Now that we’ve laid a foundation regarding expectations, motivation, and potential, you’re probably thinking that it’s time to start talking about physical activity…

Weight Training…

Cardio…

The stuff some of you have been dreading!

Actually, you’re wrong. We’re still not there yet! Remember the Hugh Jackman quote at the end of last post? Being in great shape – and being holistically healthy – is only 30% related to your workouts.

So, let’s start with the 70%: What you eat, drink, and think.

 

GIGO

In today’s technological society, many people have heard of the term “GIGO.” This stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” or the proposition that you’re not going to get a good outcome with bad input.

Nowhere is this more accurate than your health and fitness.

What you eat, drink, and think are the raw materials with which you develop holistic health. If expectations, motivation, and potential are the bricks and mortar foundation, then we’re now talking about the lumber with which you’ll frame the structure.

These three fitness factors are critical!

Just as none of us would build a brand new house with the cheapest, poorest quality lumber, nails, drywall, etc… we’ll run into trouble if we treat our bodies that way too. Consequently, we’re going to tackle this topic next. Then, when we finally get to the part about exercise, we’ll be ready for it.

Frankly, if you don’t have the ‘eat, drink, and think’ part down, you will waste your time with exercise.

Eat Right, Drink Right, Think Right

Our goal with this Workout Guide for Working Guys (and gals) is to provide a foundational understanding of how anyone can enjoy optimal health and fitness, look and feel great, and have energy to pursue dreams.

We’ve laid the foundation, and now it’s time to frame the structure.

Here’s what we’ll be discussing in the coming weeks:

Eat Right – All calories are not created equal! Your diet is incredibly significant to holistic health, including your body’s ability to lose excess weight, fight disease, and function correctly. Many foods include addictive additives and toxic chemicals that are actually extremely bad for you to ingest. You don’t have to go vegan, vegetarian, or organic to fix this problem, but you do have to be conscientious. Get this right and fat will melt away, your immune system will flourish, and you’ll feel better than ever. Get this wrong and you’ll work much harder than necessary for fleeting results.

Drink Right – Hydration is very important, but many people are chronically dehydrated. Your sense of thirst diminishes with age, though your kidneys also become less effective and require increased hydration. In addition, your sense of thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so you eat when your body is actually asking you to drink. This creates a problem. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells, flushes out waste products, and protects organs and tissues. Symptoms of dehydration manifest when as little as 2% of your body’s normal water volume has been lost. Accordingly, if you’re looking for holistic health, adequate hydration is a necessity.

Think Right – A positive attitude is critical for holistic health. We’ve already touched on it in the first few posts, but a focused discussion is appropriate. Many people have written on the power of a positive attitude on health, and many medical professionals observe a positive correlation between patients’ attitudes and their ability to recover from illness. In fact, these observations have led to a new field of study called psychoneuroimmunology, in which researchers are studying the effect of a positive attitude on cell function. According to noted oncologist, the late Dr. Ernest Rosenbaum, some even believe attitude may be used to arrest, if not cure, cancer! It’s now well recognized that mental and emotional activity has an effect on physical well-being. If we’re going to optimize our health and wellness, we have to take attitude into account.

Fitness Factor Framing

Sadly, many people have given up hope for holistic health and fitness not because of problems with expectations, motivation, or potential, but because they’ve worked hard only to realize poor results.

Oftentimes, they realized poor results because they misunderstood the three critical fitness factors we’ve just discussed. Thus, they ate ‘diet’ foods that littered their bodies with toxic chemicals, continued eating those foods when they should have been drinking, and never brought their attitude into alignment.

But there’s good news. Together, we’ve laid a foundation regarding expectations, motivation, and potential, which makes framing out your fitness much easier because you can now see how the pieces fit together.

Next we’ll reveal a few secrets about what you eat, drink, and think, which we believe will really bring your health and fitness into focus.

Holistic health is not for a select few. It’s for everyone.

And it’s easier than you think.

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth post in a series co-authored by Denver-based transactional attorney, Chris Rhyme dedicated to helping real people with busy lives get in great shape. If you found this post helpful, be sure not to miss the others – subscribe to NexTwelve.com via the link in the upper right-hand corner!

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