When it comes to health and fitness there are so many different methods and strategies that at times it is more confusing than helpful.
When is come to training and exercising there is cardiovascular based exercise, strength training, high intensity interval training, circuit training, crossfit, yoga and pilates, dance and gymnastics-based training etc. Likewise, when we talk about nutrition and what you should be eating we can now be vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, paleo, ketogenic, raw etc. Question is what type of training should we be doing and what food would be most beneficial for us?
First of all, both your training and nutrition should depend on your goals at that specific point in time – are you training for a specific sporting event; if so what is it? Do you want to lose weight and fat? Do you want to gain muscle? Do you want to become stronger? Do you want to reduce the chances of chronic diseases and lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you want to rehabilitate an ongoing injury? This is the main thing you should be looking at and focusing on when deciding how you’re going to train and what you’re going to eat. If you are unsure of what you need to be doing either seek advice from a professional or do your research properly. Otherwise, if you are indeed training for general health and fitness, as a basic rule of thumb there is not one thing that is guaranteed to work for everyone and other things that will definitely not work. We are all individuals hence, your body will respond differently to another person that might be doing the same exact thing as you are. You need to be ready to experiment with different training methods as well as the food you’re eating but below are a few tips that you might want to consider. With both exercise and food you need to be doing and eating what you enjoy. The chances of you staying on track and staying motivated if you do and eat what you like are much greater than if you’re not. This will in turn bring about better results in the long run.
For some people it might be doing a combination of different types of exercises or taking part in a team sport, while for others it might be going to the gym 5 times a week. Same goes for food. Saying that, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. It’s always good to do a variation of strength-based exercises working on improving your muscles mass and bone density as well as cardiovascular exercise that will make your heart and lungs stronger. When it comes to food, try and have a combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vegetables with every meal, eat whole foods rather than processed foods, eat some fruit, try and lessen the amount of refined sugars in your diet and make sure to drink plenty of water. As mentioned before if you find that one method is not working for you do try something else but you need to be patient with what you’re trying at the time.