How to achieve a healthy, fit, strong body? It really boils down to two things. Any guesses?
You’re going to hate me when I say it.
And….now you’re probably all reacting like this.
Well, I’m not here to try to make it like this is brand new information. Instead, I want to tell you the two main components I focused on for each of those aspects…and two products I personally love and support that help make it all a little easier.
My #1 Focus in DIET: Eating REAL food in proper portions.
I make it a point to eat as wholesome and natural foods as possible as often as possible. I know that foods with a ton of ingredients have a much higher chance at affecting my body’s system. Whenever I fill up on processed things, I notice a drastic difference. I retain a lot more water and have a harder time controlling my appetite to fit my body’s needs. I get crazy cravings and end up eating too much too easily.
I always eat foods that I love and enjoy…but I do my best to find options that include wholesome ingredients.
Oatmeal with fruit and natural peanut butter for breakfast. Eggs, salads with fresh veggies, beans, sweet potatoes, fresh fruit, cheeses, etc for lunches. Whole grain pastas or quinoa, vegetables, lean protein sources, etc for dinners. Even my snacks feature natural foods.
You can find healthy, natural options that taste delicious out there. I love LARABAR for that reason – simple, natural, minimal ingredients in an extremely delicious and portable bar. They have a variety of flavors (including chocolate ones that will give my sweet tooth a run for its money). They don’t leave me bloated with a bunch of artificial sweeteners…and they don’t crash my energy with added soy (something that I realized effected me poorly with my thyroid). Yep, I LOVE them! They are even a staple part of my go-to fuel before runs.
Which brings me to the SECOND part of that healthy body. The exercise.
My #1 Focus in EXERCISE: Continuously challenging my body in new ways.
You have to move it or lose it, but you also have to challenge your body in new ways and work the entire system. You can’t complete the same workout day after day after day after day after day. You can’t sporadically get active and expect any real changes. Keep it fun…but keep moving. And keep it effective.
I started running. I now incorporate different styles of workouts so my running can continue to improve. I don’t just run. I strength train. I constantly change up the moves, switch up the tempos, vary the style of weight training, and more. I work my stabilization. I work on strength endurance. I work on power. I mix it up. I also believe in cross training (hence my training plan change) and flexibility training. I try to always remain open to different workouts.
One new method of training that I originally thought wouldn’t be much of a workout, but have incorporated their methods regularly since first trying it, is Physique 57’s training methods. I regularly cross train using their DVDs and now can add various moves in any of my own workouts.
They Physique 57 Solution is a book that includes a TON of explanations and photo demos of many of the workout’s famous moves. The lower body section features many that work those all too important gluteus medius and minimus muscles that runners tend to overlook. The core section never fails to leave my abs begging for mercy. In addition to all of the great exercises, I can get behind the entire plan of the book.
Guess what it discusses?
Eat real food. Be consistent with activity. Then, it gives you a game plan with workout and meal plans, recipes, important facts and statistics about the lifestyle changes recommended in the book. I think Physique 57 offers quality information that both novice exercisers can use…and those looking for a new challenge.
Diet and Exercise. It’s not new news. A lot of factors go into both. But I know I always appreciate when I find products that make it a little easier to accomplish and love to share them with all of you.
What is your #1 focus in diet? And in exercise? Any products/brands/programs that you LOVE in each category? Share in the comments!
A huge THANK YOU to both LARABAR and Physique 57 for contributing prizes for this week’s Best Body Bootcamp! One winner will receive a variety box of LARABARs and a copy of The Physique 57 Solution. Follow both!
- LARABAR on Twitter and Facebook (special “Be Your Best” Sweeps going on now!)
- Physique 57 on Twitter and Facebook
BEST BODY BOOTCAMP WEEK #1 WINNER: Congrats to Donna M for winning the breakfast prize pack from Coach’s Oats. I know you will love their delicious oatmeal for breakfast!