This is a very simple question with a very complicated answer. But not too complicated if you’re armed with the right information.
There are three major problems that many people face when it comes to keeping their bodies fit. The first one is finding the right information, second is what to do with all that information and making choices between different fitness programs, and finally, maintaining a steady program once you have settled on one until you see results. Reading about it is fun and interesting, but only a few strong souls are able to take that truth and turn it into a living testament. Having a defeatist attitude will not take you far. First, you need to become a winner in your mind, then everything else will fall together like a jigsaw puzzle.
So how do you go about achieving full body nourishment? Is it in the eating pattern and what you eat? The exercises… whether simple and easy or vigorous? What about your mind and character?
The answer is simply all of the above. And this is why…
You Are What You Consume
Your body needs to be fed… physically, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally. Note that the term used is “Consume” and not what you eat. This is simply because what you consume doesn’t necessarily have to be something you swallow; for instance, you can consume bad advice! So many other things that may hinder your agenda, which is to have a fit body.
The Information and how you process it…
What you consume begins with the information you gather when carrying out your research. The right information will point you in the right direction… on the first time… and a good start almost guarantees success. Your attitude and character play a big part when digesting the information that your research yields. You need strong motivation towards your goals just as much as you need to follow your program strictly.
Nourishing your body…
First things first, learn your ABC’s about nutrition and what your body needs to function at optimum levels. This includes facts about your metabolism, circulation, and the benefits of a peaceful mind. Your body needs the right food; well balanced and in constant supply. Know what you should eat… or how you can substitute what is not available to you. Eating in its entirety encompasses what you actually eat, how what you eat helps your cause, what time you eat and the quantities consumed per sitting. Eating may also be remotely tied to what you can afford. Secondly, remember water is very important to ALL body functions; therefore, keep your body well hydrated. And third, nourish your mind. Do some Yoga, get into a meditation class, read a book, learn an instrument… whatever helps you relax. You will find that your body responds better when your mind is at ease.
Keeping your body fit is not all about lifting weights or joining all sorts of exercising classes. It’s about having the energy to do what you need to do, anytime you want to do it. It’s about not having clogged arteries and living in constant fear of cardiac conditions. It’s about being able to pull off a 2 mile morning run at 65.
What this means is that the exercising part is only determined by the individual. Some people want a beach body while some are just ok with their lean healthy bodies. Some are professional athletes. Therefore, the level of exercising intensity will obviously be different. A buffed up body (not necessarily healthy…) will definitely require serious hours at the gym. On the other hand, someone only looking to keep away that extra fat away will do fine with regular jogging and aerobics.
As you can clearly see, achieving a fit body takes a lot more than enrolling into a gym or switching your diet. You have to work on your body as a whole. A fit body simply means having a relaxed mind, well functioning organs, keeping body fat in check, and being energetic in general.