'I've met hundreds of trainers in my time on Men's Health magazine but Timo is the best and the one I trained with. His book is full of infectious motivational enthusiasm and Topp Tips!'
Dan Rookwood Men's Health cover model and journalist
'Get Real' offers a fresh, clear and concise approach to the old browbeaten subject of losing weight and getting in shape.
Most other approaches to fitness and weight loss are about the latest fad, gimmick or diet. They promise life changing results in record time with minimal effort. The trouble is they often don't work or the results don't last. Instead of all the Hollywood hype for the latest miracle cure 'Get Real' returns to some of the basic principles that bring optimal health and with it, optimal weight.
The principles in my book are actually relatively simple, surprisingly easy and will help you get in shape and stay in shape and live a healthy life.
The book covers seven workouts including a warm up and a cool down but they have nothing to do with exercise programs. In fact there are no workouts or no diets to follow at all. Instead the workouts are inspiring and educational chapters covering a different aspect of health that goes way beyond the traditional pillars of diet and exercise. Each workout addresses a different key concept that will help you not only get in shape but stay in shape.
'Winners and achievers think in a certain way and you must think the same way too'
There's a reason people try and fail so many times and it's got nothing to do with 'what to do'. First and foremost, before doing anything, we need to understand the psychology of success. Winners and achievers think a certain way to achieve their goals, so we must do the same. We need to set some goals, clearly understand the reasons and benefits behind them and be persistent and consistent in our efforts to achieve them.
'Three basic principles form the foundation for health. They are so simple yet so profound'
Before jumping on another diet or exercise plan, you must master some of the basics of health. There are three simple things we do every day but typically without much awareness. For optimal health and vitality we need to become more conscious of better breathing, drink plenty of water and try to nurture a positive mindset.
'Food can be boiled (or grilled!) down to a few very simple principles'
Eating isn't really that hard, we've just made it confusing. All we need to do is eat fresh food from nature and avoid the processed stuff fresh from packets. A great way to understand food quality is to read food labels. Not to look at calories or fat content but at the number of chemical additives. Fresh foods typically don't have any additives. Processed foods do. If you want to be healthy eat fresh foods.
'When you are alive you move, when you are dead you don't'
Our bodies are designed to move but our modern world is very sedentary. That's why we must make a real effort not only to exercise regularly but also to be active as well. Exercise is the best way to improve health and quality of life. But there's one very important exercise we do every day without much awareness - how we walk, stand and sit. Good posture is also paramount for health and looking good.
You don't see it coming or know that it's there, but it's slowly taking hold, bringing you down
Stress is like a silent assassin. You don't see it coming or know that it is there, but it's slowly taking hold of you causing a negative effect on health. It is also a huge handbrake to weight loss success as it promotes the release of fat storing hormones. So to look and feel better we really need to recognise stress, manage it and also get a good night's sleep.
'A chemical free body is a clean, healthy body'
Up until the dawn of the industrial revolution, we lived without any un-natural chemicals in our food and environment. Now there are millions of registered chemicals, with more being added every few seconds! Despite being approved for use chances are some aren't that great for health so to be healthy we should be conscious of trying to reduce some of them from our personal environment: such our food, in cleaning products and the cosmetics we use.
'Awareness is the first and most important step for any change and improvement to occur'
Before we can change anything we must first be aware that it needs to change or improve. Hence, the quality of our life relates to the quality of our consciousness and our ability to consider the impact of our actions upon our self, our health and even the planet, on which we so dearly depend.
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