Our life is filled with complexity. As a result of sensory overload we sometimes lose sight of our true goals; those things that will help us move upwards and onwards. Complexity in itself can be a huge de-motivator especially if the easy option is to procrastinate and avoid tasks.
Similarly, physical health can deteriorate if we allow ourselves not to take charge of our fitness regimes. And reaching a state of fitness is not enough as ‘staying fit’ is just as important as ‘getting fit’!
Once we cut through the endless stream of health information, there appear to be two fundamental truths that getting fit involves;
1) doing something physical like exercise and
2) eating well.
These are the two keys to achieving optimum health.
The goal should not be too result oriented, e.g. dropping down to 8% bodyfat, as any disappointments become amplified and set us up for long term failure. Instead the goal should be to live a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. This is not to suggest that results should not be enjoyed, but more rather, it should be understood that living a principled lifes will give rise NATURALLY to such results. They will just FLOW.
For those focused on martial arts, the principles remain the same. Eat well, and train consistently with good partners and using such tools as heavy bags, skipping ropes, etc. Keep training fun and provided training is consistent, you will move closer and closer to attaining fight skills. They will just FLOW.