What’s your health goal? Actually, what’s your life goal and how can being healthy make that better?
The answers are endless, because we want it all —- strength, tone, endurance, vanity, blood results on our annual physical that make our doctor proud. There’s no magic pill, solution or app that’s going to make us the healthiest strongest versions of our best self. They help in the process and provide a system of accountability, especially apps like ours that help to track your progress and activity in conjunction with exercise tutorials. We work for it everyday, inside and outside the gym, and you have to also if you want the results that have you swooning over materially altered images on social media, or your buddy in the office who looked out of shape but just did a triathlon! Yes, our bodies grow accustomed to certain physical routines and diets over time, that’s why it’s important to work with a personal trainer who can work with you on the components of physical fitness, supplements and nutrition into a plan that is developed to really work for you and the issues you’re prone to. Continuously doing the same exercises, with the same weights, reps and maintaining a cardio routine of consistent intensity and duration, will definitely make you feel personally ambitious, but not physically accomplished. Results are created through change that challenges your body. There’s no magical solution, and even if you thought you’d found one, how long would it last? The reality is that our health goals change during our lifetime based on a variety of factors, though if we are aware of what’s best for our body, and how to address the areas that are holding us back from being better where it matters to us most, we can all really #BeExceptional
Obsessive and in overdrive - that is the average persons relationship with making the adjustments to a healthy lifestyle. Who will admit that they put more time into trying to get the results and never really dedicate time to recovering from actually putting in the work? Who puts energy into exercising their main body parts and forgets the smaller muscles, tendons and ligaments that are the connective tissue and ensure peak performance? Who gets into vitamins and supplements only to end up taking too many, doubling down on active ingredients, trying to cure everything simply by popping a few pills?
We are all guilty of going into overdrive in certain areas of life — fitness and health included, and we just hope and pray that we see the results that the products promise us. Without a fitness professional to carefully guide you through the process and create an individualized plan, it’s all speculative, but your mind is in the right place to begin to condition for those changes if you’re reading this newsletter. That’s really all that matters; that your mind stays committed to the process and that you are constantly a student of health, nutrition and better understanding your body's specific needs. If you can’t articulate how your body feels, what you think you’re nutritionally missing and what you want to physically achieve, then you definitely need a consultation to be most effective. Truth be told, one of the most common issues is lack of recovery — stretching, heat therapy, ice baths, proper cool down methods, etc. Just as hard as you workout, you should take care of your body by creating a recovery process. Treat your body well. The better you can evaluate your habits through comprehensively knowing your body, the more intuitively you can work towards a series of health and fitness goals to ensure that you’re consistently operating at your highest level of strength and clarity. Fitness goes beyond the gym. Healthy is wealth.
Start simple, start small, see results.
If you only do one thing this week, incorporate one of these recommendations and promise yourself you’ll stick to it. Ideally, we are creating our bodies to be lean, fat burning machines, with optimal cognitive and internal health that can operate at peak physical performance. That’s ideal, not necessarily so practical for most to achieve over 12 weeks. It’s a complete lifestyle shift rooted in healthy choice is the best choice kind of mindset. For everyone the journey to healthy is different. It may include making a new addition to your lifestyle, incorporating new training disciplines, taking supplements, learning to substitute with healthier alternatives, and for many it means cutting things out like salt, refined sugars and processed foods. Sustaining the healthy look and feel requires learning a new behavior that allows you to still enjoy life and all of your indulgences in the cleanest way possible that is gentle on your body. There are many different approaches and methods to reaching this ideal state. The most effective approach is to partner with a personal trainer who can work with you to deeply understand and consider the fitness regimen and nutrition plan that will yield the best results for you. Everyone’s journey starts with one simple step. Whether it’s just reading these weekly newsletters to better inform your health choices, listening to our new podcast for a deeper dive on many of the topics we explore here each week, or using the Be Exceptional Fitness App you’re showing your commitment to self-improvement. The most important part is consistency and your will to trust the process.
Start with one small step. Stay the course. You got this.
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