Lessons From My 20’s Part 1

By May 28, 2013 4 Comments

I am writing this two weeks away from my 30th birthday.  Each year around my birthday I do a reflection time and share with you, lessons from the past year.  Since I am starting a new decade I thought I would look back at the past decade and share some things I have learned.  Most of these you will have heard me talk about before but repetition is a good thing.  🙂

This post is going to stay focused on health and fitness.  It is crazy to think back 10 years ago, I was a freshman and UW Madison going into Meteorology.  I must admit I didn’t know much about nutrition and exercise.  I had a good six pack, so I could tell you every variation of a crunch or core exercise but that was about it.  It wasn’t until I was 20 and switched my major over to Kinesiology that I started to learn more.

I have been blessed to work with so many clients (over 5000 paying, and 10,000s more who read and follow my programs) in the past 8 years and been able to APPLY the science to see if it actually works in real life.  Science can only go so far, if it can’t be replicated in the real world.

Here are some of my lessons:

-Eating more fat doesn’t correlate with getting fat, in many cases it is an inverse relationship.  Click here to read about coconut oil.

-There are so many ways to exercise that work, but it seems the way to get the quickest results and change your shape and performance of the body is to do a combination of heavy strength training and burst training.

-It is important to find activities that you LOVE to do.  Find things that are active in which you have a good time doing.

-Fruit not in moderation, can cause weight gain problems.  Too much fructose in fruit means moderation in fruit.

-You don’t have to train hard running in order to improve your 5K or 10K times… Making your legs and core stronger along with burst training can do wonders.

-A strong core is the foundation to a strong body.  The core will be the weakest link for most people.  Click here to get started on my Got Core Program.

-The body and the brain get tired of the same workouts, so every few workouts or every 4 weeks at the max, try something new to mix your body up.

-Heavy strength training is the #1 form of exercise to help combat bone density issues which will affect 90% of women.

-As a person ages, flexibility and balance are two things that diminish quicker and much be trained more.

I could go on and on, but will end this first part right now.

Question:  What have you learned about exercise and nutrition?  Please comment below.