Pillar 1: Mindset.
A fitness mindset is a mindset that sees life as a journey, rather than many destinations. Once you truly understand that, you will begin to realize that the joy is in the journey. You will begin to celebrate the small successes and look at your obstacles and mistakes as challenges rather than failures. You also begin to see through your efforts of taking baby steps, developing GOOD habits, focusing on the process rather than the goal and eliminating negative thinking. A positive mindset will be the difference between success and failure on your journey.
Pillar 2: Diet and Nutrition.
Many people who exercise falsely believe that they can engage in whatever food they want. To be fully fit, eating the right foods is very important. Supplementation helps to support a diet deficient in certain key nutrients. The importance of proper nutrition is that it helps to create new cells, provide the right energy, keeps the body and brain fully functioning. Processed sugars actually lead to inflammation as well as brain shrinkage.
Pillar 3: Exercise and Training.
The exercise pillar is the gateway to optimal health and wellness. You must plan for exercise just like you would plan anything else. It must become a habit, not merely a New Year’s resolution. Make sure you vary your workouts with strength training, cardiovascular training, mobility work, and recreational activities; always focus on having good posture. Use exercise to help improve overall strength, mobility, and cardiovascular health. In addition, make sure you’re balancing your workouts during the week, so you reduce the risk of injury and pain. Our bodies were meant to move so let’s get going!
Pillar 4: Sleep and Recovery.
Optimal fitness cannot occur when there is a lack of sleep. A lack of sleep affects the mindset (Pillar 1). and this creates a "slippery slope". Lack of sleep affects your metabolism as well as your glucose tolerance making it hard to shed belly fat. Sleep timing, duration and quality play a major role in the hormones that govern appetite regulation and cortisol (stress hormone) levels.