You will read and hear so many tips about health and fitness. Which ones do you follow especially when so many are contradictory to others?
- Training in the morning is best no someone else says to train in the evening.
- Don’t ever eat refined carbs (bread, pasta, rice etc.),
- Don’t eat refined carbs after 3pm.
- Eat protein with every meal
- Vegetarian is best
- Don’t eat legumes, legumes are good for you
- Stretch after your workout, No no, stretch whenever you like
- Stretching does nothing
- Don’t eat dairy, do eat dairy
- Etc etc etc….. The list goes on and on.
It’s can be confusing. But there is the one tip that no one can ever challenge because it’s the only tip that applies to every human in the world. It applies to beginner, intermediate and advanced fitness levels. It applies to you no matter what shape, size, height, race, or age you are. How can one tip apply to every one? That’s because this tip does what no other tip does, it allows for every human’s individuality.
Here it is………
What works for someone else may not work for you!!!!
Yep you are an experiment of 1…….. What does this mean? It means that how your body and your mind react to a training program, a diet, a food, any situation is different to how someone else will react. So while we apply tips, programs and diets to our lives we need to keep this in mind. So we need to experiment and try to find what works for us as individuals.
If I take 100 people who are looking to lose weight and I put them on the same diet their bodies will react differently from that diet, some may lose weight some may lose a lot of weight, some won’t lose weight and some may even put on weight. Each person handles different foods differently.
So how do you know what you should try? It’s trial and error. However the good news is that when we start out at something new we will usually get some sort of adaptation to that new stimulus, any this also allows us to learn about us so as we get more experienced, more advanced we can learn what works best for us.
Just like any experiment we need a baseline, a measurement to see where we are today. We then need to apply the stimulus or the change for a period of time and then measure again and see if the stimulus has worked. Was there improvement? Are you happy with the improvement? How can you get a better improvement without causing an injury or becoming ill? This is why I test my clients regularly, usually between 4-8 weeks, looking for improvement so we can get feedback and I can tweak their program if needed. It means we can learn what works best for them. I encourage you to do the same.