There is a very good chance you will have heard that eating healthy and exercising go hand in hand. This sounds logical, right? However many people still don’t make the connection. Which is a shame, since the benefits you get from improving both of these crucial aspects of your life, increase tenfold when combined.
If all you change in your life is taking up walking or cycling, you should definitely still see some benefits, but not quite as many as you could be enjoying. Think about it this way. If you start walking thirty minutes a day but still continue to eat the same foods and drink tons of soda or beer, do you really think you will lose weight or feel a lot better? You may to some extent but you could feel so much better if you change what you eat as well.
It really isn’t that difficult to change your diet. You don’t have to totally revamp what you eat, just make a few small changes.
Ideas for a Healthier Diet
- Replace sugary drinks with water
- Light beer with regular beer
- Muffins with donuts
- Eat fruit instead of cookies
By doing just one of the above changes you could lose up to 10 pounds in your first month. If you can’t quit one of these habits cold turkey, then just cut back each day. It takes about three weeks to form a new habit, so it won’t take you too long before you will automatically grab water instead of a can of soda.
When you eat correctly, and this includes eating more fruits and vegetables along with lean meats, you are fuelling your body. This allows your body to perform better when you exercise. For example if you are walking or cycling, you will find that you can cycle or walk further when you eat in a healthy way.
Additionally, consuming too much fat or sugar makes you feel lazy and lethargic. In turn this makes you not want to get out and exercise, so motivation becomes a problem.
Try to listen to your body and see how you feel just by drinking 8 glasses of water each day for a week. Believe me you will notice a huge improvement in your energy levels. Plus you will also notice that you will be sleeping much better. Sleep is another huge factor in making your workout more effective.
Just remember that whatever you put into your mouth will have some form of impact on your body, be it good or bad. By being aware of changes in your mood and energy levels, you will see what foods help energize you, and you will know which foods to avoid. So now you are armed with even more techniques to ensure you get the most of your exercise routine, and life in general.
How about you? Have you got any other tips that help you get more out of your exercise routine? Share them with us in the comments below.