How To Stay In Shape & Lose Weight
Simple steps to improving your health
A healthy diet combined with the right amount of exercise can not only help you feel healthier, but help you live a happier and longer life. Improving your health by managing your diet and performing regular exercise will not only benefit you in the short term but also the long term. Ensure you have a well balanced diet and workout routine. Stay committed and you will notice the difference.
Preparing & Managing A Diet Plan
Write Down A Daily Food Plan
Make a list of the different types of food you like to eat on a daily or weekly basis. Review your list and see if you can make substitutes allowing you to replace unhealthy processed foods for natural and raw ingredients. For example, substituting chocolate bars or potato chips with something healthy such as mixed nuts or fruit.
Changing your diet will not only help you lose weight. A well balanced diet will allow you to feel healthy and energetic allowing you to do more with your life.
Adding Nutrition To Your Diet
Add natural unprocessed foods to your diet.
Make sure your meals contain about 50-75% fruit and vegetables to ensure a healthy and well-balanced diet.
When preparing your meals ensure there is a range of colours and flavours. Adding a range of different vegetables including broccoli, capsicums, onions, carrots and asparagus to your meal will not only add colour, but also tonnes of healthy nutrients which are guaranteed to prolong your life and make you feel healthier.
Exercise As Often As You Can
Ensure You Get Regular Exercise
Watching what you eat is important, but doing regular exercise is equally important. Ensure you go for a jog or a run at least 3-5 times a week. This will increase your health and reduce your risk of cardiovascular and heart disease. Ensure you also do physical strength exercises involving weights. This does not mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars on gym equipment. Some common cost-free muscle building exercises includes sit-ups, chin-ups and push-ups. By simply using metal bars, rocks or other heavy objects around the house, you'll generally be able to find something heavy enough to work your muscles and perform weight routines.
Set Weight Loss Goals
Set Weight Loss Targets & Intensify Your Workout
Set some goals, plan out your meals, and work on a target. When you've achieved your target, set it higher and higher. Tell yourself how much weight you want to lose or gain then write it down some where that you can see it every morning when you wake up and when you go to bed at night. Work on your goals and keep at it. Achieve the impossible and you'll be impressed. Don't set yourself back - failure is not an option.
Each time you've achieved one of your goals, tick it off the list. To make it interesting, be creative. Achieve your goals and make it fun. Reminding yourself of your goals on a daily basis will help motivate you to work harder and for longer.
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Stay Committed & Make It Fun
Exercise With Intensity & Fun
Exercise should be fun. Don't get up in the morning feeling obligated to have a healthy meal or the need to run outside in the rain. Tell yourself that you want to change, that you want to be fit, healthy and feel alive.
Find a committed partner to join you when you go for a run in the morning or evening. Having a committed exercise buddy will mean that you will not only be accountable for your own life, but for theirs as well. If you don't get up early enough in the morning to go for a job with them before work, they'll be the one constantly calling you or pressing the door bell to wake you up and get out of bed.
Don't do the same routines each and every day. If you're looking to go for a run, why not try running in different environments, even if it means driving to a different suburb or park. Try a bush walk instead of always walking on the street. A change in the environment will help you stay interested and committed.
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By taking these simple steps, you'll not only improve the way you feel on the inside but also the way you look on the outside.
Always remember it's up to you to change your actions.
It's your life. No one will change it for you. If you want to change, take action and stay committed.