use your fitness tracker in order to improve the efficiency of your workouts and to burn more calories.

If you’re interested in doing HIIT, then look for a fitness tracker with guided workouts such as the Microsoft Band 2. The Microsoft Band 2 is particularly great for this because it includes some workouts for HIIT etc. that will talk you through the training as you’re doing it. This means you know exactly when to increase the tempo and when to lower it and you’re never left guessing. You can even find programs over the course of several weeks, almost like having a personal trainer right there with you!
But what if you’re less interested in burning calories and more interested in building muscle or improving your athletic performance? Guided workouts can help a ton with this too and can teach you the right techniques to use such as drop sets and supersets, while at the same time encouraging the correct form on things like the Deadlift.

As mentioned there’s also the Atlas fitness tracker that promises to be able to monitor your actual technique and reps and sets and the GymWatch to measure strength. Or you can look at theMoov Now which also promises to be able to provide useful advice regarding technique via a voice in your ear and fitness tracking that monitors multiple limbs. Another option is to use Xbox Fitness which will use the Kinect on Xbox One to analyse your actual movements – and potentially even combine this information with data from the Microsoft Band 2.

As mentioned though, simply keeping track of your regime and monitoring improvements in your strength can go a long way to telling you whether your current techniques and programming are working.

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Using Intensity Techniques to Build Muscle With Bodyweight Moves

Using Intensity Techniques to Build Muscle With Bodyweight Moves

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Techniques to Build Muscle, as you can see then, there are plenty of ways you can make bodyweight training hard. Can you do a hand stand push up with one hand yet? Can you hold planche (arms on the maltese push up position, legs hovering behind you)? If not, then you haven’t exhausted all the possibilities with bodyweight training yet!

The problem is that a lot of people just don’t apply these techniques right when doing bodyweight training to try and build muscle. They do 30 press ups three times and then call it a day for pecs! Either that you they have a weak attempt at a maltese push up, or at a one handed push up and then they give up.

But remember: to accomplish the very most growth you need to increase volume and that means the amount of repetitions and the amount of weight.

And you need to find ways to push yourself past failure. If you stop before you’re forced too then you won’t cause those microtears and you won’t trigger that much growth.

This is where we can turn to bodybuilders for inspiration. They will combine a number of different exercises in unique ways in order to push past failure and increase their volume and their time under tension. These techniques are referred to as ‘intensity techniques’ or the ‘Joe Weider principles’.

 

Drop sets

They include things like drop sets – which involve lowering the weight each time you reach failure and then doing more reps. They also include supersets (switching quickly from one move to the next), giant sets (performing huge combinations of different exercises with no rest in between), burns (performing as much of the movement as they can once their muscles have tired out and given up), rest-pause (stopping halfway through the movement so that they aren’t able to rely on momentum to help them through), pre-exhaust (exhausting one muscle group before an exercise so that the other muscles have to work on their own), cheats (cheating through the move so they can do just a couple more reps)… and more!

This is how you need to start thinking about your bodyweight training if you want to trigger maximum muscle growth.

That means that you don’t just do ‘three sets of ten’ all the time. Instead you might use something called a ‘mechanical drop set’ which means that you make the weight lighter each time you fail but changing your position.

For instance, you could do:

Clapping press ups to failure à Normal press ups to failure à Press ups on your knees to failure

Or:

One handed pull ups to failure à Two handed pull ups to failure à Assisted pulls up to failure

Now you are fatiguing the fast twitch muscle fibers multiple times during the movement and you are pushing yourself far past failure. You’ve increased the weight, the time under tension and more and you should feel this start to burn in the muscle.

Focus

Really focus on that – listen to your body and try to feel how your muscles are responding. Can you feel the pump and the burn? Are you getting the same kind of workout from this training as you would do by lifting very heavy weights in the gym? If it doesn’t feel hard enough, then you need to go back to the drawing board and start making it harder!

You can even use ‘burns’ at the end of these sequences. So once you’ve done as many pull ups as you can, you simply hang and perform as much of the movement as you can and feel the muscle burning as you do.

Who said that bodyweight workouts had to be easy?

