These days we are bombarded with the “easy way” to get in shape, loose a few pounds, reduce your “trouble spots”. Well folks. I hate to say this, there is no easy way. If there was it would make my job a lot easier. Every mechanism I know of to increase your health and fitness is hard. If you want to take that health and fitness to a high level then it is very hard.
As we’ve spouted repeatedly the foundation of your health is nutrition. Here’s where the blog topic comes into play. Good nutrition is simple, but is not necessarily easy. Greg Glassman put good nutrition down in a fantastic simple sentence in his “World Class Fitness in 100 Words”. It is as follows (you’ve probably heard me say this, or a paraphrase)
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
This is quite simple. Eat whole, real food keeping the focus on meat and vegetables, and stay away from processed crap. Now, is this easy? For most people not at all. This takes discipline. As stated in the “So What Can I Eat?” post eating right requires the right decision multiple times/day every day for the rest of your life. This is really hard. You are going to be tempted over and over again. If you are in the habit of eating well the cravings for the crap are minimal, but it is so easy to slip, and then it’s that much harder to clean up your diet again. Is eating right worth it? Absolutely. Fitness increases. Recovery times decrease. Your general health is drastically improved. There’s no question it’s worth it, but it is hard. Now, if we’re looking at truly optimizing our diet the simplicity reduces. We can make it as complex as we’re willing to deal with, but you can get most of the way there keeping it very simple.
How about training? Is working out easy? No way, especially the way we do it. Working out is brutal, uncomfortable and down right painful. Is it simple? Well, it can be. As with the diet if we truly want to optimize our performance and health it can get quite complex. The nice thing here (as opposed to nutrition) we do this for you. You have a very simple answer to working out. Show up. All you need to do is show up at the gym more days than not and we’ll take care of the complex stuff. Again, this is not easy. If you’re a morning class person you have to get up earlier. In some cases REALLY early. If you train in the evening you’ll have to come in after work, or a long day with the kids and train. You may not feel like it every day. You’re going to be sore sometimes. It’s hard, but simple.