Before you reach for the liposuction, there a few things that you should address. Lifestyle is the major cause of weight related dissatisfaction. Simply, we eat too much and move too little. Therefore, if your aim is to pursue a healthier and fitter version of yourself, read below for some steps to get you moving, sooner.
Just. DO. It
Nike certainly has it right. Get out there and get moving. It doesn’t matter too much what you’re actually doing as long you can get that heart rate up to a moderate intensity. Many people dread exercising because they go too hard, too soon. Of course you’re going to feel absolutely knackered if you begin your health kick with a back to back spin class followed by body pump. In fact, fatigue can be one of the easiest ways to injure yourself. Therefore, start with some moderate exercise and as you get into the swing of it, you can get more fancy with your interval training and one rep maxing. You might even consider completing a personal trainer course online to help you vary your workouts to suit your needs.
It doesn’t matter too much what you’re actually doing as long you can get that heart rate up to a moderate intensity.
Most people recognise that food is a vital part of any healthy lifestyle. But spending excessive amounts of time following strict diets is unrealistic and often expensive. To reduce your body mass you need to burn more calories than you expend. However, if you eat too little your metabolism will slow down and hoard the calories you do consume. In layman’s terms this means your body’s ‘fire’ becomes smaller and burns meals off more slowly. Therefore, stock up on low GI food that prevent blood sugar fluctuations and have your healthy snacks on hand. You don’t have to live on broccoli and steamed chicken to lose weight. Labelling food as good and bad is also pretty restrictive and sets up some complicated psychological relationships. Feeling guilty about eating is rarely a long term way to stay healthy.
The best advice is to eat food in as natural state as possible in as many colours as you can find.
If you’re looking to reduce, have a few less bites or pop part of your portion in the fridge straight away to prevent overeating. While excessive sugar and salt is not recommended, focus on cutting out prepacked and convenience foods first rather than your homemade dishes that may need some sour or sweet to round out the taste.
Especially if you’re starting a new fitness regime, a vital part of rejuvenating the body is allowing it recuperation time. Getting more sleep sounds simple, but for many of us requires specific planning. This could mean blocking out a few nights in your diary where you will not commit yourself to extra-curricular activities. For others it is meal prepping on the weekends so lunch is ready the night before without having to stay up late. Whatever your style, catch some extra zzzz’s to feel rested and ready to tackle the week ahead.