Keep it Simple…Sally. :)
I was in San Jose this weekend celebrating my sister-in-laws birthday. We got to talking about nutrition, fitness, healthy living, and how overwhelming it can seem. There is so much information out there now. We hear things in the news, our friends tell us “facts” they’ve heard, and then there are blogs (yes I know I’m one of them, but I’m trying to be your “sane” voice), pinterest, reddit, facebook, twitter… dare I go on? We are bombarded with information, and instead of leading us closer to the truth it leads us deeper into confusion. So as you are currently surrounded by all the New Years health and fitness hoopla that is going on right now, I want you to remember to Keep It Simple.
Humans have a great capacity for over-complicating… everything. We always tend to think that if it’s more complicated, then it must be better. But when it comes to all aspects of life, simplicity is key. The easier it is to understand, the easier it is to actually put it into action.
Take nutrition for example:
Stop counting calories
Stop trying to find the “good” foods and “bad” foods
Stop setting your watch for when you need to eat
Start eating when you are hungry, and stopping when you are full
Start eating real, whole foods (veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs, meats, dairy, whole grains)
Start drinking water… and lots of it
That’s it. It’s not hard. It’s not complicated. Eat FOOD when you are hungry. That’s it.
Now simple doesn’t mean easy. When we are wired to eat when we are tired, lonely, angry, upset and we are used to eating a bunch of processed, refined crap… then no, it won’t be easy. But, knowing what to do does not have to be hard. Keeping it as simple as possible will lead to your greatest chance of success.
Now, as for exercise
Find something you like… and do it, often.
That’s it. If you are into sports- then play your sport. If you like running, run. If you like walking, walk. If you like lifting weights, doing crossfit, yoga, swimming, biking, zumba, pilates; it doesn’t matter what it is. When it really comes down to it, very few of us are striving to be body builders, and very few of us plan to be models. So the best thing for you to do is move. How you move doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that you move, and move often.
How often?… I knew you’d ask that. 🙂 As much as possible. Your body is meant to be in motion, so the more you move the better. Yes, rest days are important if you are really pushing your body hard . But that doesn’t mean you sit on your couch watching 7 episodes of Walking Dead in a row eating bon-bons (I may have done that once or twice…). Rest days mean you move, lightly. But that’s only necessary if you are really breaking down and building muscle.
At the very least, every single person on this entire earth, should walk (AT LEAST) 30 minutes, every day, outside (inside if absolutely necessary). This is your bare minimum of movement. This is your rest day.
How about Natural Living?
This can get WAY overwhelming when you start reading all the statistics, “facts”, scientific studies… but really, we know how to do this. All we have to do is,
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”
Reduce the amount of electricity, gas, water, toxins (etc) we use. Reuse as much as possible (hide away from disposable anything!), and recycle as much as you can.
Boom. Done. See, it really isn’t so scary.
And you can achieve simplicity in every aspect of your life. Yes it takes some hard work rewiring our brains to think simplistically when it seems like the world keeps telling us MORE, MORE, MORE, but it also frees us from the “shackles” of daily life.
No we don’t have to do everything. No we don’t need to be everything. No we don’t need to own everything.
Keep it simple and reap the benefits. Breathe. Laugh. Hug. Sing. Dance. Kiss. Read. Walk. Pray. Cook. Talk. Sleep. Keep. It. Simple.
Love and Joy,