Five Principles For A Healthy Body
After almost a decade of working out vigorously, it’s time to reflect.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Trust me on this — being a bodybuilder for a while — the beauty is in staying healthy in the long term.
1. Get your steps in — it’s so easy
Just get out of the house for a walk. Especially during these unprecedented times, we’re spending so much more time inside the house and are barely making up for the lack of movement.
Start small, don’t aim for that ambiguous goal of 10.000 steps a day if your current activity is far from that. Try to aim for an increase of approximately 20% every week.
2. Don’t overcomplicate things
Looking for fancy pilates classes, complex yoga movements, or extensive 90-day programs to get back in shape?
Let’s start small and simple — 1 or 2 bodyweight workouts with some basic weights will already make a huge difference. Give your body some time to adjust to your new routine. After that, gradually build up a routine of 3 or 4 workouts a day. The power of incremental gains will be huge.
3. Don’t beat yourself up for the things you did or didn’t do
You ate that cookie or you did miss that workout? No need to stress out and drop it all at once. Let’s hear this, you’re driving to your destination, but unfortunately, you missed the exit. What do you do? Do you stubbornly continue or do you acknowledge your mistake and look for a solution? I’m pretty sure you will do the latter.
One of the most underestimated and forgotten principles of them all. You and your body will be so happy if you will take your sleep seriously. Aim for 7–9 hours of quality sleep, minimize the usage of devices before bedtime, and make sure to drink some water when you wake up. And oh yes, don’t forget to make your bed in the morning — this will fuel your day.
5. Celebrate success
Completed that third workout of the week? Stayed within the preferred range of calories for the day? Had a week of good sleep?
Celebrate that sh*t!
Life’s too short to only focus on productivity and getting things done. Be proud of yourself whenever you achieve your goal — celebrate for 24 hours and focus your attention and energy on your next goal. It’s all about building momentum and not about speed.
Just think of the story of the turtle and the hare and decide which one you want to be.