Just 3 thoughts or things that have caught my attention this past week.
Don’t overcomplicate things
We have a tendency to overthink and overcomplicate our fitness and nutrition approaches. WIth a huge amount of information at our fingertips, it’s easy to be seduced by fancy messages and jargon, and before long find yourself stuck in procrastination due to not knowing what is the right way to start.
Here is the simplest plan I can give you:
- Do some kind of resistance training 2-5 times a week.
- Go for a walk every day.
- Eat mostly protein and plants.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- drink mostly water.
I know, it’s too easy and too simple to possibly work. But try that for the next 4 weeks and see what happens.
Walking is underrated.
Got an achy back? Go for a walk.
Feeling low on energy? Go for a walk.
Want to easily increase your calorie burn without hardcore cardio? You got it, go for a walk.
It’s free, accessible, and massively beneficial. But because it is so simple and easy to do, it’s also easy to overlook the value in getting yourself out for a walk. There is also a lot of good research showing the benefits to your cognitive efforts too. From mood boosting, to creativity firing, and on to calming the overactive chatter in your brain box, walking does many good things.
As a benefit, you burn a ton of calories when you get out for a reasonably brisk 30-60 minutes. And with the weather improving, and the lockdown restrictions easing a little, there really is no good excuse to stay inside. Get yourself out for a good walk each day and reap the benefits.
Unsustainable approaches lead to…
I heard a great quote through the week, I wish I could remember who said it, but I can’t. It goes like this,
“Unsustainable approaches give you unsustainable results.”
There are times you may find yourself using an unsustainable approach to either training or diet, and the results will be great. Assuming of course that you can stick to the method for long enough to actually see a result. The example I typically use is a bodybuilder prepping for a show. Very low calories (compared to off season), low carbs, no treats, lots of low intensity cardio, no energy, no libido, not much of anything beyond eye popping levels of leanness. Bodybuilders are the epitome of lean, but the cost is so high that it cannot be sustained for long. Even with the help of “chemical assistance”.
In order to see long term results, you need to build new habits to replace old ones that no longer serve you. You need to build good training practices that help you get the best out of your body. And you need to be patient and consistent enough to allow these efforts to actually pay out.
Sensible training is boring, eating smart isn’t always exciting, but the results you’ll get are always worth it.