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Talking of herculean tasks in life? – Changing your lifestyle tops the list.

Reshaping everything about your life all at once is apparently not realistic, but lots of small changes can be done to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Start by making small and one or two changes at a time.

Although healthy habits are hard to develop and often require changing your mindset first. But if you are prepared to make behavioural changes to better your health, the impact can be wide-ranging, regardless of your sex, age, or physical ability. Health and fitness is all about engaging in healthy behaviours on a routine basis.

It’s a no-brainer that exercise, diet, changes of habits, sound mind everything is crucial to your well-being and fitness. And that generally adhering to suggested guidelines, like getting regular doses of resistance training and aerobic activity, having an 8 hour goodnight sleep, filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits, including complex carbohydrates over refined and eating lean protein is the best way to refine your overall health.

 

Switch to a healthier lifestyle

Changing the lifestyle is hard to do by oneself most of us need counselling and encouragement through this phase of change. It is not only about changing your dietary habits, but also building good habits on the side to exercise, spending time to meditate and sleeping well.

 

Here are few guidelines that can help you become the physically best version of you:

  1. Make Wise Dietary Choices: Instead of having a sugar-laden cereal made from refined grains, try oat bran, oatmeal, or other whole-grain cereals that are high in fibre content. To increase your protein intake add nuts and seeds in your diet instead of grabbing a protein supplement. Vegetables and fruits are rich source of mineral, vitamins, natural fibre, and other compounds that our body needs to function optimally.
  2. Dietary Changes Should Sync with Your Workout Regime: It’s important to achieve the right balance of carbohydrates and protein when it comes to fuelling the body before or after a workout. Pre-workout snacks that combine carbohydrates with protein (e.g. Boiled Egg with a Toast) will make you feel energized than any other food made up of simple sugar and lots of fat.
  3. Choose Practical Physical Activities: •It is true that most of us have a busy work life and taking out time for oneself is a challenge. Hence it is always better to select activities that compliment your schedule, instead of going to gym daily spend 40-60 minutes stretching and bending in your own lawn.
  4. Do What You Love: Indulge in activities you enjoy. Identify what is more satisfying for you – a long walk or a yoga session. Something done out of likeness gives you peace of mind and makes you feel accomplished. This leads to increased motivation to be physically active.
  5. The Key of convenience: Choose activities that are convenient and are readily accessible to you (right outside your door) like yoga, gardening, playing with your kids, jogging or walking.
  6. Set Short Term Goals: Instead of telling yourself that you would lose 10 kilos by the end of this year, tell yourself that you would give up on refined sugars by next week. Set goals that are achievable, this would keep you going and keep you self-motivated.

 

So while you cannot miss your workout if you are on the road to fitness, you should try to miss the pasta, pizzas for something healthier that can compliment your fitness goal and not ruin the efforts you put in getting up early and exercising.

 

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