Staying in shape as we get older and busier can be difficult. Do not allow your life to get in the way of your health. Use these simple steps to improve your fitness without going to the gym or spending an hour working out with weights.
Instead of taking the elevator, walk up and down the stairs. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk to your building. If you just need to run out to the corner store, walk or ride your bike. These simple changes can add up to a lot of burned calories and improved fitness.
A healthy, well-balanced diet will help you look and feel better. Avoid giving in to fast food cravings and try to substitute lean sources of protein for red meat. Enjoy fat-free yogurt and milk, fresh fish, nuts and skinless white meat to get your protein. Consume a variety of vegetables and fruit for proper vitamin and mineral intake. Eat whole grains breads for added fiber. Although you can take a daily multivitamin, it is always best to get most of your nutrition through dietary sources. Make sure to prepare your meals in a healthy way too. Avoid using hydrogenated vegetable oil. Olive oil is much healthier. Try steaming, poaching and grilling to make your food healthy and delicious.
It is important to get plenty of rest each night. Your muscles develop while they are at rest so overworking them or not letting them rest adequately is counterproductive to being physically fit. While you are at rest, your tissue cells also repair themselves.
If you find a form of exercise or physical activity that you enjoy, you will be more likely to continue. To spare yourself from getting bored or having your muscles become accustomed to your regular movements, try to find several different activities that are fun. Go swimming with the kids and race to see who is the fastest. Get outside and play soccer as a family. You could also consider joining a local sports team that plays just for fun and exercise.
Substitute water for soda, fruit juice and energy drinks. The sugar content of these drinks makes your blood sugar spike and then drop quickly, which may lead to an increase in hunger. An adequate amount of water is needed by all systems of the body and keep you hydrated.
Exercises like yoga and Pilates allow you to stretch your muscles and relieve tension. Although you may think these exercises are easy, they need the use of many muscle groups and they help to strength your core muscles. Strengthen these important abdominal and back muscles will also improve your posture and help your perform other exercises more easily. You may be able to find classes at your local community center or you can buy a video and do them at home.
Remaining physically fit can be simpler than you may think. Making small changes everyday can keep you healthy. You will not become a mass of muscle with these strategies but you can stay fit.