Simple techniques to improve health and fitness

Staying fit is often viewed as a chore. You can become exhausted, it’s sometime painful and it requires regularity and consistency to have an impact. Indeed, even if you do an intense workout once, that’s not going to matter in the long run. But even if it is hard, many people manage to pull it off – many of whom are parents, have stressful or involved jobs, and little or no money. There is almost no excuse not to stay or become fit. Yet, if even the normal type of workout is hard, that doesn’t mean you do nothing. Let’s consider ways to achieve this in 2017.

Start small

Many people use the excuse that work prevents them exercising. Today, a lot of people spend time in front of desks. This is often used as a reason to never exercise, whereas it simply means you should adjust. Offices are not prisons, so people are free to move around and go where they like. Plenty of fitness experts have designed simple exercises for the office space. Time Magazine, for example, has an instructive list of what you can do at your desk.

If the desk is too restrictive, you can pop into more private areas in the office to do other shorter, simple exercises. There are even ones that are designed to be “secret”, to minimise you feeling self-conscious while at work. As How Stuff Work outlines in their guide to secret exercises:

“Workplace workouts can help you make the most of your limited hours. With a little creativity, you can take advantage of the few minutes you have between pending deadlines and learn to exercise while you work. For your company’s benefit, squeezing in a little exercise improves concentration and actually makes you more productive.”

You also need to care about what you’re wearing. Some men’s and ladies’ shoes are better designed for exercise than others, for example. This means, if you’re a woman deciding on what ladies shoes to buy for the office, consider ones that can easily help you exercise: they can be loose, light but durable in the face of frequent walking. They should also be elegant enough to take into meetings with clients.

Eating well

Another essential step to proper living with fitness in mind is proper dieting. To start, you must consider what you’re casually putting into your body and start cutting down on unhealthy substances. For example, coffee can be cut down despite it being a fixture of the modern office. As the Mayo Clinic points out:

“Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks. Even among adults, heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects. And caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.”

Of course, caffeine has numerous side-effects that may be better disregarded altogether. Decaf coffee is an option if you still want the taste of coffee, with some placebo effects. Yes, if you’re a consumer of regular, caffeinated coffee, you can reap the rewards without the bad health effects. As Psychology Today points out, “The psychological effect may be magnified if you drink coffee, which contains considerably more caffeine than a cola does. The greater kick may set up a powerful expectation for how you’ll feel after your next piping hot cup o’ joe – so powerful that you might still get a caffeine buzz even if you wind up drinking decaf.”

This only reinforces the idea that healthy consumption is unsatisfying. Healthy food is green and tasteless, the idea goes. But this is not true. Plenty of tasty, healthy snacks and drinks exist. It’s matter of knowing what they are and finding ways to replace the snacks and substances you keep at work that is easy to obtain. This takes effort, but you’ll see the benefits in how much healthier your life will be. This isn’t just about losing weight or staying thin, it’s about living a life that has fewer illnesses and shorter recovery time when it comes to sickness.

Start by finding recipes for foods you like. Eating healthy, for example, doesn’t have to mean going vegan. You can find a compromise that let’s you wean off red meat, but doesn’t have to result in giving it up completely. After all, plenty of healthy people eat red meat all the time. What matters is balance and making an effort.

Being healthy is not easy but nothing worth anything is easily gained. You have to work hard at your job and at life to get anywhere – but what’s the point if your body is not in good order. Walk more, eat better and start getting rid of the vices in your life (like smoking). You can be healthier, with a little effort and radically improve your life.