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.
Less dairy, no meat, more fiber, no gluten, cut sugar! There are enough recommendation to make your head spin!!!
We hear so much about various diets and food hacks that are meant to make life easier and more nutritious, but it only matters if you find it effective. Again, it comes down to what works best for your body and an approach to food that you find easy to maintain. Please don’t confuse that with easy to do, because the struggle of implementing a new diet into your lifestyle is real and tough. We also learn about a lot of new diet trends that may seem difficult to live by given our religious and cultural affiliations, so how do you best interpret and apply food hacks to your culture's traditional fare?
Even more basic, many people are low in fiber, but what’s the quick and easy way to up your intake? Good questions worth exploring below.
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