With Summer holidays and the Olympics nearing completion, it seems now is the time to be getting fit and looking after your body and health.
Using the Olympics as inspiration many people are getting active and doing more exercise as they see the supreme bodies and fitness of the athletes and what can be achieved by hard work and commitment.
Little things can be done to kick start your fitness regime and overall health. All you need to do is 30 minutes of exercise 3 times or more a week. This can be anything from cycling and walking to going to the gym or playing sport. The main aim is to get your blood pumping around your body, and to increase your heart rate. To get those calories burning off you, making you feel healthier and possibly lighter.
If you haven’t got the time to be going to the gym or going out for a jog, why not try walking up and down the stairs 20 times a day, either in one go or throughout the day, the whole idea is to get you moving, get you active to improve your overall health and make you feel a lot better about yourself, you health and your waistline.
As well as getting active and exercising, diet is essential when trying to achieve your bikini perfect body.
When it comes to diet, a calorie controlled and constricted diet is possibly not the healthiest thing to do. It’s not about how much you eat, but what you eat. Cutting out fatty, sugary and calorific foods is a starting point, but there’s no need to go hungry.
One third of a healthy balanced diet should be starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cereals (like rice and couscous), and potatoes. These foods act as fuel for your body as they contain lots of slow released energy that should see you with enough energy to your next meal. These foods can be very satisfying and fill you up, and when incorporating more exercise into your lifestyle these foods will give you the energy to get yourself moving. When looking for starchy foods, try using wholemeal or brown versions as these contain more fibre which helps keep you ‘regular’ in your bowel movements, which is essential for feeling healthy as they reduce bloating and irritation caused by blockages and not going to the toilet enough.
Other food groups that are essential for a healthy balanced diet are fruits and vegetables, protein rich foods such as meat, fish, beans and pulses, dairy products, and foods containing fats and sugars.
With a balanced diet, each of the food groups should take up a different proportion of your diet. Try to cut out foods high in saturated fats and sugars, like cakes, biscuits, pies, crisps and processed snacks, swap them for healthier alternatives.
Also when looking for dairy products if you are worried about the fat contents try using, semi-skimmed, skimmed or 1% milks, and reduced fat cheeses to help improve your waist and most importantly your cholesterol, a factor which can highly impact your chances of getting heart disease.
Follow these basic tips and you should be on your way to healthier and more active lifestyle. Remember: Mover more, eat a balanced diet and try to cut out fatty and sugary foods and drinks. It’s as easy as that.