Having good health and a fit body requires a balanced diet and regular exercise. Everybody has a different perspective as to what body fitness means. Some think body fitness is having Hulk muscles while others think it is having a perfect body. Either way, it is important to exercise and take balanced diets to gain body fitness. Often, people chasing health and fitness goals focus on one aspect (diet or exercise) and neglect the other.
I have had to work hard in observing a great diet and working out. Here is how I have managed to balance my diet and workouts for the best health and fitness results.
The first meal of the day is the most important. Research shows that having breakfast regularly reduces the chances of getting heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity. A healthy meal in the morning helps the body to replenish blood sugar which is required to power the brain and muscles. Skipping this meal can lead to a lethargic feeling when working out. I try to have a protein and fiber-rich breakfast whenever I’m going to exercise. This helps me to keep off the hunger pangs for long. It provides me with the energy I require to workout. I do not like having doughnuts for breakfast as I end up becoming hungry before I complete my workout.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in the human body. Research shows that about 60% of the daily calories are obtained from carbohydrates. This only applies to people who exercise regularly. I always obtain my carbohydrates from eating fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. I prefer whole grains to refined grains since they get digested slowly. This helps the body to be full for long and feel energized for the better part of the day. They also help the body in stabilizing blood sugar levels. These grains contain minerals and vitamins which are required by the body to be at its best.
Protein helps the body in growing and repairing tissues. It helps in the formation of red blood cells to replace those that die after 120 days. Working out sometimes leads to the tearing of muscles thus the need for constant repair. Protein helps in the repairing and building of muscles. It is also a source of energy for the body when there is a short supply of carbohydrates. I get protein from eating chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, fish, milk, lentils, beans, and eggs. I take small portions of processed meat and red meat to maintain my good health. I also prefer lean proteins since they have low levels of fats.
Fruits and vegetables have low amounts of fat and calories. They provide the body with minerals, vitamins, and fiber needed to keep it healthy. Health departments advise that in every meal taken, half of it should consist of fruits and vegetables. I make it a habit to try different types of fruits to get as many nutrients as possible.
The body requires a well-organized training schedule to be fully fit. Having a balanced diet is also key to achieving full-body fitness. All workouts should begin with a warm-up. I always try to speed up to my maximum after warming up. This is a cardio workout that helps me stay fit and maintain my health.
I also try to build my muscles by doing pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, and lifting weights. These exercises break down my muscle fibers pushing them to reform. This makes them thicker and stronger than before. Lots of fuel are needed by the body to perform this process successfully.
Diet and exercise are inseparable elements in a health and wellness journey. Substituting one for the other only leads to painful efforts with little results. It is important to strike the balance with the above tips for a healthy and strong body.