Fitness is now a part of almost every person’s life. We see people – young and old alike, in jogging parks, gyms, yoga classes, Zumba classes, etc. Everybody is doing whatever they can, to become fitter. Although, our specific goals may be different—losing weight, getting in shape, building muscles, and so on—the end goal is fitness. And this is great. But, ever so often, we see that people, no matter what they do, how hard they work out or how healthy their diet is, the results on their body do not look very encouraging. If that’s you, the source of your problems may be one or more of these factors.
You are leading a sedentary lifestyle
If you work out intensely for an hour every day and you spend rest of the day sitting on your office chair, without much moving around, your life is still sedentary. Fitness is not a task, it’s a habit, behaviour, a way of life. It has to be on your mind all the time. Think – what are the ways in which you can stay physically more active, choose those ways over others. For example, standing/walking meetings over meeting rooms, choosing stairs over elevators, walking to the copier instead of having someone else do it for you, and so on. You can also use a pedometer to track the number of steps you take in a day.
Your portion size may be larger than you need
We are still very amateur when it comes to measuring portions of our food. When we eat, we don’t calculate or measure food in terms of our nutrition or energy requirements. We tend to measure portions we eat, based on how full we feel. Maintain a food journal to keep track of how much you eat, and how much less you can manage to eat over time. Try reducing your portions by small margins, and continue doing that as long as it doesn’t hamper your energy levels.
You may be insulin resistant
If you are insulin resistant, the calories you consume don’t get burned as fuel, instead are saved by your body as fat. This means, even if you are eating healthy food, you tend to gain weight. Extreme thirst or hunger, frequent urination, feeling of tiredness etc. are some symptoms of insulin resistance. These are also some of the symptoms of diabetes. In case of any doubts, we urge you to see a doctor before drawing any conclusions about your symptoms.
You don’t chew well enough
Most of us have our meals in a jiffy, especially when we are at work. We don’t have enough time to have a relaxed lunch or snack. Because, we have deadlines, meetings, children, and so many other things to attend to. And we understand that, but practice mindful eating and you’ll see a drastic difference in the way you lead your life. Eating slowly and taking time to appreciate and enjoy your meals, can help you eat less and still feel full. Isn’t that a win-win situation?
You are working out a lot
Some of us get this sudden urge to lose weight, get into shape quickly, either for an event or a holiday, where you want to look your best. So, we start working out intensely in the hope that we’ll shed those kilos rather quickly. But, what happens when you work out too much? You tend to eat a lot, your body demands more food, which then prove to be counterproductive for your weight loss program.
You don’t sleep well
Eating and sleeping are essential for your body to function well. That’s why, health practitioners suggest that we eat our meals, sleep and wake up at the same time every day, to set a healthy body clock. When we don’t get enough or good sleep, your body functions tend to get affected. There could be issues with metabolism, digestion, and you may feel tired all the time. Lack of proper sleep is also known to be one of the causes of weight gain. Prioritize your sleep and try to develop a healthy sleeping habit.
Making these small but significant changes in our life can go a long way in achieving long-lasting fitness. Once you accept fitness as a way of life, whatever your fitness goals are, you’d achieve them quite naturally.