I’ve been an athlete all my life with a new sport every year or even every season when I lived in Canada but did that mean I was healthy/fit? The answer to that is a hard NO! Shocking right …. I say this because, in boarding school, for example, the food was very unhealthy. Furthermore, none of us athletes cared about what was going into our bodies from brownies, chicken wings, steaks, frozen veggies, and mystery meat Thursdays. Obviously, we had an array of choices to put on our plate but everything just looked so good. Not to mention, being active every day seven days a week keeps the metabolism high which, causes a constant hunger for everything or at least the case for me.
As a reader, you might be wondering why is he telling me this? Well, I’ve started so far back because of the common perception that “if you play enough sports or exercise enough you can eat whatever you want “is instilled from an early age. Since being healthy/ fit was judged on how much faster, stronger and muscular the body looked which is, for the most part, the consensus amongst the masses today. Men want the six pack abs, shredded legs, chiselled arms and chest whereas women want bigger butts, flat stomachs and toned arms. All exterior items that play a role in healthy living and fitness but does not comprise the whole pie! I say this because there are all types of fast track ways to gain, lose and maintain weight which is extremely cumbersome on the body.
The other piece of the pie is what you put into your body, some of you might have already guessed that or even know it from online research. However, following a diet plan created for someone else will not let you achieve a genuinely healthy life which, might be hard to believe since I’m not a certified nutritionist. Yet, I can tell you for a fact cutting out carbs, high protein intake or whatever else people are doing today are only short term solutions. The minute you stop the diet plan everything starts to shift again bringing back the anxiety, stress, and self-esteem issues that come along with it.
So I ask this again, What makes you fit?
The answer is YOU!….. wait … what? Yes, you read that right! I say this because no one can tell you what makes you fit just as you cannot tell anyone else. The reason being no diet, workout or schedule works for everyone due to the fact that all of our bodies are unique. However, there are a few things such as fasting, carb cycling, low rep/ high rep count, plyometrics, etc that can help achieve a healthier life and that’s what we will be exploring together in this section of posts.