More people than ever are becoming obese and suffering chronic health conditions as a result of poor lifestyle choices. The sad thing is that many illnesses can be avoided by maintaining a sensible lifestyle. While there are many people who suffer from health-related issues as a result of their health choices; many more people suffer from smaller health complaints or a lack of fitness that can impact the way they feel. If you are looking to increase your health and fitness; then you need to understand how your lifestyle can affect your fitness, and then you can do something about it.
Leading A Sedentary Lifestyle
Along with overeating, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest causes of obesity. More people than ever lead sedentary lifestyles, where they do not meet the recommended amount of at least thirty minutes of physical activity per day. The health problems linked to a sedentary lifestyle include heart conditions, diabetes, and cognitive decline. This is an easily remedied lifestyle change; however, and there is much that you can do to ensure you live a fitter and healthier life.
Instead of driving everywhere, try walking, cycling or running. A practical way you can do this is by leaving your car at home and getting to work using your own body. Our bodies are more resilient than we believe them to be, so even if you struggle at first, you will soon get used to the cardio, and you will even begin to enjoy it! Joining a gym is an option for people who find the environment of a gym encouraging and motivating; although it is not for everybody. Consider a home workout program, or even get into a routine of walking your dog or going on regular walks or hikes with your family.
Smoking And Drinking
We all know that smoking and drinking alcohol in excess is not good for us, but did you know the extent to which it can impact your health and fitness? Smoking is a habit that, thankfully has become less popular among younger people. However, it is still an addiction for a significant portion of the population. Tobacco cigarettes contain many chemicals and carcinogens that are proven to result in illnesses and even death. Regarding your fitness; smoking will almost certainly decrease your abilities and the ability for your body to use its lung capacity efficiently.
An article on drinkaware.co.uk lists several ways in which alcohol can affect your sports performance, most significantly if you are injured drinking alcohol can slow down the process of your body healing. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume will make a huge difference to your fitness as well as your waistband; the number of calories in alcohol can take you over your calories needs for the day without you realizing,
Undereating or Overeating
While eating too much is usually the biggest causes for people not meeting their ideal weight, and therefore not reaching their fitness goals; undereating is also a reason you may not be reaching your fitness goals. If you need to lose weight, you will need to be in a calorie deficit and ensure that your nutrition needs are being met. Tracking your food is helpful for some people as it allows them to be aware of what they are eating and where they were going wrong in the first place.
If your fitness goals include building muscle and gaining weight, rather than losing it; then you will need to be in a calories surplus. Your body will require extra calories from good sources of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Although it is tempting to eat high-calorie junk as a quick way to gain weight; this will have an impact on your fitness and overall health.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.