7 Things Really Fit People Do To Stay In Shape

     

Eating foods that are good for you and staying physically active may help you reach and maintain a healthy weight & improve how you feel. You also may find that moving more và eating better could help you keep up with the demands of your busy life & be there for the people who depend on you.

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This web content is part of materials & a program called Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better. The program encourages black women to improve their health through regular physical activity và healthy eating. You may use this information khổng lồ help yourself, friends, và family members get healthier. It’s never too early or too late to lớn start making small changes lớn improve your health.

Why should I move more & eat better?

In addition lớn helping you reach và maintain a healthy weight, staying active và eating better may lower your chances of developing

But improving your health isn’t the only reason to move more and eat better. You may also

have more energy for work, play, and family feel better about yourself manage áp lực better phối a good example for your children, friends, & other family members tone your body—without losing your curves

Your family, friends, & coworkers can be a great source of support as you work to lớn adopt healthier habits. Ask them khổng lồ join your efforts. Being healthy is important for them, too. By making healthy choices together, you may find it’s easier lớn move more and eat better.

Should I talk khổng lồ a health care professional before starting a physical activity program?

Most people don’t need lớn see a health care professional before starting a less intense physical activity, lượt thích walking. However, if you have chronic conditions, such as diabetes—or symptoms of chronic conditions—talk with a health professional about the type và amount of physical activity that’s best for you.

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If you haven’t been active, work slowly toward the goal of 150 minutes per week.

How much physical activity vì chưng I need?

To maintain or improve your health, aim for 150 minutes per week—or at least 30 minutes on all or most days of the week—of moderate physical activity. Moderate activities are ones that you can talk—but not sing—while doing, such as brisk walking or dancing. These activities speed up your heart rate and breathing.

If you haven’t been active, work slowly toward the goal of 150 minutes per week. For example, start out doing light or moderate activities for shorter amounts of time throughout the week. You can gain some health benefits even if you bởi as little as 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

For best results, spread out your physical activity throughout the week. Even 10 or 15 minutes at a time counts. & any amount of physical activity is better than none at all.

To thua trận weight và keep it off, you may need lớn be even more active. Shoot for 300 minutes per week, or an hour a day 5 days a week. On at least 2 days per week, also try activities that strengthen your muscles. Examples of these activities include workouts using hand weights or rubber strength bands.

How can I handle roadblocks to lớn becoming more active?

Becoming more active isn’t easy. Different people may have different reasons for finding it hard lớn get moving. If some of the roadblocks below sound familiar, try the suggested tips to lớn help you overcome them.

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“I don"t have time.”

Try sneaking a few minutes of physical activity at a time into your day. Get started by making these small changes in your daily routine:

Break your physical activity up into two or three 10-minute walks a day, if you can vày so safely near work or home. Take regular breaks from sitting at the computer or watching TV. Get up, move, và stretch by lifting your hands over your head. Twist side lớn side. Schedule time to lớn be active as you would a hair or work appointment, & stick to lớn your plan.

“I"m going to lớn ruin my hairstyle.”

If you avoid being active because you don’t want to ruin your hairstyle, try

a natural hairstyle, short haircut, braids, twists, locs, or wigs wrapping a scarf around your hair; when you’re done with your workout, remove the scarf & let your hair air dry.

Tip: Physical activity may make the hair look dull or lead khổng lồ salt buildup. To keep your hair healthy as you stay fit:

Cleanse your scalp with a clarifying product when needed. Avoid harsh products that may strip hair of natural oils. Limit the use of heat on hair, such as dryers and curling irons. If you use heat, also use low settings khổng lồ protect hair from damage. For styling ideas, consider viewing YouTube videos & visiting other relevant online hair groups và communities to be informed & inspired.

“It costs too much.”

You can be active without spending a lot of money—or any money at all:

Look for miễn phí or low-cost classes & activities in your community. Walk in a mall, or walk or jog in a park or on a school track. Gather friends & neighbors from your apartment complex and hold regular group workout sessions. Find workout videos online and on YouTube if you have internet service—or DVDs at the library—and work out at home.

“Physical activity is a chore.”

Some people may be put off by physical activity, especially if they haven’t been active for a while or got hurt and are afraid of getting injured again. However, with some planning và effort, physical activity can be enjoyable:

Try being active with your kids—walk, jump rope, play flag football or tag, or toss a softball. Children should get an hour of physical activity each day. Get a friend or family thành viên to go biking or take a dance class with you. You can cheer each other on, have company, và feel safer when you’re outdoors. Enjoy friendly competition with family và friends by setting a weight-loss challenge or entering a walking, biking, or running event for a worthy cause.
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Physical activity can be fun when you bởi something you enjoy.

How can I eat healthier?

An example of a healthy meal includes vegetables, fruits, và small portions of protein và whole grains. These foods provide fiber & important nutrients such as vitamins & minerals. When planning meals for you and your family, think about including

a salad or other different-colored vegetables, such as spinach; sweet potatoes; and red, green, orange, or yellow peppers fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, or nondairy products such as almond or rice milk different-colored fruits, including apples, bananas, và grapes lean beef, pork, or other protein foods, such as chicken, seafood, eggs, tofu, or beans whole grains such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, & whole-grain cornmeal

Treats are okay if you have them once in a while. Just don’t eat foods such as candy, ice cream, or cookies every day. Limit sweet treats to special occasions, và keep portions small. Have one cookie or piece of candy, rather than trying every kind.

Remember that alcohol, juices, soda, và other sweet drinks have a lot of sugar and calories.

If you can’t have milk or milk products because you have trouble digesting lactose, the sugar found in milk, try lactose-free milk or yogurt. Besides milk & milk products, you can get calcium from calcium-added cereals, juices, và drinks made from soy or nuts. Eating dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens & kale, and canned fish with soft bones lượt thích salmon, can also help you meet your body’s calcium needs.

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How can reading the Nutrition Facts label help me?

Reading the information on the Nutrition Facts label can help you choose foods high in fiber, vitamins, và minerals; and low in sodium, added sugars, and unhealthy fats, which federal dietary guidelines (PDF, 3.94 MB) recommend Americans limit.