I planned to write about several things in our first newsletter of 2014. But instead, I boiled it all down to two things I’m using as my own “core matters” in 2014:
1. Simplicity, and
2. a proverb: Don’t be chased by your problems…Be led by your dreams.
If I had to give only one piece of advice for 2014, I’d say use common sense, especially when it comes to health and fitness, and use that common sense to keep it simple.
Everything is so complicated now. When I was 12, the only way to hold a ponytail was with a sticky rubber band–the kind that tore your hair when you removed it. Now, Target has an entire aisle of ponytail holders. Consumers now suffer from choice-fatigue. Too many choices exhaust consumers and they wind up walking away without making a purchase. The flip-side of that is buyers’ remorse.
The fitness industry is no different. Between the equipment, the diet plans, the apps, the articles and books, the commercials, the gym membership specials, my head is reeling and I’m not even in the market to buy.
The simple fact is our bodies are extremely complex, but the way they work physiologically and bio-mechanically is not complicated. We are built for pushing, pulling, lifting, hinging, squatting, and locomotion. We are made to fuel up with real, pure food and water. Our bodies and our health are the sum of what we eat + what we think + how we move.
That’s the simple science behind our physical structure. It’s real science. It’s fact.
So when you pick up a box in the grocery store and its ingredient list looks like a chemistry experiment, the choice is simple. If you see an ad for a pill to “melt” fat, or something to sprinkle on your french fries to “erase” fat, can that be true? Can a machine really take fat off one spot on the body? What does common sense say?
If you want to change your body composition (and your health!), then burn some fat and build some muscle and bone. Do resistance training followed by cardio. Within the hour, refuel with carbs and protein. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. It’s that simple.
To accomplish your health and fitness goals, set 2 of them: one for 90 days, and one for 10 years from now. In other words, what kind of health and body do you want to have in 10 years? And what are the things you can do in the next 90 days that both honor the way your body works and get you on that path? That way, every time you’re faced with a confusing decision about what to buy, eat, do, you can hold it up next to the simple facts and see if it fits or not. If it does, great! if not, step away, put it down, move on. Use facts to plan your route, and be led by your dreams!
We keep it simple at CoreMatters. Our nutrition plan is easy–we don’t starve, or count calories, or weigh food. Our workouts are efficient and comprehensive. Our support is genuine and unlimited. If you’re looking for “simple” in 2014, give us a call. We’re private. We’re focused. But we’re small.