Ways to focus on your health and fitness that don’t suck!

There’s no shortage of information in the world of health and fitness. It can get so confusing when all that you want is simple, proven principles that actually work so you don’t have to waste time or money without getting results.

Here are five simple ways to get results:

1) Eat mostly real, unprocessed foods

Consuming plenty of plant-based foods (e.g., fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains). Other great foods include dairy, eggs, poultry, meat, and seafood.

2) Move often in ways you enjoy

Don’t underestimate the value of doing something you actually like to do. Take a group fitness class, go hiking, start learning karate, or anything that sounds fun to you and gets you moving. Do something everyday, even if it’s just taking your dog for a 20 minute walk.

3) Strength train 2 – 4 days per week

This is according to your preferences and time availability. Whether you want to lift heavy barbells at the local gym two or three days per week or work out at home with bodyweight exercises; do what works for you. Improve your performance a little each time you repeat a workout.

4) Get enough sleep

Sufficient quality sleep is important and has been shown to help aid fat loss, improve cognitive function, and a provide a host of other benefits.

5) If you make a mistake, or even fail completely, don’t beat yourself up

There will be days you miss a workout. There will be days you don’t eat well. There will be days you don’t get much sleep. When these days happen, be kind to yourself and then move on and do something positive when possible.

It’s not about trying to be perfect. It’s about what you do most of the time over a long period of time.