Being fit and healthy is something everybody wants but this goal seems to slip away from those who want it so easily. One day you are up early going for a run and the next minute, it’s a year later and you don’t remember when or how you gained weight.
From what we notice, fitness goals (any goal really) become more feasible when they are integrated into our regular lives. This takes out the feeling that they are a chore and before long, they become habits and we find ourselves becoming one with our goal.
What I am about to highlight here are 5 thing we can begin to do right away in order to make our goal of being fit a reality once and for all.
1. DRINK MORE WATER
W.H.Auden said ‘Thousands Have Lived Without Love, Not One Without Water’. Whatever diet you decide to be on, the most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drinking water will support your body with digestion, transporting nutrition to your body and even help improve cognitive function.
Ideally, you want to drink about half your body weight in ounces per day i.e. if you weight 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. However this should be a starting point. You want to consume more water that what is mentioned stay to reap the full benefits of staying hydrated.
Hopefully, by following this rule, you will be able to maintain a consistent consumption of water per day.
Always remember to stretch! The benefits are vast and the repercussions of failing to stretch can be dramatic.
Do yourself a favour and always stretch before and after a workout. This will promote a healthy cool down, improve flexibility and reduce next day aches. Failure to stretch can lead to injures and muscle damage.
So, the next time you work out, don’t forget you dedicate a few minutes to stretching before and after your workout. You will thank me for it later!
Here’re some simple stretching exercises you can start trying:
3. EAT GREENS
What you eat is the most important factor in a healthier living plan. It is important to ensure you are getting as many nutrients and vitamins from the food you are eating as possible.
Focus on dark, leafy greens (luckily we have a whole lot of those) as they will provide you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants – all of which you body needs!
Don’t forget to avoid processed and manufactured food. They are usually high in fat and have minimal vitamins.
4. SLEEP MORE
When you are deprived of sleep, you make it next to impossible to achieve your health and fitness goals. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones in your body and over time these can lead to a lot of inflammation and chronic diseases.
Make sleep a priority to let your body heal and rejuvenate. A good approach is 7 to 8 hours. Also, allow yourself some wind-down time and a pre-bed routine to help get more consistent sleep every night.
5. FOCUS ON THE HABIT; NOT THE RESULT
It’s easy to get caught up in trying to achieve a certain look or shed time off of your mile, but the more important focus is on the habit that will bring you those goals.
Don’t look at the scale, the tape measure, or the body fat percentage. Focus on the habits that will lead to those achievements.
Don’t compare yourself to where others are, you’re right where you need to be.
Coined from lifehack.org