By Peter San Nicolas
With so many exercise options, diet plans and fitness fads available to you, it can be confusing which route to take. From infomercials touting rock hard abs in just three minutes a day to CrossFit and Latin dance cardio like Zumba, or the traditional gym workout — the options are endless.
What works, what’s safe, and what’s effective? The answer is what’s the goal, and it depends.
Rather than cast my opinion on any of the aforementioned modes of movement, I’d like to give you a formula for fitness success that always has and always will work.
MOVE MORE + EAT BETTER = HEALTHIER YOU!
Movement is key to life. Lift stuff up and put it down, move quick enough to get the heart pumping, move to stretch the muscles, move in all directions, slow your movement down at times to slow down your mind and meditate on life. If weight loss is a goal, the more you move the more you burn!
Diet this, no carb that, cabbage soup and medically supervised fasting. Huh? Where along the lines of our human history did we forget how to eat and what to eat? Eat from a variety of food groups, plenty of vegetables, fruits are good, quality meats, easy on the super sweet and super salty.
Yes, you need some carbohydrates, but unless you’re getting ready to run a marathon, that 300 gram carb starch fest before bed is not necessary. Oh, yeah, don’t eat until your pants need to be unbuttoned!
Given that weight loss goal, when you eat less than you burn, you lose weight.
I think we’ve gotten distracted with marketing and gimmicks and quick fixes that we have lost our way. Don’t seek out the latest fad program or diet. Use common sense when it comes to both eating and moving.
Move more, eat better, live healthier.
The great news is that we have a variety of options. The bad news is — we have a variety of options. If you need help or direction and motivation, seek it out. I can help. Be proactive and take charge of your health and get Back to Basics.
Good luck and check out my website, www.ramonastrainer.com, for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you, only better.
Peter San Nicolas is certified CrossFit trainer and golf fitness professional.