We may have not known it at the time but most of us grew up with the best personal trainer we'll ever have: MOM! She dispensed health and fitness wisdom freely (and probably unknowingly) throughout our formative years. However, if, like most kids, you let mom's wisdom go in one ear and out the other, here is a recap of the five most useful fitness tips from mom.
Eat your vegetables.
This one is obviously spot on. Most of us don't eat nearly enough vegetables and, if we do, it's usually the same ones over and over again. Increasing consumption of a variety of vegetables will insure that you get a variety of micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals) and photochemicals and flavonoids that we don't even begin to understand the importance of.
The other benefit is that when we fill up on vegetables, we won't have room for all of the other stuff that throws our diet out of whack...you know, ice cream, chips, cookies, etc.
Act your age.
Mom usually said this when you were acting childish. We're saying it to remind you that age is nothing but a number. Despite all the messages that we have that your health and fitness decline as you get older. We've seen over and over again, mature athletes get in the best shape of their lives in the 40s, 50s or older. Yes, act your age. Just know that does not mean accept poor health, lack of mobility or loss of strength as inevitable.
I don't care who started it.
Any little tussle (and there were a lot of them) between my brother and me brought out this one. The point is don't blame your situation on someone else. Respond, don't react to the stress in your life.
Getting in trouble with the boss, for example, isn't fun but don't lay blame where it doesn't belong. Own your part of it and find a solution.
Same thing with your health and fitness. If you are not happy with how you feel or how you look don't blame your circumstances. Take control and find a solution which leads me to....
"I don't know" is not an answer.
We like to establish solid goals with our clients but often when we ask about goals we hear: "I don't know. I just want to be healthy." But without a clear idea of what "healthy" means and an emotional connection to that goal, getting there is not likely. I take that back, it's impossible.
Know what you are trying to achieve with your training. Have a detailed vision of how you'll look, feel, what you'll be able to do. Believe in it and make a plan to get there.
Because I said so. That's why.
We encourage our clients to ask lots of questions, to understand the why of our training, recovery and nutrition advice. We want them to be able to make informed decisions for themselves. But there comes a time when action trumps knowledge. Waiting until you have all the answers before you take action leads to inaction.
Seek out advice from an expert. Take action. Stick with the program.
Knowledge is important but when it comes to your health and fitness, action is queen.