Achieving and maintaining better health and fitness is something that’s on everyone’s minds these days (or it should be, at least). While many people have it as a goal to be fit and healthy, not everyone really thinks about what that actually means or the steps to take to achieve health and fitness goals. To get you thinking more about your health and fitness and how to achieve your objectives, here are some cool and handy tips.
#1 Have Water With You Wherever You Go
Water is life and essential to helping you remain healthy and improve your fitness. As a high percentage of the human body is comprised of water, keeping yourself well-hydrated at all times is a must.
No matter where you’re going or what you’re doing, always take a bottle of water with you. If you’re worried about litter or environmental concerns, just take a reusable water bottle and refill it when it’s empty.
Drink several glasses of water at breakfast time as well as before exercise, and keep sipping on water consistently throughout the day and into the evening. Stick to water and avoid sugary drinks.
#2 Add More Fibre To Your Diet
Achieving or maintaining your ideal weight will be assisted by adding more fibre to your diet. Foods rich in fibre improve your digestion and can also help rid the body of toxins. With your digestive system working more efficiently, nutrients are dispersed where they are supposed to go and your body has an increased capacity to get rid of waste, rather than accumulating it in the body as fat. Fibre-rich foods also make you feel full for longer, so you won’t be tempted to overeat.
Some foods rich in fibre include:
- Fibre-rich breakfast cereals
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dried fruits
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
#3 Avoid Processed Food and Fast Food
If you’re serious about being healthy and also want to look your best, avoid eating food that is highly processed, along with cutting out junk food and fast food from your diet. You can have a cheat day every now and then but for the most part, keep this type of food out of your regular diet.
We’ve mentioned foods rich in fibre. Also, target food that is fresh and organic and if you get in the habit of always preparing your own meals, you’ll know exactly what’s in them.
#4 Add Coffee To Your Daily Routine
The caffeine found in coffee has numerous benefits and when consumed in moderation, drinking coffee can assist you with your health and fitness goals.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants and helps stave off various diseases. Along with that, caffeine gives your metabolism a boost, which is why it is found in energy drinks and various weight loss supplements. With an increased metabolism, your body more efficiently burns calories and fat, leading to a trimmer physique when combined with a good diet and regular exercise.
It’s even better if you consume your coffee without adding sugar.
#5 Join a Weight Loss Centre
Weight loss centres help you focus on key things you can do to lose weight and keep it off. While much of the program focuses on diet and what to eat and when incorporating a fitness regime also comes into focus during the program.
You don’t have to remain a member of a weight loss centre but it can be a good place to get you started on the right path.
#6 Quality Sleep Cannot Be Overstated
In order for your body to function at its prime, you need to get enough quality sleep each night. This gives your body a chance to rest and recover from physical activity and it also allows your immune system a chance to kick in and take care of you internally. Decent sleep leads to you having more energy and focus throughout the day, which will give your exercise efforts a definite boost. It’s also been noted that a lack of sleep can be associated with weight gain in all the wrong areas.
#7 Double Down On Protein
The more your exercise, the more protein your body requires. Each time you perform a physical exercise of any kind, it breaks down the fibres in the muscles. In order for those muscles to repair themselves and to strengthen and grow, they need to be fed protein-rich foods. It’s one of the reasons why bodybuilders consume so much protein.
Some foods high in protein content are:
- Lean meat
- Fish and seafood
- Dairy products
- Protein supplements and shakes
Protein-rich food also feeds your body vital amino acids that assist in the repair and growth of muscles.
#8 Stay Active As Much As Possible
Being mobile and on the move, burns calories boosts your metabolism and keeps you in the habit of remaining active. Staying active doesn’t always involve specific exercises. If you work at a desk, getting up and wandering about to give your mind a break is still a form of being physically active.
The more often you get moving instead of remaining inactive, the more efficiently your body burns excess fat and calories, even when you are resting. It’s one of the best methods to target that belly fat. Be active as much as possible, no matter what you are doing.
#9 Take Up Meditation
Meditation is about clearing your head and removing stress and worry from your mind and body. When you do this regularly, you’ll discover you have a more relaxed and positive outlook, which leads to a more targeted health and fitness approach. A positive mind will make positive decisions, whereas a mind filled with stress and worry will likely do the exact opposite.
There are so many things you can do to improve your overall health and fitness beyond just getting out and exercising. Keep the tips and advice in this article in mind and take your health and fitness goals to the next level.
Ashley writes the articles and posts for MyMedici and other websites. He has a background in digital marketing and provides services through www.websitestrategies.com.au and www.ashleybryan.com.au. He lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD with his family.