Health, fitness, wellness, and on and on. You hear the words, and you understand the importance of being “healthy”. You’re bombarded, endlessly, with the next quick fix, magic pill, or workout routine, that promises to be a panacea. More employers are incentivizing their employees to participate in on site biometric screenings, join a gym, or hire a personal trainer. “Hey, did you hear about this awesome new gym/workout/diet” are common conversations in the workplace.
One day, you look at, or are inundated with, nostalgic photos, of better days gone by – and you say “wow, when did I go from that to this”. The next day you rifle through your employer’s benefits site, looking to take advantage of the offers they have. You spend hours on the Internet comparing gyms. You talk to your friends who go to gym X, or have their own trainer. Finally, you make your decision and it’s go time!
You walk into the gym, the one you just shelled out a nice chunk of change to join, and hit the weight room floor. The churning of treadmills, the clanking of weights, the obligatory 120-200 beats per-minute, of teenage growing pain music, is blasting over the sound system. Then it all sets in, the horrifying realization that you have no idea what you’re doing! Of course you also become a target of the fitness sales team, who truly believe that getting your debit card on file is akin to changing your life.
Well, maybe you do that workout with all the cool letters and numbers. No – wait, you should do yoga. Or, maybe that workout where it’s obligatory to look and eat like a caveman to get results. Perhaps it’s the workout that all the Hollywood starlets are doing, where you shouldn’t lift more than three pounds – goodbye gym bag, goodbye purse. And what about food? Now the anxiety really builds. Carb, no carbs? One meal a day or ten? Eliminate one or more macronutrients for 10-14 days, then gorge yourself with as much crap as possible in an eight hour window? What about every 3-5 hours, on the quarter hour – unless you just worked out, in which case you need to have this much of macro X and macro Y, but never macro Z, within the first hour, then another huge meal, within the next two hours!!!
All of these decisions take you straight down the rabbit hole. Unfortunately, what compounds the confusion are the daily talk shows, with their “experts”, giving bad information, or making conflicting claims. Pretty overwhelming, I know.
Navigating and managing your way through the sea of information is like squatting a shark.
The fitness field, like a shark, is a massive, unpredictable, dynamic creature. You can easily become bait, without the proper guidance – don’t become bait.
There are multiple ways to get to your idea of a healthy and fit life. No two people are the same, and no two people are going to respond to the same approach. You’re an individual, and you require an individual approach. There is one constant in health and fitness, as in life, and that’s consistency. If you stay consistent, with the right plan for you, you’ll get results.
In our blogs we’ll bring you information that has shown consistent value, in helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. We’ll start with the basic and fundamental elements of living a healthier life, through nutrition, exercise, and recovery, then build as we go.
Until next time,
“Do the thing and you will have the power”