No wonder the frenzy has set in. We are three weeks into 2016 and all those resolutions are falling apart. Some might have already crumbled.

If I hear one more media report about our health and fitness I might puke. People go on and on about what we can do and what we can buy to help us achieve our goals.

I just listened to a “fitness expert” talking about the new trend with all the fitness trackers available to people… and how many people got these for Christmas. He spouted about the benefits of step counts and heart rate measures.

He forgot to highlight the most important factor.


Nothing will change and you won’t get better, fitter, healthier or happier unless you get up, move your butt and make a change with what you do each day.

I have a Fitbit and love it. But it doesn’t change the fact that if it’s raining outside and I still have 8,000 steps before I make my daily goal that going outside and putting in the effort is tough. I’m going to get wet. I would much rather watch TV and eat cheese. Cheese can easily trump a Fitbit unless I make the commitment and follow through.

How many people bought gym memberships and only went once? How many people have treadmills that haven’t been turned on in years? How many people are still fat and sick?

I’ve given talks on the subject and they’re short and simple.

Everyone is an individual and what works for some people might not work for you.

If you want to lose weight, eat less.

If you want to get fit, walk or run and lift weights.

If you want to feel better, drink at least a liter of water a day.

If you want to sleep better, go to bed and don’t do things that will keep you awake once you are there.

Consistency, consistency, consistency.

And most important… do something that makes you happy. Not something that just brings you pleasure: we are talking about real happiness.

It’s simple.

And it’s extremely tough to do.

But it’s worth it.

So move.

This is a picture of me wearing a Fitbit. But more important this is a picture of me at the end of a two hour walk.

This is a picture of me wearing a Fitbit. But more important this is a picture of me at the end of a two hour walk.

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