People often ask me if I have a set diet and workout plan. The truth is, my workout routine varies quite a bit because I train for and compete in many different avenues of life. Whether I'm training for football, or combat, or to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the only changes to my routine are the sets, reps, and exercises. One thing that doesn't change is my consistency. I show up at the right time, in the right place, with the right uniform on and most importantly with the right attitude. In life, half the battle is just showing up. With all that said, there are three diet and workout tips I stand by no matter where I am or what I train for.
Because I travel a lot, it can be a challenge to maintain a consistent diet. I tend to take a very flexible approach to dieting but for the most part, I stick to foods that will give my body the best "fuel". I'm not a stickler for calories and I don't necessarily eat healthy every meal, but I make sure to always incorporate some type of protein and plenty of good fruits and vegetables. It's easy to find healthy options on the road, it just takes a little effort. I don't want to spend my hard earned money on anything that isn't going to properly fuel my body.
I stay motivated to train by giving myself really specific goals to work towards. If I simply tell myself, "I wanna get ripped" or "I wanna lose weight," that ain't gonna cut it. I need a benchmark to work towards, or better yet a challenge I want to overcome. For example, this October I'll be doing a Tough Mudder with a group of homeless veterans that are transitioning back to civilian life. My training will shift to accommodate that goal. Be specific in what you want. Even if it seems impossible or out of reach, don't sell yourself short and certainly don't listen to the haters, because I guarantee you there will be plenty of those no matter what you do in life. If it's great, there's gonna be hate.
For those of you having a hard time committing, it's all about habits. Start small. Give yourself a month to notice a change in your body and the way that you feel. Anything less than that and you probably won't notice results. But once you've accomplished a goal, think back on the way that you felt a week ago, a month ago, or even when you first started. It's likely that you've started to look forward to training every day or at least accepted it as part of your daily life. Training should be as important as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Our bodies are made to move and work!
Nate Boyer is a former active-duty Green Beret is also a world traveler, a philanthropist and community leader, and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.
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