28 Apr

In today's digital age, navigating the vast landscape of fitness and nutrition information can feel like wading through a sea of conflicting advice and trendy fads. As a trainer, nothing frustrates me more than scrolling through social media and encountering a deluge of bogus fitness videos and misinformation. It's disheartening to witness the confusion it instills in clients, who are bombarded with conflicting advice on what to do and how to do it. The constant barrage of diets and workout information can leave us feeling overwhelmed and confused. 

The Problem with Trends:

The fitness industry is saturated with trends and fads promising quick fixes and miraculous transformations. Whether it's a celebrity-endorsed diet plan or a revolutionary exercise gadget, these trends often prioritize profit over genuine well-being. But let's not be fooled by the glossy marketing; many trends are simply smoke and mirrors, designed to exploit our insecurities and empty our wallets.

Tuning Out the Distractions:

In a world of information overload, it's easy to get swept up in the latest trends and lose sight of what truly matters. The constant stream of new workouts, diets, and products can distract us from our goals and sabotage our progress. Literally, 'You don't need MORE workouts, you need to stick to the workouts that you AREN'T doing' people!!!! You see, it's easy to get swept up in the allure of flashy fitness trends promoted by influencers performing gravity-defying stunts atop bosu balls. But let's pause and ask ourselves: How achievable is this? How about just a basic squat, there's nothing wrong with that! Instead of constantly seeking out the next big thing, focus on what works for you and commit to it wholeheartedly.

Get REAL with yourself.

Prioritize the Fundamentals:

By staying true to our course and focusing on the basics, we can lay a solid foundation for success. This is when you get real with yourself. It's simple. How much sleep are you getting? What are you eating? Are you exercising? Prioritize these three things. 

  1. Sleep: Quality sleep is the cornerstone of good health and fitness. Adequate rest allows our bodies to recover and repair, improves cognitive function, and enhances overall well-being. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to optimize your physical and mental performance.
  2. Nutrition: Fueling our bodies with nutritious, whole foods is essential for optimal health and performance. Rather than chasing after the latest diet craze, focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Remember, food is fuel, so choose wisely to support your fitness goals. Don't complicate it, you know what's crap and what's not. And if you've read my previous blogs or have ever had a conversation with me in person you KNOW you better be prioritizing protein---that's as complicated as I'll get. 
  3. Exercise: Regular physical activity is vital for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Find activities that you enjoy and make them a consistent part of your routine. Get a walk in and lift some weights! Change it up seasonally; go on a hike spring/fall, enjoy water sports in the summer, walk to the Farmer's Market in the summer, etc. 

By prioritizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise, we can cut through the noise of trendy fads and achieve LASTING results. Instead of getting caught up in the latest trends, focus on what truly matters and stay true to your course. Remember, simplicity is often the key to success in fitness. Stay consistent and stay committed.

Embrace the enduring benefits of a sustainable and SIMPLE routine, recognize how it positively influences your life and limits your stress while inspiring your ongoing commitment and continuous path towards personal growth. 


-Justine Tapp

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