Confused By Fitness Rules? Here’s 2 Simple Health Tips

CoachMel Exercise, Healthy Eating 8 Comments

Do you feel, as I do, that health and fitness are often made to seem too complex?

It’s something that really irks me!

I’m sure I’ve said it here before, but it’s as if people refuse to be content with the simple message of healthy eating. To some, fad diets are the only way… which unfortunately isn’t helped by mainstream media.

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If you read lots of health blogs and magazines, you’ll be well aware of the confusing mix of advice, it’s enough to put your head in a spin.

One crowd will tell you not to eat carbs. Another will tell you raw is the only way.

Yet another group will say eggs, butter and sausages should be the mainstay of your diet.

Then they’ll say running is good for you. Oh wait… no, it’s bad for your knees!

Actually, weight lifting is the best way to get into shape.

And, don’t even start me on the exact proportions of your pre and post workout meals!

On and on it goes…

One things for sure, all this confusion certainly doesn’t inspire me to change my habits. In fact, it’s more likely to make me give up at the first whiff of uncertainty.

The good news is however, fitness doesn’t have to be a big complex deal.

Here are 2 simple rules, to make your life easier, healthier, and more stress free than ever:

#1 Eat a moderate amount of whole foods most of the time.

#2 Move your body regularly.

Isn’t that simple?

I think that’s pretty inspiring, if I do say so myself! 🙂

Surely this helps you to see getting healthier isn’t completely, utterly and totally out of your reach?

I certainly believe if we could stick to these two rules, we’d see a vast improvement in our health.

Make it your goal to do both most days of the week, and you’re well on your way.

  • Try to eat whole foods most of the time, that are as close to their natural state as possible.
  • This means a diet of processed junk food it out!
  • Your diet should focus mainly on vegetables, fruits, fish, lean meats, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Cooking at home most of the time will also help. Convenience foods are a no-go area in my book! Make it yourself, for a cheaper, far tastier and healthier meal.
  • Also, stop eating so much! Reduce your portions and you’ll feel so much better.
  • Try to do some kind of physical activity most days of the week, whether it’s dancing, housework, yard work, hiking, biking, whatever.
  • Just make your workout vigorous enough to get your heart rate up, and you’ll be doing something good.
  • Oh and enjoy yourself, if you possibly can! 😉

So you see, it really is possible to be fit and healthy without the need for confusion, or silly diet plans.

Please share… what are your simple health tips?

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Comments 8

  1. Cathy in NZ

    But if you want to try some ‘fad’ weight loss – just be mindful it might not work; it might be quite expensive; you might not really like the good/ideas that it suggest; it might actually be bad for you/personally…

    I am with Melanie, especially portion control

    But also I am just mindful that on some occasions I eat over that so I just tailor the rest of the days meals within it…or the next day I get back on my personal ‘healthy eating plan’
    .-= Cathy in NZ´s last blog ..Absolute frustration! =-.

  2. Julie

    Great advice, one of my simple health tips is: learn to cook for yourself! That way you know exactly what is going into your food and have complete control over what you eat.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Training Outdoors Ruined By Fees? =-.

      1. Julie

        Hello Melanie,

        Now this may sound odd, but I find another benefit of cooking is that it’s relaxing 🙂
        .-= Julie´s last blog ..Diet Bars Are Not The Solution =-.

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