8 Simple Steps To Improve Your Lifestyle

 Most of the time I write about various menswear related topics. Other times, I try to provide some inspiration by writing more in-depth biographies on my friends and style icons. But sometimes I write about things to hold myself more accountable, and this is definitely one of those type of posts. So here are some things that I do to improve my lifestyle (and some things I should more often).

1. Exercise More. It really doesn’t matter how many stylish garments you have in your wardrobe, or how good looking you think you are, if you don’t incorporate physical activity into your daily routine you will NEVER reach your full potential. I understand that some guys don’t have the money to afford a gym membership, but you can always run a quick search on google or youtube for some different home workouts. For instance, I haven’t stepped foot into a gym in over 3 months but I still manage to stay in shape by working out in my basement at least 3 times a week. The T25 workout regimen has become my workout of choice because it’s only 25 minutes and who doesn’t have 25 minutes to spare!
2. Drink More Water. I know it sounds overrated but water really does the body good. You don’t have to be that guy that walks around with a gallon of water every day but drinking at least 3-4 glasses of water a day will definitely help improve your health, your skin, and even help you curb your appetite.
3. Take Care of Your Skin. This is one of those things that a lot of men do not pay enough attention to, but any woman will tell you that she loves a man with smooth skin (unless she’s really into beards and scruffy guys). So invest in a good skin cleanser and an even better moisturizer. Lately, I have been using some natural skin care remedies such as fresh aloe vera gel and raw & unfiltered honey. 
4. Get A Hobby. Not only does having a hobby make you a more interesting and well-rounded person but it also allows you to spend your time more efficiently as opposed to sitting on the couch and watching an entire Netflix series. For instance, writing this blog has become one of the most life changing things I’ve done. It has also provided me with some amazing opportunities and helped me connect with a lot of people that share similar interests.
5. Read Something. After I graduated from graduate school with my degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, I thought I wouldn’t want to read another book ever again. Fortunately, that changed after shortly after graduation and I realized that I was committed to concept of life-long learning. However, I understand that reading a book might seem too boring for some people, so try reading a magazine article or an online publication about something that interests you. Not only does reading help expand your vocabulary but it gives you something interesting to talk about as opposed to the usual, “Whats good..Chillin” scenario.
6. Travel More. By no means am I suggesting that you should save all of your money for a month long vacation to the Caribbean (unless you can afford it), but you can start by taking a quick road trip to nearby cities. For instance, I currently live in Buffalo, NY but I always try to get out of town to escape the monotony. There are some great cities within 5-6 hours away drive such as Toronto, Cleveland, and of course New York City.
7. Choose Your Circle Wisely. I try to use the 33% rule when it comes to choosing my friends and associates. 33% of my friends are more successful than I am so that keeps me grounded and gives me something to aspire to. The other 33% of my friends are on my level and that inspires some healthy competition, but it also allows me to have some of those conversations with people that can relate to the struggles of being a young professional. The remaining 33% of my friends are not quite on my level yet (usually they are just younger than me or they’re still in college). By keeping this group close to me it allows to indirectly inspire them to strive for more, but it also keeps me on my toes and reminds me to keep grinding!
8. Set Goals. More often than not I meet people (mostly college students) that have no idea what they want for themselves. They have no goals and no vision for the future and as a result they are just going with the flow. However, one thing that I have learned from the successful people in my life is that they are constantly setting new goals for themselves and they are never satisfied. Start my making S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) short-term goals like making it to the dean’s list and them follow up with long term goals like graduating summa cum laude.
As always, thank you for reading!
Yours Truly,
Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor
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