Staying fit involves more effort than just working out a few times a week. While it is certainly important to exercise, eating the right foods is equally important. You cannot simply exercise and continue to eat the same way you were eating before you began a fitness program-at least not if you expect to make lifestyle changes that will be beneficial to your good health. Eating healthy means more than just minimizing your intake of calories; it means eating the right kinds of foods in order to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
One of the biggest problems that affects people in the 21st century is finding (or making) the time to eat healthy foods. Everyone seems to be on the go, and as a result there is a tendency to eat foods that are quick and easy albeit unhealthy. Sadly people do not realize until it is too late that they can actually accomplish both. One of the easiest ways to eat healthy when you have limited time is to take the free time you have and do all your cooking for the week and freeze it. If you don’t have the freezer space to store meals for the entire week you can prepare meals for a few days and heat them in the microwave just as you would a high calorie fatty processed food meal.
If your schedule causes you to be late for lunch and you have a tendency to snack, you can still eat healthy. Instead of going to the vending machine for a candy bar bring your own supply of fruits and vegetables. You can sit at your desk and work while you munch on slices of carrots and celery or slices of apples, oranges or bananas. Even if your company doesn’t have a refrigerator (a rarity today) you can choose fruits and vegetables that do not require refrigeration.
Exercise is an important part of fitness as well, but so many people today are busy with jobs and school that they don’t feel they have the time to fit in an exercise program. If you fit into that category, there are several easy ways you can fit in exercise without taking away from other things that take up your time. You may have read these exercise tips before, but they are certainly worth repeating.
* When you go shopping park your car as far away from the store as possible and walk the extra distance.
* Instead of using the elevator take the stairs.
* Incorporate your cleaning time into an exercise routine-i.e. work hard at vacuuming rather than working at a leisurely pace.
* Instead of taking your dog for a leisurely walk, make it into a brisk walk that will provide the increase in heart rate you need to make it a healthy walk.
No matter how little time you have available, there are always things you can do to live a healthy lifestyle. The key is investing the time to do what is necessary to maintain fitness and healthy eating.