Friday, March 21, 2014

Getting Healthy isn't Complicated so Quit Making it that Way.

I feel very sorry for people who get hung up on fad exercise and diets. I watch you flail and fail and try again with the next fad. Never getting where you want to be. Never getting to know what it feels like to be healthy. Never understanding what fitness is and how it changes every aspect of your life. You never get there because the fads get in your way. 

If you really want to get healthy I'll tell you how. It is plain. It's simple. I can't write an entire book or books about it and I can't dedicate an entire website to it. There just isn't that much to say about it. Remember, this is coming from a guy who was 50 lbs over weight and growing, smoked 2 packs a day, guzzled Coke like you can't even imagine and ate pizza more days a week than not.  Here is it, don't blink because you'll miss it. Move more, eat less and eat better.  That's all.

OK, fine a little explanation. Just to prove it really is that simple because I know you think there has to be more to it than that.

Moving is the really simple part. Just move your body. We spend way to much time sitting and laying. Way to much time watching TV and surfing the Internet. Instead go walk, run, bike, elliptical or swim. Don't complicate it more than that just make sure you get your heart rate up, your breathing faster and your body fatigued doing it. 20 minutes minimum but really you should go for more than that.

The diet isn't that much more complicated. Eat simple, single ingredient foods. If you do this you don't need to worry about paleo, vegan, low carb, low fat, blah, blah, blah. Just figure out how much you need to eat and then focus on getting most of your daily calories from things like vegetables, fruits, eggs, lean meat like chicken breast etc. You know, real food. Quit shoving junk in your face and drinking more calories than you should even be eating.

By doing these two simple things you will see phenomenal gains in health and fitness. Sure, at first you will miss the salt, fat, and sugar but trust me after a while you won't.  It's not that we eat what we like it's that we like what we eat. At first you may not like the exercise. Don't worry, it will grow on you just give it time.

There may come a time that you plateau on this simple program. For most people, when you do, you will be a very good place and if you just focus on maintaining you'll be in better shape than 95% of the people in this country. If you get here and you want to progress further you may have to complicate things and do more specific training and eat in a special way. But for the majority of Americans who have a very unhealthy baseline, this will get you to a much better spot and because it is so simple you won't burn out, fade away or confuse yourself in the process. Instead, you will finally know what it feels like to achieve your goal and be healthy and fit.

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