What are the top 3 things you see people do to mess up their exercise and nutrition?
- not make a priority list based on their current status (injuries, resources, current training load) and what their goals are
- judge results too soon and use the wrong measures to make these judgements
- lack consistency and neglect the effect of habits (both good and bad ones) on their performance and results
How has your perspective on nutrition and exercise changed over the years?
In some ways it has changed but I still use some guiding principles that I have used since I started working in the health and fitness industries. Although we have more access to specific details (training tools, interventions, food comparisons, research studies) and more and more research about tiny comparisons keep coming up, in the end they are only useful if they are applicable to your client's situation.
Therefore the task of understanding
1. what someone wants,
2. what they understand,
3. what they are willing to change or try and
4. what their expectations are
is still the most important part of my role in helping them achieve results (both in rehabilitation and in fitness). And I think we as people and as an industry have not improved in this fundamental area despite improved tools, technology and access to research and information. We are too easily distracted.
So if I have changed my perspective in any area, it is that I endeavour to constantly expand my understanding of the above four points for each client. I also approach my role more as an educator and try to highlight what is applicable and what is a distraction to my client base more than previously. I am also constantly looking for tools, blogs, and developing analogies to help people improve their understanding of what does and doesn't apply to them. And I try to keep the conversation going and keep the lines of communication open wherever possible.
What is your current favorite quote?
“Promise me you’ll always remember:
you’re braver than you believe
and stronger than you seem
and smarter than you think”
Christopher Robbins to Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
My current motto: Move Better, Feel Better, Be Better
Fast food is…
often fake food
(not always; some vegetables and other options don't take too much prep time or are easy to access... you just need to know what suits your body and health goals)
The key to my fitness and health success is…
- Having, creating or finding events to train for
- Knowing my training priorities (and accepting I can't work on everything or focus on every sport at the same time)
- Listening to my body
- Focusing on the process, not the outcome, and making the process as fun and interesting as possible
- Appreciating and believing many small steps done consistently will help me achieve my goals
Bonus: What do you foresee in the future for fitness and wellness?
With the technology available and the ability to use big data, I'm hoping people can start to learn to use more appropriate measures for themselves, understand where in a wellness framework they need to work on and learn to distinguish what information applies to their life and what's just a distraction.