Oftentimes, we see people stressing out trying to attain a good physique by following short-term goals or short deadlines. Girls get awed by seeing a glamorous celebrity in a slim waist on Instagram and take unrealistic diets just to fit into the designer wedding dress. However, this is not the way it should be.
The first thing one needs to understand is that a fitness regimen shouldn’t be pursued as a sprint when it’s actually supposed to be more of a marathon.
However, with so much information and misinformation available on the Internet, it is often difficult to decide what to do and whom to listen to.
Don’t worry, help is at hand. Here are a few pro tips that you can follow for a healthy lifestyle:
Choose a diet plan
The general dietary recommendations, such as reduced sugar intake, increased consumption of salad, fruits, beans, and whole grain, and eliminated high-calorie/nutrient-poor foods, are very common. But did you know that a structure and a plan is more important if you want to go a long way? Moreover, if you are dieting on your own, it is recommended to avoid any extreme plans because they may hamper your body and health in the long run.
Make plans that are realistic, attainable, and specific.
No, you do not have to sweat it out at the gym all the time. What fitness coaches recommend is that you stay active and continue exercising in the long run. Follow your exercise routine, and make sure that you exercise daily.
If you stick to a diet plan without exercising regularly, your body may face dangerous consequences. It may enter into a hibernating state where energy is conserved but metabolism decreases. This results in what is known as “weight-loss plateau”, and you may end up regaining weight if the metabolic rate falls significantly.
What’s more important is for you to stay dedicated and enjoy what you are doing. Don’t stress yourself over your workouts. You may consider a few fun activities such as dancing, yoga, hiking, aerobics, swimming, and the like.
Change habits and behaviour
Your habits and behaviour decide how long you can go. And yes, throw all that junk food and high-calorie snacks out of your drawers and bags and, if possible, out of your mind.
Have a healthy sleeping and morning routine. Try some relaxing activities and always stay motivated. You can stay fit only if you stay motivated.
Engage in passionate things
While taking care of physical fitness, many people tend to ignore their mental health. Remember that both go hand in hand; both mental and physical well-being are vital to your overall health.
This may sound crazy but you should analyse your feelings on a day-to-day basis. If a lot of negative thoughts run on your mind, you can cause unhappiness at work, home, and your social life. It adversely affects your productivity and may take bigger forms. If this continues, don’t hesitate to seek help. Consult a physician or talk to a professional and work out ways to stay motivated and happy.
Things you should avoid
A major misconception is that cutting out on all food items and just consuming ultra-low calories is the only way to lose weight and stay healthy. And therefore, a lot of people end up consuming only boiled vegetable salads. The major drawback is that they feel hungry and weak all the time. Moreover, it does not meet the requirements of macro- and micro-nutrients in the body.
Get one thing out of your head — that you would experience miracles in a day. Do not waste your money and, most importantly time on any products that would cause adverse effects on the body.
If you are on a weight-loss journey, do not start without consulting your physician.
It’s time you pull your socks because sticking to a fitness lifestyle just for a day or an occasion isn’t good enough. Aggressive short-term fitness goals do not last long. You need to enjoy the process and do it all your life. Ask any fitness coach and they wouldn’t agree more to the fact that “slow and steady wins the race”.