KEEP THINGS SIMPLE – STUPID
The world continues to change at a rapid rate and as I watch my 3 kids grow up (age 3, 5, & 7) I often reflect on what the world will look like when they are adults…what industries will survive, what industries will dissolve into mortality and what will the health of our next generation look like?
What’s the reason for my concern, well at the moment with the digital age we have more access to information and education yet there are more cases of Type 2 Diabetes, the rates of suicide and depression are on the rise and more than ½ of the Australian population are overweight or obese. The incidences of lifestyle diseases are continuing to rise to alarming levels and we simply aren’t practicing what we preach.
The average Australian seems to working longer and harder but not necessarily smarter. I believe one of the main issues in society today is that we are all simply too impatience and need visual gratification (likes and follows) to build our self esteem. We have access to whatever we want, whenever we want but perhaps having too many options is having an impact on our health and well-being. We are all after the ‘quick fix’, the “pill”, the “portion”, the “training secrets” without the willingness to do any of the hard work or commitment required to firstly get there, but secondarily to stay there!
Having been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years I have seen many fads hit the market place that have had an impact on the way people exercise and eat and they will continue to do so. I have also seen plenty of fly by nighters enter the industry in an effort to earn a quick buck with the latest diet plan, super food shake, exercise routine ‘guaranteed’ to transform the way you look, feel and function. However, the best program, the best meal plan, the best lifestyle planner for you, is one that fits with your goals, your desires, and more importantly your commitment level. Not what you see on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter etc.
I refer to a recent article by the Barefoot Investor, titled, “ Simply the best advice”. In this article he stated that in a major study conducted by the University of Sydney it found that most Australia’s are unable to tell the difference between good and bad advice. The same must be said for the fitness industry, if people actually followed something consistently that is simple, yet meaningful then we certainly wouldn’t be in the predicament we are today. I always ask my clientele; ‘could you stick to your daily meal plan forever’ and ‘could you follow your exercise program daily and forever’ and be happy if you got the results you were after? If the answer is YES then the chances are you have a stable, sustainable training formula. If the answer is NO, then re-assess your current plan and create something that is sustainable.
The Health Bloke encourages consistency by formulating ‘THB Training Formula’ which = 45 minutes instead of 60 minutes per session – 4 days instead of 7 days of exercise per week, for 45 weeks out of 52 weeks a year.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE, the facts don’t lie; it is as simple as calories in versus calorie out, exercise to stress the heart and lungs and allow time to relax and reflect.