Healthy Living – Common Sense Physical Health

Here’s what I know from making exercise and nutrition a priority in my life. Since I’m a personal trainer, I also know it to be true for dozens upon dozens of others.


When I say good nutrition has raised the quality of my life, I mean I haven’t been sick. The worst thing about “sick” is your thoughts are stapled to that sickness. You can’t get rid of it. By being healthy, I’m free.


When I say regular exercise has raised the quality of my life, I don’t mean I’m shredded with muscle like Arnold from lifting weights in front of mirrors.  I mean I am a Jedi like Luke Skywalker. Because I can  jump out of a spaceship and land on my feet. I can do summersaults and quickly pop upright to fight with a light saber. I can run so fast that I save the Princess… that’s what me and my kids pretend play when we’re at the beach. I can play that part and that means the world to both of us.

Very First Step

What’s the first step toward making exercise and nutrition a priority in your life? Start doing what you already know. This is common sense.

You don’t have to join a club. You don’t have to go paleo. You don’t have to start juicing for 90 days. Nothing extra is required. Start where you are with what you have. Participate in your health, give yourself a chance.

Immediate Next Action Steps

Here’s how to tap into the common sense you innately have about your own physical health.

Make a list of five things you can do to have better exercise and nutrition. Use common sense.

Here’s an example I made for me. Yours will be different than mine because you’re you. One size never fits all.

1. Processed sugars are bad. Eliminate them 6 days a week. Go wild on ice cream and Oreos one day because rules are meant to be broken sometimes. It’s healthy.

2. Eat as many vegetables as I can whenever I want. Why aren’t I eating more veggies? The Veggie God said I need a w-i-d-e variety of 7-13 servings per day. I’m lucky if I get that in a week. I’ll start with more kale. Take Juice Plus every day.

3. Sleep 8-10 hours. Every night. Rare exceptions being celebrations, vacations, sick kids, epic love making and friends who need a shoulder.

4. Drink half my body weight in ounces of water. Every day. Being hydrated makes everything work better. There is no end to what I’m saying about hydration.

5. Move everyday. It could be shooting basketball  “around-the-world” for 20 minutes at the neighborhood basketball court. It could be a vigorous 45 minute walk. Yoga. Self defense class. Zumba class. During the summer of 2013, my thing was to put my son in the Ergo backpack and my daughter in the stroller and walk up and down Fairview Street, which was the steepest in the neighborhood.

Now Follow Your Advice

It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. It’s not a resolution. It’s not even a goal. It’s a theme labeled physical health. By the way, when you follow your own advice, that’s called wisdom. Be wise.

This post is part of the Healthy Living series I’m putting together for physical,  emotional, mental and spiritual health. Subscribe if you want them delivered to your email.