Monday, July 14, 2014

Motivated Monday - My Best Fit Tips!

Fitness shouldn't be so complicated! Go on any website, especially any social media site, and you'll find about a million different opinions on what you should do, must do, must never do, can't do, and shouldn't do when it comes to getting healthy. The fact is, there is no one size fits all fitness solution. That's why often you're friend will have great success with one diet plan while you can't stick to it for more than a day. Or why you're friend may have gotten ripped doing CrossFit but all you got was injured. There are however a few things that I think apply to everyone and today, I am going to share them.

1) Listen to your body! This applies both to working out and how you eat. If something hurts, not the discomfort that comes from pushing yourself but actually hurts, don't do it, no matter who says you should! If eating dairy makes you feel sick, you don't need a lactose intolerance diagnosis that tells you not to eat dairy, just listen to your body.

2) Educate yourself before doing anything big. If you're friend swears by going vegan but you're an every day meat eater, you should ask yourself if changing your diet is the right thing to do. Educate yourself on why people go vegan, why others eat paleo, or gluten free, or dairy free, or follow iifym (if it fits your macros) or 80/10/10 (that's the fruit based, raw diet - 80% carbs, 10% fat, 10% protein) and any other diet (diet meaning way of eating not weight loss plan). Just because something works for one person doesn't make it right for you. That's true of exercise too and the best way to make sure you're doing what's best for your body is to educate yourself!

3) Find an exercise you like. Look, everyone, I mean everyone, needs to move! Our bodies were meant to move and sweat, not sit and watch TV. But if you hate running, why do it? Why not walk, or try yoga, or CrossFit, or Pilates, or weight training or whatever else appeals to you? You won't stick with what you don't like! And for some, exercise isn't something they go out and do so much as incorporate into their daily lives. When I lived in Toronto, I used to walk the 45-60 minutes walk home and on those days, I didn't always hit the gym - no need too, I had fit exercise into the things I had to do that day anyway (in this case, get home from work!)

That's it! Those are pretty much the only fitness/health tips that I think apply to absolutely everyone. Everything else needs to be really catered to the individual and you shouldn't worry about what everyone else is doing - do only what works for you!

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