Having a fit body that not only looks good but is actually healthy too is something that many people think of as just a mere dream, the chances of fulfilment of which are very slim. But the contrary is actually true. There is a certain science behind being fit, a skill set, that if one possesses or masters, can enable them to achieve and maintain the type of body they want. There are a few rules of thumb that should be kept in mind before embarking on the fitness journey and if followed properly, there is no power on earth that can prevent you from achieving your fitness goals.
1. Hydrate yourself:
You’re probably rolling your eyes thinking tell me something I don’t know but the most important has to come at the top of the list. We all have been hearing and reading the importance of drinking water for as long as we can remember it, so much so, that it has become a cliché and lost its meaning. So instead, we’ll mention how you can make drinking ample water easier for you: drink a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up. Keep a pitcher or bottle next to your bed so you wouldn’t forget. Carry a water bottle with you at all times and replace all your sugary beverages from your fridge with bottles of water so you wouldn’t even have the unhealthy option.
2. Food is Fuel:
Think of food as a necessity rather than something you can consume whenever you’re bored. Think of food as fuel for your body, that should only be taken when you really need it. A lot of people eat for the sake of eating, when they are bored or distressed (comfort food). Not saying you shouldn’t indulge once in a while, but just don’t make it a habit to turn to food for everything.
3. Health is an investment:
A reason, or should we say an excuse, many people give for not eating healthy is that it is really expensive. In the same amount of money you can buy a lot of unhealthy food than healthy. Granted that this may be true in many cases, so that is why you must look at your health as an investment. Many fit people prioritize their health and hence allocate a set amount from their budgets for the right kind of food. This also means you’re going to have to make sacrifices such as eating out at restaurants less. But you can either choose this or that. And the choice ultimately lies in your hand.
4. No Dieting:
This kind of goes without saying, but there are still many people who fail to see how dieting brings a lot more harm to your health and your body than benefits. Remember, being fit is not achieved by starving yourself or skipping meals. It is about eating the right kinds of things and eating moderately. Modify your diet based on what your goals are because there is no one diet plan for everyone.
5. Learn to say no:
You have to learn to say no to yourself and to other people. Once you start your fitness journey, there will come a lot of temptations your way. You will most definitely crave your comfort foods a lot more, but this is why they say, “Nothing good is easy.” Curbing your own cravings and temptations can still be relatively easy but saying no to other people when they offer food can be a bit hard, because you don’t want to seem rude. Learn to politely decline any offers of food that will hamper with your diet plan. If possible, let the other person know before hand that you are trying to eat healthier so in case, you’re eating out with someone or at a party etc. they will know where you’re coming from and most likely support your decisions.