The information in this post is from a chapter in my book Fitness Independence which you can find here on Amazon.
The best way to reduce stress and achieve better results is to understand the most powerful principles in fitness. Understanding these principals gives you the power to achieve incredible results in the shortest amount of time. It also frees up your lifestyle resources so you can do whatever you like without compromising your results. The best thing is, these fitness principles prevent you from wasting your time and energy on fads and gimmicks that have little effect on your goals.
The 5 most powerful principles of fitness
Fitness Principle #1 Consistency
All success in life and fitness is built upon a foundation of consistency. Practicing consistent diet and exercise habits is what makes success possible. When your habits are hit-or-miss from week to week you stand very little chance of success.
Fitness Principle #2 Progression
There is no one best or optimal way to eat or train. Instead, results come from eating and training better over time. In other words, how is your workout 1% better this week than it was last week? How is your diet 1% better than last month?
You don’t get results by training and eating right. You get results by training and eating better. This is important to understand because you’ll never achieve the results you want if you’re not trying to improve what you’re doing regardless of how perfect your diet or workout is.
Fitness Principle #3 Logic and learning
Success is very hard to achieve through just working really hard. Sure you can put in more time at the gym or tighten up your diet, but eventually, you’ll hit a dead end. This is because hard work is incredibly hard to scale. You can only work so hard for so long before you burn out and quit. This is why you want to work smarter, not harder. The more you learn about how to train and eat better, the more success you’ll achieve from the same amount of work.
Fitness Principle #4 Emotional desire
We, humans, are emotional beings. Everything we do has an emotional origin to it. There’s plenty of logical reasons to exercise and eat well, but our emotional beliefs are what are truly in charge. It’s not about what you think, but how you feel about food and exercise that’s most important. When you understand the emotional beliefs you hold toward diet and exercise you harness an infinite amount of power to get what you want.
Fitness Principle #5 An action plan
It amazes me how many people go to the gym or grocery store and just “wing it” while making up their plan as they go. This is not a good way to put the odds in your favor. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight or building muscle, winners never wing it.
This is why you want to have a plan of action for your diet and exercise habits. It doesn’t have to be a perfect plan, it just needs to be some sort of plan about what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. It sounds simple, but this alone can make or break your chances of success.
So there ya have it, the 5 rock-solid fitness principles that will bring you success. All 5 of these are essential. You stand very little chance of success if you leave just one of these out. However, ensuring you have all 5 practically guarantees you’ll achieve the results you want. Once again, you can read more about these principles in my book here on Amazon.
Listen to the podcast down below for more in-depth information on these 5 principles and why many fitness theories actually go against them.