Wednesday , June 20, 2018

Making your New Year’s resolutions count (Part 6)

WE’RE adding another healthy habit this week. This here’s the prior list:

1. Understand that long-term consistency trumps short-term intensity.

2. Be thankful and grateful daily.

3. Hydrate more. Drink water more.

4. Walk more.

5. Eat more vegetable and fruit.

6. Sleep earlier.

This week, we’re going to add a couple more and these are:

7. Drink more green tea.

8. Make fitness a part of your life, but not your life.

Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages in the planet. Why? Tea is rich in polyphenols that have effects like reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols by weight, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits. There are studies that show also that green tea consumption increases fat loss. I personally have green tea after lunch and dinner, and have seen better health. I also try to include as much ginger and turmeric tea daily, too.

We often make the mistake that to see gains in fitness we need to make fitness our life (or in millennial speak #fitnessislife). But for those of us who do not have as much time in getting fit as we’d want to, this leads to discouragement as the false pretense that spending two hours in the gym is required for #gainz.

As I’ve gotten older, fitness has ceased to be life. Instead life is family, helping other people, running businesses, travel, insert whatever hobby or leisure you have here. Instead of my life revolving around fitness, my fitness has allowed me to pursue other aspects of my life with greater gusto.

I’ve found that if I’m able to exercise around three times a week, less than an hour each time, I feel like I’m more able to do other tasks efficiently and effectively. That change in my mindset has been difficult as being a former competitive athlete saw me training twice a day, for two hours each time. But now being freed of that mindset, I’m able to pursue other interests. So is fitness life? Not for me. But it certainly adds value to my life, and I hope it adds value to yours too.