Dec 04 2013

Information is good.  But too much can leave you confused.

Fitness is a topic many make more confusing than it really is.  There are magazines saying you ‘have’ to do this, then a so-called fitness guru says do that, a celebrity did this type of diet and workout, and your friends are telling you they heard this.

Confusing right.

Here are a few things to think about when trying to figure out what you want to do with this whole fitness thing.

Find out a physical activity you enjoy doing. I enjoy lifting weights, that’s my way of staying active and fit.  My wife enjoys learning tahitian and hula, and goes to her weekly yoga.  No matter how much I want her to lift weights, it’s not her thing.  Others enjoy hiking, surfing, or running.  My dad’s workout plan is working in the yard. The main idea is to enjoy what you are doing.

Now if you don’t like getting active or a bit sweaty – well then, you should find someone who will light a fire up your ass to get moving to live a stronger and healthier life.  What’s up? Maybe I could be of some service.

There is no easy fix. All those informercials promising  just 10 minutes a day will tone you up.  Pardon me but that’s complete bullshit.  You still have 23 hours and 50 minutes to screw it all up.  It makes no sense that 10 minutes can cancel out the rest of your day.  Think about it.

Trying to find the easiest and fastest way to achieve results can only bring frustration, discomfort, and may actually hurt you more than help you.  Remember, nothing great ever comes easy.

Stick to a plan. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  Same goes for fitness.  If your goal is to lose fat, figure out a plan and stick with it for at least 4 weeks.  I come across many people, especially guys, who want to start losing weight one week then when the next week comes around they want to bulk up.  Talk about running around like a chicken without a head.

Focus on a goal and stick with it.  Make sure you are tracking your progress.  If you are trying to get better at running, keep record of your run times.  If you are trying to get stronger, keep track of the weights you lift.  If you are trying to lose fat, no, don’t weigh yourself but instead take progress photos or pay attention to how your clothes are fitting you.

A photo my client sent to me on her walk

Keep it Simple

When I’m asked what I would recommend for someone who is trying to become more fit, I tell them go for a walk.

I truly believe when people make that decision to live a stronger and healthier life, going for a walk outside is the best thing you can do.  It doesn’t matter where you live: the city, jungle, snow, or beach.  Just get outside.

By being outside, it will invigorate your soul and motivate you to become more active.  When you walk, listen to music or a podcast.  If you are surrounded by nature, listen.

Today, go out for a 20 minute walk wherever you are and be eia, present. I promise you’ll feel better and you may even be inspired to not only start a Kū lifestyle, but also start your own project.

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