You Get Stronger
I love the concept of wellness. Why? It's so much more than working out and cooking good meals. Keeping up with my fitness challenges me, shows my weaknesses, reveals my strengths and affects the rest of my life. Eating well helps me feel better, allows my mind to function more smoothly and combined with consistent movement enables me to live a fuller, more vibrant life. But if you're reading this blog, you probably know that and believe that with me already.
I tuned in to a great webinar last night by Pat Flynn from Chronicles of Strength, who is a coach and writes a blog on "fitness minimalism." I love this concept and took a lot away from his webinar, including some thoughts on:
- how most people are effective but not efficient (or, conversely, efficient but not effective) in their workouts,
- incorporating metabolic conditioning, strength training and brisk walking into your routine, and
- why the theory that you *need* carbohydrates to gain muscle is a myth.
It was a great way to spend my time walking home and listening while grocery shopping and milling around the house. (Side note: I should listen to more podcasts and join more of these webinars!) I was thinking about how important wellness really is, and how we make it so complicated. There are so many mixed messages about what to eat and how to exercise that it can be hard to know what next step to take, and even more overwhelming to know where to start if you're new to changing your lifestyle.
But the good news is that even if this lifestyle, fitness and nutrition change is hard and won't necessarily get easier, you will get stronger! That's something you can hold onto. You can also put into place some practices that will make those transitions smoother.
Take nighttime snacking, for example. So many theories here (again), but here are two great articles - you'll likely fall into one of these camps - you might find helpful:
4 Ways to Stop Eating a Million Calories at Night via Jill Coleman.
1) Gain strength and confidence: Strength has a way of seeping into every facet of your life. Not to mention, being stronger leads to better confidence, and better confidence leads to adding a little more weight…and a little more weight yet. It’s a happy little cycle.
2) Ditch the “shoulds”: Experts espouse a reckless number of fitness and nutrition rules, many of them conflicting. Meaning, you couldn’t follow them all, even if you wanted to! What is right for one person isn’t right for another, and as long as you approach your health pursuits with an attitude of self-experimentation, you don’t have to play anyone else’s game.
3) Take a relentlessly fun approach to fitness: Enjoyment lies at the heart of any successful program, whether we’re talking fitness or food. Be willing to play and learn new skills, even if you feel awkward at first.
4) Discover what works for YOU: It always boils down to this. Keep what is useful, discard what is not.
Isn't that great? Strength & confidence; no more "shoulds," have fun and do what works for YOU... And that's where you need to start. Making changes in fitness and nutrition for the long-term, focusing on what works for you, simplifying the jargon and "extras," not beating yourself up for "missteps," and having fun along the way.
I loved this infographic on what to eat before, during and post-workout on Precision Nutrition's site recently too. Even though everyone fuels differently (and I'd never say that what works for me works for you or vice versa - see above!), but it might be helpful for you all the same.
Between these few sources of information, I'm feeling motivated going into the weekend and looking ahead! Although I know it's about the day in and day out (consistency, anyone?) and that I'm on the right track, but it's neat to be freshly inspired!
Who (or what) has inspired you lately?
And on another note, what are you up to this weekend? I'm getting my dreads worked on Friday after work (finally!) and am looking forward to some sunshine and kettlebell swings, among other things. 😉
Live well & be well friends,