Training to improve our healthspan does not need to be confusing or complicated. It simply takes dedication, and it requires us to consistently prioritise some really basic habits and principles.
It’s important to check back against these habits regularly to remind ourselves not to overthink or overcomplicate things and hold ourselves to a level of accountability.
If you’re not giving your training sessions the focus they need, chances are you’re not going to hit the intensity levels needed to change your body. This certainly does not mean thinking about training all day, but it does mean that you give yourself the best chance to train properly. Are you hydrated, are you rested, are you fuelled?
Following simple steps like prioritising protein and fibre from fruits and vegetables will help us naturally regulate our food intake.
We know that this is an area that needs prioritising as we age. As we go through the life stages our protein demand goes up. However, we typically see people in the over 50’s bracket consuming less protein as they age. Don’t fall into this category.
A common mistake that people make is that they are too keen for their own good. They want to train all the time, feel the burn and constantly have DOMS. Rest days are non-negotiable as is quality sleep if you want to get great results. If you’re a super active person, get your active recovery sessions like yoga and low-intensity cardio into play.
Most of us are not professional athletes, meaning we need to prioritise other areas like work and family. To get results, it’s no different to business, our model or framework needs to be sustainable and allow for consistent replication. This is why keeping it simple is key!