I get so many questions and comments from folks who just want to get healthier and feel better. They bring me all sorts of programs, diets and equipment to look at and assess. Well, lucky for you, you don’t need any of that stuff, and I’m here to tell you why.
But first, let me tell you why I’m on this soapbox today… 🙂
This week at work, a friend was describing to me how she has changed the way she is eating. She specifically got into how she is only eating carbs at a certain time during the day, among a few other diet changes.
This is common, I’m always talking about health and fitness, so I just attract those types of conversations, which is 100% FINE with me. 🙂
So, back to the story. I began to ask my friend if she was training for a crossfit or strength competition or some other athletic event? Or if she had some very specific physique goals (she is skinny as it is), or was experiencing low energy during or after her workouts. Her answer to all of that was NO.
Well, that got me thinking. I knew she was working with a trainer and that her trainer had given that direction. Well, here’s the thing folks – if you are in the fitness game, and just want to feel good and stay active and be healthier overall, then, we really need to stop complicating what we are doing. Those tips my friend received are really meant for SERIOUS competitors or athletes. For the average Jane or Joe, these tips only cause fear and procrastination and doubt.
With that in mind, I wanted to share my thoughts on what it REALLY takes for the average person with some fitness goals to get healthier and feel better. It is not that complicated, and I want to take the stress out of it for you.
Get Moving Every Day:
This doesn’t mean INTENSE workout, it could just be walking, or it could be a gym workout. But, it should always be something you enjoy. Our bodies are made to MOVE. We need to at least be walking every day for 20-30 minutes. It is great for stress and the body in general
Get Out of the House:
As an admitted introvert, I tend to slack in this area, but the benefits of socializing and laughing also helps to relieve stress. Humans need connection! And I don’t mean get on social media! I mean, make a date to see some friends or family, and as a bonus, pick something active to do! You don’t have to center it around eating. Sitting around bingeing on TV isn’t the healthies thing we can do with our lives. Yes, we all need to veg out sometimes and just mush on the couch, but that doesn’t really benefit our healthy life. So, get out, see some friends, laugh, share stories and live!
Get Real About How Much You Are Eating:
Eat to live, don’t live to eat. If you are going out to eat a lot, chances are you are overeating. Not only are the portion sizes huge, but there are a lot of external triggers that cause us to eat more than we need, especially at restaurants. Trust me, it is truly a mind minefield out there! So, do your best to stop at 80% full. Eat slowly and chew your food.
Get Real About How Much You Are Drinking:
Alcohol is the killer of diets. It has no nutritional value and lots of calories and sugar. So, if your weight loss is stalling, or your energy is low, do a self-check on your alcohol consumption. Be honest with yourself. Do you really need that glass or two of wine EVERY night?
WATER! Drink a ton. More than you think you need. It is great for skin and digestion and hydration (obvi).
Pile on those veggies on your plate. Eat more vegetables that anything else that you eat. Veggies provide vital minerals and nutrients to your body. They contain fiber to help you digest food and maintain blood sugar. Eat a variety of colors and textures every day. Experiment with new veggies in the grocery store, or even grow your own. I’m telling you — this can really turn it around for you. I have seen tons of data and research and real life results from folks making just this one change!
See how simple that is? It doesn’t take counting calories or complex macronutrient calculations or timing. It takes some general habits. Healthy eating habits can prevent most diseases and illnesses. If you aren’t a serious athlete or competitor, there is no need to make your fitness lifestyle any more complicated than the 5 tips I mentioned above. Don’t fall for these “must have” diet plans and extensive fitness programs that just suck up your money and leave you confused and too stressed to even start.