Moving, eating and staying young26 Nov 2017
I passed the depressing 40 mark a couple of years back. It went by unremarkably actually. I kept it quiet, spending it in the mountains of Vietnam with people close to me.
While not everything in life worked out the way I’d envisioned at this point, I have been really lucky with health and fitness. Today still physically feeling like I’m 25.
This does require effort. But I want you to know it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.
It’s common knowledge that living on fast food, beer and cake isn’t going to get you the physique of a fitness buff. However, if you are willing to move your body and commit to a common sense diet most of the time, the rest of the time you can enjoy some chocolate and ice-cream. And who doesn’t love chocolate?!
I’m not trying to play down the issue of health and fitness and tell you it's super easy to look and feel the way you want. Well ok, yes I am, and no one can change it but you. Injuries and illness makes the process harder and that is certainly acknowledged.
Of course there are many details to discuss. Though in its simplest form here it is, or here is how I do it anyway:
1. Food - Fruits and vegetables come in every colour of the rainbow. If your goal was to get as many of these colours as often as possible you would be well on your way to having a healthier life. If you eat meat, get flexible and try a few meat free days, throw in corn, nuts, beans and legumes. The only difference you will notice is that you’ll have more energy. Ask yourself - how many coloured plants can I squeeze into my diet each week? I eat eggs, and throw in some small fish sometimes on top of all the above.
2. Energy - expend some energy on walking, running, cycling, swimming, weight training, kayaking, surfing, yoga. Whatever really! Just move when you can. Walking is awesome and I like to at least include some sort of balance work or lifting my own body weight. That's a long conversation for later.
It's like anything, you can get really technical, but simply put - energy in should equal energy out. Plus some vitamins, fibre, and of course flavour! Happy days!
Choose the produce wrapped in their own skins, take a backpack, walk to the farmer’s market to collect it. As your diet improves so does your fitness. You will be lighter and so will your ecological footprint.
Simplistic I know, but if you were looking for a start, I think this is a good one.
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