Get back to basics with fresh food and fitness without turning your life upside down.
It’s been way too long between posts – but WOW what a great few weeks I have had with some amazing clients on our Bodibreaks. The over-riding emphasis has been about how easy it can be to feel fantastic if you keep your routine simple, fresh and do what makes your heart sing.
During our kitchen table sessions over the last 3 retreats I’ve had some really interesting Q’s & A’s with smart savvy people that have lost their way on the food and fitness map. The main complaint was that it’s all so confusing. Sugar free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free -everything free. Low fat, high protein, low carb, cardio, interval, cross fit, bootcamp – it’s all out there.
In a cluttered health and fitness market promoting fast weight loss, rapid muscle gain, 6 pack ab magic and anytime 24/7 gym memberships, why is it that our obesity rates are on the increase?
Personally I believe this is due to 2 core factors:
1) Waiting for someone else to solve the problem without having to work for it
2) Not LIVING the basics – fresh food, fresh air, plenty of sleep and doing what you love.
In order to get the body you want, you need to get off autopilot, stop spending money on quick fixes and get back to the chopping board with some fresh ingredients that will nourish your senses and your soul. Fresh fitness: Start exploring your neighbourhood or surrounding areas on foot, get outside and play, rediscover exercise you enjoy – even if it’s walking the dog – nature is a necessity. Short days with winter months? Then combine some quick fresh air sessions with some core workouts indoors that you look forward to.
So here’s what my mantra is for those of you that are getting confused by all the messages and just want to get out of bed in the morning with a spring in your step, prevent disease and lead a healthy happy life: GET BACK TO BASICS.
- The closer food is to it’s natural source the better it is for you
- If you can’t pronounce the ingredient or it has a number, then you can be pretty sure your body is not designed to digest it
- If you don’t enjoy exercising in the gym then try different classes, group fitness, outdoor fitness or just head outside for a walk every day
- Don’t wait for an hour free in your agenda – make exercise and movement part of your daily routine with a morning core kick start – like the WakeUpWorkout which can be done in 15mins!
- Our bodies are built to work with nature – the combination of fibre, vitamins, nutrients, carbs, fats and proteins in plants and natural produce are not there by accident. It’s all designed to work in harmony. Strip them apart and you’re not getting the whole picture.
- Nothing beats fresh natural tastes from ingredients that are free from pesticides, freezers, shipping methods and come direct from local farmer to your local store/market. Explore “naturally delicious” as an idea and lay off anything packaged, processed, bottled or pre-made. Use fresh herbs to add flavour and extra punch to your dishes.
- Be body aware – think about your posture, pull your shoulder back, walk tall, sit tall and use your core all day – not just in the gym. Start USING your body rather than existing in it.
- Lead by example – avoid the word DIET and concentrate on preparing healthy fresh meals with less ingredients, involve your children in cooking on the weekends and get them excited about food by discovering a local farmers market. Look for healthy fresh options when ordering out for lunch or work events – and if you manage or lead a company then create a change for the better by encouraging fresh food in the office, healthy options for functions and fresh air sessions for your team.
In summary: Focus on fresh food, fresh air and a fresh perspective about fitness.
Living a healthy life should not be complicated. Start with the basics and you’ll be amazed at the results you get without turning your life upside down. Start with the above 8 points and see how you get on.
Health & Happiness