If you find yourself getting tired from your walk to work, a trip upstairs, or from carrying your groceries, it is time to reevaluate. If these everyday activities are getting difficult, it is time to make the commitment to improve your fitness. Luckily, this can be achieved by making simple changes every day.
The first thing you have to address is your eating habits. Make sure you are getting several small, nutritious meals a day. Your body will not have the energy it needs to work properly if all you ate for breakfast this morning was coffee or a sugary muffin. Try to start your day with something that takes your body a longer time to break down, such as oatmeal or eggs. Throughout the day, refuel with healthy snacks that are high in fiber or protein to keep your energy up.
Now your task will be to increase your everyday activity level. This can be much easier than you might think. When given the choice between taking the elevator and the stairs, choose the stairs. Save the money on that cab to take you the few blocks to work, and walk instead. If you drink coffee at work, don’t bring it back to your desk, but drink a bit at a time in the office kitchen. This should result in your walking more and drinking less coffee, both of which will promote your general health. Instead of just taking the elevator to your office building’s cafeteria for lunch, pack a lunch and take a walk in the park during your break. There are many small changes like this you can make.
Once you have made some of the changes listed above, you can begin to follow a more regular exercise routine. Whether you run ten miles each day, or go for a twenty minute walk, incorporating an exercise routine into your everyday life is extremely important to you long term health. Pick a few fitness goals that seem easy to achieve and start working towards them, choosing new and more difficult goals as you achieve your initial ones.
As you increase the amount you exercise, it is important to make sure to drink enough water. Maintaining good hydration will prevent you from confusing the feelings of thirst and hunger, and therefore help you to avoid many snacks that your body doesn’t need. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has developed a fairly large deficit of water, so feel free to drink a glass any time you happen to think of it.
It is important to note that juice or other sugary beverages should not be substituted for water when trying to maintain good hydration. Not only do juice and sodas have more calories than water, but the calories are in a form that your body doesn’t immediately recognize and therefore does not make you feel full. In addition, sugar in general is used up so quickly by your body that you receive a rush of energy and crash later. Sugar also often leads to increased food cravings. In general it is best to avoid sugary foods as much as possible.
Getting fit is extremely important in maintaining good health. As you can see, there are many easy ways to make fitness a part of your life. All you need to do is make a few better choices, and make them every day.