I recently came across one of my favorite quotes, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” The truth of this statement is so paramount when it comes to improving the quality of your health and the way that you look. Without a clear goal, your chance of success is very slim.
Take the time to set a goal that is reflective of your deepest intrinsic motivator. It takes motivation to change habits, so don’t set a goal that you are not passionate about reaching. Think about what motivates you the most, and set your goals around that.
Spend the time and effort it takes to seek out quality information. Absorb the information and apply it to your day-to-day functioning. The effectiveness of the path you take will be determined by the quality of your knowledge and the passion you bring to the table in applying it.
The information available surrounding nutrition and exercise is virtually endless. Seek out high quality sources and brush aside low quality marketing manipulation schemes. If it seems too easy to be true, it is.
When it comes to nutrition, you want to look for a program that focuses on teaching you how to integrate organic, whole foods that align with your unique metabolism into your diet in the right quantities. Avoid programs that say you can be healthy and look the way you want by eating dead, boxed food in low-calorie form. Nourishing your body with real food is the key. You can be eating either high or low amounts of calories and still be malnourished.
Your exercise program should take into account the following factors:
(1) Are the exercises you are doing helping to balance you out structurally and leading you to your body composition goals at the same time? If not, you are not getting the most out of your potential and are on a path towards injury.
(2) Does your program have the right energetic balance for you in terms of work to recovery ratio? An overly fatigued system is not going to reap the rewards of the work you are putting in.
(3) Has your program been designed with an understanding of the different metabolic effects of resistance training v. traditional cardio training? If so, has your program design properly taken these factors into consideration when determining what will most efficiently lead you to your goals? Quality sources of information will be able to answer these questions for you. Steer clear of 6-minute abs or any of the other zillion infomercials.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com or leave a comment on one of my TRU Blog posts.
Craig A. Morgan is a N.A.S.M. Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist as well as a Certified Metabolic Typing Practitioner. His interests include golf, tennis, basketball, skiing, and cooking. Craig met David Zappasodi in 2001 at a fitness club in San Diego, where they both worked as personal trainers. They immediately saw in each other a mutual desire to help their fitness clients at the deepest level possible, and would often have long discussions about cutting edge health concepts, holistic approaches to exercise and nutrition, and the weaknesses that they saw in the fitness industry. In 2003, the two founded Integrated Health & Fitness in San Diego, California. The name that the company operates under was changed to TRU Health & Wellness in 2008. From the beginning, the company defined health in their own way, and the TRU definition of health is the foundation upon which all developments and growth have been built on.