There may not be a worse trend inspired industry than the fitness world is…
No matter what website you’re on, something will pop up that’s somehow trend related. It may be promising that the program will make you lose 30 lbs in 30 days, or eat this ONE food and have your dream body in less than a month. Well, let me be the one to break it to you…THIS WILL NEVER WORK. If you’re doing something to help you live a healthier life, and you CAN’T wait for it to be done, you’re not going to stick with it, and ultimately, you’re not going to be happy.
Fitness is about a lifestyle change. Having your “dream body” is about staying consistent, listening to your body, and NEVER depriving yourself of the things that are good for your soul. I’ve compiled a list of simple rules, if you could call them that, to help you get on your path to a healthy life. Because ultimately, that’s the biggest goal, right?
Eat whole, pure, basic food. Meat…eggs…fruit…vegetables(unless you’re intolerant to one of them). Whoever successfully made us believe the yolk is bad for us is crazy. It is full of healthy omega 3 fatty acids that our ancestors ate for decades. Whoever said to cut bread out of your diet didn’t realize that it can be high in fibre and whole grain. To the person that invented low fat, low calorie, low everything food…you also took away the nutrients that can be insanely beneficial for us, and substituted fake sweeteners that can cause cancer and other diseases. Sure, these foods sometimes have their place, and eating egg whites without the yolk is high in protein, but following these trends can be as much of a danger as the “high cholesterol” in the egg yolk supposedly is.
Move your damn body! The biggest issue with people having an unhealthy percent of body fat is that they don’t move. We live in a time where we wake up, commute in our CAR to work where we sit in an office, then eat lunch in a chair, get back in our car to go home, then sit on the couch and relax, and then go to bed. Some researchers are going as far to saying that sitting is the new smoking. The recommended daily allowance of physical activity is 60-90 minutes a day. If you’re sedentary, start with 30 minutes and move up from there. Doing it outdoors is a bonus. Fresh air is good…I promise.
Do things that are good for your soul! Some people find bliss in yoga. Others in an expensive cup of espresso with a friend…but whatever it is, make time for it every day. Life is way too short to only worry about fitness and how your body looks. You’d be amazed at how many people will comment how great you look if you are simply just happy. It puts off an unexplainable glow, am I right?
So…Love yourself. Love others & Love the process of becoming the healthiest version of YOU!