Another great guest fitness post by Luke from RIPPED.ME.
Being fit isn’t only about flaunting your perfectly sculpted body. It can’t be denied that turning heads is a nice addition, but good looks aside, there are more important reasons why you should start working out. Your physical and mental health will greatly benefit from adopting a healthy lifestyle, not to mention that you’ll boost your self-esteem and be more productive at work. Having said that, it’s odd that many people struggle to start exercising and cutting out unhealthy foods, even though they’re aware that it can improve the quality of their life. The main obstacle lies in the fact that it takes some time before the results of their efforts are visible. Still, the trick is to start, and everything after that is easier because physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, known as the “happy hormones”. Here are a couple of reasons why being fit is important.
The key ingredient to your health
When your body is fit, it’s like a well-oiled machine. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. A sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll on people, as it’s one of the 10 leading causes of disease, according to WHO. Being in a good shape significantly reduces a risk of colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, among many other things. It also reduces cholesterol and lowers your blood pressure. Even skinny people can be affected by all those diseases usually attributed to the overweight, so being thin doesn’t mean that you’re actually fit and that you don’t have to exercise. Generally speaking, a fit body is your ticket to longevity and a disease-free life.
A fit mind in a fit body
People usually forget that physical fitness is crucial for their mental health. WHO predicts that by 2020, depression will be the second-most common cause of disability worldwide. Still, many people fail to connect the dots between being overweight and inactive with this bleak statistic. Although depression is a disease that has been plaguing mankind since its early times, we can’t deny that our modern way of life manufactures more and more depressed people. Being fit and active can help other efforts to fight mental disease. If you’re fit, your outlook on life will certainly be much more positive, and no matter how superficial it seems, the more satisfied with your body you are, the more confident you are. No wonder that fit people are more professionally successful, and even some research studies have confirmed that improved fitness levels result in being focused, confident, and productive. Fitness and physical activity can help you cope with stress and everyday problems, the main obstacles to happiness.
Eat your way to fitness
A healthy diet is your first step towards being fit. It’s essential to change your approach to food and stop perceiving it as the source of pleasure. Many people think that healthy eating is some kind of punishment and stick to that regimen only until they lose weight. The secret lies in mastering your ability to delay gratification. So, instead of grabbing a burger that will bring you an instant but short-term satisfaction, try to see the bigger picture: by opting for a broccoli salad, you invest in your long-term well-being. Get rid of processed, sugar and sodium packed foods that make you fat and sluggish, while wreaking havoc on your body and mind. Make sure to stock up on lean meat and protein foods as they’ll help you burn more calories and fat. Fruits and vegetables should also be on your daily menu, as well as seeds and legumes. Hydrate yourself properly by drinking enough water and green tea, which will flush toxins from your body.
Sweat it away
Naturally, the path to a fit body leads through the gym. Still, there are workouts that can be done even in your office, so squeeze a couple of desk push-ups or wall sits into your busy schedule whenever you can. When it comes to dedicated exercising, fitness experts say that it’s better to opt for short, intensive workout sessions instead of performing numerous reps. Strenuous exercise isn’t the only thing that will grow your muscles. What’s even more important than that is the time you spend resting as that’s when your body is recovering. While you’re working out you’re putting your muscles under a great deal of strain, so resting helps them repair and grow. As we’ve already said, protein is crucial for muscle growth, so if you want to make the most of your workouts, high-quality protein drinks immediately after exercising are a must because it’s much easier for your body to absorb protein from liquid meal replacements and supplements. It takes approximately 30 minutes for protein from a shake to reach your muscles and kick-start the recovery process.
Whenever you think of gorging yourself on fast food or skipping your workout, remember that you’re undermining your physical and mental health, as well as your overall well-being and happiness. Don’t succumb to the temptation, and arm yourself with healthy habits.