Each of us are searching for that ‘happy balance’ in life. For some, that balance involves feeling fit and being healthy. At times, this can be a tough goal to fully achieve. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve had to take a break, getting into a structured routine can be difficult. Thankfully, there are many ways to improve your overall health.
Having a clear understanding of what you want to achieve makes a huge difference in the way you perform. If your core goal is to simply ‘look good’, then you’re not setting yourself up for the long term. Improving your health and fitness should be something you want to do — and feel great about doing it. This way, you’re setting up a life-long goal — otherwise known as a change in lifestyle.
Claiming to be on a diet insinuates that it’s a short term fix. Instead, the best way to maintain healthy eating habits is by replacing one thing and removing another, like swapping out white bread for sourdough bread. Instead of having chocolate, try fruit. Eventually, these ‘good’ habits will integrate into your normal, day-to-day life.
Depending on your weight, you may want to reduce the quantity of food you consume within the day. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring, but it should be monitored. Eating your recommended number of calories — minus foods that are high in trans fats and sugars — can make a big difference to your general health. Typically, the average daily calorie intake for men is 2,500 and 2,000 for women.
Try to vary your meals. This avoids boredom with bland-tasting meals day after day — another reason why people fall into old habits. Make sure to stock your cabinets with fruits, vegetables, and good sources of protein. This will improve your immune system, make you less susceptible to illness, and boost your overall health.
There’s a never-ending library to the world of fitness routines — and that’s not an exaggeration! There’s so many different ways to exercise it would make your head spin. First things first, set realistic goals for the week. Map out your busy schedule and find the time to dedicate yourself to 30 – 60 minutes to exercise per day. Depending on whether you want to lose or gain weight, you may need to do more.
If this is your first attempt at becoming more fit, then you may feel muscle tenderness. While this is normal, try not to over-exert yourself as this is where injury is most prone to happen. Otherwise, applying a CBD balm for pain or a CBD muscle rub can come in handy for post workout aches.
Cardiovascular health should be a top-priority if you want to get fit and healthy. By improving your stamina, you are lowering your cholesterol levels and reducing bad blood pressure. In general, even 30 minutes of cardio can strengthen your heart and help to shed some extra pounds. If you’re just starting out, try to focus on the duration rather than the intensity. That will come naturally.
Strength training is also very important if you want to get physically fit and build muscle. This type of exercise involves using weights, and is typically done in the gym. However, you don’t have to go to the gym to achieve muscle. As long as your muscles are engaged and are resisting a heavier weight than they’re used to, then you can — and will — build muscle. This could mean using a dumbbell or lifting your own body weight in the form of push-ups. Test your limits and and figure out what you need to work on. Whatever the case, as long as your muscles are pushing or pulling, you’re in the right direction.
Suppleness (flexibility) is something that a lot of us ignore. Being flexible doesn’t always mean being able to wrap your legs behind your head, or jump into the splits. At least, it doesn’t have to! Stretching ensures that your muscles don’t stiffen up after a workout, and minimises your chances of injury. You don’t have to be a gymnast to work on your flexibility and full range motion. Simple stretches like rotating your hips, and holding position while you reach for your toes makes a difference.
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