Being fit is having a healthy body and sound mind and not maintaining a desired weight, by hook or crook! People often tend to think that that being on diet (…that is eating less!) helps them reduce the weight and be fit, which in fact can be fatal !
Following a diet or being on diet in fact holds far much broader meaning. It is about having food, inclusive of all ingredients such as vitamins, minerals and not to forget, fats and oils as well as they are vital nutrients which maintain body function.
If you long for being healthy and sporting the optimal fitness, target having sound mind and fit body. Keep in mind what our ancestors did. Following them will only help us being fit and healthy as our body and genes are designed that way.
Here are few simple Zen habits that will get you the desired effect!
- Follow the routine that is in line with your body clock
Some people are full of energy when it comes to working late nights. If it does not make you get up too late the next morning and stretches your day, there is no problem in being a nocturnal animal
- Continue the exercise that best matches your body and mind
Meditation or yoga is the best exercise for mind while the best exercise for body is any of the natural activities or full-body movements such as weight lifting, running, walking, swimming, hiking, climbing etc. Avoid any exercise that makes you feel exhausted or drowsy.
- Grab fresh fruits in the morning
Though having a cup of coffee or tea in the morning is a tradition, do remember, every tradition is not the best. Having fruits in the morning is the best thing to kick start your day as they are full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for the body processes that are less active while we are asleep.
- Eat 30 minutes after exercise and at noons
These are the best times to have meals as this is when our digestive system functions at its best.
- Stick to eating healthy foods
The best food is unprocessed food that consists of whole grains, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, plants, meat, fish and nuts and nut oils. Include brown bread instead of white. Keep those eye pleasing and mouthwatering pizzas, tempting desserts or cheese aside for special occasions!
- Have small meals
Eat less at a time but have more meals. It will balance the intake and digestion and avoid unnecessary fat buildups.
- Eat at regular but at short intervals
Long gaps between two meals or eating untimely makes our body’s defense mechanism work against us and makes our body develop a habit of storing fats instead of using them as backup when we don’t eat. Grab something small after short intervals. Avoid long gaps. We are not camels after all!
- Eat for your brain
Consuming more of wild salmon, fish oil, cacao beans, any kind of berries, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds will trigger your brain power.
- Be flexible
Don’t be strict with yourself more than necessary. Delight yourself ones a month, attack on anything that you feel like eating. This will help you keep tabs on your cravings for temptations to eat unhealthy foods. Don’t hesitate to keep your love for healthy food aside a little while in gatherings or social events!
…and most importantly, be simple. Stick to your inclination and do not complicate your life by applying unnecessary rules and plans to your diet, exercise or routine. Keep them simple instead, don’t hesitate to shut down your big brain for a while. Listen to your heart and enjoy every moment of your life!