9 Tips To Help You Stay Fit & Healthy

1 - Exercise Is Key, Do It Daily to Stay Fit & Healthy

Exercise daily for at least an hour. You do not have to kill yourself from running to get fit & healthy, but you should have some sort of moderate physical activity in your everyday life. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds fast, do a higher-level intensity workout. For example, go on a walk at a brisk pace for an hour. Or, you can jog and set certain intervals to sprint during that hour. Make sure you’re not in severe pain during your workout. Just a warning, your muscles will ache after a high-intensity workout. It may be irritating, but that means your body is changing for the better. Be sure to stay hydrated, stretch, and eat foods with a decent amount of protein after each workout. The protein will help keep your muscles, not fat, rebuilding.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

2 - Eat the Right Foods and Minimize Your Portions

No matter how bad your stomach is telling you to go for candy over healthy food, try to stay away from sweets. Sugar from candy will not help you get in shape. Even if it’s just a single candy bar, one will eventually lead to another. Fruits and vegetables are the best things to eat when getting fit & healthy. Apples, for example, do a good job of making the stomach feel full for up to 3 to 4 hours. Green vegetables such as green beans and broccoli keep the digestive system clean and running.

Also, stick to lean meats like turkey and chicken. Seafood, such as shrimp, and tilapia are also great alternatives. These foods are full of protein and healthy nutrients to help keep muscles fit and ready for workouts. In addition, be sure to portion what you eat. Having a good metabolism comes from portioning meals. Try to plan out eating six times a day and setting smaller portions, rather than having three large meals throughout the day. This will also help you find yourself breathing smoother when working out rather than huffing and puffing for air. This is because you will have less food in your digestive system, which means more energy is used for your exercise.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

3 - Get Some Sleep

Even though most of us have eight-hour jobs during the day or night, it is crucial to get enough sleep to recharge the body’s batteries. Six to eight hours of sleep will keep the body going throughout the day, but if you happen to feel tired at any point after coming home from work, by all means, take a small nap before exercising. You should only nap for about a half-hour. This will prevent you from staying up later in the night.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

4 - Kick Your Bad Habits

Well, some of them at least. The other ones you might just be able to cut back on. Habits in the “quit” category would be smoking, drugs, unsafe sex, and other unhealthy addictions. There’s just no way to do any of these in a “fit & healthy” way. It might take some time, but it’s worth it if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, there are some habits that are not so bad but can easily become a problem if taken too far. These include alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and junk food. These things in moderation or on a “once-in-a-while” basis are doable, as long as the majority of your choices are mindful and healthful.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

5 - Get Your Checkups

Get to your doctor for your annual physical just to make sure everything is as it should be. If you have insurance, usually these services are covered, so take full advantage of your benefits. That being said, know your own body so that you are aware when something seems awry. Do breast or testicular self-exams, and get suspicious moles checked out. Get exams regularly even if you are healthy so that if and when something is abnormal, you know about it and can take action, in conjunction with your doctor.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

6 - Drink It Up

Our bodies are made mostly of water. Most fluids and foods contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated, but fresh, clean, plain water is still the best and healthiest beverage for maintaining a healthy body. It is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system according to Harvard Health Publishing. Being hydrated is crucial for the brain as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

7 - Reduce Your Stress

Stress can cause a myriad of problems, from heart trouble to digestive problems. This should not come as a surprise. What many people do not know is what to do about it, how to manage their stress. Exercise, meditation, doing what you love, appropriate boundaries, spirituality, being in nature, and enjoyable hobbies all help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the body. Don’t overwork. Take breaks (vacations, mini-vacations, days off) and surround yourself with people who support you.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

8 - Don't Bottle It Up

Keeping emotions bottled up inside can cause mental and emotional stress as well as physical symptoms. Unexpressed feelings can lead to depression, sleep problems, eating disorders, and even physical pain. Learn to talk about your feelings, or express them through some sort of art. Even writing thoughts and feelings down is a good way to express things you find hard to say.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

9 - Focus on Consistency and Moderation

In order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s important to have some sort of consistency when looking at the big picture result. Make changes one at a time, and don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits. Making these choices a part of your daily life will help you to reach your health goals. Avoid extremes in any capacity. Exercise moderation when it comes to fitness, food, and fun.

Tips to Help You Stay Fit & Healthy.

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