In our last post, we discussed setting weight loss/fitness goals. In this post, we’re going to discuss how to strike a balance between diet and fitness.
Now that you know what your goals are, it is time to delve into those actionable diet and fitness steps. You probably know by now that both diet and exercise are equally important when you are trying to lose weight. If you only change your diet but continue living a sedentary lifestyle, you might lose a little weight, but it is hard to keep up the same level of weight loss throughout the year. You need a good way to burn off excess calories, which means adding in exercise. Plus, fitness is really important for general health, just like changing your eating habits.
You also don’t want to just workout more but continue eating whatever you want. There needs to be a balance between the two. You don’t need to exercise 2 hours a day, 7 days a week and follow a 1,000-calorie diet every day either; in fact, these are unhealthy habits to start. Here are some tips for finding a good balance between improving both your nutrition and fitness:
Start exercising slowly – To start with your workout routine, start exercising slowly. This is especially important if you are accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, but want to begin working out more in the New Year. You should not just start with marathon training right away or begin running 10 miles from the very first day. Regardless of the type of exercise routine, you intend to begin, do it slowly and gradually. Work up to your ultimate fitness goals.
Choose a fitness routine you will enjoy – It is also important that you choose an exercise you are going to enjoy doing. It might seem great that you can walk every day, but if you hate walking, you won’t keep up with it. One idea is to switch to a more enjoyable form of walking, such as hiking or walking by the beach. On the other hand, you can choose another exercise entirely, such as yoga, kick boxing, swimming, or play a sport like tennis. There are lots of ways to get in your daily exercise to help you lose weight. My mother and I love dancing. One of the ways to stay consistent with exercise is to find a dance regimen that you enjoy.
Consider high energy forms of dance such as African Dance, Salsa, Zumba or even the basic two-step. The goal is to find the music you love and let it move your body.
Know how many calories exercises will burn – Speaking of the balance between nutrition and fitness, part of the reason you exercise to lose weight is to burn more calories. This means knowing exactly how many calories to burn, and what exercises burn the most calories. If you are using cardio machines, such as elliptical trainers or treadmills, the machines will let you know how many calories you have burned. For other exercises, you should use a fitness tracker.
Calculate how many calories you need to eat daily – Make sure with your nutrition, you know what you are eating and how many calories you are consuming. Even if you aren’t following a low-calorie diet, this is a good way to know where you are at and track how much you eat each day. Eventually, you won’t need to keep track your food via calorie counting or point systems, but it is good in the beginning.
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