When you hit your gym today, you might find it unusually crowded. And why is that so? Well, the resolution ready crowd will be getting their sweat on and taking up the treadmills which will make you realise you’re not the only one who is determined to lose some weight and get stronger than ever this new year. But setting a resolution particularly around becoming fit might sound and feel daunting, so here we have some of the most manageable, easy and practical steps to get you on the fitness bandwagon. Start with 1 simple step each month and build them each month to help you reach your weight-loss success.
1. Wear Fitness Tracker:
Invest in a fitness tracker. Period! Your fitness journey is going to be incomplete without a tracker. A fitness tracker has become quite the rage among fitness enthusiasts it keeps your overall health in check. A fitness tracker keeps track of your daily activity, such as steps taken, calories burned, and periods of activity and sleep. They also track your heart rate and breathing, the miles you’ve logged, your speed, and even your altitude, a nice bit of info for cyclists and skiers. Some of them even provide music to go with your workout.
2. Download A Fitness App:
Today your mobile device can help you become a fitter and healthier you. Fitness apps basically control everything related to your fitness journey in an efficient manner. The fitness apps have become the biggest influencers in the way we exercise, by keeping a tab on counting on our calorie intake and how much we walk in a day. Keeping track of how many calories you eat in a day will be helpful in planning out your physical exercising There are many fitness apps available that can help us shape better.
3. Drink More Water:
Keep a tab on your water intake. Keep a handy water bottle or download a water intake app on your mobile so that you know how much water you drink in a day. Fitness experts insist on taking almost 17 ounces of water each day. Not only will drinking water before having a meal will make you feel fuller but also drinking 17 ounces of it will increase your metabolism by 30% for a brief period of time.
4. Finish your Dinner Early:
We all have heard the popular old adage, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” but the popular belief did not cover one very important aspect – that of not hitting the bed shortly after eating your breakfast. Eating too late is also associated with sleep troubles because a heavy undigested meal does not let your body shut down at night. Instead, it is busy digesting your last meal.
5. Walk Right After Dinner:
Exercise daily for at least an hour. You do not have to kill yourself from running, jogging, etc., but you should have some sort of moderate physical activity in your everyday life. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds fast, do a higher-level intensity workout. For example, go on a walk at a brisk pace for an hour. Or, you can jog and set certain intervals to sprint during that hour. Just a warning, your muscles will ache after a high-intensity workout. It may be irritating, but that means your body is changing for the better.
6. Get an Uninterrupted Sleep:
An interruptive sleep of 8 hours is extremely important. Sleep is the most underrated aspect of weight loss. Whenever we talk about weight issues, we all focus only on eating and working out, leaving out one of the most crucial aspects and that is our body’s sleep cycle.
7. Practice Deep Breathing:
Deep breathing is an important aspect to sit and distress. Download a mindfulness app and take a few minutes to sit in a room and try and decompress.When your stress levels are high, stress levels are elevated and these same hormones cause your body to store fat versus burn it.
8. Stay Motivated:
An important key to being in shape is to set goals and keep a positive mindset. If you stay positive, you will be able to push yourself to get that fit body you’ve always wanted. And how do you do that? May be to keep a fitter version of yourself which will keep you motivated. Also, you can befriend fitness enthusiasts that will keep you motivated throughout your weight loss journey.
9. Drink Green Instead Of Coffee And Tea:
Instead of binging on tea or unhealthy fizzy drinks, try making a habit of having green or jasmine tea to chow down food and cut on fats. Many people have a shot of black coffee as a pre-workout meal and it is okay if it’s helping your weight loss goal. But let’s resolve to cut down on our dependence on coffee and tea and replace at least one cup of coffee or chai with green tea or jasmine tea or any natural herbal tea of your choice.
10. Include Fruits And Vegetables In Your Diet:
Winter is the perfect time to feast on healthy green leafy vegetables and that is exactly what you should do. And if you already include a variety of vegetables in your diet, the next obvious step is to add lots of colour to your basket.
Regardless of how we wish to spend our New Year’s eve, one thing remains constant in all our wish lists and that is to be fit and healthy. So if you have spent 2019 trying hard to follow healthy habits, just to fall off the bandwagon shortly thereafter, let’s try and end this year on the perfect note.