You know that good health and habits are vital for a better life. But perhaps you lack the know-how, the motivation, or both to work on these key areas. The result? You’re trapped in a vicious cycle of bad habits, failure, and dejection. The good news is that you can release yourself from it with a healthy dose of inspiration.
To help you find the motivation to work on your fitness and habits, we have shared resources like body contests that pay you for being fit, apps for self-improvement, and subreddits that focus on health. But there’s nothing more inspiring than seeing an ordinary individual like you and I accomplish extraordinary things. That’s why we’re introducing you to three bloggers who can help you break through those barriers of self-defeating behavior and pave the way for your vision of a better life. And fitness is where they all begin.
James Clear of JamesClear.com
I first heard about James Clear when a couple of MUO authors praised the effectiveness of the following mobility exercise shared by Clear on his blog.
A weightlifter, travel photographer, and an entrepreneur, Clear describes himself as “just a country boy trying to make a difference”. With his friendly and down-to-earth writing, he comes across as a nice person who might as well be living next door to you. His blog is an interesting blend of of scientific research and hands-on experiments geared toward helping readers improve their habits as well as their physical and mental health.
Clear makes even major life changes sound simple and easy to accomplish. I highly recommend reading his 45-page guide on transforming your habits. It teaches how to make certain psychological factors work to your advantage to create long-lasting good habits for yourself. You can download the guide as a PDF for free by signing up for email updates of the blog. Also, watch out for Clear’s monthly photo essay, which is a rich exploration of a place or a theme from his travels.
Joel Runyon of Impossible
Joel Runyon is a passionate guy whose desire to live an extraordinary life continues to spur him to do the impossible. He shares his fitness and life experiments on his high-energy website called Impossible. With travel experiences spanning five continents, his life does make for a great story indeed.
Runyon’s approach to writing is straightforward. He does not sugarcoat his words or shy away from exploring sensitive topics. His posts cover a wide range of subjects that he sums up in three categories — fitness, hustle, and mindset. His cold shower therapy challenge is a tiny and excellent way to learn how to step out of your comfort zone.
If you’re interested in the Paleo diet, do check out one of Runyon’s other blogs, Ultimate Paleo Guide. In addition to exploring Runyon’s posts, read Henry Rollins’ post The Iron And The Soul, which has also been featured on the blog.
Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness
Kamb created Nerd Fitness to help people bring about positive changes in every area of their life, starting with their health. Desk jockeys, nerds, and “average Joes” are his target audience.
Kamb was recently featured on Aaron’s list of 10 inspiring people on Twitter who can help you with your new-year resolutions. His blog features success stories showing how various readers of the Nerd Fitness community turned superfit. These stories and the accompanying before-after photographs really drive home the effectiveness of Kamb’s advice.
The blog has various guides, apps, and other free resources to give you comprehensive advice about nutrition, fitness routines, and habits. For personalized guidance, you can sign up to be a paid member of Nerd Fitness Academy.
Be Inspired, Stay Inspired
Whether you want to create a small habit or revamp your life, take advantage of living in the digital era and utilize the excellent information and inspiration available at your fingertips. Reading about fitness or self-improvement can’t transform your life any more than a fairy godmother can. But it can give you that extra push you need to get off your chair, roll up your sleeves, and take that all-important first step toward the life you desire.
Where do you go looking when you want inspiration and advice to increase your fitness levels and better your self? Let us know in the comments.