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How To Get Your Best Body Ever In 2006

Mar 15, 2008
We all know what follows after the Christmas holiday season: New Year's Resolutions!

It's that one (and sometimes only) time of year that many people tend to think about what it is they want to achieve with their health and fitness goals.

So they'll embark on their journey to a new physique, telling themselves that this will be "THE" year they totally get in shape.

But for most, it's short lived. Like a couple of weeks, tops.

Why does this occur? Why do so many people call it quits well before their body even stops aching from the new-found exercise routine they just started.

Here's why: They haven't made fitness a habit.

Virtually everything you do in life is the result of habit. How you drive to work, what you do in the morning to get ready, what you eat for dinner. All habits.

The way you walk, talk, think, spend money, it's all the result of your habits. In fact, it's been said that 95% of what you do in a given day is all based upon your habitual behavior.

And these habits can be the obstacles to your achieving the fitness goals you want to achieve. The way you think, feel, and act are roadblocks that stand between the body you currently have and the physique you really want.

Habit is comfort. It's that "zone" that doesn't make you think too hard or fail at anything. In the absense of some outside force, you're going to keep doing the same thing indefinitely. Not because they work, but because they're comfortable.

And believe me, comfort can kill goals.

Let me ask you a question: If what you're doing isn't working for you, if you're not losing the weight you want or gaining the muscle you desire...

What makes you think it's going to, any time soon.

Look, habits are only good if they get you what you want. It's when they stop you from achieving your goals that you have to either modify or change them completely.

And that's how you're going to make 2006 better than 2005. By changing your unproductive habits.

You need to start by "thinking" differently. Instead of focusing on all the things you can't achieve, start habitually thinking of all that's possible for you to accomplish with your fitness levels.

Instead of thinking that you're too fat or you're too lazy, start thinking about how you'd feel with your perfect body. The amount of muscle you want, the energy you'd like to have, the strength you'd like to feel.

Start to see yourself as thin, or toned, or muscular, or whatever it is you want to be. You have to think it before you can have it.

From there, you'll begin to make better choices in your nutrition and workouts. Those choices, if you stay with them, will develop into new, more empowering habits that will help you succeed, not hold you back.

Changing habits that are no longer consistent with what it is you want to achieve is one of the hardest, yet most important, things you'll ever do in your life.

Your job, from here on out, is to form good habits. And in order for you to stay with them, you need to keep doing them for at least 21 days. That's just about the time it takes to bring a new habit into lasting effect.

If you're not gaining the muscle or strength you want, you have to start forming new and improved habits in the gym.

If you want to lose some fat weight, you have to make better nutrition habits. Start planning out healthy meals, in advance. Prepare large amounts of healthy foods and store them in your fridge to have on hand when you need something quick and healthy.

Do yourself a favor. For the next 21 days, feed your mind better thoughts that will lead to better choices. This will flow right into the typical New Year's resolutions time period.

Those better choices, if you stay with them for that 21 days, will lead to better habits.

And it's your habits, each and every day, that will determine your levels of muscle and fitness. Change your daily habits so that they serve you, not stop you, from making 2006 better than 2005.

Make this coming year different. Be different from everyone else. Resolve to make it the year you get the body you've always wanted.
About the Author
Gain muscle, lose fat, and get the body you want this year. Fitness trainer and bodybuilder shows you some simple, proven steps you can take to get more results in less time from your workouts and nutrition this year.
Shawn Lebrun Fitness.com
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