Everyone has their own wants and preferences when it comes to fitness. You may have certain problem areas you want to work on, or particular types of exercise you prefer. No matter how much weight you have to lose or whether your goal is simply to maintain your current weight, it is always important to stick to things you enjoy. However, there are three basic elements you must include regardless of your diet and exercise preferences, to stay fit and healthy.
Without motivation, no dream can be achieved. You have to be willing to work for what you want, and being healthy and happy should be a natural goal for everyone. There is so much to enjoy in life, but you can’t truly appreciate these things if you aren’t in the right state of mind.
The problem with motivation is that you can’t just hope for it to be there. You need to find it deep within yourself and that’s where you get that push to start taking care of yourself and your body in the first place, and keep it up along the way without losing that positivity and energy.
Often taking that first step is the hardest of all, because as you keep at it and start to see results, it becomes much easier to follow through and not give up. To get that initial start, one of the best ideas is to set a goal for yourself, and plan to reward yourself once you reach that goal.
Start off with a smaller goal, such as walking more through the week. Walk down the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator. Use two feet and a heartbeat to get to the corner store instead of hopping in the car. Not only do you burn more calories and get the physical activity your body craves, but you also get to be outside and take in that beautiful fresh air.
Setting goals that are uber-challenging right off the bat can do you more harm than good, leaving you feeling frustrated and hopeless. As you progress and reward yourself as you continue meeting your nutrition and exercise goals, slowly make your goals more challenging and you will only continue to reap more benefits for yourself as a result.
Another key ingredient in the quintessential fitness sandwich is moderation. When it comes to diet and exercise, the saying “everything in moderation” could not be more true. That doesn’t mean you can spend your whole day eating snacks and treats, as long as you only eat a bit of each (nice try), but you should never feel like you have to completely restrict yourself from foods you love.
Focus your meals around fresh, healthy foods your body was meant to eat, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. You can eat some fries or a piece of cake here or there, but remember, always in moderation.
As you start to pay more attention to what you eat and focus more on the foods that are actually good for your body rather than those that are only bringing it down, over time you eventually start to have a distaste for the latter. You are basically retraining your taste buds to enjoy healthy food and remember what is good for your body, which you may have forgotten over the years with all those overly processed foods and artifical sweeteners.
Moderation is also essential when it comes to exercise. Exercise is always good for your body, no matter what shape or form it comes in, but you should never focus only on a single type of exercise. Not only can this result in overworking certain muscles in your body, but can also become boring in general and cause the motivation to slip right off your sandwich.
Always change things up to keep your body and yourself challenged and interesed. Variety truly is the spice of life.
Dedication is needed after you get started with your fitness goals. Whether you are simply trying to cut out refined sugars from your diet, or have fifty pounds to shed to achieve a healthy weight, without dedication any and all fitness goals you have are almost sure to fail. Having dedication means having faith in yourself, knowing you have to push yourself and stick to it, even through the tough times.
Hundreds of years ago, staying fit and healthy simply wasn’t as challenging an issue, but the reality is, things are different and unfortunately for you that can mean a tougher road ahead, just to stay healthy. With your dedication pushing you though, you can do anything you put your mind to, even if it means investing a serious amount of time and energy just to avoid all those processed, sugary, unhealthy foods lining the supermarket shelves.
Even if you have a crazy busy life, your health and happiness should always come first. As you take care of your body you will start to notice a big difference in the way you look and feel, and after that the dedication tends to be much easier to find.
The Reuben may taste fine, and that vegan hoagie a lunch favourite, but the fitness sandwich is always most important meal of the day.