How to Change Your Calories Without the Headache

How to Change Your Calories Without the Headache

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Change your calories without the headache with the best app in the world, logging your calories is still unfortunately a massive headache that takes up a lot of time and effort.

There is one device that promises to measure your calories automatically by measuring glucose levels in your cells. That’s the HealbeGobe. Unfortunately, most reviewers conclude that this technology doesn’t quite work yet – but it’s promising that might be on the horizon someday. For now? Sadly a lot of professionals believe that this type of calorie measuring is just simply impossible.

So back to the problem at hand: how do you measure the calories you’re eating without letting it drive you completely mad?

One option is to take a more ‘general’ approach.

Try this…

What do you eat?

Monitor your caloric intake for a few days. Look at things you eat regularly – for instance maybe you have the same cereal every morning or a pretty consistent lunch. If you don’t? Well then maybe it’s time that you started! Eating consistently makes it much easier to track your calories as well as to find a routine that works for you.

Now what you do is simply looking for the biggest calorie culprits that you can cut out or swap. If that chocolate cereal is full of sugar then you might just want to swap it with something a little plainer such as some oatmeal.

Likewise you can swap out your soda drink for water – this is an area where a lot of calories tend to sneak in under the radar.

Of course your dinners are going to vary but if your breakfast and lunch are fairly consistent then you’ll know how many calories you have left to ‘spend’ come the evening. This then means that you can simply try to avoid consuming anything that will represent a massive calorie dump.

For me it was pizza. I never realized – until I took the time to look – that the pizzas I ate often contained 500-700 calories. As my AMR is 2,200, that was a massive amount for me to spend on dinner! Pie and chips night was even worse…

Solution

So the solution was just to cut those out or at least to eat them a lot less often – really simple. And if I knew I was having them that night? Then that was a great time to go for a 6 mile run which would burn me 700-800 calories. You see how this works?

The point here is that it doesn’t have to be precise or exact – just measure enough to get a general idea and then afford yourself a little flexibility to try and avoid driving yourself completely insane.

Another thing to consider in respect to all of this is that there is no way that you can possibly learn your exact calorie intake or burn. It’s just too varied – of course there are different numbers of calories in apples for example! And likewise, your testosterone fluctuates every single day, which in turn has a big impact on your ability to burn calories.

So don’t try and track it precisely. Track is generally and aim to consume about 200 calories less than you burn (while your aim is weight loss). If you manage this, then you’ll be able to consistently burn fat and even when you make a mistake, you still won’t go over your calorie burn.

Of course it’s also super important to be careful what you eat and to make sure you’re fuelling your body with all the crucial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients that you need. That’s a topic for an entirely different eBook though and a whole subject onto itself.

 

The SSE Workout – Super Simple and Effective!

The SSE Workout – Super Simple and Effective!

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I want to demonstrate the power of bodyweight training to you right away and that’s why I’m starting with this simple workout. It’s called the Super Simple and Effective workout because it’s super simple and effective.

The Workout
The workout is a circuit. That means that you’ll go through each exercise once and then you’re going to start again from the beginning.
You’re going to rest for 30 seconds between each completed set and you’re going to perform each set of moves for 30 seconds.
The exercises are push ups, pull ups and jack in the box.
So the workout looks like this:
· 30 seconds of push ups
· 30 seconds of pull ups
· 30 seconds of jack in the box
· 30 seconds of rest
You then repeat it five times.

Make sure that you are doing as many repetitions of each exercise as you can and that you’re giving it your all. You also need to ensure that you aren’t resting at all when you move from one to the next.
It doesn’t matter how many press ups and pull ups you do. All that matters is that you keep going until the end of the thirty seconds (at least keep trying).
If you can’t do push ups, then you can do push ups on your knees to begin with.

And if you can’t do pull ups (or can’t do enough), then you’re going to do assisted pull ups.

Assisted pull ups means that you’re going to take a chair and put it underneath the pull up bar. You can now put your feet on that chair and use them to slightly help yourself through each pull up. Don’t cheat and just ‘stand up’ – just give yourself the slightest bit of help with your legs so that you can complete each exercise.

Remember as well that pull ups are the ones where you use an overhand (pronated) grip. That means that your palms are facing away from you and this way, you’ll also be engaging your lats more in the exercise rather than your biceps.

