Being physically active is extremely important to your health and well-being. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to understand that in order to have good health and a better quality of life, it’s important to be active and fit. But, how do we make fitness a cornerstone of our lives when there are so many temptation and things competing for our attention?
Participating in moderate to intense physical fitness should be part of our daily lives. Although many of us work 8 or more hours a day, we are busy with our brains but most of our work is sedentary. Our brains are exhausted, but our bodies have been sedentary and can begin to atrophy from lack of use.
Our inactivity results in a reduced BMR, or basal metabolic rate. When we are young and active, this remains high, but as we do less and less physical work it lowers. This can result in an increase rate of disease by the time we reach middle age. High blood pressure, Heart attacks, diabetes, kidney disease, and obesity are just some of the things that we are facing.
If you want to change your life, there are things that you need to do in order to stay fit.
Do little Things to Get Moving
Avoid your innate laziness and get active in your everyday life. Try:
- Take breaks at work and instead of sitting around gossiping, take a brisk walk around the installations.
- Always choose the stairs and walk if you can.
- Park further away from wherever you are doing. That extra distance will relieve stress from trying to fight for parking and give you more opportunities to burn some calories.
Begin an Exercise Routine
It’s important to get a good exercise routine going, no matter how much you activate your every day life. It may be really hard at first, but once you get into a fitness routine, you will feel and look so much better. Keep the following in mind:
- Exercise 4 or 5 times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes.
- Find the right fit for you! There are many types of workouts, so try a few different ones until you find the ones that you enjoy best.
- Set goals for yourself.
- Get a workout and accountability partner.
Change Your Eating Habits
You can’t out gym your eating habits. Meaning, no matter how much you work out, you can’t be fit, have a great body or feel very energetic if you eat poorly. So, it’s crucial that you do the following:
- Stick a diet that is nutritious and well balanced and includes lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
- Steer clear of junk foods and processed foods. That includes your favorite fast foods, fried foods, pizzas, frozen foods, candies, potato chips and the like.
- Swap out your refined carbohydrates like white rice, white pasta and white bread for complex carbs like sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain breads and whole grain pastas.
- Don’t forget to include both frozen and fresh vegetables and fruits into your daily diet.
- Cut back on alcohol and sugary drinks. Just don’t drink your calories!
- Remember, that sugar is your number one enemy. Stay away from refined sugars as much as possible. They are addicting and create an excess amount of belly fat.
- Whenever you buy foods at the store, take the time to read the labels. You will quickly learn that whole foods that you cook yourself are much better for you.
- Healthy fats are good for you! So don’t avoid eggs, avocado, nuts and coconut oils.
Keep Yourself Motivated
One of the hardest things about staying healthy is finding a way to keep yourself motivated. Being sedentary and eating poorly are just so much easier. But here are a few tips to keep it all going!
- Document what you eat throughout the day in a food diary. It will help you curb the amount you eat and help you make healthier choices.
- Plan fun and active things to do with your friends and family to keep you moving.
- Find an active hobby like gardening, dancing, or bird watching.
- Eat out less! You will be able to stick to your diet much better if you eat at home.
- Plan your weekly meals so you don’t get stuck in a pinch!
- Keep a photo diary to see the progress you have made!
- Surround yourself with friends that want to be healthy so that you can hold yourselves accountable.
Having a lifestyle that is centered around fitness is possible. It can be fun and even more fulfilling than your old life. Don’t let your naturally laziness and poor eating habits rob you of your health and quality of life.