How to be Better than Average

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Working to be above average is a worthwhile goal.

Do you think of yourself as an average man or woman? Have you ever thought of being average as a goal? Let’s hope not.

Average stinks. The average North American person is overweight, watches almost 5 hours a day of TV, and doesn’t exercise. Don’t you want to be better than average?

Of course you do!

Here’s how to make it happen:

Stop watching so much TV

No one’s trying to ban you from the TV completely; everyone needs a re-run of Modern Family to perk them up once in a while. If plunking down in front of the TV every night after work for a couple of hours has become a ritual though then it’s time to stop wasting your life away. Pick a few shows you like, DVR them so you’re not scheduling your life around them, and watch during a planned time. Use all that extra time to read an inspiring book, do a workout, or spend quality (non-TV) time with your family.

Move Every Day

A scheduled workout session should be on your agenda most days, but outside of that you should also make an effort to move more in general. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. When you’re at work, make sure you’re getting up at least every hour to walk around, stretch, or just do some deep breathing. If it’s the weekend, don’t spend the whole day on the couch watching sports or cooking shows. Get outside for a walk, plan a beach volleyball game with your friends, or just toss the ball around with your kids.

Cut Down on the Crappy Food

McDonalds has billions of dollars in sales because the average person eats a lot of crappy fast food (sales profits slipped 1.5% in the US in the last quarter, but that hardly leaves a dent). Make better choices and you’ll have better health and a fantastic physique to show for it. Eating real whole foods is a great start.

Reduce your intake of processed junk with hundreds of unpronounceable ingredients and start eating organic meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. Just by doing that one thing, you’ll be better than most people you know. If you want to take it further and significantly improve your health and physique…well that’s a story for another blog.

You don’t want to be average. A life of mediocrity isn’t for you. You’re interested in something better. You want a great lifestyle and you want to see the results in your lean, energetic body.

Ivana Chapman

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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