All or Nothing
Do you have an all or nothing attitude when it come to diet and exercise? Josh helps squash the excuses and get you on track for a healthy lifestyle.
By Joshua Davis
One idea that has been a reoccurring “theme” with getting healthy through diet and exercise is the “all or none” mindset.
Either you are perfect in the pursuit of being fit and healthy: eating right at every meal, exercising daily, not taking time off, completing the wrong exercises at the wrong time and/or thinking that there is only one way to do it…my way.
Or you are dismissing all common sense when it comes to being fit and healthy: I can’t exercise today so my diet doesn’t really matter, I exercise every day so my diet can be “just ok”, I’m not exercising so why bother to eat well and vice versa, I get sore from exercise and I don’t like it so I’m not going to exercise. You can fill in your own excuse that you have used before.
There are hundreds of excuses not to exercise and eat well but none of them should prevent you from being healthy. Now I’m not saying that this pursuit is going to be easy or that your goals will be reached tomorrow or the next day. Life is just as short as it is long. If you find someone that eats “perfect” and “never” misses a workout, I’ll present to you a boring and narcissistic individual.
Throughout your pursuit of health and fitness keep in mind some basic rules and approaches:
- Balance is Control. Each and every decision should fit into the big picture. If you cheat on a meal or skip a training session, how will this be counter-balanced in the future? Will you cut calories on a future meal, increase your workout intensity or even add a workout somewhere? Every decision you make is like a puzzle piece and the pieces must fit together!
- Change is Good. Don’t get caught up in the muscle memory craze or even that you have to keep your body guessing in order to get continued results. Change is good because it keeps you mentally engaged. I mean, could you read the same book over and over and over? I didn’t think so, so why bore yourself with the same training method over and over. Switch up your health and fitness routine periodically to stay motivated.
- Slow Down! Taking a step back from the normal everyday buzz will do wonders for your body and mind. Get out and enjoy a physical activity YOU enjoy. You don’t have to be the best to participate and you do have the time and energy. The “I don’t have time or energy” excuse will not fly: that is unless you are 100% sure that you will live forever.
Fitness can be fun and exciting…the human body is capable of handling almost any stressor that you put on it. It has an amazing ability to recover from everyday abuse whether intended or not. When you take responsibility for your health, all of those stressors become insignificant in the pursuit of living a fit and healthy life.
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