There cannot be a rulebook for health and fitness that applies to all. Every now and then, you see a new fitness trend, you see that trend sweeping across the world and then in a few day’s time, something new comes along. While, there is no harm in reinventing your fitness methods and diets, in offering plethora of workout techniques and diets, the fitness industry is only mimicking the diversity in our preferences and ability to follow or not follow them.
The bottom line is that there are going to be hundreds of ways how you can take care of your body and mind so that you get to stay in them for as long as possible. However, it’s also equally true and important to understand that the methods you adopt out of the many prescribed by fitness experts and nutritionists, should be chosen by you alone. Of course, if you get personalized professional help, then you ought to follow what they suggest. But, blindly following the trends that you see everyone around you is following, may not always be the right option for you.
You follow what works best for you. In other words, you follow the diet and exercise patterns that don’t look and feel like a punishment to you. Because, if they feel like a punishment, you are not going to follow through, or if you do you’d do it halfheartedly while cursing yourself every time. And you know what the results are when you do something halfheartedly. You will end up feeling miserable because first of all, you are not happy with what you’re doing and secondly, it’s not yielding the desired results.
Therefore, as the popular adage goes – You do you. Especially because your health and fitness is your personal affair. But, you ought to educate yourself and become aware of the science behind the techniques and methods that have benefited everyone.
What do we mean by that? Let’s see an example – A diet rich in carbs is not good, there is enough scientific evidence to prove that. Doing only the things that work for you doesn’t mean that you dismiss this finding and stuff your plates with carbs because that’s what you like. No, what it means is that you use healthier replacements but of your choice. Think about the protein-rich dishes, fruits and vegetables you like.
Likewise, there are some people for whom fasting is easier than dieting while there are some who cannot skip their meals at all. Asking the latter kind of people to do intermittent fasting might not be a great idea. Also, while you make a choice about fasting or dieting, there are other factors to consider such as acidity. Some of us are more prone to acidity than others. Such people should avoid fasting and stick to eating healthy, regularly. Pay close attention to what your body and mind says, and they’ll in turn reward you for that.
It goes without saying that you get the best results when you follow the most healthy habits, if not all of them. And you’d be surprised to learn that when you follow one healthy habit, for example, even something as simple and easy as taking a 30-minute walk, you’re not likely to do anything counterproductive to undo the benefits of the walk. Therefore, when you adopt one healthy habit that you like and are happy to follow, you would find yourself naturally gravitating to other healthy habits. This changes your ways of living for the better, but you won’t look at it as an imposed lifestyle but the things that you willingly and happily do for your health and wellbeing.
Next time, you come across any suggestion, the first thing you need to do is to validate its authenticity scientifically. Once it’s passed the science test, try it out and get a feel of how your body and mind are responding to it. If you find yourself looking forward to that activity, continue. There will be some resistance initially, so it’s important that you give it some time before you take a decision. But, even after a few days, say a week or two, if you’re still struggling to do that activity, then it’s best to stop it. There’s nothing wrong in accepting that it’s not the right thing for you.
Understand your body. Keep experimenting. Find and follow ways that resonate best with you. Taking care of yourself and your fitness should not be a punishment. Because, then you won’t do it for long.