Elevate your fitness regime with these 5 helpful tips

Published on: 20 March 2022, 12:30 pm IST

Follow these easy fitness tips for your overall well-being to address both your physical and mental health.

These tips will help you build your fitness levels in the true sense. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Most people believe that fitness is just about an exercise regime. However, it encompasses both our mental and physical well-being. That’s exactly why we have some easy fitness tips for you that will not just help to strengthen your immunity, but also build resilience against chronic diseases.

5 easy fitness tips to improve your life every day:

1. Eat a balanced diet

Food is the fuel that drives us, and at the same time, also forms the building block of our body. Eating a balanced diet means that we should consume a wide variety of food in the right proportion, with each meal containing an adequate amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats along with vitamins and minerals.

The National Health Service (NHS) recommends five portions of fruit and vegetables, high-fibre starchy foods, dairy or dairy alternatives, proteins from sources like beans, pulses, fish, eggs, and meat, unsaturated fats, and fluids. It’s necessary to remember that each food group, including fats and carbohydrates, plays an important role in our overall health.

2. Action your fitness regime

It’s always important to action your fitness regime to maximize your chances of sticking to it. This includes planning for the right time to exercise, picking your chosen exercise regime, and cooking your meals to improve the results. While some may prefer to exercise in the morning, for many working people it may not be practical. In that case, it is best to schedule some time in the evening and ensure that you are free at the time.

It is also important to pick the correct exercise, according to your fitness goals. If your goal is to maintain a general level of fitness, regular walks, swimming, cycling, or running may suffice. On the other hand, a more intense exercise regime can include cross-training, weight training, high-interval intensity training, and more. Start slowly and then build up your routine. It’s also important to follow proper recovery through rest and adequate nutrition.

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Whether you yoga at home or workout at a gym, make sure you exercise every day. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Multivitamins to the rescue

Despite our best efforts, most of us often miss out on adequate nutrition. A busy lifestyle, lack of access, or finances may often result in missing meals or failing to plan for a balanced meal that includes all essential and non-essential vitamins and minerals. Although they cannot replace a balanced meal, the main purpose of multivitamins is to fill the nutrition gap in our diet, providing the body with the essential vitamins. In certain cases where a person is malnourished due to inadequate nutrition or needs, multivitamins are recommended to redress the balance.

4. Keep the hydration high

The main component of the human body is water, amounting to an average of 60 percent of the body composition. It’s important, therefore, to keep replenishing it as the body loses water throughout the day through sweat, urine, or other discharge. Water lubricates the joints, regulates body temperature, acts as a nutrient carrier in the body, and ensures that our organs keep working properly.
The average woman is recommended to drink at least 11 glasses of water while an average man should drink at least 16 glasses of water. While water should be the first choice for hydration, other sources, such as coffee, tea, or flavoured water also count. However, it is best to stay away from sweetened drinks, such as bottled juices or soft drinks.

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Sometimes, it’s just good to sit back and relax! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Don’t forget to unwind and rejuvenate

Rest and recuperation are as important as staying active and fit. Your body and mind need time to recover from regular wear and tear. It’s critical to ensure that your sleep is adequate both in terms of quality and quantity. Make sure that you go to bed at a regular time in a calm and peaceful environment that is free from distractions such as TV or your smartphone. Apart from sleeping at night, you must try and give your body rest when possible, especially if you lead a hectic and busy life. Mental rest is equally important.

Meditation and mindfulness can be key in ensuring mental rest and peace.

We should all strive for a fit lifestyle that includes exercise with proper nutrition. Following healthy habits and these easy fitness tips becomes all the more important, given the largely sedentary life that we all follow.

Dr Usha Chennuru Dr Usha Chennuru

Director, Medical Services, Cipla Health Ltd

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