Tom Nikkola, CSCS, CISSN, Pn1 recently shared a blog with the above title. If you are like me, you appreciate Cliff notes, so here they are, short ‘n sweet:
- You’re probably not a high school athlete anymore.
Be sensible, ‘nuff said.
- Your body will change when you challenge it, not when you punish it.
One of my favorite quotes is, “You can’t expect 100% results with 50% of the effort.” Training is like life, you get out of it what you put into it.
- Exercise is just a stimulus. Nutrition and sleep are what actually change your body.
Train to change your body, then fuel and recover (sleep) properly to allow your body and hormones to do their thing.
- Sometimes, doing an exercise wrong is worse than not doing it at all.
I’ve been certified for over 20 years, but will be first to admit I don’t know it all and I love to learn new ways to train and/or a better way. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Keep learning & sharpen the saw.
- The sauna and steam room can help you recover faster.
Heat speeds recovery, lowers oxidation, increases growth hormone, and is detoxifying. Plus, it makes your body inhospitable to unwelcomed bacteria and viruses.
- Nutrition and supplementation can lessen the muscle soreness.
This subject alone could be a year’s worth of blogs. Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food. If you do supplement, consider curcumin and/or coconut oil.
- You don’t have to be a runner, but you should view the process of getting fit as a marathon, and not a sprint.
You didn’t get where you are overnight, so don’t expect overnight results. One bad meal won’t make you fat—on the other hand, one week of workouts & healthier eating won’t make you fit.
Until next time, live strong. Be fit. Laugh often. And smile.
What have you got to gain?
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