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How to Stay in Shape

How to Stay in Shape

It is extremely essential to make healthy lifestyle choices to be physically fit. The following article offers some tips for staying in shape, physically as well as mentally.
FitnessVigil Staff
Staying in shape is as challenging as getting in shape. People go to any extent to lose weight; however, once it is achieved, they forget about maintaining the newly acquired fitness level. The following tips will help to ensure that one does not deviate from the right path and remains physically fit.

A Strong Will Power
One doesn't lose weight overnight. It requires consistent efforts, focus, and a strong will power. So, the first thing that you need to do is to make up your mind.

A Balanced Diet
Here are some effective tips for achieving the required fitness level by making a few dietary changes:
  • Eliminate all fatty foods, fried foods, fast foods, and processed foods from your diet. Give up soft drinks as they give the body nothing but empty calories.
  • Do not starve yourself. Instead, make healthy food choices such as including lots of veggies and fruits in your diet.
  • Do not undertake any of the fad diets, as most of their results are short lived.
  • Take five small meals, instead of three big meals.
  • To fulfill the body's carbohydrate requirements, eat foods with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, legumes, oatmeal, and green leafy vegetables. Eliminate white foods such as pasta and rice from the diet.
  • Make sure that the diet has enough proteins, fibers, and calcium, as they all aid in fat burning. So include lean meats, eggs, low-fat dairy products, lots of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and healthy fat foods like olive oil, almonds, and nuts in your diet.
  • Drink a gallon of water everyday as it improves digestion and keeps the body hydrated.
  • Preferably, cook at home as home-cooked food is much more healthier and low in calories.
An Exercise Routine
Perform exercises on a daily basis. Cardiovascular exercises such as running, jogging, swimming, cycling, dancing, and aerobics are great to keep those extra pounds off, as well as to increase the stamina. Pregnant women should exercise under the guidance of a physical trainer. This will help them regain their shape quickly post delivery.

Along with the cardiovascular exercises, lifting weights can also strengthen the muscles and tone up the body. Joining a gym is a good option wherein a professional will make an exercise routine, keeping your weight, age, and body structure in mind.

A Stress-free Life
Leading a stress-free life is essential for staying fit and healthy. So sleep for seven to eight hours everyday. Preferably, sleep early and wake up early to stay active and alert. Meditate for a few minutes everyday, as it will help you cope with any kind of mental stress. Performing yoga and meditation under the guidance of an expert, will help you maintain the right mind-body balance.

These aforementioned tips will help you achieve optimal health. Besides these tips, having a positive disposition is also very important, as it provides the necessary motivation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Disclaimer: This FitnessVigil article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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