Working professionals spend their days running from home to work and back again and hardly spend the weekends doing anything but catching on their sleep. Healthy and fit people do not have a secret, they have just managed to inculcate habits that have helped them become physically and mentally stronger. Forming the right habits is all a question of having a strong enough will-power to see it through and stick with it for as long as it takes. Just as it is easy to form good habits, it is even easier to form bad ones. Junk food, sedentary habits like playing video games, are just a couple of those that can contribute to your ill-health.
The problem with most habits is that after the initial zest of the first few days, the tempo usually fizzles out. It is hard to keep motivating yourself every single day and striving towards your health goals. Being conscious about what your body needs and giving it that requires a certain amount of steel and determination. However, there are some simple habits that can be easily inculcated in your daily routines. Here are some habits that can hold you in good stead on your way to a healthier body:
Play a sport
Far more interesting than a gym workout, playing a sport can help you in manifold ways. Playing a sport is a brilliant way to work on your hand-eye coordination and is of course a great way to stay fit.
Sports like football or squash are brilliant cardiovascular workouts and can help you increase your metabolism and stay athletic. Sports are also a brilliant way to meet fellow sport enthusiasts and make friends. Cycling or team sports are a great way to form lasting bonds. The endorphins released and the natural high spirits of sport are great for both, your mental as well as physical well-being.
Have achievable goals
It is important to not have unreal goals when starting out with your exercise routine. Set yourself realistic and achievable goals for your weekly exercise routine. Start with twenty minutes with your routine and slowly notch up the amount of time you spend.
If you indulge in too much in the beginning you might end up hurting yourself. Over excited pumping of iron or running too much in your first week may cause you to skip your exercise routine for a few days. Gradually increasing your routine time is the best way to stay healthy.
Participate in events
It is always a great idea to indulge in health related events. Be it running a marathon, or a cycling competition or even a hike into the mountains, participating in events can provide an interesting goal for you to work towards.
Try and participate in as many events as you can, it will not only keep your spirits up but also provide you the impetus you need so as to exercise.
Get a partner
Find yourself someone to exercise with, be it your spouse or a good friend, having a partner can help encourage you to go out and exercise.
A partner can remind you and help you keep up with your health goals a lot better than when you work-out yourself. It is helpful for you, both mentally and physically, to have someone participating in the same exercise routine as you.
One of the biggest factors in healthy living is having the right food. Make it a point to have a healthy breakfast every day. Include a lot of green leafy vegetables and fruits in your meals.
Minimize your intake of junk food and focus on getting as many salads and nutrition rich fish in your meal as possible. A well-organized eating schedule can help stave off many problems.