Here’s a first challenge, for all of us

Sitting, Movement

Let’s go from this…

Part of what I am trying to do with my “spare” time is help people become more fit, and ultimately healthy, through No-brainer Fitness and some coaching for Team in Training. (Full disclosure: I have a full-time job unrelated to fitness, am very happily married to a wonderful woman, and travel quite a bit between Montreal and Boston, so “spare” time is what it is.)

But what does it mean, really, to help people become more fit, and how can I hope to achieve that?

Well, one of the mechanisms I have set up is what I call “No-brainer Fitness E”, where the E stands for Everyday.

In a nutshell, it is a service I offer to develop some good habits in terms of exercise, and reduce the bad habits in terms of diet and lifestyle. Among other things.

Today, instead of explaining more about No-brainer Fitness E (feel free to check out the page), let me give you a first challenge, very much along the lines of what subscribers would get (for a ridiculously low price, I might add, and stop the marketing pitch at that):

Daily Exercise Challenge: Pick a moment, other than your usual lunch time, in the middle of your busy day, and go for a 10 minutes walk. Preferably outside, preferably brisk, but the key thing is to move. (With the E service, you would not get to pick the moment, but receive a notification to do it, right now, or postpone by at most x minutes. And the challenge would be different on each day.)

Weekly Diet Challenge: Pick a day, any day of this week, and make sure you eat only food you have prepared yourself from base ingredients. No restaurant, no prepared food bought at grocery stores, etc. (As this requires some planning to have ingredients handy and some food for a lunch, it is a weekly challenge that you get notified of on Sunday so can prepare for it.)

Weekly Habits Challenge: On four of the seven days of this week, set 5 minutes aside to perform a simple meditation exercise, focusing only on your breathing. (Habits challenges are more repetitive, yet should demand very little time. But the benefits are real, well proven, and so the aim is to start forming new positive habits.)

Movement, Exercise, Everyday

…to this. Just not in a wooden way.

That’s it. Three simple challenges.

Can you do that?

Do you dare challenge yourself?

Do you dare challenge yourself everyday, and turn burgeoning habits into long-term behaviors?

It starts with simple actions, and it’s up to each and everyone of us.

Photos from Pixabay.

The Big Picture

Exercise, Fitness, Everyday

All together now…

So far, I’ve attempted to lay the foundations of what No-brainer Fitness is, and what my approach to fitness looks like.

As hinted at in another post on diet, in order to be healthy, there is a lot more you can (and should) do. But I have yet to provide a more complete recipe, a “big picture” of what I’m talking about.

There’s no time like the present, as they say. So here’s what a complete approach to the way you can maximize your odds of living a long, active life in which you thrive, not just survive:

  • Move, exercise, train, whatever you want to call it, regularly, daily, everyday, in a sustainable, balanced way. Don’t remain seated at any time for extended periods of time. Etc.
  • Eat a diet of real food, not too much of it, avoiding processed products, mostly but not exclusively from plants. Get rid of all NOT FOOD items.
  • Rest sufficiently, also on a daily basis. Yes, that means get enough sleep, no matter how much pressure you feel to do more in a day.
  • Get rid of counter-productive habits, in a health sense: smoking, drugs of all kinds to excess (yes, that means coffee and alcohol, too, though perhaps there we could agree to curb excesses, and enjoy reasonably).
  • Seek ways to better handle the stress of daily life. If you are exercising daily, you are already doing some good, but look also into a little meditation, spending quality time with loved ones, getting “back” to nature, etc. Some would call this looking after your social and spiritual sides. Call it what you want, but don’t neglect it…

There’s nothing revolutionary in there. You’ve probably heard that advice time and time again, from many different sources.

If it is old news, why aren’t we all more healthy, or as healthy as we want to be? Why aren’t we all fit and full of zest?

What we need to do, and it is an everyday thing also for me, is believe in the plan enough to actually do what needs to be done. We need to keep the end goal in sight at all times, and take small but repeated steps in the right direction. And be an example to those around you, without feeling the need to preach what you practice. As they watch you do, others will catch on, I guarantee it.

We have a recipe. The big picture is pretty clear. Over the weeks and months ahead, I will do my best to guide you through the details that make a big difference… (That’s me saying “stay tuned”!)

Photo from Pixabay.