I have been diagnosed with a lot of things for the past couple of years now. I was pronounced as a type II diabetic when I was 23, asthma never leaves my side ever since I can start remembering things, gastric ulcer and acid reflux are a normal part of my life and my father died of aneurysm when he was just 45. A frequent sufferer of hypertensions, he fought his battle bravely.
My partner would always say I have a lot of issues and it hurts to be in pain that much, I can tell you. So you can say that my life has been a series of doctor appointments, healthy and nutritious diet to make sure I stay fit. Being overweight may cause me my life.
Nowadays being fit and sexy is not just for aesthetic purposes. You exercise and stay fit not because you see people jogging in the morning and you suddenly feel the need to do so. You hit the gym not because your crush is there doing his daily crunches.
You exercise and stay fit not because you want to show off your newly-purchased shoes and dry fit apparels. You do it because you know your body is as precious as any gem or diamond in the world and you know that taking care of it is a must.
Now when you have decided to get up from that couch and stop watching that idiot box for once, find out why you want to do this. This should be a lifelong mantra for you and not just a spur of the moment decision. Staying fit is not just about exercise – half of the battle is made before and after your exercise. There are thousands even millions of resources out there telling you what you need to do and what you should not in terms of staying lean and fit. Be careful as you may be easily confused, bear in mind these few important facts and hints and you are good to go.
WATER IS STILL THE BEST
Water is the elixir of life. It has its own magical powers. It is cheap but yet a very powerful antioxidant and rehydration drink. There are tons of available energy drinks out there and you may even have your favorites when working out, but, water is still the best. Ever since we are kids we are thought that it is enough to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Well, that is just plainly wrong especially when you are doing your daily workouts and routines. The basic principle is to match your body’s weight with your water intake – an ounce per pound. The last time I checked on the scale, I weigh 135 lbs. so I should be at least taking 135 ounce of water.
STRETCHING IS THE KEY
Fitness professionals would always say that stretching is a vital task in every exercise routine and skipping that task is like forcing your body to wake up in a deep sleep and you know how it feels like. I jog every morning and even before I start, I make sure to stretch the muscles that will be used the most like my calves, hamstrings and quads.
CHANGE YOUR ROUTINE
This is one important most of us would left out – changing your fitness program every now and then. When I started getting serious about being healthy all I ever do is jog in the morning and do some lifting in our local gym thrice a week as this would fit my schedule and after six months of doing so, it just becomes like a routine.
Our body is made to adapt and surprisingly it adapts to physical activities very well, ask your trainer or any fitness expert when is the right time to change your exercise routine. Get out of your comfort zone. My friend got so used to that treadmill in his house and he just decided all together.
You do not have to buy your own machine, which is why the gym is such a big hit nowadays. If treadmill is so boring for you nowadays try the elliptical machine. Keep pushing yourself; do not be accustomed to the frequency and intensity of your activities.
GETTING TOO EXCITED
Some would also start doing very strenuous activities all of a sudden. My friend is a couch potato at home and sits eight hours behind his office desk, then suddenly decided he wants to play basketball. At the first half of the game, he felt there is something wrong with his calf; fell down may have torn some tendons along the way. The lesson is starting with baby steps and doing the big jump afterwards.
A HOLLISTIC YOU
Focusing on just one part of your body is just a one big major no-no in maintaining your health. Most people I know is only doing tons of crunches and sit-ups so that they could achieve that six-pack most would die for. Nice abs is a combination of you just consuming the right amount of calories and training your abdominal muscles like any other muscle in your body. Leaving out your legs in the process is also a big mistake and you do not want to look like Popeye. Your fitness routine should be holistic to strengthen the whole body.
TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCH
Another common mistake that keeps you from shedding those fats is treating yourself more than what you have worked out for. During the first few weeks of my intent, I always have ice cream on my hand whenever I get out of the gym. It does not make sense at all as this will only allow you to intake and indulge more calories and actually allows you from gaining more weight.
It took me sometime to realize these fitness mistakes. All those time, I thought I was doing just the right thing. All I want is to at lessen the hospital visits, drop some medicines from my daily dosage intake and being dubbed as “sexy” along the way is just an added icing on the cake. As my late father would always say you only have one body, better take care of it before you lose it.