Investing time, thought and energy in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. Many direct and indirect parameters influence and affect the quality of our life and identifying them to suit our goals means half the job done. Just like day follows night, exercise and nutrition follow each other while allowing us space to indulge and enjoy the beautiful hues of dawn and dusk through cheat and break days. Works well, yes?
My weight loss had till now followed fluctuations leading to much demotivation. However, in the last three years, I’ve not only consistently lost weight but also felt positive, energetic, and confident. Complete and balanced nutrition has provided me with the strength to push myself and boost immunity to fight back strongly. Exercise and nutrition for immunity and strength are something I always insist upon. Sharing some personally tried and tested pointers that you too can incorporate in your life.
Align fitness goals with nutrition
Your fitness goals decide your nutrition needs. For example, if want to bulk up, your diet needs a good amount of protein. Strength training, cardio, or aerobics are strenuous exercises that demand energy. How long you train and how often influence the amount of daily nutrition you need. Alternatively, for weight gain or weight loss along with the right food, the right quantity must also be consumed. Hence, your diet must provide you with balanced nutrition that aligns with your fitness goals.
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Focus on quality of diet
Food trends change every day. Also, we often come across fancy diets and ingredients that promise to affect immediate health changes. The truth couldn’t be further away! Every food group has a unique utility and it’s unwise to cut anything off from your diet completely. Practice moderation and have a balanced diet with proteins, good fat, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, etc every day. This will benefit not just your health but your sleep, skin and hair too.
Think long term, avoid quick fixes
Let’s get this straight; you’re going to eat as long as you live. While minor tweaks for changing fitness goals are admissible, you cannot force yourself to follow unrealistic meal plans. Instead, go for definite but sustainable exercise and nutrition plans that allow flexibility in food choices and give you the luxury to experiment and indulge. Keeping your food and workout interesting by introducing novelty will help focus on new ingredients and target different sets of muscles. Repetition can hamper or slow down your progress.
Understand your body structure
Like it or not, genetics play a big role in determining your metabolism, frame size, and body response. What works for others may or may not work for you. Make peace with the fact that a broad frame won’t make you look slim even at an ideal weight or doing crunches every day doesn’t guarantee Brad Pitt-like abs. Understand and respect your body’s tendencies and work on getting better. Additionally, avoid the temptation of buying products only because they’re endorsed by your favourite celebrity. Consult an expert instead.
Don’t be a slave to numbers
Whether it is the dreaded weighing machine, BMI ratio, or a fitness band that counts every step we take or miss, we’re surrounded by numbers. While they’re a good way to track your progress, don’t let them rule your lives for the simple reason that they aren’t exhaustive. BMI doesn’t show your fat percentage or distribution, weight can plateau beyond a certain point and well, a particular number of steps every day don’t include Yogasans or other breathing exercises. Meet your goals but don’t fret too much over missed ascertainable targets. You’ll get there!
Exercise and nutrition work in tandem to make you stronger from within. Immunity can easily be developed over time with the right food and a regular fitness regime. With complete and balanced nutrition, you can strengthen your bones and muscles as you age plus also boost your immunity. I trust Ensure as a complete and balanced nutrition partner in providing me 32 essential nutrients that #EnsureStrongerInsideOut.
Your lifestyle largely sways the way you look, feel and conduct yourself. Remember, it all begins with one small step in the right direction!
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