My top ten guidelines for living a happy and healthy life:
- Eat enough in the way of nutrition to fuel your body. Do NOT eat less than 1200 calories a day, even on a rest day! If you work out, eat more.
- Have your meals composed of vegetables, fruits, healthy carbs like brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, and whole grains, plus healthy fats in moderation such as nuts, seeds, and avocado. Find your ideal macro ratio of carbs to protein to fats and stick with it. Do NOT do low carb diets as a long-term plan, especially if you are very active! Your body requires carbs for fuel.
- Avoid processed and fried foods and refined and artificial sugar.
- Drink plenty of water. Divide your weight in half and that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking. A 140 lb person should be drinking 70 ounces of water daily.
- Don’t overtrain with lengthy, repetitive workouts. a) your body is smart and it’ll adapt, causing the workout to become ineffective and b) runs the risk of injury and stress to the body. Length does not make strength.
- Form over quantity for reps and workouts in general for similar reasons as #4.
- Be consistent in your approach to fitness, and don’t give up!
- Log everything, including food and workouts. Figure out what works and what doesn’t. Find trends both positive and negative. Pay attention to your body and your moods.
- Get enough sleep! Your body needs the downtime, especially with the stress your workouts will put on your body.
- Take rest days to avoid overtraining. See #9.
No pill, trendy diet, or special steps are needed; it’s really this simple. Do these things, and no matter what your fitness goals are I can guarantee that you will reach them in the long run!