Our body is capable of doing everything we want it to do. To get the maximum work without getting tired is possible when we take good care of it. This good care involves fitness and good lifestyle. The food we eat is utilized and absorbed in the body and provides the fuel for day to day functioning. The quality of this fuel determines our overall health and performance. If our body does not get good diet and enough exercise, the body cells do not get the energy to work and blood does not get the required nutrients. In order to remain fit, we need proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
How to remain fit forever-
Right food- It is advisable to take right food at the right time in the right amount.
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Drink plenty of water as it flushes out the toxins from our bodies.
Cut down the intake of sugar and salt
Cut down on the intake of coffee, tea and aerated drinks
Use whole wheat products rather than refined wheat.
Choose your fats. Not all fats are bad. Some fats are important for day to day functioning of our body.
Time you meal. Don’t eat too close to the bedtime. Eat small meals, 5-6 times a day.
Never skip breakfast. This will make you feel lethargic and you will end up binging on junk food in the later part of the day. Take a heavy and healthy breakfast. Dinner should be as light as possible.
Choose low fat dairy products.
Go for the food products that are enriched. They have added values of required nutrition.
Regular exercise should be an integral part of your daily life.
Exercise in the right way at the right time
Set a routine and follow it. Don’t give excuses.
Go for cardiovascular and strength training.
After a vigorous workout, it is important to take 10 minutes to cool down. It is not advised to stop abruptly.
Walking is a good exercise, especially for women or elderly people. It is low impact and prevents body from many ailments.
Before you even get out of the bed in the morning, lie flat and do 10-15 stomach crunches. Then gradually increase till you are able to do 100. It does not take much time, but give great benefits.
Do not try to park your car nearest to the exit. It is advisable to park your car as far away as you can handle and walk. Do not miss any opportunity to walk or climb stairs. These small things will add up to better fitness.
Move more. It can be done by climbing staircase, walking your dog, playing with kids, play catch the ball or just cleaning the house or backyard. Anything that moves your limbs is a fitness tool and at the same time is a stress buster.
There are numerous exercises that can be done at home like pushups, pull-ups, squats, crunches and lunges. Just buy some dumbbells and you can exercise in the convenience of your home.
Keep a log of daily fitness.
Set short term and long term goals. Reward yourself when you achieve them
Emotional and mental well being is as important as physical well being.
- Keep your mind busy. Do puzzles, crosswords, sudoku or anything that can tickle your grey cells
- Remain socially active.
- Meditate to relax your nerves.
- Protect yourself from pollution.
- Get adequate sleep. 7-8 hours of sleep is sufficient and the body functions well when it has a regular sleep patterns.
A survey has been conducted and it has been found the family responsibilities interfere greatly with the efforts that many families make to get daily exercise. This is making more and more families obese or overweight. The solution lies in the total family commitment for fitness and a healthy life. You can choose the activities which can be done together as a family and then appreciate each others efforts. Physical exercise is important to control weight and at the same time it strengthens heart, improves circulation, and prevents many illnesses. So follow these methods to remain fit for life.