It is a well-known fact that people who practice positive lifestyle behaviors will have a higher quality of life compared to others. Some of the leading causes of death like cancer, heart disease, some lung diseases, stroke, and injuries, often can be prevented by practicing positive habits. Eating the right food, staying physically fit, and not abusing alcohol or drugs are a few examples of healthy habits.
Benefits of regular exercise are matchless
Regular physical activity is what keeps the body active. An active body keeps itself away from all kinds of illnesses. Regular exercise takes care of all the metabolic activities in the body. In addition to reducing the unwanted fat levels in the body, regular exercise reduces the risk of heart strokes, diabetes, anxiety, depression, and premature death. It increases strength of the bones, muscles and joints; enhances psychological well-being, appetite and balance. It also increases the blood flow and oxygen supply to each and every cell of the body. In order to get all these benefits, one needs to follow an ideal fitness routine.
An ideal fitness routine includes aerobic and muscle strengthening sessions
Many experts suggest that 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity should be done at least three or more times a week. It should be coupled with muscle strengthening and stretching activities twice a week. People who are unable to exercise to this level can do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, five times a week. If you are starting the exercise or resuming after a great gap then it is recommended to start with less strenuous exercises.
Due to lack of awareness, many people focus only on physical exercises, totally ignoring right eating habits to stay healthy.
Just doing physical exercises is not enough to lead a healthy life. An exercise routine without healthy diet gives incomplete benefits to the body. It may impact the body negatively too. So you should have healthy food while doing physical exercises. Healthy food includes right amounts of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, fibers, sugar and cholesterol. Remember to avoid artificial or junk food.
Good options to include in your diet
Always try to include vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, meat, beans, poultry and poly or mono saturated oil (which reduces cholesterol) in your diet. They give you right amounts of required minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Take the required amounts of these options based on your aerobic or muscular activity.
Drink more water
Liquids are very effective in passing on the nutrients to all parts of the body. Water contains required amounts of minerals that are necessary for the body. During workout, lots of body water is expelled out as sweat, which makes the body dehydrated. Hence, adequate amount of water should be taken before, after and during workouts.
Stay away from substance abuse
One of the important things you need to remember while doing exercises is to stay away from smoking, drugs and alcohol. All the good effects of physical exercise and healthy diet will become ineffective if you indulge in substance abuse. It results in dreadful effects on the body, making your life miserable. Hence, they should be avoided.
Focus on right food and stay away from harmful substances. Remember, regular exercise coupled with right diet will help you lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.