Finally, when performing the jack-in-the-box, you need to squat all the way down and crouch, then you’re exploding upward and splaying your arms and legs like a star-fish. It’s like a squat combined with a star jump. If you can’t do this, then just tuck jumps will be fine to begin with.
That’s the whole workout. Like I said, it’s simple. But it’s also really effective.
And you’re going to do it five days a week before you start work.
One more tip: don’t do it immediately upon waking. Wait at least 10 minutes as that way your spine won’t be soft from sleeping and you’ll reduce the chances of injury. This is pretty light stuff though, so you should find you’re fine to go into it without a warm up.

Why This Works

So what’s so special about this workout?
The first thing is that it has everything you need in it. The workout has three components: push, pull and legs. Each exercise is also compound and that way, you’re actually targeting nearly every muscle in the body:
Press ups: Pecs, triceps, shoulders, traps, abs

Pull ups: Lats, biceps, abs
Jack in the Box: Quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes
You’re also going fast and all of these exercises are enough to get your heart rating. That means that if you go as intense as you can, you can easily stand to burn around 150 calories from this alone. At the start of your day that’s an excellent way to begin and it means you can slip up and eat a KitKat without it mattering as much. By the way, that also adds up to 750 calories by the end of the week…

And because you’re training at the start of the day – before breakfast – this counts as ‘fasted cardio’. For those who don’t know, this basically means you’re performing cardiovascular exercise at a point where there is no glucose in your blood. That in turn means that the body will burn fat rather than sugar and you’ll lose more weight as a result.

Then there’s the fact that these moves are actually quite tough in terms of the muscle work. You can easily start to notice your biceps, your pecs and your abs strengthen from this alone. Press ups are actually surprisingly good for your abs. Not only because you’re training fast enough to burn calories but because you’ll be using your transverse abdominis (the abdominal muscle that wraps around your body like a weight belt) in order to hold your stomach in. This will make your abs look much flatter and it’s what’s missing from a lot of training programs.

Better yet, this is also super convenient. No matter how much of a rush you’re in or how tired you are, almost everyone can afford to get up 10 minutes earlier and do 10 minutes of exercise. You need to be strict with yourself here: never go over the 10 minutes. This defies the object and means you’ll end up putting it off.

You’re doing just 10 minutes. But it’s enough to build more strength, more energy and more lean muscle mass.
The other big advantage is that you’re doing this before your shower. And you can wear the clothes you slept in! Just some underwear will be fine even because you’re training in the comfort of your own home. So in a pair of boxer shorts or panties, you can perform your press ups and pulls and then jump straight in the shower.

If you already workout regularly – even if you’re an athlete or a bodybuilder – then just adding this little bit of extra training at the start of your day will be enough to help you through patches where you miss workouts and to ensure you get that little bit more exercise throughout the day. Simply put, the SSE workout is the solution to all of your training problems – so add it to your regime!

Now you have something to start doing right away… so start doing it!
Don’t wait until you’ve read the rest of this book. Don’t wait until you’ve spoken with a personal trainer.
All that really matters, is that you start doing something. You’ll learn more as we go through the book but in the meantime just start doing that one thing and start making progress!

Planning of a Balanced Diet Is Not Enough Unless You Stop These Bad Eating Habits

Planning of a Balanced Diet Is Not Enough Unless You Stop These Bad Eating Habits

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Planning of a balanced diet is one of the most popular ways to lose weight, but it does not guarantee weight loss unless you actually discipline yourself to eat the right foods and avoid the bad ones. Eating the right foods is quite easy, but avoiding those that make you gain weight is the tougher challenge!

To ensure your weight loss success, you’ve got to look into your eating habits and make sure you stay away from those that sabotage your efforts to shed weight. Here are some of those bad habits you must stop right now!

  1. Having Tempting Foods Around

We would all agree that resisting temptation becomes all the more difficult when it’s looking at you in your face! In order for you to stop eating bad foods, don’t let yourself see them. Keep them out of your sight so that you won’t be tempted to eat them. What you should put around you are those that promote a nutrition balanced diet, like fruits and vegetables.

