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Move Big Rocks - The Core Tenets of Health & Fitness

When starting off with a client they often ask me questions such as "When's the best time for me to eat?", "How many times per day should I eat?"or "How long should each of my workouts be?"

They quickly learn that my answer is often "it doesn't really matter". That's not to say these things don't make a difference (because they do) but I'm more concerned about moving big rocks rather than focusing on moving small pebbles.

Until we are consistently nailing the core tenets of health & fitness, the pursuit of anything more detailed is merely a distraction.

Better questions to ask yourself:

  1. Am I consistently working out? - This should include a combination of strength training and cardiovascular training.

  2. Does my diet consist primarily of single ingredient foods? - Most of the food you eat should have been available for the past 1000 years, and not invented in the last 50 years.

  3. Is my calorie balance appropriate for my goals? - If you want to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories, if you want to gain weight you need to eat more calories.

  4. Am I sleeping enough? - Consistently poor sleep will zap your energy, lead to worse decision making and make you feel generally bad.

  5. Are you drinking enough water? - This should be a given. General guidelines are >2.2l but most people would benefit from a little more.

If you're not able to answer all 5 of these questions with a confident 'YES!' then you don't need to worry about the small nuances of health & fitness.

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