Taking care of your body is one of the most important things that you can do in your life. Our bodies are what allow us to live the experiences that we do.
They get us around, allow us to interact with each other and help us to do what we enjoy. Taking care of your body can keep it in the best shape possible and can even help you to live longer. But where should you start out with your health journey? Here are some suggestions that will help you along the way.
Let’s start by looking at exercise. Exercise helps you build your strength, maintain your flexibility, improve your balance, and generally keep your body fit and functioning.
All too many people make the mistake of forcing themselves into forms of exercise that they don’t actually enjoy. Make sure to remember that there are all sorts of exercise out there, so chances are, there’s a form that you’ll actually enjoy and look forward to rather than dreading.
Whether that’s the gym, fitness classes, yoga, pilates, dance, running, jogging, cycling, swimming or anything else. If you’re not sure where to start, you can hire a personal trainer who will listen to your goals and create a workout plan to suit you. Make sure you also have the right fitness wear, including good, cute sports bras and some quality trainers. This will give you the support you need.
Diet is another important element of a healthy lifestyle. Of course, there are various areas to focus on here. Start your journey by taking a simple step toward a more healthy diet – cutting out fast food, takeaways and junk food. Now that’s not to say you can never touch these things again.
Instead, they need to be a very occasional option rather than something you consume on a daily or weekly basis. These foods are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt – and they are often not too good in terms of nutritional content either. They tend to be a lot of empty calories. Next, you need to make sure that you’re eating within your calorie count. This will ensure that you’re giving your body sufficient fuel to thrive, but aren’t overeating. The recommendations below should help.
- Children aged 2 to 8 – 1000 to 1400 calories
- Girls aged 9 to 13 – 1400 to 1600 calories
- Boys aged 9 to 13 – 1600 to 2000 calories
- Active women aged 14 to 30 – 2400 calories
- Sedentary women aged 14 to 30 – 1800 to 2000 calories
- Active men aged 14 to 30 – 2800 to 3200 calories
- Sedentary men aged 14 to 30 – 2000 to 2600 calories
- Active adults over 30 – 2000 to 3000 calories
- Sedentary adults over 30 – 1600 to 2400 calories
Finally, make sure that your meals are balanced. This means getting plenty of food groups in moderation and eating your five portions of fruit and veg each day.
These are just a few starting blocks to work from. They’ll guide you in the right direction and will; really help you out on your fitness journey.