No matter who you are – regardless of age, sex, health status, bodyweight, activity level etc. and whether you like it or not, fitness plays a major role in your life. If you’re breathing and you have a pulse, you fall into a category of fitness. Smarter exercise is the master key that unlocks the door to the extraordinary benefits of fitness. Functional nutrition keeps the door open for you.
The bottom line is, our health and condition – measured by our fitness level – is the foundation that most everything rests upon. It sets the tone and largely determines your quality of life and greatly impacts your future health. Hard to believe? Think back to when you last had a bad cold, or the flu, or maybe something much worse. Our lives become dominated by our “condition” and everything comes to a screaming halt when we’re sick or incapacitated. Still not convinced? Think about when you had an injury. Maybe you strained your lower back or had a bad knee or stiff neck? These issues become incredibly nagging and hold us back from living a fuller more vibrant life, or perhaps even a normal lifestyle. Low fitness levels place you in a constant mode of feeling sluggish with low energy, not being functionally adequate for average activities and not really satisfied with how we may look.
Imagine feeling 20% or 50% stronger, healthier, more energetic and functionally stronger every day when getting out of bed, walking up a flight of stairs or unloading something heavy from the car. Imagine having 25 lbs less body fat and 5 lbs more muscle on your frame. This is all directly connected to how good your fitness level is – or is not. The greater it is, the better we look, feel and function. And, the less stress we have because of increased physical strength, endurance and vitality. Everything works better. And yes, there are extremes on both sides of the equation – from 24/7 work-out freaks to inactive couch potatoes. The truth is, the vast majority of us would thrive and greatly benefit from a moderate fitness routine – but only if it is designed by using sophisticated scientific information and put in a form that is explained well and simplified for you as a smart fitness prescription – not another gym membership. But, how do we find it?
Unfortunately, the amount of fitness misinformation that exists is astounding. Most people that “workout” participate at an extremely uneducated low level and end up with little or no results, or gain only injury in the process. The experience pushes them further away from the greatness and benefits of fitness. The fitness market is truly an avalanche of confusing advice and most often, flat out incorrect information. And, the worse part?……Most of it stems from the fitness industry itself. The very place people default to while attempting to get a handle on their health by signing up at a “gym”.
Why is it that many will spend thousands of dollars on fancy automobiles, second homes and personal services, but when it comes to one of the most important things in your life – your body – they aren’t really willing to invest much, if at all. Very few prioritize their most important asset. And when they do, it is typically the cheap, quick fix – “I have to lose 20 lbs before summer” ….or…..”I’m going on this new liquid diet to lose weight”……Fads, Fads, Fads….
Smarter fitness incorporates deep science that, when translated and applied correctly, can truly help the everyday person exceed their expectations by delivering enormous health benefits and visible results. The fitness space it littered with choices. Fitness gyms, trainers and exercise routines are not all created equal. There is a MASSIVE difference in knowledge, skill level, experience, routines, modalities, safety and fitness Rx. Elite fitness guidance is very hard to find. Access to Phd level research and knowledge to this point has been reserved for the professional athletes like Tiger Woods and Lebron James who can afford the Millions of dollars to have that access to modern cutting-edge techniques and proper coaching. Fortunately, Smartfit640 members are getting this information and coaching and are the ones getting the results in less time. Our specialized experience and understanding of the physiological responses, adaptations and proper execution to exercise enable us to deliver elite fitness to all ages and all fitness levels – without antiquated, long grueling workouts. Smartfit640 translates the science and simplifies the process for people. We take all the guesswork out of the fitness maze, so results become apparent, real and sustainable. Our wide-ranging members are educated and energized. Young athletes, middle-aged crowds and folks in their 70’s and 80’s are thriving in the Smartfit640 system.
If finding proper exercise wasn’t daunting enough, the role of proper nutrition is without a doubt, as equally misunderstood.
