How to Stay Fit and Healthy
There are a so many benefits in being physically fit. You’ll be more confident about yourself, you’ll have more energy, you’ll look great, and you’ll notice improvements in your overall health. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to stay in great shape. However, if you focus on nutrition and exercise, you can make a lot of healthy physical changes in your body. Don’t forget that a positive attitude is also really important to staying fit and beautifully healthy. Use these tips as a guide on your journey on the path to good health.
Eat Healthy Foods
Get as many fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet as possible and make them the main part of your overall diet. Include lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, tofu and beans. Eat balanced meals and do not overeat. Stop eating before you become completely full and give yourself a chance to digest your food. Snack on whole foods such as fruit, vegetables and nuts. Avoid highly processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners or colors, hidden sugars or excessive fat.
Stop Doing Your Bad Habits
You can do it one by one because avoiding your habit is not that easy. Habits in the “quit” category would be smoking, drugs, unsafe sex and other unhealthy addictions. There’s just no way to do any of these in a “healthy” way. It might take some time, but it’s worth it if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, there are some habits that are not so bad, but can easily become a problem if taken too far. These include alcohol, sugar, caffeine and junk food. These things in moderation or on a “once-in-a-while” basis are doable, as long as the majority of your choices are mindful and healthful.
Talk to a Doctor
You can plan a general, healthy diet for yourself. But if you have any special concerns about your weight or overall health, it’s a great idea to consult your doctor. He can help you figure out the foods that will help you meet your fitness goals, whether it is maintaining your current fitness levels or losing weight. Your doctor can also help you figure out which foods to avoid. Ask your doctor before taking any weight loss supplements. While diet pills can be effective when used safely, it’s best to check with your doctor about whether or not they are right for you. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian. They can help you review your diet and plan meals to lose weight or maintain an already healthy lifestyle.
Get Enough Sleep
It may seem strange that lying in bed can help you to become fit, but it’s true! Sleep allows the body to heal, repair and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake. Sleep affects our physical and mental health tremendously, and many of us do not get enough. Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism, mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones and even the immune system and cardiovascular health. People should sleep 7-10 hours at night depending on their age
Eat Breakfast Everyday
A healthy breakfast starts your day right. It sets you up so that you have energy and fuel for optimal mental and physical performance. Eating breakfast helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels and a healthy weight because you are less likely to overindulge later in the day.
Our bodies are made mostly of water. Most fluids and foods contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated, but fresh, clean, plain water is still the best and healthiest beverage for maintaining a healthy body. It is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system. Being hydrated is crucial for the brain as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.
Exercise is important in being fit and healthy. Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs, strength training helps to strengthen the muscles and stretching helps to reduce the risk of injury by increasing flexibility. Exercise also improves circulation and body awareness, and regular exercise can help combat depression.
Stress can cause a lot of problems, from heart trouble to digestive problems. This should not come as a surprise. What many people do not know is what to do about it, how to manage their stress. Exercise, meditation, doing what you love, appropriate boundaries, spirituality, being in nature, and enjoyable hobbies all help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the body. Don’t overwork. Take breaks (vacations, mini-vacations, days off) and surround yourself with people who support you.
Keeping emotions bottled up inside can cause mental and emotional stress as well as physical symptoms. Unexpressed feelings can lead to depression, sleep problems, eating disorders, and even physical pain. Learn to talk about your feelings, or express them through some sort of art. Even writing thoughts and feelings down is a good way to express things you find hard to say. You can also open it in your trusted person around you.
Consistency and Moderation
To maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s important to have some sort of consistency when looking at the big picture result. Make changes one at a time, and don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits. Making these choices a part of your daily life will help you to reach your health goals. Avoid extremes in any capacity. Exercise moderation when it comes to fitness, food and fun.