8 Fitness Secrets From Men Who Are In-Shape

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With busy schedules, pressures at work, and the general lack of enthusiasm for getting to the gym every single day, it can be difficult to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle, which is why we sought out and compiled advice from men who’ve made slight adjustments to their lifestyles and are better for it. You too can maintain a healthy lifestyle by following these eight fitness secrets.

1. Eat clean

You don’t have to be a health nut to watch what you eat. Eating clean is easier than you think, and you might be doing it already without even knowing, said Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival GuideIt’s nothing new that processed foods are bad, so simply looking out for labels donning the word ‘organic’ can be a helpful hint. Don’t be afraid to cut gluten, carbs, and sugar out of your diet — not completely, but just try staying away from them on a regular basis. You’ll probably feel much better if you do.

2. Get in a quick workout

Working out daily doesn’t mean committing to a two-hour long gym session. Philip Kasumu, CEO of the Bodypage app, explains that no matter how long or what time of day, it’s important to keep your body moving. Some suggest running around the neighborhood first thing in the morning, even if it’s just for a 15 minute jaunt. Not only will it get your muscles moving, it will get your brain fired up for the day ahead.

3. Avoid alcohol when possible

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Kissing your love of booze goodbye? Easier said than done, most definitely. We’re not suggesting cutting it out completely, but perhaps trading that beloved post-work six-pack of beer for a glass of red wine will help fend off the feared beer-belly.

4. Get adequate sleep and rest

There’s no replacement for good, solid sleep, said Danny Takacs, who is a personal trainer. Our brains and bodies need to rest and recharge, there’s no doubt about that. Whether you need a feather-down bed or can pass out on the floor of an airport, an adequate amount of sleep will help you be more productive, and healthy, throughout the day.

5. Be consistent

Consistency is key, said Drew Coleman, who describes himself as an “everyday ironman.” A fit lifestyle is all about maintaining healthy habits throughout, not only once a week. If you’re able to stay on track with your daily routine of eating right, exercising, and whatever else it may entail, falling off the wagon and eating a couple cookies at the company party is not the worst thing in the world, as long as you get back on track post-sugar fix.

6. Have a competitive goal

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Henry Halse, CSCS, CPT, a certified personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, stresses the importance of always having a competitive goal. If we don’t have goals, our efforts can seem rather meaningless. Would you go to work every day without trying to perform your best, achieve results within your company, and earn money in return? Probably not. No matter what your goal is for a healthy lifestyle, make sure you set one so that you can hold yourself accountable for your daily routine.

7. Meditate

If you think you’re too busy for a little quiet time to reflect during the day, chances are you need it more than ever. Meditating is a great way to take a break from society, your stresses, coworkers, family members, and anything else that directly impacts your life, and recharge your batteries. Take some time to think about your own personal needs, or nothing at all. When your mind, body, and soul are in sync, you can return to your day feeling refreshed and with a better perspective on things.

8. Stay hydrated

We all know every person needs water to survive, but downing H2O throughout the day ensures our bodies stay in top shape. Besides giving you fuel and making you feel more awake, water can also help curb hunger, as sometimes people mistake hunger for actually being thirsty for water. Don’t just drink one bottle of water a day in between three cups of coffee; rather, bring a large, refillable water bottle to work – and everywhere you go, for that matter – and try drinking nothing but water throughout the day. You will most likely be feeling pretty good, and after some time, find yourself craving sugary, caffeine-riddled beverages much less.

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