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How Tim Robards stays fit, strong and healthy

The original Bachelor shares his simple approach to an active, nourished and healthy lifestyle.

Tim Robards

You probably know Tim Robards as the star of the first season of The Bachelor. But did you know he’s also a chiropractor, personal trainer, rehab practitioner and health educator? Tim is passionate about pain management, and about inspiring and mentoring people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Tim believes that many facets of modern life, particularly our mostly sedentary lifestyle, are impacting us physically, mentally and emotionally. He is adamant that quick fix fad diets and unrealistic fitness programs do more damage than good in the long run.

The Robards Method is an online program based on Tim’s trialled-and-tested method of combining achievable fitness goals with a percentage-based nutrition plan. That means eating ‘70% super clean, 20% sensible and 10% relaxed.’

Here, Tim shares an introduction to his core philosophy: move right, eat smart, think better.

Move right

Move right is about making sure your body is getting enough activity. Most of us simply don’t move enough these days. We’ve created a world of comfort, with a huge variety of food at our fingertips; we can take the train or car, or call an Uber; and we can change the temperature with the flick of a switch.

So look at your life and ask yourself, “Where can I inject a little healthy movement?” Then start with one thing – even just a walk around the block – and build on it from there. Always aim to be just that little bit better than you were yesterday.

Eat smart

If you look at our modern lifestyles in comparison to say 100 or 500 years ago, it’s not hard to see how our diets have changed drastically over time. Sugar intake, for example, has increased exponentially in the last century, and common sense tells me that our bodies are struggling to adapt. We may be living longer, but we’re also getting sicker from diet-related illnesses.

The 7:2:1 Plan is achievable, sustainable and smart. It preaches that food is there to be enjoyed, but also respected. It teaches you how to eat super clean ‘real’ food 70% of the time; how to substitute healthier ingredients in your favourite comfort foods 20% of the time; and it encourages 10% ‘relaxed’ eating without guilt.

Think better

To me, thinking better means learning to love myself fully, staying true to my values, respecting others’ values, and keeping balance in life like yin and yang. You can’t be “GO GO GO” all the time and expect to be healthy and successful long term. We live in a fast paced world and it’s important we learn to use technology wisely – and in some cases scarcely – to help us be more present in our daily lives.

Tim’s new book, The 7:2:1 Plan, features 100 easy and balanced recipes and step-by-step guides for all fitness levels, and is available in bookstores nationwide.

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