We are now living in a culture that’s health conscious. The old habit of taking one’s health for granted is slowly but steadily disappearing, and a lot of us have started to consciously take efforts to maintain our health and fitness. And this is fantastic!
But, there’s a downside to it. We are all humans and humans love giving advice. So, when we meet in each other, people are bound to advocate their fitness routines and health hacks with others. For example, types of workout, diet plans that they follow, and so on. Now, most of us, who don’t know much about the science of health and fitness, tend to follow the popular social advices and suggestions that we come across. This is often, not the best idea.
We believe if something works for one person, it will work for everyone. And that notion is as wrong as it can be. Our bodies are different, and our bodies react differently to different kinds of exercises and diet. Some exercises may do us more harm than good, especially if we have existing health concerns.
That’s why, the best approach in moving towards a healthier and fitter you, is to try out different things, and observe. Observe how your body reacts to them, observe what’s working for you, and then decide whether or not to continue on the path.
Now, what are the things that you should observe?
- Sleep quality and pattern– A healthy human being should get around 7-8 hours of sleep every day. And if you notice any change in your sleep patterns in terms of quality or quantity, you should take stock of what you’ve been doing lately to have caused that change.
- Hunger– After starting a new exercise routine or a new diet program, notice if you feel any change in your appetite. Are you eating more, or less? Some people may see a drop in appetite after starting their workout plan, while others may experience an increase. Whatever it is, if your fitness regime is leading you to eat more than your body needs, you need to make some changes.
- Energy and Mood– Do you feel tired and stressful all the time? We end up with this feeling after long workout sessions, which is normal. But if the feeling is constant, it’s not a good sign. In fact, exercise and diet are known to uplift your mood, and if you feel the opposite, something’s wrong.
- Body shape– Regular exercise and diet improve your body shape for better. You feel lighter and good about yourself. But if you see no positive improvement or an extra bulge somewhere, perhaps, what you’re doing is counterproductive for your body. Examine your body carefully every week.
- Weight loss– The most healthy and lasting way to lose weight is in a gradual but consistent fashion. If you see you’re losing weight too fast, you maybe overdoing your workouts and there’s a good chance that you’ll quickly regain the weight you lost. The opposite is also true. If you see no decrease in body weight even after a month of starting your workout regime, discuss with your trainer to see what the reasons for it might be.
You already know this—fitness is a journey, not a destination. So, it’s not about putting up with the struggle and pain for a brief time just so you get back in shape, after which you can quit your regime. No! You must include fitness every day of your life, and that’s why it’s important that you like what you’re doing, and not blindly follow others.