Keto, carnivore, vegan, paleo...
Zone 2, HIIT, Crossfit, yoga, Orange Theory...
The latest diet.
The latest exercise fad.
What do they all have in common?
They all work if you follow them...
But, so do the basics. The difference is that while fads work in the short term, the basics will work for life. We so often overlook the simple tenants of health that have worked since time in memoriam. Instead, we get distracted by new and exciting trends, thinking they are better. Recency and popularity are mistaken for correctness.
When looking at what you can do to improve your health, keep it simple. Look for whole categories of your life that could be improved instead of looking for quick fixes. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Some important categories include:
How is your sleep? Are you getting 7-9 hours regularly? Do you struggle with insomnia or sleep apnea?
How is your diet? Are you eating a diversity of food with enough protein and fiber? Do you experience any digestive issues? Sugar cravings? Are you drinking enough water?
How is your exercise routine? Are you moving throughout the day? Getting at least 90 minutes of weekly cardio and two days of strength training?
How is your mental health? Do you suffer from any depression or anxiety? Do you have a good support system for hard times?
These pillars of a good lifestyle will (if worked on consistently) produce compounding positive effects. There is a synergy that occurs. The more big issues that you can address, the less the little issues will nag you.
Focus on doing the right things first: sleep, diet, exercise, and psychology. Do them well every day. The rest will take care of itself.