  1. Not Having Breakfast

It’s wrong to think that skipping breakfast will help you cut down on your calorie intake. In fact, research says that having breakfast regularly can help in weight loss. That’s because eating breakfast can prevent you from eating a lot throughout the day. Take note that you don’t need to have a heavy breakfast all the time. What you want is a breakfast meal that will satisfy you for the next couple of hours.

  1. Eating While Texting or Watching TV

Believe it or not, eating while watching TV or using your smartphone can cause you to eat more than necessary. Such distractions will take your attention off the food you’re eating, which means that your brain will not tell you to stop even when you’re already full.

  1. Eating Directly Out of the Bag

Of course you enjoy eating your chips straight from the bag, but did you know that this habit is actually making you eat more? That’s because eating straight from the package can make you forget how much you’re actually eating. Experts on healthy living diet suggest getting small servings or portions of food that’s just enough to satisfy your craving.

We are all guilty of one or more of these bad eating habits, but the good thing is that they are not impossible to stop. If you want to see good results soon, try as hard as you can to avoid such habits and observe a nutrition balanced diet.

4 Keys to a Healthy Balanced Diet

4 Keys to a Healthy Balanced Diet

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Eating a healthy balanced diet isn’t as restrictive and complicated as many of us think. The basic steps include eating mostly foods coming from plants, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, and avoiding highly processed foods. If you can follow these steps, then you’ll be in a good place.

Here’s some simple and easy-to-understand balanced diet information that you can use as a guideline for developing healthy eating habits:

  1. The more the variety, the better.

Not all the substances and nutrients contained in foods have already been identified. In fact, researchers are still discovering a lot of things about different food items which were not known in the past. Thus, it’s safe to eat a wide variety of foods to make sure that you can get all the healthy and nutrients and minerals they have.

  1. Portions matter.

It’s not always what to eat for a healthy diet that matters; how much you eat is just as important. You can eat as much spinach or broccoli as you want, but if you’re eating foods that are high in calorie, you’ve got to control the portions. Avoid eating or ordering in restaurants meals that are oversized. Always look at the serving sizes in food labels so you would know how much of something you should eat.

  1. Go for a lot of produce.

Ideally, you should consume at least 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day if you have a 2,000-calorie diet. If your calorie intake is higher, then eat more; if it’s fewer, you should eat less. Make sure you have orange, green, yellow and purple produce because these foods contain huge amounts of fiber and nutrients that can fight off various diseases and even cancer.

  1. Whole grains are good.

Another way to achieve a healthy balanced diet is to use whole grains, such as oats, barley and wheat. Whole grains include the germ and bran, which means that almost all of the fiber and nutrient contents of the grain remain.

  1. Have more nuts and fish.

Fatty fish, nuts, vegetable oils and avocados produce healthy unsaturated fats. According to studies, while these foods are high in calories, they do not contribute to weight gain because even a small amount of them can make you satisfied. That’s why experts are quick to mention these food items to those who ask what to eat for a healthy diet.

Introducing the Digital Nomads (And Other Types of Lifestyle Design)

Introducing the Digital Nomads (And Other Types of Lifestyle Design)

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As mentioned, Digital Nomads lifestyle design is much more than just working online. Rather, it’s just about putting your lifestyle first and your career second. It’s turning your priorities on their head and recognizing that you don’t have to live to work anymore.

But the most obvious example of this is still working online. So just to illustrate what most people will picture when you say the words ‘lifestyle design’, let’s take a look at one particularly popular type of lifestyle: that of the digital nomad.

What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is someone who has completely rejected the conventional idea of working in an office or really of accepting any restrictions whatsoever. Instead, this is someone who has embraced the possibilities of the internet and taken them to their furthest extremes by becoming a ‘nomad’.

What this means is that a digital nomad is able to travel the world, to stay on the move and to see lots of different countries and things. All the while, they will work on a laptop wherever they can find WiFi in order to provide services, run a blog, marketing or otherwise managing some kind of business.

The lifestyle of the digital nomad then will typically involve exploring, travelling and meeting new people during the day and then spending the evenings working in cafes and bars while soaking up the atmosphere. They can go wherever they want, see whatever they want and never have to answer to anyone in any sense.

