Where are you on the exercise spectrum?

So we are starting to get into a routine with little baby Theo. Its crazy how a change in your life can really throw off your routine. I am all about routines. I know what I want to accomplish for the day and I know when I want to accomplish it. But having a baby kind of throws that off. It has taken the last couple of weeks to restore a semblance of order and establish a new normal.

Now, the routine is more, shall we say...flexible, taking into consideration an additional variable of a kid and his needs. Needless to say it has been difficult for me to get back to my regular exercise and nutrition habits. But that's what I want to talk about...the exercise/nutrition spectrum.

A lot of you know my background as a personal trainer and the Assistant Department Head of Lifetime Fitness. You may also know that the reason I started Thrive Culture is I realized the power of nutritional change when it comes to weight loss and general health and well being. The first thought in people's mind when they want to lose weight or even put on muscle is that they need to start exercising again, and while that is part of it, it may not be the most effective or efficient component. 

So picture with me a line... on one end you have die hard exercisers, the people that are puking after every workout, and have their office at the gym so that they can do some more reps between phone calls. They may or may not eat healthy, but the sheer volume of their workouts can make up for it, at least in part. 

On the other side of this line, are the people that only eat kale and quinoa and meditate for their workouts (don't get me wrong, I am huge fan of both kale and quinoa and meditation, but you get the idea). Their workouts may not be that intense but the quality of their food choices allows them to not have to work as hard.

Then you have the intersection in the middle, where people make healthy choices with their nutrition and do a moderate amount of exercise and still reach their goals.

So, where are you on the exercise and nutrition spectrum?

Each side has it benefits and detriments, along with its sacrifices and work. 

So ask yourself how hard are you willing (and able to consistently) workout?

How ready are you to make nutritional changes to help you be healthy?

Then determine whether the combined percentage from exercise and nutrition is enough to accomplish your goals. 

Dedicated to your success,
Michael Bauman
CEO of Thrive Culture

P.S. If you are unsure whether your combination of exercise and nutrition changes will help you get to your goals, reach out and I would love to sit down and talk through it with you.