The Big Secret

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I want to confess something 

 

The secrets to living a healthy life have been pretty much nailed down since before anyone reading this was born. In a time when disruptive innovation is changing the way we do just about everything, some people just plain lose sight of how simple life can be.

 

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Before you come after me for downplaying the last 50 years of biomedical  innovation, let’s review what health authorities have had to say about this over the last 3,000 years:

 

[Healthy people eat a variety of good food and move around often]

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Ancient Civilizations from India to Asia

Hippocrates (c 460–370BCE)  [remarked] “eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise”.

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-The Lancet

 “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Michael Pollan2014

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“Michael Pollan at TED” by Pierre Omidyar

For all that we’ve learned about how different factors improve health, the core ideas have remained startlingly consistent. Whether you like it or not, the numbers on the scale, the sizes of your clothes, your body fat % – none of that changes the importance of taking good care of yourself, day-in and day-out, for as much of your life as possible.

 Why does this matter to me?

Fitness is one of those terrifying tasks that never seem to get easier. The more you learn, the less it all makes sense and somehow everyone on the internet has six-pack abs.

Take a look at the comments on any major article on nutrition – people are desperate, sad, and angry about their inability to lose weight while preventable chronic disease kills more people than anything else.

Transforming your body is hard, and there are many reasons to do it – but I want my stance to be clear: You don’t need me, or anyone else’s help to protect your health.

However your life unfolds, if you can only:

  1. Avoid (or quit) smoking cigarettes
  2. Eat several vegetables a day
  3. Move around throughout the day

You’ll be better off than most Americans.

 

When you’re trying to change your life, never lose sight of the difference between taking care of yourself and chasing those goals. Whether or not you end up with 6-pack abs, the journey is what really matters.

Next one will be more concrete I promise, If you read this far then let me know about your experience with dead ends and setbacks in your life and training in the comment section!

-Mike

This article was written by Michael Chronley, CSCS, Fitness & Nutrition Advisor.

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Paula Lee
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My husband, who sees life more simply than I, often tries to direct my attention from reading and searching into doing. “The whole world knows how to lose weight, he says, “and people make money telling them what they already know”.

Josh
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“Fitness is one of those terrifying tasks that never seem to get easier. The more you learn, the less it all makes sense and somehow everyone on the internet has six-pack abs.”

Never were truer words ever spoken.

I really liked this quick read and the sentiment behind it, Mike. Thank you very much.

ZD
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I am excited to read your future articles bud, keep up the good work!

On a side note. Can you please do one on the Skinny Fat body type? The proper diet planning and exercise strategy required for this unique body type? Thank you, your work is much appreciated

Jayne
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Yup … still researching what I already know :) I like your simple and up-front approach so I’ll keep trying!

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