7 ways to be a superman

Everyone knows that one frustratingly perfect man; the guy who can squat 120kg and gets that promotion; the guy who has impeccably smart style and has a different woman on his arm every day of the week, but is still thought of as respectable and charming. Follow these tips and become your very own, real-life superman (cape not included).

Get a superman look

Every superman needs to look good. If you think spending time on your appearance is unmanly, then you need to reassess. Face it, the days when men could shave their heads and go for a run once a week and get called "well-kept" are gone. The modern man has to have style and looks if he wants success. The No1 area to spend time on is your face. If you shave, make sure you use pre-shaving oil beforehand. Baby oil is a cheap option. Next, tidy up your brows with some tweezers and a pencil. Place your pencil at the bridge of your nose and hold it vertically. The spot where the pencil ends should be where your eyebrow also ends. Pluck any hairs that stray past your pencil border.

Get a superman job

In our lives, we will probably spend more time with our colleagues than with our mates. So you have to love your job. If you're unhappy at work, assess the situation and try to come up with a solution.

Make a list of the things you like about work and another of things that you dislike. If your likes column outweighs your dislikes then it's great news. All you need to do now is tackle the dislikes.

If your dislikes column is longer than your likes, then it's time to search for something new. You can visit a careers adviser or even consider starting up your own business.

Get a superman diet

If you eat healthily, you will undoubtedly feel healthy too. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know what it is you should and should not be eating. The best rule to use when you are trying to eat healthily is to prepare everything yourself. That way you know what is going on to your plate and you can control your portion sizes. If you struggle to make your own meals because you lack time, then make big batches of food at once. You can knock up a healthy chicken and bean filling in 25 minutes and store it in the fridge. Then all you need to do is add this to wholemeal wraps for a low-fat and filling meal.

Get a superman budget

Money, money, money; we could all do with some more of the stuff but getting your hands on it can seem impossible at times. Rather than getting more, a great way to bolster your budget is to try and cut back on what you spend it on. Take out your bank statements and work out the five things you spend the most money on. Now you've worked out where you spend your money, try to think of ways to reduce the cost. A great way to save a lot of money is to cancel gym memberships and invest in some kettle bells, a skipping rope and some resistance bands. You can do a lot of great workouts with this cheap and simple equipment and save at the same time.

Get a superman body

Looking like an action man doll isn't an option for most of us, but being happy with the way you look is. Start to take a more active approach to life. If there's an option to climb the stairs or take an elevator, take the stairs. Try to walk around at least once an hour; even if it's just a cheeky trip to the gents. Moving around regularly will raise your metabolic rate and help with your circulation. You could also buy some gym equipment and keep it in your living room. That way, when you watch TV you can work out. If you're on a budget and can't afford equipment, get creative. Make your own sandbag or pea shingle bag as an alternative to weights. Use a chair for dips and you can work your abs by just doing a plank.

Get a superman mind

We're not talking about superpowers, we're talking about the state of your mind. Ever heard the theory that people who think of themselves as lucky actually have more fortune than those who don't? The mind is powerful and therefore having a good, optimistic attitude is bound to have a positive impact. The trick to this smiley state is to keep busy; don't dwell on the past and focus on what could be. Helping others is another way to make life seem more fulfilling. Sometimes negative thinking also becomes a habit; a rut you can't climb out of.

Get a superman girl

Where would superman have been without his Lois Lane? Every guy needs a girl and if you've been flying solo for too long, or are unhappy with your current lady, it's time to start addressing the issue. The biggest obstacle to finding Miss Right is often you. Are you in a good place? Can you handle the ups and the downs of a relationship? If the answer is no, then think twice before you pursue anyone. It will only end badly. The second obstacle is finding your wonder woman. Sometimes it feels that all the decent women are hiding far, far away. To find Miss Right, be open-minded. Chat to strangers and consider girls you may not normally date.

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- Hamilton News

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