6 Pillars of The Fit Life
So, you want to live a fit life, a Cause Fitness lifestyle, but you’re not sure where to start…
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That’s awesome! But, there’s literally a world of information out there on health and fitness and nutrition under the umbrella of wellness. And, I have my own opinions on many of those categories and sub-categories based on my research, certifications and experience, but not even counting opinions, the sheer amount of information available can easily make finding a starting point for your own wellness journey, or healthy lifestyle, seem overwhelming and extremely frustrating. I know the feeling.
You’re in luck! Today I’m taking you back to the basics; the (up-to-date, 2016) general recommendations for each of the 6 pillars of what I call, The Fit Life.
The Fit Life
Healthy living requires many different, yet cooperative, practices, and yet I believe these practices can be categorized into 6 basic “pillars”. I originally broke it down like this for a 3-day corporate wellness workshop I did for a couple of companies in the Seattle area before I moved to Los Angeles. I called the series, “The Fit Life.” The objective of the series was to teach each company’s employees the basics of fitness and nutrition, give them easy to implement “first steps”, and empower them to form healthy habits (that would in turn produce healthier, happier, more productive employees and managers).
I’m sharing the 6 Pillars of The Fit Life with you now (sans workshop lectures), in hopes that it will help you “trim the (information overload) fat”, and remind you how easy it really is to get and stay healthy!
The 6 Pillars
NOTE: These are basic, general recommendations. Individual needs may require customized recommendations.
- FITNESS/EXERCISE: Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
- NUTRITION/FOOD: Eat real-food (God-made over man-made) carbohydrates, fats and lean-proteins daily; with lean-protein in every meal.
- HYDRATION/WATER: Drink at least 3L of water daily, and more if you’re active or live in a hot climate.
- FLEXIBILITY/STRETCHING: Stretch daily (static, SMFR/”foam rolling“, dynamic) to prevent injury, speed post-workout recovery, and improve posture, mobility, and circulation.
- REST/SLEEP AND RECOVERY: Sleep at least 6-8 hours a night. Athletes need closer to 10 hours per night for recovery. Post-workout recovery time is when your body adapts and improves. Without proper recovery, training can quickly become counterproductive.
- ADD-IN’S/SUPPLEMENTS: Take a multivitamin-mineral daily, and supplement diet with fish-oil, and protein powders (if you struggle to get the protein you need). How much do you need? Read more here.
I’ve linked a couple of articles for further education, but here are a few others that may be helpful:
- What is Metabolism?
- How Many Calories Do I need?
- Fat Loss vs Weight Loss: What’s the Difference?
- How to Lose Fat and Get Lean
- Does Clean Eating Make You Lose Weight?
- No-Bake Chocolate-PB Protein Bars
- Healthy Hot-Chocolate!!!
- Quick-meals Guide
YOUR TURN: In the comments below tell me, what is your biggest struggle or obstacle to getting and/or staying healthy and fit?