It’s January. And that means that everyone is hell bent on achieving their long time health goals. Which is awesome. Except..
Most people over complicate the procedure. They chose to place their focus on the twenty things they should be doing to achieve optimal health. Unfortunately, this burns you out pretty quickly. You may be swayed by the benefits of drinking bone broth three times per week and making your own kefir but how long will that really last?
Instead of trying to alter your entire lifestyle with lots of little things, place your focus on getting back to basics and staying consistent. So what are the basics? Below are three principals I think everyone should implement.
Be Active Each Day
This point is a bit redundant but let me get you there. Stop placing your focus on having to make it to the gym every single day and instead focus on working activity into your day. Go for walks, enjoy hiking, ride bikes, play with children.
All of these little day to day things add up and make a huge difference. Should you have more intense workouts? Yes (see the third point). But your day to day life should also be active. Those workouts are somewhat meaningless if the other twenty three hours a day you sit and stare at a tv/wall/etc.
Eat Quality Food
There are going to be goals in which you need to be a bit more aggressive nutrition wise and calorie/macro counting is necessary. But to improve your health, keep it basic. Focus on quality food and keep it consistent.
Your body only responds to what it is given on a regular basis. Meaning; while bone broth is amazing for you, consuming it once every other month probably won’t give you the benefits you’re looking for. Instead, focus on quality, easy to implement food the majority of the time and your body will reward you.
I’m not saying you can never have chips/ice cream again (god wouldn’t that be horrible?!). But the majority of your days should work around unprocessed food.
Workout Intensely A Couple Times Per Week
While daily activity is great, giving your muscles some time to push themselves out of their comfort zone has a host of benefits also. Keep in mind that out of your comfort zone is just defined as “more than you would do throughout the day”. Your workouts should be challenging but rewarding.
Working out till you collapse or puke it’s really effective. It’s your body’s way of saying “something is wrong.
Instead, push yourself a bit more than normal a couple day a week. Work up a sweat. Feel your muscles burn. But keep it so the final product feels good, not totaled.
Enjoy Day To Day
This is a biggie with getting back to basics and achieving goals. Enjoy it. Seriously. Your day to day life shouldn’t be something you dread. Something that’s a “requirement”. Find things you like and do them. If you hate biking, don’t take a spin class. There are many other ways to stay in shape.
Go back to basics, literally and find activities you truly enjoy. Laugh. A lot. And get outside to enjoy some fresh air (just like your grandma used to say no?). The bottom line is that it’s counterproductive to hate your workout and dread doing it. Or dislike the food on your plate.
Spend time changing your habits so that you enjoy yourself day to day.
Seems simple doesn’t it? Work Hard, Play Hard, Eat Well & Enjoy.
Simple. Basic. Effective.
Happy goal smashing 🙂