It’s hard to make a change in your life, especially when it comes to fitness. We’ve been conditioned by the media to believe that there is one way of being healthy and happy – but the truth is that there are many different ways of achieving this. In order for you to put these methods into practice, however, you need an understanding of what they are. This blog post will take a look at 10 different ways you can keep fit and live healthier!
Clearly there are more than nine methods of keeping fit so this will just be an introduction with some examples rather than being exhaustive but hopefully, it helps someone looking for practical advice find what’s right for them.
I have divided these categories up into cardio (to burn calories), strength training (for toned muscles), and stretching (to prevent injury).
1. Walk More
One of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting your steps in each day is by walking. Find a way that works for you, whether it’s taking longer strolls with friends or going on quick walks during your lunch break. Hit up an outdoor mall and take advantage of all those stairs!
And if you have a dog, then you have a perfect motivation to walk more. Walk your dog – he’ll love you for it. Most dogs even love to go for long jogs if you want to change it up a bit. Begin slowly and easily. Circle one or two blocks and work your way up from there. Who knew owning a dog had fitness benefits?
The great thing about this method, which will help improve both mental health as well as physical health, is that there are so many options available to choose from. You can walk outside if the weather permits; otherwise find a treadmill at home or hit up one of those fitness studios like Planet Fitness where they have treadmills just waiting for someone like yourself looking to get their blood flowing!
In order to put this method into practice, there are a few things you may need. You’ll want comfortable shoes with good treads and socks that will absorb sweat so it doesn’t make your feet smell. Wearing clothes that can wick away moisture is also key – cotton shirts or performance wear work best. Lastly, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day! Keep a water bottle nearby at all times and refill as needed.
The more steps you take each day, the better off you’ll be in near future: reduce risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes; lower blood pressure; decrease body fat percentage; increase muscle strength; improve balance for seniors who suffer from falls.
And don’t forget walking at home – whether inside on the treadmill or outside when possible. This might not sound like enough of a workout but if you invest in some good shoes then this experience becomes very different: instead of just taking walks casually every now and then, you’ll be able to enjoy a real workout; the difference will feel so good that it might even inspire you to walk more often.
Do you know how many steps it takes to burn a single pound of fat? It’s about 12,000. That means that if your goal is to lose weight, all you need is an hour on the treadmill each day for around six months and the pounds will come off! If you don’t have time for a long workout or prefer something more active than sitting on a machine, there are other options available – like cycling or swimming.
In order to put this method into practice, here are some things that may help: invest in good athletic wear; plan out meals ahead of time so they’re simple with no added sugars or fats; enlist family members as support systems by having them encourage healthy living habits through their lifestyles too.
2. Have A Plan When You Feel Tempted
We all have days where the only thing we feel like doing after work is sitting on our couch and binging a TV show. But make sure you plan for these moments of temptation by setting yourself up with healthy activities to do when they happen. For example, if you know that your craving right now is going to be ice cream, then there’s no need in waiting until it comes time to go grocery shopping Thursday night because tomorrow morning will suffice just as well (and take less willpower!).
While some people get more tempted than others – such as those who are overweight or obese – everyone has urges at one point or another during their day-to-day routines that might not align with what they’re trying to accomplish. The key is to figure out what those are and come up with a plan for them before they happen.
- When you get home from work, resist the urge to eat dinner right away – even if it means waiting an hour or two. Make sure that your first priority is checking email or social media rather than eating something as soon as you walk in the door. If you take advantage of this time after working all day, then by the time dinnertime rolls around, not only will your hunger pangs have subsided but so will any temptation to order pizza because “you deserve it.” You’ll also be better prepared for making healthier decisions about what you’re going to cook (because now instead of being ravenously hungry, you’ll be a little bit more contemplative about what to make).
- Another trick is to plan out your meals. Don’t go into the grocery store without at least one list of healthy dinner ideas in mind, because otherwise you’re likely to pick up whatever’s convenient on that particular day and then have no idea how best to cook it. If anything needs prepping for the next morning or afternoon – like chopping vegetables – do that first when you get home so it doesn’t feel as daunting later on. And finally, don’t forget that even if your diet was perfect all week long there will always be weekends when things are bound to go wrong: drink lots of water throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning before heading off for brunch.
3. Change It Up – Try Something New Regularly
The best way to keep fit is by doing things that you enjoy and have fun with it! If your workout feels like a chore, then chances are good that you’re not going to maintain the habit for long. There’s no need to go all-out at the gym if weightlifting or running doesn’t appeal; there are plenty of other ways to stay in shape without setting yourself up for burnout. Try something new each week on days when you don’t want to work out – maybe swimming one day, yoga another, some light housework yet another? It can be as simple as taking time during your lunch break every day to do five minutes’ worth of exercises: just make sure they’re full-body movements so that you get in some aerobic exercise as well.
So change it up! Try something new regularly and let your body know what to expect so that you can work harder the next time! Make sure there’s variety by doing activities that are totally different from each other or don’t do the same thing on consecutive days (example: run one day, take an easy walk another).
4. Pick A Favorite Activity To Look Forward To
Find out which activity is most fun for you and make it part of your daily routine; this will help prevent burnout because instead of dreading going to workout every morning, you’ll be looking forward to getting dressed and getting on with it.
