If the thought of hitting the gym or going for a run makes you cringe, you clearly fall into the category of those who hate exercising. Your disdain for exercise has always put you in a fix and made you wonder if you can ever stay in shape. Hasn’t it?
Well, while exercise is an essential aspect of staying fit, it is surely not the only way to get there. After all, why should you make yourself go through the ordeal and do something you absolutely disdain?
Below we bring you five other practices you can incorporate into your lifestyle to remain fit:
Just because you hate exercising does not mean that you need to diet. What’s important for staying fit and healthy is maintaining a balanced diet. A healthy diet ensures that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to function well.
Include fruits, leafy vegetables, proteins such as fish and eggs, and healthy unsaturated fats such as nuts, avocados, seeds, and more in your meals. Most importantly, you need to have at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day—this keeps you full and helps you lose weight faster.
It is also a good idea to include organic food in your diet. As they are not processed with any chemical fertilizers, organic foods are definitely healthier and lead to better overall nutrition.
Who says you can’t have your favorite dishes if you want to lose weight? The key to cutting down calories is controlling your food intake portions. For starters, you can do this by opting for smaller plates and bowls, so you don’t end up overeating. Pay attention to what you’re eating, eat slowly, and savor it. Remember to snack between meals—this helps boost metabolism.
When you are meeting friends out for dinner, you can share your dish with someone else, make healthy choices while ordering, and yes, avoid those lavish buffets.
Did you know regular walking comes with a host of health benefits such as maintaining blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes, and losing calories? There are many ways to include walking in your lifestyle.
If you aren’t someone who is up for brisk walks, you can start with making simple changes in your lifestyle such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to get errands done, or even choosing to walk wherever you can. If you have a desk job, remember to get up and take a stroll in the office or stand up and work for a while. Implement the habit of walking, and you are sure to see positive results.
Play a Sport
Instead of dragging yourself to the gym, why not take up a sport? It can be badminton, tennis, squash, football, or any fast-paced sport that not only helps you lose weight but is also good fun.
A lot of people consider sports to be more enjoyable than going to the gym and we can understand why. The competitive aspect of a sport is always engaging and keeps you motivated. While you’re in it, you focus more on the game rather than losing weight, which is why playing a sport is often a more fun way to stay fit!
If you thought yoga was all about complex postures and challenging poses, you are mistaken. Even the simplest yoga poses, if practiced regularly, can improve your physical and mental well-being. Yoga relieves stress, improves flexibility, tones your muscles, and helps you lose weight. What’s more, you can do it anywhere—at home, in the office, or when you’re on the go!
Starting today, make one or all of these five practices a part of your daily routine and move toward a healthier lifestyle—without having to exercise!