5 Things That Never Change

Simpler is always better.

Don’t overcomplicate things.

It may be a new year … and chances are you really want a new you.

The calendar changes … but the simple path to good health never does.

Here are 5 things to think about that will help you avoid losing your strength, fitness and health, but actually make significant gains in every area.

Drink More Water: For the average adult, 8 cups (64 oz) per day is a minimum; half your bodyweight in ounces is ideal. If you struggle to get the minimum, start there. And be sure to track your success each day.

Get More Sleep: To look and feel your best, 7 hours is the minimum. If you struggle to get that much, start there and focus on spending at least 7 hours in bed each night. Here are some simple tips for improving your sleep environment.

Move A Little More: Working out 7 days a week was never a requirement for being healthy. It’s never been true, and it’s not true now. Aim for 3-5 workouts a week — 2-3 strength-based workouts and 1-2 cardio-based. Or, try for 20 minutes of movement a day, including getting outside and going for walks. Have a method to track your success so you stay accountable (planner, notebook, note-taking app, etc.)

Eat A Little Better: Going from pizza and chips to a 100% clean diet overnight often results in frustration and reverting to old habits after a couple of weeks. Ask yourself, “How can I make this meal 1% better?” Swap out a starch for more veggies, for example. If you like, take pictures of your meals for three days and send them to me; I’m happy to take a look and give you feedback.

Be Kind To Yourself: Celebrate your successes and don’t beat yourself up over the failures. Each day, do something kind to yourself … and to others.

Remember, success is a compilation of small decisions executed consistently. There’s no need to make it more complicated than that.