As you will read about in my book “The R.A2.D. Triad
,” defining yourself and achieving balance in your life comes as a result of building a solid foundation of the Triad (Rest
), coupled with the right attitude/motivation. The more in balance each of these is, the more prepared you are to reach your goals!
Your body does not function well without adequate rest. This includes enough QUALITY sleep at night, mini-breaks during the day, off days from the gym and work, and lower intensity workout protocols. Even your daily activities and the food you eat impacts how well or how poorly the “Rest” component is balanced in your life. By following the “Evening Routine” and “Daily Routine” protocols in “The R.A2.D. Triad,” you can ensure your body is well-rested and ready to perform at its best.
“Move it or lose it,” as the saying goes. Without movement, not only do your muscles atrophy, but your health begins to decline, as movement is the key to keeping all systems (especially your lymph system) strong and healthy. But not just any activity will do. In order to get the results you want, you must follow a workout routine that is designed specifically for those outcomes and for YOUR body.
Despite the cardio craze that many people are caught up in, doing cardio is NOT the best way to lose fat. Having a well-designed program that it linked to your “Fitness Personality” as well as your “Genetic Predisposition” is crucial to getting results, so that you aren’t “spinning your wheels” without seeing results.
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Your body can only perform as well as the fuel that you provide it. Every minute, your body is making new cells to replace the old ones. When you eat your next meal, do you want those new cells made out of fuel that is full of nutrients or fuel that taxes your body’s systems and your overall health? Including foods listed out in “The R.A2.D. Triad” will provide your body with nutritional and sensory balance, as seen in the “Nutritional Continuum” so that you achieve your ideal weight, abundant energy, and great immune functioning.
While all of the above are important, your foundation of rest, activity and diet is enhanced with a positive attitude and motivation. Learning how to shift your mind from pessimism to optimism not only makes you feel better mentally, but it can also have a dramatic effect on your health. The “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique is a great start to building an attitude that motivates you every day to reach your goal.
The R.A2.D. Triad
The The R.A2.D. Triad combines the above principles to help you form an individualized plan to achieve your goals by keeping in mind that you need a plan that is unique to your body and your lifestyle. A cookie-cutter approach will not give you the best results. Your plan is based on taking action steps in one or more of the categories above to help you balance out your Triad and give you a solid foundation for building the body and health that you desire.
“Success builds success.”
That is what I tell my clients. Tackling all of these aspects at once will most likely overwhelm you and leave you giving up on your dreams all together. What you want to do is start with one thing that you can change TODAY, regardless of how small it may seem, and DO IT today, and tomorrow, and the next day until it becomes a habit (usually 21 days). Then, make your next change and then your next until all of those small changes have added up to BIG changes!
Keeping a journal is often helpful during this process so that you can identify what works and what does not on your journey to making your dreams a reality.