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Challenge: Identify a healthy weight and adjust your eating habits and physical activity to reach it.
Explanation: If you have continued working on challenge #11, you have exercised at least three times a week. Congratulations! You are a true IntelliMan. (The rest of you should feel embarrassed and go back to working out!) Exercising at least an hour three times a week, or half an hour every day, should already be helping you to feel better, especially if you combine stretching with strength training and cardio. The true benefits come from taking care of your eating habits.
When we think of the physical appearance of a man, overly thin and obese don’t come to mind. On the contrary, we have the image of a strong man, whose appearance exudes health. Some men accomplish this easier than others, but each man should know himself, his physical condition, and adopt habits which promote good health.
How’s your weight and body mass? In this challenge I want you to discover how you are doing. Here’s a quick way, take a look at this chart, it will give you a general idea. Ideally you should consult a nutritionist. He will be able to give you information about your physical condition and recommend changes to your diet.
If you’re over or under the recommended weight based on your age and height, follow your nutritionist’s advice to loose/gain weight. Re-educate yourself with regards to your eating habits, so that you don’t simply lose/gain weight but maintain a healthy weight. Remember to combine a healthy diet with an active work-out routine.
(Perhaps you’re within the recommended weight range, but you need to improve your eating habits, body/muscle mass. This challenge applies to you too.)
And if you’re really inspired, go the extra mile and take a picture of yourself right now, one which will serve as a “before” picture. Determine the date that you will reach your goal, and on that day take an “after” picture. Then post the two on the IntelliMen Facebook page to show the world what a disciplined man looks like! This part of the challenge isn’t mandatory, but would no doubt motivate you to reach your goal.
Notebook: Write down your ideal weight, according to the chart above, and the changes you will make in your eating habits to achieve it.
Official Partner: You and your partner should speak about your goals, and what you will do to achieve them. Remember what works for one may not work for the other.
Deadline: You may begin working on this challenge immediately and complete it in a week, and then go on to Challenge #32. Also, give yourself a deadline and fight to reach it. That date will determine when you want to reach your ideal weight.
IntelliMen Challenge #31 done: I know my ideal weight and I will get there. (If you want, write by when you want to have reached your goal.)
☐ I discovered my ideal weight
☐ I discovered what changes I need to make to my eating habits, and have already begun
☐ I wrote down what I learned in my Notebook
☐ My partner and I spoke about the challenge
☐ I posted my comments on Facebook/Twitter
The best exercise is the exercise you do.