Most of us want to get fit, but finding the time to go to the gym, cook food from scratch and take care of our bodies is not easy. Most people start out with the best of intentions, but end up giving up because it feels like staying fit is just too much hard work. If you want to learn how to stay fit without giving up everything you love in life, read on for some simple but effective fitness tips.
Purchasing a blender is one of the simplest and most convenient fitness decisions you will ever make. Instead of chopping up fruit and vegetables and trying to squeeze them into meals, start making vegetable juice, fruit juice, and yogurt smoothies with added protein. You’ll improve your diet without adding a lot of extra effort to your daily routine.
Try to learn how to judge calories just by looking at food. Remember, fats, carbohydrates and sugars are calorie dense, while foods rich in protein or fibre are less calorie dense. You should eat more calories in general to gain weight, eat lots of protein and do lots of exercise to gain muscle, and control your calorie intake (but not starve yourself) to lose weight.
Eating lean meats is a good way to improve your protein intake. Fresh meat is better than meat from the supermarket, and chicken, turkey and grass-fed beef are the best meats to eat, if you can afford them. Oily fish are also rich in protein and full of important nutrients.
Try to fit in a protein shake immediately after your workout. A post-workout shot of protein will help you to encourage muscle growth. Drinking protein shakes after working out will also remove the temptation to snack on calorie dense chocolates, potato chips, or other junk food.
Every athlete should drink lots of water. Fresh, filtered water contains no calories, and will help to flush toxins out of your body. Drink water throughout the day, and sip water while you are working out so that you do not become dehydrated.
In addition to eating a high protein diet and staying hydrated, you should make sure you get enough rest. Most people need eight hours of sleep per day. Some people can get by on five or six, but if you are regularly getting less than that then your body will not be able to recover from the stress you are putting it through. Resting will nurture your mind and your muscles.
Staying fit does not have to be time consuming or complicated. Simply putting some time into the gym and making intelligent food choices will put you well on the road to health and fitness. Consistency and effort are more important than fancy techniques or expensive supplements. Everyone can lose weight and improve their wellbeing.