LESSONS LEARNED

Men's Fitness - - Up Your Game -

CON­FI­DENCE IN YOUR ABIL­ITY IS KEY

It’s ar­guably more im­por­tant than phys­i­cal strength. A Uni­ver­sity of Wales study showed that as self­con­fi­dence in­creased, ath­letes per­ceived their anx­i­ety to be more help­ful to their per­for­mance.

THINK FAT LOSS, NOT WEIGHT LOSS

Your body fat per­cent­age is a bet­ter in­di­ca­tor of health than the num­ber on the scales. No cal­lipers to hand? Take well-lit top-off ref­er­ence pho­tos be­fore a new train­ing plan so you can ac­cu­rately as­sess re­sults.

TREAT YOUR­SELF

Sched­ul­ing cheat meals can help op­ti­mise your body’s hor­mone lev­els to avoid it en­ter­ing a ‘star­va­tion’ mode and hold­ing on to calo­ries. Your rule: plan two a week

and throw away any re­main­ing nas­ties af­ter­wards.

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