Typically we try and add new exercises, try new diets, do this, don’t do that, etc.
The truth is that we are all making this fitness/health thing way too complicated.
If you want to get in shape, you really only need to do 3 simple things.
Move everyday, eat quality food and sleep….everyday.
Obesity has really taken hold of our culture in the last 20-30 years.
When I was young, food was more real and my mom couldn’t keep us inside.
Guess what? No kids were overweight.
It really is that simple.
So what changed?
I believe that the computer, the couch and the car have combined to make us incredibly sedentary. Most of us spend our day starring at a screen, texting on the phone, driving around and barely moving at all. This lack of activity piles up over time and then our bodies become stiff, weak and unable to handle any physical activity. A walk up the stairs becomes unbearable.
Our food supply has also been altered by industry. Everyone from the farmers to the grocery stores are motivated by money and want to squeeze as much profit as possible from their product. Over the years this has led to less quality and more quantity. People eat more, but are becoming more deficient in essential minerals, vitamins, etc. These deficiencies are leading to more ailments, such as headaches, inability to sleep, stomach problems, and a myriad of other symptoms.
In order to fix these two main problems, I believe people need to make a few simple changes.
I don’t expect people to become perfect over night, but learn to be conscious of what you eat and how you feel. Regardless of your religious beliefs, think of it this way: If God made it, eat. The more we touch it, package it and market it, RUN!
- Drink more water
- Eat more vegetables, nuts, seeds, quality meats, eggs, plants, roots, herbs, and seasonings.
- Drop sodas, snacks, chips, fast food, and most other packaged goods.
Notice that I said move instead of working out. We were designed to walk, run, climb, crawl, and jump around. Start by committing to a walk at lunch or after work. Simply getting outside and moving around for a few minutes can change your mindset, improve your mood and clear your head. Once you feel up to it, you can take on bigger challenges that interest you.
A lot of people that I help every week are chronically tired, worn down and beat up. Quality sleep allows us to hit a reset button mentally and physically, allowing our body to repair and replenish. Without sleep our body is unable to recover properly and that leaves us performing at a lower level. Try turning off the computer, tv, phone and other distractions at least a couple hours before bed. Read a book, talk with your loved ones, go for a walk or similar. This will help you relax before going to bed and will make falling asleep more simple.
A lot of people want to make fitness complicated, but I do not believe that it needs to be that way. Keep it simple, stay committed and work towards implementing these three things into your daily habits. You wont be perfect initially, but your goal is to improve, stay consistent and learn along the way. Before you know it, your friends will be asking what you are doing to get such amazing results!
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