Your body is yours and yours alone, and rarely will you come across someone else with a similar shape and natural size. Because of that, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ category you can fall into with an exercise routine or a new diet regime, and thus you’ve got to listen to your body and all of its signals. After all, the bones and the muscles and the organs that are holding you up and keeping you operating know best what’s good for you, and thus now’s the time to pay it a little more attention.
So with all that in mind, here’s some of the fitness strategies that your body is going to warm to the most, simply because they work well with your natural biology.
Is this all you should be eating? Or should you be packing more onto your plates? (Unsplash)
Try to Cut Out Processed Foods (and avoid the fads!)
There’s a lot of dieting advice out there, but you need to know the information that is real and backed by science, and what’s just a fad trying to make some exposure or money off of you. And that can be hard to do in a world oversaturated by social media and unhealthy body standards, but it’s not an impossible idea to try and follow through on. After all, you never want to put your body in a dangerous position in the pursuit of health, and having the choice not to is the most important time for you to make the right decision – you won’t be able to blame anyone but yourself!
So make that any fad diets out there that cross your social media feeds or are recommended to you via wellness sites are ones you’ve looked into and decided for yourself about. You don’t want to fall down the fitness rabbit hole only to find more unhealthy habits at the bottom. Ideas such as the Keto diet, or the blood group diet, all cut out foods and nutrients our bodies need on a regular basis, and you’re just going to end up starving yourself by accident.
And that’s something your body never wants to go through, and it’s not going to be comfortable to experience either. Sure, there’s the idea of ‘no pain, no gain’, but if you’re only ever in pain, you’re not in a healthy shape and size. But if you’re still looking to rely on a diet for better body health and longevity, you’re going to want to try and find one that avoids those common processed foods as much as possible. Replacing these items with unsaturated fat versions, as well as more natural alternatives, is going to be best for your body.
Build Up Your Muscles
Your body is strong, no matter the position it’s in at the moment, simply because it keeps you going no matter what you’re up against. And bodies like being strong, and we’re sure you do too, so you’re going to want to focus on building your muscle mass and how physically strong you feel, in order to get the most benefit for your body. After all, we wouldn’t get anywhere without the muscles we have holding us up, so make sure you’re taking care of these, and keeping them strengthened and resistant as your life goes on.
And building muscle doesn’t have to be as hard as you think, seeing as there’s plenty of ways to do so, and plenty of different muscle groups and types to focus on. Even most of your organs are muscles, so important systems such as your brain and your heart are going to chime in with their appreciation here as well. Following something like this plan might be a good start, seeing as lean muscle is something you’ll want to build up first, just to make sure you’re in the right shape to go further. Once you’ve tried out something like that, you can start to mix and match your resistance training, and getting more and more into the weight lifting side of things at the gym.
Overall, once you know you’re consuming enough food for the leaner side of things, you’ll need to be sure you’re eating enough for the bulkier muscles you plan to put on. Seeing as your muscles need the right energy and nutrients in order to repair, this is the best way to prepare yourself! If you’re ever feeling like you’re too stuffed, remember, you’re going to need plenty of fuel in your belly to keep your biceps curling and your legs crunching for another day.
You’ll Need to Shape Your Schedule Too
If you’re planning to get into shape, and have your body warm to the idea and ultimately feel comfortable with what you’re doing, you’re going to need to change your schedule in order to accommodate your new regime. After all, humans are creatures of habit, and the more we do something the more we get used to it. So you’re going to need to make your new exercising and dieting plans a regular occurance in your lifestyle, and that might require a couple of sacrifices.
Let’s go through a couple of quick examples. If you’re not meant to be drinking with the food groups you’re currently focusing on eating, then you’re going to need to cancel or rearrange that night out down the bar. If you’ve got a family you cook for, and they can’t join in on a diet for health and safety reasons, you’re going to have to buy two different meals for weekday dinners. All in all, you’re going to have to facilitate yourself, as no one is going to do it for you, and that starts with the understanding that things are going to have to change in your household.
There’s quite a few fitness strategies out there, and some are going to be more relevant to you than others. Just make sure you know what diet or exercise routine you’re on, and make it a habit.