There is very a popular idea in the fitness and health industry that “miraculous” shortcuts exist. These shortcuts require little to no effort, but produce remarkable results.
This is the magic bullet theory that we have been sold. The magic bullet rests on the idea that there is one exercise, superfood or supplement can transform your body composition and dramatically improve your health.
This style of thinking about health and fitness leads people down a path that always ends in frustration and confusion.
The idea of the magic bullet also leaves people looking for the easy route and shortcuts or hacks instead of working hard and showing dedication to something they value.
The instant gratification we all experience is more the norm than the exception. We want fast results and immediate gratification with as little work as possible.There is endless information at our fingertips twenty four hours a day.
We can stay in our car and pay for food through a through window. We are impatient and want all the results as quick as possible with as little work as we can get away with.
There no surprise we treat our health and fitness the same way. There is always the next big supplement, superfood or fitness hack that allows you to opt out of the hard work. I don't think we should cut corners when it comes to our health.
Frankly there is no valid shortcut, hack or magic bullet when it comes to optimal health. If there was a magic bullet someone besides the infomercial guy at midnight selling fat burning supplements would know.
There absolutely are more efficient and intelligent ways to train and fuel your body. The missing part of the shortcut that no ones discusses is dedication, hard work and consistency. The magic bullet is just that: dedication and consistency.
Somewhere along the way as a society we learned to shy away from hard work. Getting uncomfortable and putting the time in to get what you deserve became viewed as a bad thing.
Every kid gets a trophy these days, and this is leading to a skewed perception of real life and how the world really works.
The fact in life is not everyone gets a trophy for their efforts. Some folks are just going to be stronger, more attractive and smarter.
This is the way the genetic cookie crumbles, your genetics are not a choice, but hard work and persistence is a choice you make everyday!
From successful business owners to phenomenal athletes who are asked about their path to greatness, they all share something in common: Hard work and staying consistent day after day, whether they felt like it or not.
No one has ever achieved something amazing because they found the shortcut, hack or easy route. As long as each day you commit to getting better and showing up you are on the path towards a better version of yourself.
The best part is to transform your body or health you don’t need to buy anything. You just need to make the decision that you are ready and committed to changing what you are not happy with.
Being dedicated and making changes is going to be difficult at first. It will feel like you HAVE to go to sleep earlier, eat cleaner or hit the gym after work.
Your focus will be on what you have to give up for these new habits. When these habits become part of your life you longer think about, the mind starts to shift and something interesting happens.
You start to view these habits as something you GET to do. You begin to think about what you are gaining from these habits. You start to build your own resistance to those temptations, and you gain momentum heading towards a better version of yourself.
If your goal is to get as healthy as humanly possible and reach your fitness goals I am going to give you the recipe to achieve this below this will require dedication and being consistent, but these are the true magic bullets:
Eat nutrient dense whole foods that improve your health , and consume these foods everyday. Eat enough food to support your daily activity level and reach your goals.
Match your activity level to your food intake. Eat less of the foods that you know are holding you back from reaching your goals.
If you are eating a squeaky clean paleo diet, but are still eating a full jar of almond butter every two days be honest with yourself about your negative habits.
Exercise intelligently and consistently. Do not be afraid to work hard and feel some discomfort, this is where you will grow physically and mentally.
When you exercise strive to work harder than you did yesterday. Be honest about where you are in your fitness journey and realize too much and too little exercise are sides of the same coin
.Find a good middle ground between pushing yourself and throwing up during your workout.
Sleep 8-9 hours every night in a pitch black cool room. Sleep will help with any health or fitness related goal.
You will not always hit the mark on this, but make it a priority and shoot for the 8-9 hour mark. Even if this means you spend this much time in bed get in the habit of being in bed earlier and getting away from electronics.
Develop a stress management practice that you enjoy and can stick with long term. It doesn’t have to be fancy: go for a morning walk, think of five things you’re grateful for or create a vision of what you want your day to look like, meditate, or go to a yoga class.
Get deep into your thoughts and away from electronics and other people if you can.
Take time to recover from exercise and work on mobility. We all sit too much and our poor movement patterns reflect this, it will only get worse unless you work on it.
Recovery and mobility work improves training and everyday movement. Greater mobility allows you move efficiently and work harder in the gym while staying pain free.
Move more often throughout the day. We are designed to move at various levels of intensity throughout the day.
The time spent in the gym is relatively short and intense. Many of us are missing the other end of the spectrum which is low intensity movement. Take movement breaks and stretch, go for walks or hikes, sit in a squat position for a bit or roll around on a foam roller.
If you do the above things consistently, frequently and for as long as you can, your health, fitness and body composition will speak for itself. This is as far from the magic bullet as you can get. No miracles, hacks or shortcuts to be found here.
It is simple but it is not easy, and will require sacrifice. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, and your health is worth while.
When it comes to your health I urge you to stop looking for the magic bullet, hack or shortcut and realize, you know what needs to be done. Start today with one better decision and begin building momentum towards better health.
If you’re tired of working hard, and not getting the results you want, I can help you adopt the simple habits necessary to reach your health or fat loss goals.
These habits are based on getting you to your goal in a sustainable fashion that can be maintained. I’ll be there every step of the way to support and keep you accountable.
Get on a Strategy Call with me to Discover how to achieve your health or fat loss goals, and make them yours to keep this time around.
Whether you decide to work with me or not I can guarantee you will leave this call with more knowledge on how to achieve your goals.
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