Saturday, November 22, 2014

So you want to live a FIT life but don't know where to start? START HERE !

Fit life secrets !! Living a fit life requires some planning but it is completely a lifestyle change ! If it were easy everyone would be living life in a fit and healthy state of being. Being fit, active and healthy has major perks such as longevity and an overall sense of well-being that enables you to bring happiness into your life. Learning to approach life with happiness allows your to focus your efforts on the more important things in life !!! Follow these tips on how to start transitioning into living a fit lifestyle every single day.

Eat within 30 minutes of waking up. Your body has been in a fasted state since you last ate so eating within 30 minutes wakes up your metabolism and kick starts your day.

Get enough sleep ! I am so guilty of this which I am working on. Sleep seven to eight hours per night. Sleep helps repair your body, increases your longevity, improves your memory and reduces stress. Make sure you are getting your zzzz's on !

Reduce your stress levels. When your body is constantly at a heighten state of stress many things start happening internally and externally. Your body will produce cortisol which may inhibit fat loss! Try to take a 10-15 minute break a few times during the day. Recharge your mind and take a deep breath. It is easy to get overwhelmed with our fast-paced lives. Try meditation, yoga, sit on the back porch and read a book, or meet a friend for coffee.

Drink more water ! With water being available almost everywhere, you have no excuse to drink up ! Water is essential for your body to function. With more than 60 percent of our body is made up of water Water is needed to carry out our body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake. I recommend drinking one gallon per day and even more if you exercise and sweat it all out.

Exercise for one hour a day. Now you don't have to hit the gym to exercise but find sneaky ways to fit movement in. Track your steps with a pedometer and try to hit 10,000 each day as a goal. Do 10 squats every time you use the restroom. Try to add in pushups and sit ups to commercials of your favorite tv shows. The government recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity a day. Anything that gets your heart rate up !

Try to limit your sugar intake. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sugar contains no nutritional value, but it does contain calories and those calories add up very quickly. Be sure to check your food labels and stay away from artificial sugars. They tend to leave you craving more of the unhealthy stuff!!!

Eat foods from ALL the food groups! Anytime you leave out a food group you are leaving out important nutrients that your body needs. Cutting out whole food groups can lead to intolerance that you didn't have before. Include healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and protein in your diet. Choose vegetables that are a variety in color. Eat wholegrain foods such as rice and oatmeal along with other complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes. Choose lean meats and fish and boil, bake, or grill them but stay away from fried foods!

Set measurable and attainable goals ! Too often I ask people to tell me their goals and they respond with a generic answer of "I want to lose weight". That is not specific nor measurable. You should have a plan of how much and a time frame of how long you are giving yourself to accomplish your goal and have something to work towards. Make sure your goals are realistic to you and your lifestyle !

Let go of the negativity !Too many time we have negative communication with ourselves. Common negative talk involves telling yourself, “I can’t.” When you say to yourself “I can’t” or “It is too difficult,” you are creating a resistance. Positive mental health is an important part of a healthy life. Surround yourself with thoughts and actions from people who will empower you. From being uninspired and de-motivated, you will begin to feel uplifted and driven to greater self-growth.

Don't try to implement all of these ideas all at once. Work at improving your life with one or two ideas at a time and then keep adding the others in. You will find how rewarding it will be to live a fit and healthy life !!!

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