When you take a holistic approach to your health (any really any approach in general), there is a common belief that what works for you will work for everyone. This is not true. Whether it’s a diet routine, exercise routine, parenting method, or money management method, there will always be fanatics in every camp. But just because something works for them, does not mean it will work for you. Here’s some helpful advice for avoiding dogma.
Listen to your body. We talked about this a couple of days ago, but it is so powerful. You need to start tuning into your body and paying attention to what it is telling you. Some people can work out every day and never feeling sore, tired, and run down. Others can work out 2-3 times per week and feel awful by the end of the week from all the effort they exerted. Is either method right or wrong? No. One will work for someone while the other will not. The same goes for the food that goes into your body. I can fast for 16 hours and workout and feel great, while someone else will need to eat a full breakfast and a snack before working out just to get through the session. Listen to what your body is telling you and let it guide the decisions you make instead of going firm into one camp without thinking twice about it.
Seek out an unbiased third-party expert. Your family and friends will have their opinions on how you should live your life. Someone who you think may be an expert, may have other motives. Find an expert who is unbiased and will steer you in the right direction. There are trainers out there who think stretching is the worst thing you can do for your body, while others implement it with regular success. If you find someone who says this one thing is the only answer, run. Find someone who knows what will help you but isn’t tied to any one belief on how you can improve your life. At CrossFit 286, we offer what we believe will help you the most, and sometimes, that’s not working out at our gym. CrossFit is great, but it’s not for everyone. Find an unbiased third party.
There is no magic pill or magic workout routine. Sorry to burst you bubble. What works for one person may not work for you. Everyone is different, so there will be an infinite number of solutions to helping everyone. The best thing you can do is sit down with an expert, create a plan, stick with it, and assess the results. Then repeat the process. This will allow you to pivot where needed to continue seeing progress. If you want to sit down with a professional, book a No Sweat Intro. You can do that here:
You are unique and you are awesome.