In the previous few articles we have discussed different types of exercise and how to get started on a new fitness routine; something we have yet to discuss is the food aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. It is all too often that people think they can either diet or exercise and expect to lose weight, but, in fact, doing only one or the other will not help with long-term weight loss. A good fitness routine in coordination with healthy eating is the only way to obtain long lasting results and a truly healthy lifestyle that will show up both on the outside and inside of our body.
Exercising helps to burn calories, improves circulation and flexibility, reduces muscle fatigue and strain, reduces symptoms of depression, and much more. People who stick to an exercise routine on a weekly basis have a much higher chance of success with weight loss than people who tend to fit in an exercise session whenever their schedule allows for it. Making sure exercise is a part of our daily lives is just as beneficial to our health as eating healthy.
Food is many times thought of as being an enemy when people are trying to lose weight. People throw around the term “diet” and stay away from carbohydrates, fats, meat, sweets, or whatever else their particular diet plan calls for. There are certainly some plans that work better than others, but in the end it all comes down to making sure we get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meats are all important food groups that contain the building blocks for our muscles and organs to work every day. Skimping out on carbohydrates, for example, will tend to make people tired, irritable, and unable to continue with an exercise routine without bottoming out each day.
Exercise and a good nutrition plan go hand in hand with each other in making sure our body can work at top efficiency and performance on a daily basis. Look back to the previous articles regarding aerobic and anaerobic exercise to get a better understanding on how to best follow a good exercise regimen. Our next article will be on the major food groups and how each one provides our bodies with the nutrients required for a healthy lifestyle.