Our work lives have become increasingly confined to sitting in cubicles typing away at our computers. Because of this inactive work life, many people become overweight and their physical health deteriorates. Even if you are on the thin side, that doesn’t mean you are healthy and fit. Exercising and working out is good for the body and mind. It is a staple to keep your body healthy.
You need to exercise to strengthen your muscles and build up your stamina and improve your blood flow. Exercising is necessary for cardiovascular health. Many people do start working and exercising but end up stopping because of the sore muscles and lack of energy to keep up the momentum. Here are a few tips that anyone who takes up exercising should follow, so it proves to be fruitful and continuous.
Eat something before you exercise
It is a common misconception that before a work out session one should not eat. One should not eat heavy unsaturated food, or something heavy with proteins which will take too long to digest.
Eating something with good carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, yogurt or skimmed milk or something high in fiber like cereal in milk. These foods are easy to digest, fasten your metabolism and give you the energy boost you need. The energy provided by this food will sustain you through your strenuous workout session without feeling dizzy or pangs of hunger.
Staying hydrated is very important for working out. You need to keep on taking fluids throughout the day. And by fluid, it’s not meant carbon drinks or sodas. Drink water, milk, juices or drink water with bcaas, so along with being hydrated your body also has the required amount of minerals and nutrients to maintain the energy.
Staying hydrated reduces cramping of muscles post work out. Because you sweat while exercising you need to stay hydrated to restore the water you lose. Dehydration can cause heavy fatigue, dizziness, and headache and swear muscular cramps.
Eat healthily but often
If you have a work out session that is longer than an hour you should take snacks before, in session and after. Keep something light like berries, granola bar, energy bar, flavored milk, a shake, to keep your energy up through the session.
Make sure whatever you eat is easily digestible. Another way to keep your energy up all day which will also help you in your work out sessions is to develop healthier eating habits. Don’t eat large heavy meals, instead have smaller lighter meals but instead of 3 times a day have them 5-6 times a day.
Make your diet rich with vegetables and fruits. Reduce the number of unsaturated fats and sugars from it. Try not to have processed food or food that is rich in fats, sodium, and sugar.
Develop a routine
Working out at the start is always hard. The first week or two is very terrible on the muscles. But you have to power through that. Firstly when you start working out, don’t overdo and start from a realistic place. Once you do start exercising make sure you do it every day and for the same amount of time. Be strict about the routine don’t break it.
Once it becomes a habit you can take a day or two off each week but no more. If you take too many days off your level will plummet and you will have a hard time getting back to where you started. So continuity is very important.
Surround yourself with positivity
If you start working out and you find it difficult to keep up the energy and motivation to keep on doing it you should find a partner to work out with. So if you miss a session there is someone who will force you to come and encourage you and you will do that for them. Also listen to music, according to some studies while listening to music it becomes easier to focus and you don’t feel the fatigue of exercise for some time.
Do watch inspirational videos of athletes, listen to doctors talking about the benefits of working out. Try to get your friends and siblings in fitness so that you are surrounded by people who take health seriously.
Working out or exercising is a very healthy thing to do. Everyone knows how important it is to shed off those extra fat cells for the wellbeing of our hearts. Most people just find it hard to keep the energy and motivation to do it continuously. For them, it is important to keep reminding themselves of the thing that first inspired them to go to the gym. Secondly, get professional help like a diet plan from a nutritionist and workout plan from a gym instructor. Once you have invested a little money in it you will be motivated to follow through so that money doesn’t get wasted. Also, it’s very important to start from the bottom and gradually build upon it so that you don’t injure your muscles. Keep a journal of your progress as a personal achievement record. Stay healthy!