Welcome to our newest Friday Feature! This week we caught up with Dan from Mindsharp Fitness and Nutrition. I wanted to feature Dan because I believe this guy really knows his stuff. If any one is looking for help with their nutrition please send him a message over on Facebook
Tell us a little more about Mindsharp Fitness and Nutrition…
The reason why I started Mindsharp Fitness & Nutrition is because time and time again I’m seeing that the biggest frustration people are having isn’t necessarily having the right exercise program or the right nutrition program, and while this is still extremely important, the biggest challenge that most people are dealing with is having the right state of mind in order to support the systems that are required in order to achieve their health and fitness goals.
What is your number one nutritional tip?
Know your calorie intake, and how much energy you’re expending on a daily basis. I’m not saying you should count your calories every single day because that’s simply not sustainable. But I would highly recommend gauging the average amount of calories you’re consuming each day.
What does health mean to you?
Being healthy to me means feeling fit, strong, confident, and empowered. It means being realistic and doing what works for you and your body. Health to me means having an optimally performing body and mental state. Both are just as important.
Three people you would love to have dinner with?
Gary Vee, Eric Thomas, and my Rottweiler, Meeka 😀
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Wake up in relentless pursuit of your dreams every single day! Or quit. NO between.
What is your favourite way to workout?
I always like to mix things up, but I’ll always be in the gym every morning for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and back in the evenings for Hypertrophy style training most of the time.
What is your go to throw together meal?
Well as of late I’ve been having sugar cravings, so I will have one scoop of chocolate MFL protein (the best) with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (Pics of course). Add small amounts of water and stir until a sludge is formed, then slice up one banana, throw it in and enjoy!
What are you currently reading?
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Awesome book!
When you are lacking motivation how do you get it back?
When it comes to motivation there are really only two keys to being motivated and sustaining it. Outcome clarity and outcome connection. With outcome clarity, you must be VERY VERY specific on exactly what it is you want to achieve. If it’s a 20kg weight loss for instance, ask yourself “why is that important that I lose 20kg?” Confidence and to feel more beautiful? “And why is it important to feel more confident and beautiful?” Keep asking “why”, and eventually you will chunk down all the way to the REAL core purpose for achieving that goal. In order to stay motivated, you MUST have an emotional driver. With outcome connection, you need to reverse engineer EXACTLY how you’re going to lose that 20kg starting from this very moment, and realising that every single thing you eat, every single calorie you burn is leading to the 5kg loss, the 10kg loss, and eventually the 20kg loss. When someone is lacking motivation, either they don’t have a strong enough emotional connection to the goal, or the clarity around it just doesn’t excite them.