Fit For Life: How to Make Fitness Your Way of Life
Saturday, April 26, 2014
When I do a presentation, I always ask the crowd to raise their hands if they know someone who has had cancer or diabetes, and every time, about 99% of the crowd raises their hands. And although I like to be right most of the time when I talk before a group, when these hands go up, for that moment, it stuns me. What is depressing and frustrating is that I believe this doesn't need to be. Science is showing us this doesn’t need to be. It’s literally shouting at us that we are causing are diseases, in large part, by behaviors that are controllable and modifiable.
The American Heart Association’s slogan used to be “Your Life Is In Your Hands” – and it just about said it all. There are hundreds of books about getting fit on the market. There are gyms around every corner, and then you have the internet. The information is out there, and people are spending billions of dollars a year trying to get fit and healthy. Sure a lot of people don't care, and those who choose to remain ignorant are choosing to do harm to their bodies. For the most part, my focus has to be on the ones who want help, but can't figure out what to do to get to their optimal health. They’re buying book after book, joining gyms, even hiring trainers, trying fad diets, and going to extremes to get in shape, but fitness still seems to elude them.
Why is this? Being fit is actually easy. I know I do it for a living, but that's why I consider it easy. Drink clean water, get 8 hours of sleep, eat clean organic non- processed food. And - move your body. That's it. You do not need complicated restrictive diets, you do not need to watch YouTube for complex and difficult exercises, and you do not need to read every diet book out there. All you need to do is follow my advice above. OK! BUT….(I know what you are thinking, “Ha, I knew there was a catch.”) . The only way to achieve your goals is to do it CONSISTENTLY. Occasionally eating right, or moving around won't cut it. I hear it all the time "I ate great for breakfast and lunch, but had a drink and a piece of cake, or some bread after work". This behavior is inconsistent, and will not net results. You need to eat well 90% of the time and if you are consistent with a proper eating plan then your ratio should look like this: eat 5x a day (snacks and meals) for 7 days = 35 meals/snacks x 90%= just 3 1/2 bad meals but 31 1/2 have to be healthy balanced meals to make progress. In addition, you need to move around regularly. Even if you eat well, sitting all day leads to poor posture, and tight hips, usually causing lower back pain. You don't need to train like a marine every day but you need to move consistently or you won't move efficiently.
Simplicity is the best way to go. Follow the few steps I have given you. Find a program that will work for you. Keep it simple but follow it consistently. Just like building a house, the better you follow the plans, and the more time you put in on a regular basis, the faster it gets done. Building it is a smooth process, and maintenance makes it look great and it will last a long time.
Matt Espeut has worked as a personal trainer for almost 20 years with clients ranging in age from 14 to 86. His focus is on overall health, strength, and functional conditioning. Holistic health and nutrition is the cornerstone of all his programs. Matt works in private and small group training available at your home or office location or at gym facilities. Matt offers his services to everyone wanting to be more fit and healthy, overweight young people, youth/collegiate athletes, and seniors. Matt has worked and continues to train at several facilities in the Providence area including Gold's Gym and CORE Studio, and he believes continued education is a must in his field. Email Matt:firstname.lastname@example.org, check out his website atwww.fitnessprofiles.net or on Facebook atMatt Espeut or on Twitter @MattEspeut.
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