Most of the time, great health is found in the simple unsexy stuff: Sleep, hydration, high food quality, managing stress, daily movement, and consistency
Not in some secret advanced lifting protocol or the latest diet fad
If you want to find great health, get obsessed with the basics and stop overcomplicating it!
Let’s unpack this a little more with a little overview of each area:
Sleep: It’s advised that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night- How has your sleep been going?
Hydration: 6 to 8 cups of fluid a day
High-quality food: these include minimally processed foods such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy sources of protein
Managing stress: Stress without a doubt is one of the biggest factors to consider. Stress literally impacts every process the body does. As well as this it often causes emotional eating and a lack of motivation or energy to exercise and maintain healthy behaviors. Without a doubt, meaning stress can mean a longer, happier, and healthier life. Check out this article for some more ideas https://adaptivestrength.com.au/cant-lose-weight-why-managing-your-stress-helps-with-fat-loss/
Daily Movement: the current physical activity guidelines recommend 150-300mins per week of moderate-intensity aerobic work (Walking counts) and resistance training of all major muscles groups 2 more days per week- Breaking that down means at least 20mins of walking every day and 2 more resistance based sessions a week. unfortunately, only 23% of Australians meet this recommended guideline so at this stage I don;t mind what you do just do something it’s definitely better than nothing! It helps to find something you enjoy
Consistency: this is definitely the hard part for us all. I would suggest we all have a world of information at our fingertips and all have some idea of what we should do- but are you actually doing it? Are you living it each week? As at the end of the day that’s what really matters. Consistency is often the missing piece of the puzzle. How can you prioritize and add appropriate measures to keep yourself consistent, accountable, and ideally have some fun in the process?
Before worrying about the fancy stuff focus and be consistent with the basics first. I know it doesn’t sound sexy and won’t sell millions of copies but if you own the basic’s you’ll be the one laughing last! I’m sure you heard it before but are you actually living it?