“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucius

When it comes to health and fitness, there are a few things that are tried and true.  So before you start adding in the more complicated things to your eating or workout program, make sure you have these simple, tried and true strategies locked in.

Have a plan - You need to have a plan EVERY time you show up to your workout! Having a plan and then tracking it helps show your accomplishments. If you struggle with that, go to a class or hire a trainer so that it’s done for you (your plan then becomes to get your ass there and work as hard as you can)

Consistency - Commit to a workout program and follow through!  If you set out to do a program that calls for you to workout 4 sets and 12 reps, do 4 sets and 12 reps. Don’t cheat yourself and do 11 on the last set.  Finish everything!  If you commit to go to a class three days a week and you go Monday and Wednesday, then when Friday rolls around you say to yourself, “I worked really hard this week and it’s Friday, I don’t need to go today.” That is the day you need to get off your butt and go!

Eat Real Food - Many of our weight problems come from processed food.  Processed foods often come loaded with extra sugars.  The more foods you eat that don’t have a label, the better off you will be. Stick to things with one ingredient with no label like X, Y, Z.

Water - Drink it, a lot of it!  Just a small dip in your hydration will have a huge impact on your performance.  Our bodies are made up of over 75% water and we walk around in a constant state of dehydration.  One healthy habit to get into is to have a huge glass water upon waking.  It’s a simple fix with a big pay off.

Progress - Your workout should not look the same as it did 3 months ago.  You need to be adding weight or reps to put more stress on your body to cause it to change.  Don’t expect anything in your life to change if you don’t.  The only way you grow in life or in the weight room is to test your limits.

Sleep - In a world full of people trying to get ahead, where rewards are placed on those that work the most and sacrifice the most, we find ourselves to be a sleep deprived nation.  But not only can lack of sleep make you a chore to be around, cause you to lack judgment, cause heart disease and a slew of other issues, lack of sleep can also cause you to gain weight!  When your body is not rested it has to find energy somewhere and will cause you to be hungrier to get the calories to fuel you.  It has also been shown that with lack of sleep you are more likely to reach for carbohydrates and high fat foods.  Take care of yourself and get eight hours of sleep.

Stop looking to put the final touches in and start mastering the basics and everything else will fall in line.

Keep it simple!