Fitness your way

What do you think is the most common household throw-away – you know, the sort of stuff you see on the edge of front yards with a “free” sign? Sadly, it is abandoned exercise equipment. Barely a month goes by, as you drive around your neighborhood (or maybe you should be power-walking?) and don’t see an abandoned treadmill or exercise bike.
It’s sad, when you think about it because, in most cases, each one also represents an abandoned hope someone once had of getting themselves back to physical fitness.  You’d get the same picture if you asked your local gym how many people who take out annual memberships stop coming long before that membership expires.
Experts reckon the high-stress lives we all lead, the jobs we do, and the temptations of raiding the fridge too often underlie the nation’s poor health. The number of Government-inspired programs to try to get us to eat well and exercise is testament to concerns about the issue.
A lot of money is spent both on research and motivation but we are here to tell you there are just 2 simple secrets to a good diet and long terms fitness. And they both boil down to one simple word: enjoyment. You won’t stay on a diet if you don’t enjoy what you eat and you won’t exercise back to fitness if the program doesn’t focus on physical activity you like.
With food, for example, while many fad diets can help you lose weight, the only way a person can hold on to weight loss is to change their eating habits forever. And that’s not going to happen if it’s stuffed with lettuce and cabbage juice. The plain fact is that weight gain and weight loss are simply a factor of eating more or less calories than your body needs.
A healthy young body needs about 10 calories per lb of to maintain weight. As we get older, that drops to about 8 or 9. Now, that’s a generalization; some people metabolize (burn calories) faster than others but it’s relatively easy to find out by counting the calories you eat each day (you can get calorie counters in books and online) and monitoring what happens to your weight.
Reduce you calorie intake sufficiently simply by eating smaller portions, then you can stick with your favorite foods and still lose weight. Of course, weight loss is no good by itself if you don’t include essential nutrients or avoid too much sugar and salt, so the important thing is to ensure your diet still includes healthy vegetables and grains. Do all this for long enough and it’ll become a habit you can live with forever.
A balanced diet, of course, is only part of a fitness program and you will lose weight faster and be healthier if you pair it with an exercise regime. But again, this has to be something you enjoy or you will eventually let it slip. Don’t worry about which is the most efficient way of burning up your calorie; instead focus on an activity that’s fun or that can be made more entertaining.
If it’s walking, for instance, get a dog, or walk the neighborhood with a friend. Take your camera on a hike.  Or, if you prefer a treadmill, set up a TV and DVD player so you can watch your favorite series while you stroll. And don’t push yourself too hard, or you’ll begin to loathe it.
Using this approach, it’s easy to put together a health and fitness program that works long term for you. But before you even start, of course, you should always discuss your plans with the doc.

August 17th, 2015 by Goodwill Financial