Did you know you could be eating well and exercising and still be unhealthy? My approach to being healthy is about so much more than just exercising and eating well. You could be eating so clean, exercising five times per week but at the same time have an extremely stressful job that you hate, be sleep deprived cashing in on under six hours of shut eye per night, have a negative outlook on life and yourself and rarely take time to do things that you love or spend time with the kids. Can you see where I'm going with this?
There was one stage of my life when I first started practicing personal training that I believed if you exercised to your limits and ate healthy everyday that that was it. That was all that really mattered. Sleep deprivation, being over worked and stressed wasn't something I considered because up until that point my body could deal with those things. But from experience and first hand lessons I changed my entire perspective and approach to health and fitness.
A fair few years ago now when I was new to the industry I was surrounded with other trainers and mentors that took health and fitness from a very aesthetic approach which ment training til absolute exaughstion, flogging yourself every single training session, cutting out certain food groups, counting calories and weighing food. I was working really long hours waking up at 4am everyday to do an hour of fasted cardio five days per week. My working day would end at 8pm which I would squeeze in another weight training session in on my lunch break. Imagine that. That is the meaning of insanity. All the while I was certain this was being healthy was. How wrong was I.
My body did not last long on this routine of self destruction I was on. I burnt out. I pushed my body and mind to the absolute limit and it gave up on me. Worst and most challenging experience of my life to come back from that but I believe it was a part of my journey to become a better and smarter health professional. What I teach now is so far from what I did when I first entered the industry. I teach my clients how to have a healthier and fitter lifestyle which is key. You can not be performing and functioning at an optimal level if something in your life is off.
So my approach to health and fitness includes the following;
Moderate exercise.High intensity with days in between allowing rest and recovery. Exercise that is specific to your goals not a program that you read out of a cosmo magazine which will give you J-Lo's butt.
Listening to your body every session and adjusting your intensity. Women especially are more sensitive to this due to monthly cycles. Get to know your body and know when you need to rest.
Eating good food
I don't believe in dieting at all. What I do believe is eating good quality food. Including meats, poultry, dairy (if not allergic), fruits, wholewheat grains (if not allergic), seeds, nuts and lots of vegetables. Limiting alcohol, deep fried food, sugar and preservative riddled foods.
Allowing yourself to indulge every now and then helps to create balance. Eating regularly, every 3 hours. When you eat whole meals with good quality ingredients you will naturally eat smaller portions as you are giving your body the nutrients it needs. Eat poor quality food with little nutritional value and you will binge and over eat as your body is starving, starving for nutrition.
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Try to sleep before 10:30pm every night. make eight hours your minimum. If you have problems getting to sleep try limiting caffeine after 12pm, turn off your computer a few hours before bed time, exercise in the morning if you generally feel wired after exercise, limit sugar before bed, meditate to clear your mind if you are feeling stressed.
Start saying no
Start saying no to things you do not wish to do. Change your job if you aren't happy or if it is causing you stress. Get rid of people or things that cause unnecessary stress in your life. Being happy is a choice you make everyday and there is always something you can do everyday to change and make your situation better. You are the creator of your own limiting beliefs in your head. Positive mind set is what I believe to be a part of being healthy and happy.