What about Nutrition?

Nutrition.
What do you know? What don't you know? What do you think you know?

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The nutrition field is changing daily with new ideas and new research coming out. What we thought were "facts" are sometimes proven to be false. Some things we grew up knowing were bad for us have now been deemed good for us...and who knows if this will switch back and forth forever.  Knowing what to believe and who to believe is the hardest part of this industry.

What we do know... Eating whole foods that came directly from our earth without human modification is the best thing we can do. But, in this fast paced, stress filled world, it isn't that easy to find good wholesome foods at every meal. Here's what you can do. Start by eliminating one thing that you know isn't good for your health. You can even start by cutting back with the intention of eliminating it completely in the next few months. Start reading the labels on your food or looking up the nutrition facts online for the foods you are eating. Learn what foods have in them when it comes to the macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins) and calories. Awareness is the first step to understanding. If you're really ambitious try tracking what you're eating for a few weeks. There are apps for your phone that you can download to help you with this (we've had success with My Fitness Pal). Once you do this, you'll start to be surprised by some of the foods you may be eating (and drinking!). The meals you might assume to be unhealthy (fast foods etc) will likely have far, far more macros and calories than the foods you would assume to be healthy. Once you see it in black and white it might inspire you to choose differently what you put in your body in the future.

Let us know if you do try to make changes and how it turns out for you.

Mindset

Mindset

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Every part of our day is massively influenced by our mindset. You are destined for failure if you start a journey with a negative mindset. A positive mindset doesn't guarantee success, but it does give you an advantage. Try to start with a positive mindset and see how much more enjoyable your experience turns out.

Thoughts

Thoughts
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Our thoughts are primed by the environment we live in. We aren't completely controlled by our environment, but our environment does contribute to how we think and interpret situations. We can choose to live in an environment that primes our thoughts to make us great. Our fitness journey is no different. Surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals of achievement will help you keep progressing toward your goals. Another thing to remember is that what you say and how you act are priming others' thoughts around you. If you choose to stay positive and motivated it will not only help you stay on track, it will help others stay on track. And, ultimately it will increase the overall positivity of your environment.

Progress

Progress
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You have the task of moving a pile of dirt from here to there. You get to carry one scoop each day. Some days you show up with a wheelbarrow and some days you show up with only your hands. On the days you show up with out any tools, as long as you do your best to move some dirt, you are making progress. Don't get caught up in the short term, plateaus or bad days. Just make sure you do everything you can with what you have each day. It's the challenging days that test who we are and help us develop into better humans. Even if it is a small bit at a time, see how much dirt you've moved 6 months from now. 
 

Choices

Choices

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You get to choose. Are you going that way or are you going this way? You can choose the easiest path which could get you where you want to be but there could be setbacks. You might find that it loops you back around right back where you started only to have used up some of your most valuable asset, time. You can choose the harder path. This path might take you longer to navigate and might test you along the way, but you will make progress toward your goal.

Just remember, you have your limited amount of time and energy (and money) to spend now. You can either spend more on your goals now, or spend less now and more later, again and again.

Resolutions

Happy New Year!
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Remember that old saying "Survival of the fittest"? It's not as true anymore with all our technology and services that help us with about anything we need. Our health is not that easy. Sure you have tools that can help you track your workouts and entertain you while you do it. But, we still have to actively take care of our body by making the right decisions about what we put in it and how we use it. Now, being "the fittest" doesn't mean you can go out and catch your own food. It means you will live longer, without a bunch of meds, and be happier because you can go out and do a more variety of activities. Those who do make an effort to be better than yesterday have the best chance at achieving this.

We at LifeTime don't necessarily believe in Resolutions because they tend to be finite. We like to talk about making adjustments, physically and mentally. Believe in yourself. The only thing stopping you from getting what you want is you. Your age and your past don't actually have to define you now and what you can become. If you want it, go get it and don't let an old mindset deter you. Adjust your mindset so it aligns with what you are chasing.

The only way to advance or grow is to go to a place that's a little foreign and maybe uncomfortable. Go there until it becomes comfortable then push it a little further, then further. Before you know it, you'll be on the path to where you've always wanted. You'll have the body you've always wanted or you'll be lifting the heavy weights you never dreamed of.