There is a lot of info out there about diet and lifestyle but what can you really take from all it. We obviously advocate more Pilates – specifically Durban North Pilates 🙂, more flexibility & more balance but I suppose we are biased.

Here is a list of 5 things to assess when looking at health, fitness or nutrition programs or info. Is the program or challenge:

  1. Accessible
  2. Feasible
  3. Affordable
  4. Sustainable
  5. Safe
  1. Accessible

The program or plan needs to be accessible. This is one of the biggest frustrations in my field – many people think that accessibility is not a key component in making a decision about starting with their health program. If you can exercise on your own then accessibility won’t be an issue for you because you will inevitably find somewhere or something to do to stay fit.

However, if you are starting out or do not have the knowledge to start on your own it is unlikely you are going to stick to your fitness regime. I have seen it before – someone sees surfers or kite surfers with ripped bodies and wants to look like that. Although these forms of exercise are really amazing, practically it is unlikely that someone who is untrained will commit to getting out there to kite surf 4 times a week.

Make sure your plan is well set out and structured so you know what to expect and commit to it fully.

There is nothing worse than getting really excited for something and then life gets in the way and you have to put it on the back burner because you just don’t have the time or energy to get out and do it every day.

Here are some ideas to try:

  • Free – do it yourself – running; trail running; swimming;
  • Paid – do it yourself – Cycling; mountain biking; gym contract; surfing; kite surfing
  • Paid – Under guidance – Boot camp; personal trainer; kettle bell classes; Zumba Classes; Pilates; Yoga
  1. Feasible

This refers to the above choices you make. Make sure you can commit your time and efforts. If you cannot commit rather look for something else that you know you can apply yourself 100% of the time.

  1. Affordable

Be wise with your money. Don’t buy any old product, pill or DVD out there promising you a lean figure or ripped abs of steel. Have a look around and spend your money wisely and choose something that you will be able to stick to.

  1. Sustainable

This for me is GOLDEN. You need to start incorporating things in your lifestyle that are sustainable. Your health and fitness goals will change over time but make sure your healthy choices and adaptations you make along the way are sustainable.

I have seen it many times before with clients. They cut out things completely from their diets or lifestyles to only reintroduce them in greater quantities in the long term. You need to make sure you make your lifestyle sustainable and one way to do that is to read and ask questions about health and get guidance from those in the know around you.

  1. Safe

This is often overlooked when joining a gym or a program, taking weight loss pills or buying a product on TV or the internet. Are you sure these things are safe and are you sure the people helping you are qualified. If you are injured or need professional help go and get it. Please make sure you ask the right questions and you do your research. Not many people blindly invest their money into the property market without having a look around or asking a few questions but sadly this is the case a lot of the time within the health industry.