I know just how frustrating all the confusing, conflicting health and fitness information out there can be.
Being a big nerd and a self-experimenter, I’ve tried just about every dietary strategy and training modality out there.
I’ll admit, for a while there I had a lot of fun with all of this tinkering.
I kept reading books.
Trying new things.
I started taking classes.
I earned the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 2, and Primal Health Coach certifications.
Sure, this was fun at first.
After a while, though, the experimentation got old.
I just wanted to figure out what worked.
I finally began to realize just how unnecessarily complicated I was making things for myself.
I learned that consistently practicing the basics was a key step I’d been overlooking.
All that jumping from one thing to another was keeping me from actually seeing if any approach would work.
So I started there.
Working to consistently nail the basics.
Then, when I felt like I wanted to try something new, I wouldn’t change everything at once.
I’d take small steps.
I’d change one thing, give it some time, and see how it affected my progress.
I learned that this would be a never-ending process.
What would work well for me at one point in time would eventually need to change for me to continue to progress.
I’d repeat this process over weeks, months, and years to find what worked best for my personal needs, preferences, and goals.
So I’d keep up my slow, steady, tinkering.
Always focusing on the basics.
Always making small changes.
Much of what I’ve worked on actually hasn’t been in the gym or the kitchen, either.
I’ve started to pay more attention to recovery, sleep, stress management, spending time in the sunlight and fresh air, and doing things I love with people I love.
I’ve learned that no matter what I see on the scale, bar, or lab report, physical health only represents one aspect of true health.
Mental, emotional, and spiritual health matter just as much, if not more than, my physical health.
After all, what is my body if not the vehicle through which I live my soul’s purpose?
This all takes a ton of work.
But it’s worth it.
Building a strong, capable body.
Doing the work to know and love myself.
Living in the in the service of others so that they can find and live their own.
That, to me, is health.
You are worthy of the same.
You are worthy of living like you love yourself.
You’ve got this.