Gosh, don’t you hate how complicated the world has made fitness?
I remember a conversation I had back in college with an exercise scientist. We were talking in depth about a variety of different topics: anaerobic vs. aerobic activity, lactate threshold, VO2 max, strength periodization, the third pull in olympic lifts, internal vs external rotation of the shoulder in the set-up of a lift, etc. While I enjoy learning about these things, we finally came to the same conclusion that the vast majority of the population doesn’t care about it.
And doesn’t need to know about it, either.
You just want to look and feel good.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here – the work of exercise scientists is important for reasons I won’t go into now. But it’s taken a world-wide pandemic for the world to realize that you don’t need machines to workout or supplement “x” to stay healthy.
I was at the store yesterday and I picked up one of the famous health magazines. Here were three of the articles:
“3 Ways To Have More Energy Beginning Tomorrow.” This talked about getting enough sleep at night…
“5 Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love.” This talked about using real food and spices – think grandma’s cooking…
And, “21 Workouts You Can Do At Home.” This talked about air squats, push-ups, and sit-ups…
Woah. The fitness media just went back to the basics. I was thrilled!
When I realized this 18 months ago, Mark and I decided to rebrand to RxFIT – a fitness company dedicated to helping you reach your goals. And this meant guiding you (coaching) from an unhappy and unhealthy state to happier and healthier one. Hence the name RxFIT, or “Fitness Prescribed.”
So what’s the prescription?
Sleep Well. Eat Real Food. Train Daily.
There’s our secret.
Sleep consistently more than seven hours a night.
Eat food your great-grandma would recognize as food (things that grow and die, not substances that have an infinite shelf-life).
Constantly vary functional movements at a high intensity.
This week, I plan to go further in depth with each of these. But like I said in the beginning of this post, going in depth isn’t necessary.
If you don’t read any other things from me this week, just remember this when it comes to health and fitness:
Keep It Simple, Stupid.