In the realm of health and fitness, much like the rest of life, there are trade offs to be made. What trade offs you are willing to make will be entirely up to you and how you want to live your life. Here are the some of things you may have to give up or ideas you have to give up at the least, depending on what you want. Some of these might be hard truths you'll have to live with, but I hope you see it as more of a learning chance.
A flat stomach or six pack? Alright, alcohol is out, and social gatherings will be a bit tougher for you, heck even going out to eat can be difficult depending on where. Even with all that, if genetics are not on your side, it'll be for not.
Flip side, don’t like eating vegetables and proteins? That’s fine, be prepared to feel sluggish and your body is going to deficient in many essentials that you need to live a healthy life.
Skip the gym? No problem, do that too often though and things will start to creak and ache. Not to mention you'll probably start to feel not great.
Flip side, go hard 7 days a week? Great, you'll also start to break and feel like trash from burnout.
What you do in the gym also has these trad offs.
Don’t want to do your cardio or conditioning? You might be able to lift a ton of weight (relatively) but enjoy losing your breath at the top of every sets of stairs you need to climb and I’m not talking about the Spanish steps either.
Flip side, just want to run, but not lift? Those injuries are likely to pile up without some weight training to compliment it at the least. No, running or biking will not make your legs significantly stronger, it's not resistance training, it's cardio.
As you can see, everything has a balance and a tradeoff. Sure you can do all of the things I mentioned above, but you'll definitely be giving something up, don't kid yourself. Me personally? I do the minimal conditioning I need, lift weights, rest when I need to and try to eat all of my necessary vegetables, that's where I find my balance.
I hope today you've learned where you can find yours, or at least have an idea of it. Thanks for reading everyone and as always feel free to hit me up with any questions or feed back, have a good one!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS