A quick roundup of new and useful health-related resources from around the web.
1. [Authority Nutrition] 10 High-fat foods that are actually super healthy
2. [Breaking Muscle] Prioritizing your fitness isn’t selfish – it’s necessary
3. [Chris Kresser] 7 Tips for healthy living on a budget
4. [Dr. David Perlmutter] How gut bacteria protect the brain
6. [Limitless 365] The beginner’s guide to cooking healthy meals
7. [Mark’s Daily Apple] I think, therefore I do
8. [Paleo Hacks] Recipe: Coconut carob bars
9. [T-Nation] 10 Great things about lifting weights
10. [Whole 9 Life] Flexibility for strength, posture, and injury prevention
11. [Whole 9 Life] 3 Ways to improve your posture
12. [Lewis Howes] Podcast: How to find joy in the journey (when everything sucks)
Bonus pep talk on The Myth of Motivation by Precision Nutrition:
Motivation comes and goes. Some days, it’s awesome — you are full of zest and mojo and ready to kick life in the ass.
Some days that motivation will be totally MIA. You’ll consider wetting the bed because it feels like too much effort to crawl out to the bathroom.
But it doesn’t matter.
You don’t need motivation nor inspiration to have good habits.
In fact, what differentiates an “expert” from an “amateur” is not motivation… but action. “Experts” hunker down and find ways to get the job done, regardless of how they feel.
We commonly assume that motivation and inspiration — in other words, a particular mental state — come before action.
Sometimes that’s true. Most of the time, it’s not. Action often occurs before motivation and that desired mental state.
For instance, let’s say one day you decide to go for a walk. You’re not really inspired per se, but your brain feels fuzzy and you want some fresh air.
At first, you just sort of clump along, staring at the ground.
After 5 or 10 minutes, the brisk breeze starts to clear the cobwebs.
You stand taller and breathe more deeply. Your stride lengthens and your hips loosen up. Now you’re walking proud. You have direction. The movement is actually giving you energy.
After 20-30 minutes, you finish that walk on a high.
Your brain fuzz is gone, replaced by crystal-clear thoughts. Your body is energized. You feel re-engaged with life and the universe. Now you’ve found that motivated mental state.
What changed? You acted first.
When it comes to change:
- Action is more important than information.
- Doing is more important than knowing.
No matter how much you know, only consistent, daily action creates change.
What’s one small, meaningful action YOU can do today?