Lifestyle covers under its wings a wide spectrum of activities that constitute the way we lead our everyday lives and fitness is it’s significant part. It is about how we live and what goes into making our lives the way they are. A good lifestyle is a conscious choice we make for ourselves.
The physical well-being of our body rests on two important pillars; fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It is difficult to achieve one without the other since they’re both closely connected. People often lay emphasis on achieving fitness without realising the need to make corresponding lifestyle changes for it. This patchy solution will sooner or later come off exposing the giant loophole in their plan.
When I set out on my transformation journey almost two years ago, the first change I made was in my lifestyle. Breaking out of my set routine (read laziness) wasn’t easy and I struggled a fair bit initially. The fact that I had two kids who needed me round the clock made matters tricky. After few hiccups though, through which I refused to give up, it was a smooth ride. I can assure you from my experience that it is well worth your effort.
Here are a few lifestyle changes I will suggest for a fitter life:
1. Don’t make quick-fix choices
For permanent lifestyle changes the process must occur gradually. If it shocks your mind or body then there are chances that they’ll both oppose it vehemently. Take one day and one change at a time but make sure that you follow it religiously. Enjoy yourself and don’t stress a lot. Remember that these changes should be sustainable in the long run.
2. Set the right goals
Fitness and weight loss are generally bracketed together which isn’t entirely correct. People tend to make changes for weight loss but once it’s achieved they go back to their earlier unhealthy habits. Lifestyle can and must be changed for reasons more than weight loss. Set the right fitness goals and don’t get complacent once you get there.
3. Make physical activity a habit
Physical activity in any form like walking, jogging, gymming, weight-training, or yoga is good for you. Take at least half an hour everyday to engage in some physical activity or a combination of two or more. If it makes your heart beat faster and makes you sweat then even better. This will not only help your fitness goals but will also make you feel rejuvenated.
4. Eat healthy
It goes without saying that eating healthy is the bedrock of leading a healthy life. Avoiding junk food that tastes and smells awesome or opting for healthy, local and natural foods is a battle you’ll be forced to get into and win. Once you’ve made the right choice though, the craving won’t bother you much. Allow yourself cheat days but don’t go overboard with indulgence.
5. Sleep well
Bad sleeping habits disturb your entire system. They make you hungry at odd times and interfere with the digestion process. Disconnect from your gadgets half an hour before bedtime and let your mind and body unwind. A rested sleep is crucial to restore and rebuild.
These don’t sound so difficult now, do they? A little effort and loads of patience is all that’s required and it is within our capacity to have both!
This is my first post in the #FitnessWithVarsh series. Over the next few weeks I’ll share tips, my takeaways and titbits from my own transformation experience. Please do join me in and feel free to ask, suggest or share anything you want to. Let us make fitness and a healthy lifestyle more than a new year resolution.