No matter who you are, the metabolic machinery of the human body requires definitive caloric framework to function. Amount (and quality) of calories in and amount of calories out (burned) in a 24 hour period. Plain and simple. Whether you are a top tier professional athlete or just the everyday person, we all have certain caloric requirements – expenditure and intake – that need to be balanced and regulated to reach individualized goals. The subcategories beneath this basic math (expenditure and intake) is where further components are addressed which effect the two physical parts of the human body we all have: Lean body mass (LBM – muscle & bones) and Fat mass. Both can be controlled if you have the knowledge and experience. Increase LBM and the fat starts to go away, even when you are sleeping. We call this the compounding fitness effect.
There are all sorts of graphs and mathematical equations that determine your nutritional road map. Consider this basic information when making your next dietary calculations to improve your health:
Age, Height, weight, sex, body circumference measurements, lean body mass %, body fat %, body mass index, basal metabolic rate, resting metabolic rate, thermic effect of food, Daily activity levels (desk job or lumberjack, sedentary to extremely active etc.)
Here are important basics that will help you understand: There are 3 major substrates to dietary nutrition – they are called macronutrients. They are Proteins, Carbohydrates & Fats. The micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals.
The human body wants and needs adequate quality calories for optimal function.
The two glaring mistakes made by the vast majority?
- Not enough calories consumed
- Poor food choices and wrong timing when they eat
The first mistake made is people do not consume enough calories – thus plunging them into FAT storage mode. Because of a caloric deficit, the body goes into starvation mode and hoards the few calories it is getting, storing a significant portion of those calories as body fat (yellow adipose tissue). It’s a protective mechanism because the body thinks it’s not going to get fed for a while.
The second mistake is when you’re hungry, the typical choice will be to consume a high caloric “empty calorie” meal that is loaded with bad fats, sugar, sodium and minimal fiber. These two mistakes put your body into high gear of losing important lean body mass (muscle) while accelerating fat storage. If not interrupted, the cycle continues. You know the rest.
Proper nutritional intake allows the body to function – produce energy, repair tissue, fight germs and regulate many other metabolic components. Whole Proteins have all the essential amino acids and are the “2×4’s and nails” for tissue repair and also serve many other vital functions. Good sources of whole proteins are egg whites, fish, lean meats, chicken, beans – all good choices that have the essential amino acid profile that we need. There are 2 different types of “Carbs”– complex and simple. Complex Carbohydrates are made up of starches and fiber and they are digested more slowly than simple carbs (giving you sustained energy). These carbs provide the energy component we need to fuel our body. Examples are potatoes, brown rice, beans, multi-grain high fiber breads and pasta. Simple Carbohydrates are essential! They provide loads of fiber, 1,000’s of vital phytonutrients and phytochemicals. Examples are green vegetables Kale, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, red peppers, onions and whole fruits like oranges, blueberries, bananas, grapes. Eat as much of these as you can! Healthy Fats provide heart healthy omega 3 fats and provide vitamin transportation properties into cells. Examples of food containing good fats are salmon, avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado oil.
The role of nutrition is complex and oftentimes misunderstood for good reason. Everyone has different nutritional needs, but the hard facts remain that most people under-eat and then make poor food choices when they do eat, thus robbing themselves of longevity and vitality. Like exercise, there is a mountain of information all around us – more often than not, incorrect information. This makes it confusing and difficult to incorporate sound choices and adequate amounts of the right foods. An elite fitness system will keep you on track.
Proper Exercise & Functional Nutrition
The combination of proper exercise and sound functional nutrition are a very potent mix that will guide you to that elusive place of fitness and health greatness that so many people are searching for. It’s virtually impossible to get there at a “gym” or your common fitness facility where elite level knowledge is non-existent. Investing a nominal amount of time in a fitness system that harnesses modern science and research is a powerful weapon for you in the fight against aging and for people striving to live strongly for years to come.
When you train smarter, the first week you’ll feel it, in four weeks you’ll see it, in 3 months you’ll hear it, and for the rest of your life you’ll love it. Don’t miss out!