Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness

Fitness has many benefits, such as improving cardiovascular and muscular endurance, having greater flexibility, enjoying a fit body, eliminating stress, increasing self-esteem or enjoying a perfect harmony between body and mind.
Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness

Last update: 20 December, 2018

The word ‘fitness’ is in fashion! We see it on social networks, in advertising, and in magazines. But what exactly does it mean? What are the benefits of living a healthier life? How do you begin to enjoy its advantages? We will talk about all of this in the following article.

Why lead a fit life?

Beyond being well for summer or vacations, fitness is a lifestyle, to keep our bodies healthy, both inside and outside. We must not forget that our bodies are the ‘container’ with which we must live daily and therefore it deserves to be treated well!

A sedentary lifestyle, being overweight and other bad habits go against fitness philosophy. We don’t need to lose 44 pounds in a month or go to the gym every day to take care of our bodies. But, we do need to pay attention to those little things we do that can have harmful effects.

Keys to a healthier lifestyle and fitness

As mentioned above, it’s not a matter of obsessing over the gym and our diets but finding a healthy balance between physical exercise, food, and our obligations. It’s essential that the body receives the right amount of calories each day and that it’s well nourished, as well as resting enough to recover from the routine.

Fitness motivation: woman training at home.

To lead a healthy life and follow the ‘laws’ of fitness, you must remember that you aren’t running a speed race, but rather a marathon: keep your eyes on the goal and make small improvements every day. And learn to maintain those changes! Here are some keys that may be useful:

1. Set a goal

The goal may be to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, look better or wear certain clothes. When you start to lead a healthy life keep that goal in mind but do not become obsessed with it, as that is counterproductive. Make the changes slowly, be constant and committed.

We also recommend that you mark ‘micro objectives’. This way you won’t feel frustrated when several weeks have passed and the scale has not given you the results you wanted. For example, you can have the ‘intermediate’ goal of reducing your weight by one pound per week instead of four pounds in a month. In reality, it’s the same, but small changes will give you enough confidence to continue with a fit life.

2. Shop smart

As a first step don’t grocery shop on an empty stomach. This will make you pay for things you don’t want or are not healthy! Try to combine your purchases between the supermarket and the health food stores.

Prepare your weekly menu in advance and try to always have several ingredients or healthy snacks on hand when you are hungry and you don’t have time to cook. A very effective trick is to leave a basket with fruit on the kitchen table or counter. So when you feel anxiety you can counteract it with an apple and not with a bag of chips.

Fitness motivation: woman buying gluten-free products.

3. Drink a lot of water

Say goodbye to soft drinks, try to drink less coffee and consume alcohol only at weekends or on special occasions. To quench your thirst, the best option is water, which also hydrates your cells, does not swell the abdomen and does not contain sugars and other substances that are harmful to health.

You can also add teas such as green tea or any herbal tea as long as you sweeten it with honey or stevia, and not sugar. Add lemon, ginger or mint leaves to improve the flavor. And, of course, don’t forget protein shakes and fruit smoothies, which hydrate you and at the same time feed you.

Leading a healthy life is easier than you think. It’s only a question of setting it as an objective and not losing your focus. Go without haste but without pauses, and the results will be maintained!

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