Have you heard the phrase ‘you can’t out-exercise a bad diet’?

Well this is the bottom line when it comes to maintaining a healthy body, however, nutrition and exercise are BOTH important parts of weight management, gaining strength, muscle-tone, mobility and good mental health.

Good eating habits can have a far greater impact on your body composition and overall health, but when a combination of exercise and healthy nutrition are implemented together – this is when successful body changes happen.

It’s fact that a person can change their body composition through diet alone without exercise, however it’s the combination of both that provides a complete healthier package.

But let’s be clear… Any of our fitness team will endorse the fact that exercise and movement shouldn’t only be about striving to change your body shape. The benefits of exercise are far greater to any of us than body shape alone. Weight management, especially if you are an unhealthy weight, is a good thing to work towards for sure, which is why we are passionate about promoting both.

Exercise without healthy eating is not a waste of time, but it is like swimming upstream.

Applying the 80% nutrition-to-20% fitness rule is simply a statement of the importance of nutrition in the equation. This distribution isn’t scientifically proven. It is based on the fact that it is easier to consume calories versus burning calories.

Have you read success stories of dramatic weight loss? At the forefront of the accomplishments of the people in these success stories are usually improved nutritional programs together with exercise or movement.

It may be nice to think positive body changes can be made simply by exercising, but that’s far from the truth. Applying the simple 80:20 rule creates the difference and understanding food will be the major player in how you look and importantly how you feel.

So whatever your health goals are this year, we recommend good, healthy eating habits and get moving in any way that you enjoy.

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