It’s no surprise that our fitness culture can create more questions than answers.
Just today, a study came out claiming that there was little nutritional benefit of organic foods over conventionally grown foods. As you can imagine, it’s set off a hail storm of accusations, questions and confusion.
The key to Fitness Independence is to make things as simple as possible, and to make the road map of success strait forward. In other words, hack out the questions and doubt and replace it with clarity and assurance.
Complexity and confusion just muddies up the waters and compromises both your potential and your freedom of lifestyle.
So allow me to present you with the most basic and simple questions you need to know in order to both be fit and live free.
Question #1- What are your goals?
This is where it all starts. You simply must have a direction you want to travel. Without a goal, anything and everything will be both tempting and foreboding.
Not only will a goal give you direction, but it will also give you permission to cut away the things that are not all that important to you.
Question #2- What is the root cause of your goal?
Every change to your body has a single rock bottom reason why that change happens.
If you cause that single thing to occur you will make that change happen without fail. It’s 100% fool proof.
Weight loss happens through manipulating calorie balance. Strength and muscle comes from increasing time and tension. Sport specific skills and capabilities improve through focused and progressive practice of specific skills. Body sculpting and muscle tone happen through decreasing fat and increasing muscle.
Once you know the root cause of your goal, go after it like a hungry spider monkey on meth. That root cause is everything, but if you don’t make that happen nothing will happen.
Question #3- What are some of the big influences of that root cause?
Once you know the root cause, you can start figuring out how to make it work for you.
What exercise and diet habits will help you alter your calorie balance? How can you manipulate an exercise to increase the workload you do over a given amount of time?
Chances are you’ll be able to come up with many influences that pertain to you personally. Like knowing if cutting back on soda will have a big or a small influence on your calorie intake or if you need to put down the weights and practice your tennis serve more.
Question #4- What influences do you want to do to fulfill the root cause of your goal?
This is a question you’ll have to answer on your own. I have no idea if you like to use free weights or machines. You may hate running or love it, I have no idea, but I bet you have at least an inkling to what you want to do.
If I’ve learned nothing in fitness it’s that we are always more motivated by what we want to do rather than what we should do.
So why not make the two one and the same? It is possible!
Select whatever influences you like with the objective to have the biggest impact to the root knowledge you have towards your goal.
From there, it’s as simple as just trying different things and seeing what works best for you. Maybe you’re not into weight loss shakes or long workouts. Perhaps you would rather do yoga than Pilates.
Whatever the case, don’t ever give up. Remember, the only requirement towards reaching your goal is the root cause. All other things are purely optional. There is nothing outside of the root cause that you must do.
If you have any questions, just drop me a line and we can chat about building the best game plan just for you. 🙂