Do you ever see a person with a nice muscular physique and the very low body fat and you think to yourself, “I wonder how they seem to stay in such good shape?” It’s not just about good genes, it’s about the choices they make; And the way they choose to live their lifestyle.
If you want to stay in good shape, you need to accept, and even embrace what needs to be done. With a positive attitude, you can accomplish more than you realize. Read my top six tips to staying in shape. I promise you will like the last one.
- Exercise daily
Yes, I mean daily. You don’t have to do the same workout, or training every day. Switch it up, but always find time to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day. The recommended amount of time you should exercise if you are using a moderate exercise routine is 150-minutes. Breaking this down into seven days will make staying in shape easier. Also, when you exercise daily you are creating a habit. This is fortunately, a good type of habit.
- Eat/drink healthy
Of course, this is a given; But you don’t want to just eat what you think is healthy, you have to actually know what you are eating. I’m not referring to big ticket things such as omega 3’s. I mean seek out some help from a nutritionist, or even doing some research online can give you some insight of very healthy foods you might find you actually will enjoy. Make eating healthy a habit too, not just trying to work a diet. If you fully commit it will be easier for you.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew
When you first start off exercising, you don’t want to go into a full sprint when you’ve never even jogged, or in some cases; It’s been awhile. This will just set you up for disappointment, and you have a greater chance of getting injuries. Push yourself, but know your limits. Listen to your body. If you can’t handle that extra four minutes on the treadmill because your side hurts so much you feel like you’re about to fall over, then it’s time to stop. Don’t be disappointed in yourself. You did great and next time you tell yourself you will do better. The good old motto never dies. “Take one day at a time”.
- Switch it up
You will find that your body adapts to your daily exercise routines if you are doing the same thing over and over. Make sure you switch up your workouts, to keep your body at its best.
- Sweat baby sweat
If your workout isn’t creating that dreaded perspiration, then you probably aren’t pushing yourself enough. Always give yourself a challenge, like trying something new. There are many different fitness options out there for you.
- Treat yourself with regular massages
What? Crazy right!! I said you would love this last one. Though getting a deep-tissue massage is pleasurable on its own scale, it benefits you on a different one. Getting a deep-tissue massage every two weeks to a month will greatly reduce the risk of injuries. It also increases range of motion, reduces muscle hypertonicity, and helps athletes monitor their muscle tone.
I encourage everyone to take an active stand in bettering themselves. I also believe beauty is just not what you wear and look like on the outside, but what’s within.
You have to love yourself before you can have a positive attitude. You have to tell yourself that you’re beautiful. Don’t worry about what other people think. Focus on yourself. Be that change you need. Your mindset will determine your success.