Skip the Fads, Stick to the Principles

Eat a low fat diet. No, eat low carb.

Eat several small meals throughout the day. Actually, only eat in a 6 hour window.

Do lots of cardio. Do less cardio, more high intensity intervals.

Light weights and high reps build the most muscle. Heavy weights and low reps build the most muscle.

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t feel bad about it! Fitness advice is often puzzling. It’s a $30 billion dollar industry filled with both professionals who are trying to help and pseudo scientists looking to make a quick buck. For the average person, it’s hard to tell when someone’s recommendation is coming from an area of expertise or from someone who is looking to sell the next fad.

So, how do you go about telling the difference? Unless you want to spend years studying, the simple answer is, you don’t. Avoid getting caught up in the endless details the fitness industry tries to sell you. Instead, stick to the principles that all experts agree are important:

  • Get several hours of uninterrupted sleep each night

  • Find ways to effectively manage stress

  • Get daily sunlight

  • Eat a variety of vegetables

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Avoid processed, sugary, junk food

  • Exercise - any form of safe resistance and aerobic training

Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated. Be weary of the gurus who make you think it is. Stick to the fundamentals and you will live with vitality.