Stay Healthy & Avoid Body Fatigue: Fun Ways to Get Fit
No one likes feeling sluggish, tired, and run down—but due to lack of access to healthy foods and resources paired with our society’s addiction to capitalism and instant gratification, more and more of us are developing unhealthy behaviors that could eventually lead to chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. That outcome sounds bleak, but by following these tips, you can learn how to improve your health and love your body.
How To Make Cooking Fun
Slaving away in the kitchen doesn’t sound fun, does it? Like many things in life, cooking can often be one of those things you simply don’t jump at the chance to do. The good news is there are ways to make it interesting and fun.
Start by changing your mindset about cooking. Rather than seeing cooking as a chore, view it as an act of self care and love. Whipping up a nutritious meal doesn’t have to be time consuming; By making a meal in bulk and freezing it, you can enjoy your hard work later this week, next week, or even next month. Plus, a quick Google search for “20-minute Healthy Meals” definitely will give you some inspiration.
Make sure you always have the staples on hand such as whole grains, lean meats, eggs, nonfat yogurt, and herbs/spices, as well as plenty of fresh produce, so that you have less of a reason to order in. If you’re bummed that some of your favorites aren’t in season, head over to the freezer section and stock up on frozen goods.
Remember, you aren’t Martha Stewart and healthy doesn’t always equate to pretty. However, you can kick the experience up a notch with cool cooking gadgets such as a veggie spiralizer to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) or a good pair of kitchen knives to slice fruits and veggies like the pros—and maybe even post an Instagram photo or two. For suggestions on the top-rated kitchen gadgets and small appliances to invest in, check out FamiyLivingToday’s product reviews.
How To Make Exercise Fun
If you’ve found yourself dreading going through yet another mind-numbing workout, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your approach. Exercise might not make your top 3 list of fun things to do, but it doesn’t have to top the list of things you hate doing, either.
Identify the Issues
Begin by pinpointing the issue you have with exercise. If you find that you are bored with your current routine, which is in turn leading to excuses to skip or quit, change things up. Something as simple as doing your regular routine in a new environment—like the park or your backyard—can be an easy way to breathe life back into a worn-out workout.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try out a new class at your local gym such as Zumba, kickboxing, or hot yoga. Perhaps you could find a new activity to try such as hiking, biking, swimming, or a new sport.
Sometimes no matter how much you switch things up, you still find yourself lacking the motivation to work out. If this sounds like you, consider finding a workout partner to hold you accountable. Research shows having an exercise partner not only increases the amount of time you spend working out, but having someone to offer emotional support and encouragement lays the groundwork for further commitment. The right partner will make sure you don’t skip out on a sweat session, as well as be by your side when you are having a hard day, to remind you of everything you have accomplished thus far.
Don’t Forget About Your Mental Health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so confide in your partner, family members, friends, or a mental health professional so that your mind doesn’t prevent your body from doing what it is built to do–staying active and pushing through the hard work.
Many adults live unhealthy lifestyles, but you don’t have to be one of the statistics. It won’t always be easy, but by adding some fun into your nutrition and fitness goals, being healthy will become a lifestyle worth pursuing.
about the writer
Justin is an author and the creator of HealthyFit.info, a site dedicated to collecting valuable fitness resources from across the web.