What’s more, is that the digital nomad can work significantly less than the average office worker. That’s because the cost of staying in hostels, of travelling on cheap rail fares and generally of living their kind of lifestyle is much less than renting a property or paying off a mortgage. The digital nomad knows exactly how much money they need to do the things they
want to do and then they work just hard enough to fund those specific intended activities. If they don’t manage to make the money that day, they can stay where they are. If they do, they
can afford to try something more exciting.

What is a Digital Nomad lifestyle?
The digital nomad lifestyle is one that will be incredibly appealing to the right kind of person. If you’re someone who wants to see the world, if you value your freedom and experiences above all else and if you’re able to forego your ‘creature comforts’ then you will get a real joy out of being able to see the world on your own time and live the life you want.

But it’s certainly not for everyone. If you’re somebody who likes to relax in a nice warm bath while drinking tea, then you might struggle with constantly moving from one hostel to another. Likewise, you might want to start a family. Or you may love the idea of buying a home and making it exactly the way you always dreamed it would be.

But this is the whole point of lifestyle design: you are designing your lifestyle using the freedom that modern tools give you. And that can mean whatever you want it to mean!I

personally work from home because I love the freedom. I don’t actually work out of a home office though as I find that claustrophobic, instead I work in coffee shops where I can soak up the atmosphere, chat to people and watch people go by outside. I meet friends for lunch often and I come home early to work out.

What’s more, is that I am constantly travelling. I don’t like the idea of being constantly away and so I like to take lots of shorter trips instead of being constantly away for one long trip. There’s nothing stopping me from being able to visit somewhere new for a long weekend, taking my laptop and working out there for the Friday and Monday. I don’t have to take time off, I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission! Being UK based, this year I have been to Dortmund (Germany), Cornwall repeatedly, The Forest of Dean (Wales), Salou (Spain), Mauritius, The Rhein Falls (Switzerland), Radolfzell (Germany) and Lisbon (Portugal). In a week I am going to stay in a log cabin for a week with my wife – and I’m still going through the process of buying a house.

I meet friends regularly for lunch, I take days off to pursue things I want to pursue and I’m building a business and a brand that I’m really proud of.

This is a lifestyle that anyone can have now if they so choose.

Why limit yourself to just one holiday a year? Why spend your life looking forward to the freedom you’ll get from retirement rather than letting yourself experience life right now?

Tips for Making Diet for Health Less Boring

Tips for Making Diet for Health Less Boring

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For many of us, the idea of going on a diet for health doesn’t sound too appealing. That’s because eating healthy has become almost synonymous to eating bland steamed vegetables or a bowl of quinoa. The reality, however, is that healthy eating can be enjoyable, too. In fact, you can still eat delicious food even when you’re on a diet.

Having the best healthy eating plan isn’t that easy, but it’s necessary if you want to make it a habit of eating only the food that will be good for your health and wellbeing. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can spice up your healthy food so that you may enjoy it.

Consider the following tips to help you make your healthy food less boring:

Do not deprive yourself of what you want to eat.

When you eat healthy, it doesn’t mean you should force yourself to eat food you don’t like. Perhaps there are some paleo diet products that don’t suit your palette, then you need not choose them. You’ve got to know what foods can satisfy you. Even if you’re dying to eat junk food, know that there are many healthy substitutions to those.

Make it colorful.

Garden salads, for instance, can look boring if you use the same vegetables all the time. One thing you can do to make your salad look enticing is to use a variety of colors of vegetables. A red leaf lettuce or radicchio will look good with purple carrots, orange peppers, yellow tomatoes, and so on.

Seasonal produce is a good choice.

When you choose seasonal produce, you won’t feel that you’re on a diet for health. You will get the freshest and tastiest vegetables and fruits out there which you will surely enjoy. Using seasonal fruits and vegetables will also encourage you to be more creative in creating your meals.

Go ahead and add flavorful ingredients.

Healthy eating means keeping a balanced diet. This means that you shouldn’t have vegetables or fruits all the time. Of course, you can eat meat! Keep in mind that whatever it is that you are eating, it should be in good quantity. Make sure the amount you’re eating will satisfy you and won’t keep you craving.

If you’re tired of eating the same food every single day, there are many sources online where you can find various paleo diet products that are guaranteed to help you succeed in your weight loss program.