BONUS TIPS

Men's Fitness - - Features -

HOLD A PRE-MORTEM

In the war against fat-stor­ing stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, strate­gic think­ing is key, but you don’t do your best brain­work when stress is al­ready high. The key, ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gist Daniel Levitin, is to pre­pare for sit­u­a­tions when you know you’ll be stressed with a pre­mortem. Pic­ture a sit­u­a­tion where your work/train­ing/diet have gone wrong and ask your­self why it’s hap­pened. By vi­su­al­is­ing worst-case sce­nar­ios, you can pre­pare for them.

GIVE YOUR­SELF OP­TIONS

It’s cru­cial to stay on top of things, and some­times that means fit­ting in a work­out when the gym isn’t an op­tion. Have a back-up plan so that when time’s short you don’t need to think. “A deck of cards work­out’s a good fat-loss op­tion if you’ve not much time,” says Adam­son. “Grab a pack, then train as you deal them out: hearts and di­a­monds are press-ups, clubs and spades are squats. That’s 190 of each.” Aces are high, ob­vi­ously.

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