We have all heard just how important being healthy is, especially if we hope to live a long and comfortable life. Being fit is a goal that just about everybody has in this world. I mean, who doesn’t want to have an awesome body and live longer?
For some people, however, this goal is hard to achieve and others think it may not be possible. Study shows that less than five percent of adults do at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday and more than 80 percent of adults do not meet the guidelines for being physically active.
The point being, everybody talks about the importance of being healthy and active but no one really tells you how hard the road is to get there. There are several fitness methods that can be implemented into a beginners daily routine.
Here are three (random!) practices to implement into your fitness routine…
1. Practice Proper Workout Hygiene
It’s not a secret to know that working out can create a certain smell that is not pleasant to everyone. Working up a good sweat is unavoidable as we are all humans after all, meaning sweating is a natural thing. There are a few things you can do, however, to make sure you stay healthy and not end up stinking the place up. It is possible to spread and catch germs due to not practicing safe hygiene while working out.
After a post workout it is important to not stay in your gym clothes for too long as it can accumulate bacteria which can slowly get you sick. Make sure to wash your gym clothes in order to prevent this from happening. Cleaning your gym equipment is also important especially if you are using a public gym; nobody wants to use equipment full of sweat. Making sure to clean after you are done is good gym etiquette and is not only the right thing to do but also the healthy thing to do.
A problem that a lot of people have after a workout is having smelly feet. Learning how to prevent smelly feet can help you in the long run, especially if you are married or in a relationship. Using foot spray and powder to prevent fungus are always good ways to prevent your feet from stinking. To lessen your feet from sweating, wearing the right shoes for a workout are important. Pick shoes that are flexible and comfy enough where your feet can breath. Moisture wicking socks is also a great idea. It is never wrong to practice safe hygiene both while working out and after.
2. Embody The Mentality of Being Active
Most health experts say that the daily minimum for working out is thirty minutes a day for at least five days a week. This is the most challenging thing that most people that start to workout have to go through. Being physically active for five days a week takes a lot of mental discipline to achieve for a lot of beginners and this is where they hit a wall. Most adults have nine to five jobs and have a lot of responsibilities they have to do throughout the day. With all this stress we as people accumulate, I am sure that the last thing you want to do is to work out from an exhausting day at work.
One way to prevent this is by making working out a habit, an activity to do in your daily routine. Setting a goal for yourself will motivate you more into doing this. This will help bring your competitive and ambitious side into play. Think about what you want to look like, how you want to feel and how badly do you want to make this a reality instead of possible dream.
Setting a realistic goal for yourself will make you want to do the things necessary to achieve it. Starting off with a small goal and gradually increasing to bigger and more challenging goals is going to make you satisfied your working hard to complete them.
Another tip getting in the mentality of working out is to find a group of people that have the same fitness goals pushing each other to achieve them and knowing that your not alone is a great feeling.
3. Make Your Workouts Fun
Another tip that is helpful and important on the road to living a healthy life is to make your workouts fun, or at least work on embodying an attitude of fun while you work out! Don’t see your daily fitness as a chore but a fun activity that will help you achieve amazing health and a killer body. This ties into tip number two on this list.
Lots of people start out thinking that the harder they work out, the faster their muscles are going to grow. The truth is, for beginners doing intermediate to advanced exercises, it will take some time because your body is still not used to the activity. Forcing it to get used to it will only make things worse. Take it slow and have fun during the process of your progression.
Start with simple but fun workouts like jogging or jumping rope and then slowly over time get into the harder exercises. Eating a good amount of protein and consuming lots of important vitamins will improve your energy and help you out in the long run. Being fit is not a race so take your time and eventually you will see the results.
The Bottom Line
Living a healthy lifestyle is hard and sometimes stressful, but in the long run, it will give you many benefits. Living longer is possible only if you follow through on the path of being fit and healthy. Remember, while it may be difficult, it’s not impossible!