Being in shape can improve your life quality drastically. First, a person with an ideal and healthy body is more likely to find a spouse. Second, being in shape is more than just an outer look but also a representation of healthy organs. People with a slim body are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases.
There are many benefits of getting yourself in shape. Here are three easy and practical steps to achieve that goal.
Learning About the Diets
Garbage in, garbage out. If you want to be in shape, your diet contributes more than eighty percents to your goal. As a matter of fact, intense workouts will help you only a little. You need to feed yourself with a balanced diet so that your cells can regenerate, and get your energy recovered.
However, you might have read a lot about diet trends already. There is the Paleo diet that instructs the practitioners to follow the cuisine of the cavemen. The evangelists of this diet believe that modern foods have been abusing humans’ digestive system for their unnatural ways of serving. They aim at mimicking the food preference during the hunter-and-gather era, which means lots and lots of meat. Paleo diet emphasizes on sugar and grain restriction.
Another trend is the Keto diet. This diet fad shares the same hostility with the Pale toward processed sugar and excessive carbohydrate intakes. However, instead of bringing back a culinary preference of the prehistoric era, the Keto diet directs the body to produce particular ketone levels, that is 0.6 to 0.3 mmol. In that stage, the body burns fat instead of sugar, which is considered healthy and a shortcut to a well-built body.
Balanced Cardio Workouts and Weightlifting
If you want a body with defined muscular tones, you need to cut your body fat percentage and grow more muscles. Losing fat cells without muscle growth will get you a slim build. If you balance both of them just enough, then you will achieve that well-built figure many people have dreamed of.
First, if you are either overweight or obese, you need cardio and weightlifting in the ratio of 4/7. You should schedule four days for cardio workouts, two or even three days for the weight training. You can cycle, swim, or jog during the cardio sessions.
Second, if you are in a proportional weight, three days of cardio and three or four days of weight training will get you to your goal fast. In addition, you can try to replace one or two days of your weigh-lifting days with bodyweight workouts. Bodyweight training does not bulk particular muscles only, but it spreads the strength training to all parts of your body.
Getting Enough Rest and Quality Sleep
When a person is pumped up for workouts, he/she is most likely to forget the importance of rest. Resting allows your muscles to grow and your immune system to recover. If you barely have a good night sleep in a week, you will be vulnerable to diseases anytime soon. You may feel strong this month, but then you will find yourself exhausted and sick next month.
Therefore, you must make sure that you get at least six hours of sleep. Organize your schedule and set up your bedroom so that you can fall asleep in seconds. Discipline is vital in a fitness program like this.