Be sure to have a plan for those times when you’re feeling tempted – don’t deprive yourself of the foods and drinks that make you happy, but instead be mindful about how often they’re consumed.
Some potential favorite go-to activities:
- Try jogging at the track or going for a run on your favorite trail.
- Doing yoga is also an excellent way to get moving and clear your mind.
- Get competitive with friends by playing tennis, volleyball, soccer, or basketball.
If you love being outdoors in nature even when it’s cold outside (or if you need something less intense), head out for a walk instead of hitting the treadmill during winter months! The fresh air will invigorate you while getting some exercise gives back all those endorphins that make us feel good about ourselves – plus it provides Vitamin D which boosts immunity and moods as well as bone strength. The best thing about fitness is how limitless our options are.
5. Get Fit With Some Yard Work
You need some physical activity and your yard can probably use some tending. This makes for a perfect workout opportunity. You can focus on your body by mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or pulling weeds and you’ll get to enjoy a higher level of self-satisfaction after knowing that you’ve done something good for both yourself and your surroundings.
At least once each week, get busy working in your yard mowing lawns, raking leaves, pulling weeds, to help you get the exercise you need. Once you get into it, you will lose track of how much time you have spent on your yard. In addition, you won’t even realize all the great exercise you have been getting.
6. Do Physical Exercise With Friends
Because of the social nature of our world, it’s a good idea to make friends with people who have similar goals and interests. You might not want to let your couch potato friend talk you into taking up knitting instead of going for that daily run – but having like-minded company will motivate both of you while making your workouts more enjoyable at the same time.
So join a group or club that is related to your exercise of choice. You might find others with the same interests, which will result in having someone around who understands what you are going through and how things feel for you. In addition, it can be easier to keep up a commitment when there’s somebody else holding themselves accountable as well. Your sense of responsibility towards other people may help you stay on track more than if you were just working out alone every day.
One way to make sure you get enough physical activity each week is by signing up for an event like Run Like Hell! at nightfall or participating in one of many obstacle courses throughout the year such as Tough Mudder. These events offer several hours of continuous exercise and are a great way to drag your friends in with you.
Many communities have fitness clubs that offer low-cost memberships, or facilities for the public to use as well; these can be an excellent option because they’re already set up with activities such as swimming pools, basketball courts, weight rooms and more. If you find one close by where there will be other people around who also want to work out, it can make sticking to a routine much easier!
7. Change Your Diet And Lifestyle
The healthiest way of getting fit is by making healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle:
– Reduce total calorie intake as much as possible and make these reductions gradually over time rather than all at once. The best approach for weight loss is slow and steady because this helps decrease cravings which causes yo-yo dieting or binge eating – Eat complex carbohydrates rather than sugars (i.e., donuts, cake) whenever possible while increasing consumption of protein snacks like peanuts or almonds when hunger sets in between meals – Avoid fried food with high fat content such as burger patties, fries, etc.
– Exercise at least two hours each day and make it a point to choose activities you enjoy doing because the more enjoyable an activity is, the easier it will be for you to stick with it – If possible, go outdoors in order to get some fresh air and sunlight which provides essential vitamin D (which is one of many reasons why a lack thereof can lead to depression)
– Get around 30 minutes of daily physical activity by walking as much as possible when going out or getting groceries.
8. Look After Your Body
Make sure that you maintain your balance during the course of your workout. If you only exercise out the abs or the back, you will feel pain in the back. Make sure you exercise both regions to ensure that your back stays healthy.
Prior to beginning a tough workout regimen, it may be wise to visit your doctor for a check-up. Your doctor can let you know if you need to take any precautions due to your health. Even if you’re generally healthy, you can still get some great input by visiting with a professional.
To keep your knees protected, you need to start to work on strengthening your thighs. Tearing a ligament in the back of the kneecap is a sports injury that occurs quite frequently. For the sake of your knees, incorporate exercises that strengthen the quads and hamstrings into your workout routine. Leg curls, squats, and quad extensions are good exercises to build up these muscle groups.
9. Couch Potatoe Be Gone!
Have you considered using video games to improve your fitness levels? If you want to jump off the couch and get on your feet, try Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit. It is not as good as getting out there amongst it but on a rainy stay-indoors kind of day, it can help keep you in the exercise zone.
10. Mix Cardio With Strength Training And Stretching
It is important to mix it up when it comes to what to focus on. Different exercises will work different muscle groups and allow you to target any areas that may need some extra work. For instance, if you are targeting your biceps or triceps specifically, deadlifts would be an excellent choice for this type of exercise.
Cardio: Running, biking, swimming in a pool or at the beach, playing sports with friends.
Strength Training: Planks (abs exercise) X 30 seconds; pushups X 50 reps; squats X 20 reps.
Stretching: Yoga for about 15 minutes before bed every night to help relax your mind and body.
In conclusion, it is important to mix up what type of exercise you are doing and try not to do the same thing every day. For instance, if you walk for a few days in a row then try biking or swimming for some variety. Intermittent fasting can be helpful as well because it allows your body extra time to repair itself after strenuous exercises. This will allow you to minimize any soreness that may occur from intense workouts while also maximizing fitness gains that would have been lost during periods of food consumption where muscle-building occurs at slower rates (such as overnight). In addition, make sure to stretch before bed every night so that this enhances sleep quality by relaxing both mind and body. Finally, remember how good feeling about yourself feels!