Quick tips for achieving your fitness goals
It is perfect to balance strength training with walking or running. Walking (or running) one day and lifting the next allows your muscles to rest and regenerate. Not to mention walking is good for heart and lung health.
Don’t like the idea of going to the gym, go to the club instead. Dancing is a great way to get some exercise in a fun way. Take a step class, or just head out to the closest club.
No fitness regime would be complete without a few suggestions for nutrition. The purpose of eating is to nourish your body so it functions optimally. These suggestions will help you learn to make the most of how you nourish your body.
When you eat, take your time!
Chew your food thoroughly and do not rush. The better you chew your food, the easier it will be for your body to digest it. Savoring your food also gives you a chance to better gauge when you have had enough, so you don’t over eat. Everything your body cannot use ends up as fat, so it pays to savor and enjoy your food to prevent over eating!
Eat the rainbow.
Do what you can to eat a variety of foods. Try everyday to eat something red, green, yellow/orange, brown/white and blue/purple.
For example: Fruit salad with apples, bananas and blueberries for breakfast, mixed green salad with carrots, cherry tomatoes and lean spiced baked chicken breast, red grapes for a snack, and Broiled salmon seasoned with ginger accompanied by asparagus and another small salad of mixed greens with vinaigrette. Try a tangerine or two for dessert and a couple of dried figs for a midnight snack.
Eat at set times of the day
Keeping breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time prevents you from over eating and keeps your body in rhythm.
Read nutrition labels
In an ideal world, active adults eat around 2000-2200 calories a day and receive adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. However, that’s not always realistic. By reading the labels on the food you eat, you have a better chance of ensuring that you get enough vitamins, minerals and calories. If your food choices do not have labels, you may be able to find nutritional information at the restaurant of purchase or online.