Daily Fitness Tips From Journey Fitness
One of the biggest misconceptions about fitness is thinking it’s like a dammed up river, and that all you have to do is break through the dam wall to unleash a torrent of good health.
The truth is a lot less exciting than that. Fitness isn’t some huge river waiting to burst. It’s a stream, and if you want to make it anything bigger than what it is, you’ll have to build it up, slowly and consistently, over time.
This might not sound as exciting, but it opens up a range of useful truths you can use to improve your fitness with a simple daily schedule.
Join us, today, as we bring you five essential tips for improving your daily fitness.
Daily Fitness Means Staying Hydrated
A fit body is a healthy body, and one of the quickest routes to good health is hydration.
Firstly, it’s an essential component in keeping your organs and muscles operating at efficiency while you work out the rest of your body. Fitness takes it out of a body. It’s a challenge, with the end reward being good health. But without good hydration, you could push your body to a point where you hurt yourself.
Beyond that, water is also energizing. It has a similar effect to various low-cal sports drinks, but without running the risk of hidden sugars and calories. To keep performing at your peak, nothing on the market can compete with the effect of a glass of water.
Track Your Calories
On the topic of calories, if you’re going to improve your daily fitness performance, you’ll need to start keeping a caloric journal. And you’re going to have to be a little obsessive about it.
Write down every piece of food you eat. Next to it, note the calories in it. If you’re eating a meal where the food sources are mixed (chicken, rice, and vegetables with gravy, for example), break it down into its ingredients and note each one.
If you’re at a restaurant and you don’t know what went into the gumbo, look up a gumbo recipe later and note your calories based on this.
Always do your best. Where most people go wrong is in telling themselves that certain foods can fly under the wire without making an impact. “I mean, sure I could note this handful of carrots, but who wants to be that person?”
The truth is, you do. Without a good idea of what’s going into your body, you won’t know where you’re going wrong. A comprehensive diary is a good way of following up on your daily intake, and also of keeping yourself honest. Diets are hard, and it’s best to police ourselves to stay on track, even if we’re convinced we don’t need it.
Get More Sleep
When it comes to getting more sleep, first off, the overall benefits are more than worth the effort. At least seven hours of sleep a night results in less chance of fatigue, lowered rates of depression and anxiety, and better impulse control.
But there’s a physiological element to it as well. Getting enough sleep every night translates into better heart health and an improved ability to fight off strokes. Blood pressure is lowered and, perhaps most importantly, the hormones ghrelin and leptin, in your body, are better regulated, keeping your appetite low and your metabolism high.
Sleep in a dark room, and avoid electronic devices, and food for about an hour before you go to sleep. Also, try to cut out caffeine during the afternoons and evenings, to help drift off to sleep more easily.
Cut Down on the Sweet Treats
Sugar is the enemy of a good diet but, as with any other food, it’s a question of moderation.
Instead of swearing off sugars, wholesale, a better approach is to avoid high-sugar foods and sweet fruits as far as possible. As with anything else, even if you aren’t sure which foods have more sugar than others, you should have a good feeling about it. A fruit ice cream could seem better than chocolate with a lot of mental gymnastics but on some level, you understand it’s not much better at all.
And don’t feel like you have to cut out all sugars forever. Feel free to enjoy apples, peanut butter, and sweeter nuts as substitutes (in moderation). And, if you do give in to a sugary soda, do your best to accept it, move on, and get back to not eating sugar as soon as possible. Sugary treats are crammed with useless calories and should be avoided, as far as possible.
Our final piece of advice may seem obvious to some of you, and completely amazing to those of you who thought a simple guide to daily fitness would work around exercise.
It’s a hard fact for many people to accept, but exercise has to be a daily part of your life in order to become fit and maintain that fitness. You’ll have to work out, and it will have to be consistent.
The good news is that you don’t have to become an exercise junkie overnight to start seeing effects. As little as one hour of moderate exercise a day can be enough for most people, and you can choose how you get the exercise in.
Not a fan of running? Get on a bicycle and see how far you can push yourself. Not in the mood for jumping jacks? Spend an hour in the pool doing laps. However you accomplish it, an hour’s worth of physical activity every day is a great first step towards a healthy lifestyle.
Daily fitness isn’t some finite trick you can do once and enjoy for the rest of your life (as much as even we’d love that). You have to put in the time, set goals for yourself, and be honest about where you’ve gone wrong.
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