Getting fit is not an easy task. Staying fit can be even harder. But being fit is not just about being strong – it is about being physically, mentally and socially healthy. Plus, it also makes you feel good about yourself and helps you along your way towards achieving your goals! Here are some tips to help you start living a healthier life:
1. Just 20 Minutes
If you are serious about getting fit and healthy, you need to commit. We all know how busy students can be, but even just 20 minutes of brisk walking or jogging a day will do. Turn it into a daily routine, and you may find that staying fit becomes that much easier. To avoid getting bored, switch it up by taking a different route or include variations i.e. taking the stairs instead of the lift.
2. Cut The Carbs
Studies show that low-carb diets often result in general weight loss and improved health. The idea is to limit the intake of carbohydrates primarily found in sugary foods, pasta, and bread. However, that does not mean you increase your intake of everything else. Moderation is vital. For am in-depth analysis of your individual dietary needs, speak to an experienced nutritionist.
3. Eat More Fibre
Besides helping to control your appetite, fibre also helps to keep our digestive system healthy. The best sources of natural fibre are cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. Think granola smoothie bowls, salads and even juices. Check out some cold-pressed juices in our store. If you want to try making your own smoothies, click here for a blender that even looks right for the job!
4. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting basically means that you switch between fasting and eating on a regular schedule, which has been known to manage weight and even prevent (or reverse !) certain forms of diseases. The most common method is the 16:8 method, where you fast for 16 hours and then eat regular meals during an 8-hour window. You may drink water and other zero-calorie beverages to control your hunger during the fasting period. Remember to maintain a healthy diet during your 8-hour eating window! Your body will also need to adjust so take your time, be safe and consult a healthcare professional if you need more in-depth advice.
5. Play A Sport
If you have a sport that you love, you already have an easy way to get fit. Any sport that keeps you moving with short bursts of high intensity (such as basketball, futsal, tennis, badminton or swimming) are all good cardio exercises that will help you stay in shape without you realising it.
6. Alternate Sitting & Standing
Did you know that sitting for long periods of time isn't good for your physical and mental health? It might also literally flatten your butt! Experts recommend sitting for 30mins at a time, before standing and doing some light stretching or movement to encourage blood circulation throughout the body. You can also try a standing desk, or simply find ways to elevate your workspace to roughly elbow-height. Standing also helps tone your leg and core muscles.
7. Take A Walk
Going for a short stroll or two during the day allows the mind and body to take a break, especially if you have been sitting and working for an extended period of time. Brisk walking is also a great way to burn some extra calories.
8. HIIT Cardio
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is all about controlled bursts of high-intensity exercise alternating with short, regular breaks. For example, you could do 8x 20sec sprints with 1min of rest in between. Studies show that performing HIIT for just 20mins, 3x times a week produced visible signs of weight loss. There are plenty of apps like Seven and FIIT to help you get started. Remember to exercise safely!
9. Change Things Up
Doing the same thing gets pretty boring after awhile. Add some variety and make minor changes to your exercise and daily routines. For example, take the stairs instead of the lift. Take a jog down a different path. Go for a hike. Do 5 more push-ups as each day passes.
10. Drink Water Before Your Meal
If you are coming off a diet, you might get hungry fast. Try drinking a big glass of water at least 30mins before your meal to help control your appetite and prevent you from overeating.
11. A Good Night's Sleep
After all that hard work during the day, your body needs its rest. Lack of proper sleep can also wreak havoc on your metabolism making it much easier to gain weight. Experts recommend at least 6 hours of sleep. Avoid playing with your phone, eating or drinking right before bed as it may make it harder for you to fall asleep. Aromatherapy can also help induce a calming environment that encourages natural sleep. Consider this USB diffuser bundle that's curated to help those looking for peaceful slumber (and possibly sweet dreams).
12. Be Happy
Negative feelings not only affect the psyche, some emotions are even able to affect the body as well. Most illnesses and diseases sometimes come from the worries and stress we have kept for a long time. Acknowledge bad emotions, then look for the positive things in life. Chances are you'll find the inner strength to turn things around for the better.