In my experience as a trainer I have come to realize that the body and mind need more than a quick fix when it comes to meeting goals. Today’s fast paced lives mixed with a distinct lack of physical movement for long periods highlights how the body cannot cope with stress, whether that be physical, emotional, electromagnetic, nutritional, or chemical stress.
Living in a society of convenience, almost everything is so easily accessible in the 21st century, most of the time we simply just click a button. With a heavy demand on the health service, I fear people aren't working as hard on taking responsibility for their health as much as they may on material things in life.
If you log onto any news website there is a high chance that there will be a report/article about the health service, being unable to cope and desperately needing more funds. My personal feeling is we have the wrong idea on nutrition and opt for convenience when and where possible, mixed with endless hours of being sat down and less moving of the body a pattern of poor health begins, not only in the body but also the mind. The mind becomes unhealthy and lazy, energy levels deplete and it becomes a viscous cycle leading onto the break down of the immune system. Examples of convenience aren't hard to spot:
We drive 300 yards to the shop
Hundreds of millions of people rely on a pill for the answer, to fix aching joints, headaches, indigestion.
The problem in society is we are too heavily reliant on the system and less reliant on looking after our health.
Treats the cause not the symptom!
What is it you really want to achieve when you come to the gym. What is your purpose!? There should be a concrete purpose to the 'why' in order to stay fit and healthy. Simply gaining losing a few kilos or gaining some muscle aren't enough if you want a healthy lifestyle. What if you reach the goal of losing weight but aren't sleeping, or you're stressed, or you cannot move or balance properly.
Is there a point in losing a few kilos, going away on holiday, only to find the weight is back on when you get back?. On the face of it people just think about losing weight for the short term goal, it doesn't matter how, and this usually consists of cutting 'calories'. The Fit-Sick Trainer/Gym Goer relies on calorie counting as it is the common consensus that this is just right, however this is also dangerous, much like the low fat craze which, again the common public adhere to. If you starve the body of calories and you work out, the body will only decline into a tired mess over time and lead to burnout, creating a Yo-Yo effect in losing and then gaining weight, but the Fit-Sick Trainer/Gym Goer doesn't care about this, as long as they fit into their speedos for their upcoming holiday they don't care.
In the age of social media I believe too many people in the gym/fitness realm are misinformed about health and are driven by Ego. I don't claim to know everything but I know my parents, and their parents never cut calories, they just ate real food and moved their bodies. Is that really too difficult to do these days? The body knows nothing of numbers, it just needs nutrition. So never take advise from a Fit-Sick Trainer/Gym goer, look inside and listen to yourself first.
Pictured here are a few of the superfoods I like to use on a daily basis. The need for a strong immune system is important to me, and the fight against free radicals and the ageing process is also something that determines my reasons for using them. I believe the items pictured help greatly.
Astaxanthin is one of the most potent vitamins available, it also helps with post muscle workout soreness.
Apothe tart cherry juice is what I add to my water in the early evening, and cherries are one of the most nutrient dense foods, I would also recommend it for people who sleep poorly.
MAP Master Amino Acid Pattern is a vegetarian protein which I take pre and post workout. MAP helps keep my body firm and also assists in the recovery of tired muscles.
Also pictured is 'Me' drinking one of my daily green shakes. They are usually made up of Kale, Avocado, Coconut Oil, Spinach, and either Chlorella, Wheatgrass, or Spirulina (I highly recommend a book called 'The Green Foods Bible' by David Sandoval, if you want to study more on the power of green foods)
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