Having a six-pack will not bring you long term happiness!
Now don’t get me wrong, it certainly will put a smile on your face when you first see your abs appear in the mirror. However, like most things, it’s only temporary and it won’t be long before you’re not satisfied. Almost daily I get messages from both males and females asking how they can achieve six-pack abs. Unfortunately, the world we live in has done a great job of making people believe that if they manage to achieve a six-pack that they’re at the pinnacle of their health and that happiness is just around the corner.
Would you believe that more often than not, people actually end up being quite unhappy when they have abs? The reason for this is because the lifestyle that people must uphold to keep them is usually far too restricting, not just with the food choices, but also socially. As a result, their abs are usually short lived. (I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m just saying that for the average person it’s not sustainable).
What I’m trying to get at with this post is that, generally, people who have a six pack have worked hard and may well be fit and healthy externally, but a lot of the time aren’t necessarily carrying internal health. (what I refer to as a mindful six-pack).
With that being the case, I don’t want to just give you guys tips and information on how to improve your “external” but I want to help you internally also.
To improve my mental health/mind I do a few things consistently each week.
1. I make myself very aware of how I feel. A lot of us expect that we should be 100% positive all day, every day. The reality is that life isn’t that way. To be positive and happy I regularly check-in internally to ask myself how I’m feeling. Whenever I’m feeling negative or unmotivated I watch a motivational video or two. Listen to my favourite music. Talk to the person I love and reach out to friends. This helps massively to change my state of mind. My goal is to put myself in a place mentally where I feel anything is possible. Make sure your circle of influence isn’t a big part of the reason you get into those states in the first place. If it ever has been that way for me, as cold hearted as some of you may think, I cut them out of my life. Here’s an example of one fo the motivational pieces I listen too. Click Here
2. Meditate. I like to spend at least 10 minutes each morning meditating. Don’t get freaked out and think it’s all religious or spiritual. It’s far from that, it’s actually really helpful for your head, mindset and if done consistently really does have a huge impact on your life. If you’d like to give this a go then download the mobile app “headspace”. This is where it started for me and there’s a free 10-day trial to introduce you to the practice. Link Here
3. Physical training. It’s been proven time and time again that physical exercise does amazing things for the body. Not just physically but mentally and also hormonally. When we work out we get a big release of endorphins within the body that makes us feel amazing. I try to do at least something each day, even if it’s just a walk. Usually, my training revolves around bodyweight training as I think it’s far more impressive to be strong with your own body than it is with physical weights. For those of you that are interested check out “Calisthenics” on YouTube. :)
Here’s one of my favourite athletes Frank Medrano: Click Here
To wrap this up, my message is that you shouldn’t just be trying to improve your external health. You need to be looking after your inside health too. As always it’s not possible to achieve this overnight, in fact, I still work daily on my internal health and I know I will continue to work on it for the rest of my life.
These are just a few things I do and I’m sure it’s a topic I’ll touch on again in the near future. I hope it helps and that you all have an amazing week!
Dedicated to helping you achieve the health you deserve.