Many people want to get in shape and feel great about themselves. However, only a few make an effort to make it happen.
No matter how much you wish to get a well-toned body, it won’t happen unless you do the work. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend grueling hours working out or eating bland, flavorless food.
Getting in shape requires work, effort, and commitment. It may sound grueling, but it’s better than being overweight and miserable.
You also don’t have to treat it as ‘work.’ Achieving the ultimate fit body will be a lot easier if you consider it more as a recreation.
But like most activities, getting started is the hardest part. If you want to kickstart your journey to becoming fit, healthy, and happy, here are some useful tips:
Exercise every day
If you want to lose weight, you need to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Daily exercise will make sure you are constantly burning away excess fat.
Your exercise routines don’t have to be intense like the ones you see on television. It can be as simple as brisk walking early in the morning, an afternoon jog, or pushing something heavy in your backyard.
Of course, if you’re looking to shed some pounds faster, you can do a higher-intensity workout. For example, you can replace your simple strolls with a 30-minute brisk walk. You can replace jogs with sprints at set intervals for an hour.
The more intensive exercise you do, the more your muscles will sore at the end of your workouts. However, you don’t have to worry much about it.
Aching muscles mean your body is changing for the better. Make sure to stretch, eat a balanced diet before and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.
Tip: As you get along with your exercise routine, it is vital to monitor your blood pressure to ensure you stay within the allowable range. Here, a medical-grade blood pressure monitor will come in handy. It is advisable that you invest in one to keep track of your body while exercising.
Eat the right foods
“Fitness is 30% exercise and 70% diet.” This phrase is pretty popular because it’s true. While exercising is important, it won’t matter if you keep eating sweets or fatty foods. So make an effort to change your diet for the better.
Replace sweets and candy with fruits and vegetables; start eating high-quality lean proteins, and stop drinking carbonated juice drinks. Also, refrain from using too many artificial spices like MSG and other flavor enhancers.
It’s also essential for you to portion your food for the day. Whether you go for the standard three per day or go as much as six, it’s essential to distribute your meals evenly throughout the day.
Track the number of calories that you consume per day
If you go over your daily caloric intake, you will gain weight. Eat just right, and you’ll maintain your weight. If you eat less, you’ll lose weight. It’s a pretty simple concept if you think about it. Eat accordingly to your desired result.
Keeping track of the calories you consume in a day will help plan out your workouts. Bodybuilders, for instance, have massive bodies because they consume large amounts of (healthy) calories than the average person.
A model will strive to have a skinnier physique. That’s why they do more physical exercise while consuming fewer calories throughout the day.
Get enough sleep
The average person needs 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day. If you’re sleep-deprived, it can negatively affect your body. Sleep will recharge the body to keep it going throughout the day.
If you’ve got a 9-to-5 job, you might feel tired at the end of the day. So make sure you take a power nap before you start exercising. Recharging even just a little bit will give you the power needed to start and finish your exercise.
Consistency is the hardest part of fitness. As much as we want to earn that fit and healthy body, there will be days when we just don’t feel like it.
It’s easy to lose track of your goal when distractions and boredom get in the way. That’s why you need to start training your brain to keep a positive mindset.
Set a main goal and split them into smaller, more manageable achievements. For instance, if you look to lose weight, set a goal like, “I want to reach (x pounds) by (date).” You can then create smaller objectives like, “lose a pound per week.”
By doing so, you’re not overwhelming yourself while trying to achieve your ultimate intention. At the same time, it will keep the motivation going as you progress towards your main goal.
By staying positive, you’ll be able to push yourself towards getting the fit body you’ve always wanted. At the same time, you won’t feel burned-out while trying to achieve it.
The problem with most people is that they treat fitness as a tiring grind. I like to think of it as a slow and steady path towards bettering myself physically and mentally.
That mindset alone will eliminate any negative outlook that I may have about fitness.
Achieving a fit and healthy body is a lot easier when you change your mindset towards dieting and working out. By doing so, you’re already a significant step closer to reaching your dream body.