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Part eight of your blueprint talks about why simplicity is the easiest pathway to success this year.

Keep it simple stupid. KISS. The health and fitness world is alive with a whole multitude of products, websites, supplements, diet plans, and magazines to name only a few. Trying to keep exercise, and nutrition simple can seem daunting in a market saturated by overcomplicated methods. This can sometimes be enough to put people off before they’ve even started. 

People standing on gym balls squatting 100kg! Where is the simplicity in all of this? Where is the functionality? Where is the benefit to the average person? Simple workouts, nutrition, goals, and equipment are all you need.

When it come to our fitness there are three components that make up our gym routine or plan. Strength training, aerobic training, and stretching/flexibility.

Strength training is dependent on goal setting and is critical for results, so should play a big part in all programming. That said it can still be kept to basic exercises with basic equipment that you could perform in a small area. Think of the bigger movements that involve most of the major muscle groups. Exercises like the squat, deadlift, lunge, and pull up. Keep it simple with body weight training with exercise like press ups, crunches, and dips along with some of the exercises listed above.

When it comes to aerobic training, keep it as simple for yourself as you can. Sometimes all we need is a pair of trainers, and the great outdoors for a brisk walk, or run. Keep it moderate in intensity at first, until you build your fitness. Don’t try to run five miles, if you’re not at the level needed to run one mile. If you’re using gym equipment, use machines that are going to benefit your program, and choose ones that will give you the best chance of attaining your goals, or ‘vision’.

The other basic component that can be done anywhere at any time is stretching, and flexibility. Stretching should not be overlooked in any program, and people should understand the importance of a good stretching, and flexibility routine.

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Ensure that you stretch all of the muscle groups used during the workout, or exercise you have performed, and hold each for 30 seconds, and repeat. Perform static stretching at the end of your training, and dynamic flexibility at the beginning to mobilize the joints, and ready the body for exercise.   

Keep your exercise as simple as it needs to be.

Likewise, keep your nutrition simple. You need to initiate lifestyle changes rather than drastically change your nutrition. The choices you make day to day can usually relate straight back to your nutrition, as more often than not, we do so based on our current mindset. Our mindset can often be linked back to our nutrition, and the poor choices we make leading to a lack of nutrients in order to function optimally. You need to adhere to your plan.

You need to plan in order to succeed with changing your eating habits. You need the belief that you will see results if you stick to your guns and your program. Consider your environment. If you’ve got rubbish in the cupboards, you’re likely to eat it after a crap day. Get rid of it.

Track and measure your food, just as you do your exercise. It’s equally, if not more vital, to you adopting, and sticking to good habits, and making positive lifestyle choices.

Adjust, stick to your lifestyle and don’t overcomplicate nutrition. Complication leads to falling off the wagon and watching it ride off into the distance.

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