When I first hooked up with ViSalus back in February, I was asked to write a fitness column that would run once a week for an entire month.
Six months later and here we are.
The response was incredible -- hence the extended partnership -- and I want to thank all the readers who supported our mission and sent me their stories of inspiration. We gave away some cool prizes, shared a lot of knowledge and even got a few folks back into the gym.
But now it's time to say goodbye and move on to the next challenge.
When I first set out to spread the word, I wanted to be open and honest about what I believed good health and fitness were all about. I never wanted to spend too much time talking about specific exercises, because picking up a heavy object and setting it back down doesn't require a whole lot of brain power.
And running on the treadmill is the act of putting one foot in front of the other, just faster than you normally would.
Instead, I wanted to focus on the daily habits in our day-to-day lives, and how small changes to the bigger picture were often easier (and more effective) than major overhauls. Eating right and working out is not a science, and I don't let the fitness "experts" try to tell me otherwise.
Instead of trying to outsmart my body, I listen to what it has to say.
That means employing a sensible, sustainable approach to fitness and nutrition. Unless you're training for the Olympics or getting ready to step foot inside the Octagon, there's really no need to consume 3,000 calories a day and train for six hours. Watch your portions, cut out the junk food and move your ass a few days a week.
The more you do it, the easier it gets.
And when you need a little help in those departments, give ViSalus a shout (see their entire product line up here). They have a pretty good line up for every fitness goal and now you can even start your day off right with a bowl of high-protein cereal.
The cold weather will be here before you know it and I'm sure many of you will hide under heavy coats and ugly sweaters, so don't be surprised to see us right back here again next spring. While health and fitness doesn't have a particular season, it's a lot easier to get moving when the sun is shining and the grass is green.
Until then, friends, stay healthy!
Fitness Friday is sponsored by ViSalus. Opinions expressed are solely of the author. For more information on the ViSalus product line-up click here.
Just for the record, that's not a ViSalus shake at 0:53.