Fitness is a lifestyle with no finish line. Start your fit, healthy lifestyle today! The transition to a fit lifestyle may seem daunting but practicing healthy habits doesn't have to be hard.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to begin with a dramatic change. Making small changes and incorporating them into your life slowly and gradually will increase the likelihood that you will stick with the change and want to do more.
Use these tips to achieve your fitness goals and improve your energy levels quickly and easily.
A saying goes as ‘Exercise is one step forward, but a poor diet is two steps back’. That is how essential a well -balanced diet is to a fit lifestyle. You may spend multiple number of hours in the gym exercising, but the results will follow only when you watch what you eat. Now you don’t need to go crazy, blindly following the ‘eat clean’ fad or falling for any crash diet. Fitness is a lifestyle, and not a momentary change, and a healthy well balanced diet is the primary step towards that.
- Eat less from a box and more from the Earth- This should be your thumb rule while going grocery shopping. Incorporate whole foods like:
- Fresh veggies- sprouts, asparagus, bell peppers, cucumber, onion, broccoli
- Fresh fruits- apple, banana, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, papaya, orange
- Nuts and seeds- almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, cashews
- Beans and legumes- black beans, lentils, soyabean, tofu
- Chicken, fish, turkey
- Herbs & spices- cilantro, parsley, cloves, cinnamon
- Eat Whole foods instead of processed foods- While Whole foods are nutrient dense, processed foods are energy dense. Nutrient dense foods provide nutrients for your body such as fibre, vitamins and minerals with low added sugar and fat (like- wheat flour, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, barley, quinoa, nuts, fruits, veggies) and energy dense foods provide many calories with little value to your body (such as cereals, cheese, crisps, candies, cookies).
- Eat small but frequent meals- Instead of three large meals, try and eat six small meals. Long gaps between meals makes your body go in to starvation mode which wrecks your metabolism.
Eating every 2-3 hours revs up the body’s metabolism to allow for quicker fat loss, keeps our minds sharp, and provides consistent energy throughout the day. Learn to eat till you are satisfied and not overfull so that you are hungry again for your next small meal.
Get moving/ Exercise
Food is the most abused anxiety drug while Exercise is the most under- utilized anti-depressant. That’s the kind of positive effect, Exercise has on our well-being.
A 30-minute walk every day can do more for your long-term health than all the efforts of a dozen doctors and their medication.
Not only does exercise improve your health, but it can go a long way to prevent the onset of several life-threatening conditions, such as heart diseases, cancer etc. And of course, apart from that it can make you look great – younger, fitter and thinner. So just get moving!
You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control over stress than you might think. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. Some of these steps include:
- Take a time-out- Practice yoga, listen to music, get a massage or meditate.
- Eat well balanced meals
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
- Take deep breaths
- Exercise daily
- Maintain a positive attitude
A good night’s sleep
An Irish proverb goes as ‘a good laugh and a good night’s sleep are the best cures for anything’.
Proper amount of sleep helps reduce stress, keeps your heart healthy, reduces inflammation, makes you more alert during the day, bolsters your memory, helps you lose weight, and reduces your risk for depression. You will feel better, think better, and look better with a good night’s sleep.
Be healthy. Stay active. Eat whole. Drink water.