After a tough 2009 for most of us, January 2010 is an ideal time to look into making positive changes in our lives, our health and our fitness for the upcoming year. Over the past year I have noticed that most people, even on the tightest of budgets, consistently prioritize their gym memberships, their workouts, and their supplements on their list of “must-haves”. But often their workouts or supplements are putting more stress on their bodies and minds than their jobs (or job searches).
In 2010, I challenge each of you to CHANGE the way you look at fitness, health and workouts. Start looking at your health and wellness as part of a much larger holistic program and the results you get from this CHANGE will not only lead you to the physical goals you have for your body, but also to a healthier and more content place in your life.
CHANGE your focus from your body’s output (number of hours working out, miles running, size of your biceps) to thinking more about what you put in your body and what you are giving back to your body. Upgrade the importance you place on giving your body good food including natural meats and animal products (hormone and anti-biotic free), organic fruits and vegetables.
Eliminate processed foods, fake foods (protein powders, bars) from your diet. Eliminate unnecessary inflammatory foods from your diet (including gluten, soy and alcohol). Set aside time to cook for yourself and others. It can be incredibly therapeutic. On a budget? Then CHANGE your priorities – trade a cup of Starbucks for free range meats, shop local farmer markets and co-ops, swap a night of expensive drinks at the bar for some organic produce.
CHANGE your workout focus from breaking your body down to programs that combine building muscle/strength with rebuilding your energy, your heart and your soul. With the stress of the working world today, don’t let your fitness program be just another stress on your body. Definitely keep your strength training in your routine! But instead of over training with weight workouts 6-7 days a week, try 4 days of strength training, 1 day of yoga or tai chi, 1 day of a new activity/sport (hike, bike, snow board, etc) you have always wanted to try.. and maybe try this new activity with friends or family.
I know this sounds like crazy talk for a lot of you, but do this, give it a try. I tell my clients to give me 4 weeks of trying something new. If the results are not what I say then you start back with what you are doing already. Give yourself a month of taking a more holistic view of your health and wellness. See what changes you find in your health, comfort, joints, posture, energy, happiness, strength, waistline. Trust me on this one, CHANGE can be good.