Cardio needs to make a comeback because it’s one of the best ways to lose weight. It helps you burn calories and keep your body fit.
But what if I told you that cardio isn’t always necessary? What if I told you that there are other ways to stay healthy without exercising?
These ideas may sound crazy at first but they’re actually not too far from reality!
Here are some examples:
1) You could just do nothing and eat right!
2) You could go for a walk or ride your bike every day!
3) You could get up early and work out with weights instead of going to the gym.
4) You could play sports like tennis, badminton, soccer, basketball…etc.
5) You could take a nap during the day!
6) There are even many other activities that don’t require any physical activity whatsoever!
If you think these ideas sound good, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are some tips on how to live a healthier life without doing anything at all.
The point is, there are plenty of things that you can do yourself that will help you stay healthy and happy. If you want to be healthy and happy, then it’s time to start living a better lifestyle!
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When it comes to health and fitness, I believe that everyone has two separate types of mindsets. The first mindset is the one that most people have. They just want to hear the quick tips and tricks to get results as fast as possible. They don’t want to spend too much time or effort in doing something if they don’t see immediate results.
The second mindset is the one that is most common among the people who have achieved great success in health and fitness. These are the people that want to invest their time and effort in learning about health and fitness. They don’t mind spending a few extra hours reading an article that’s a few thousand words longer than most others.
If you truly want to master your health and fitness, then you must embrace the second mindset. If you’re not willing to do that, then that’s fine. Most people aren’t because it takes a lot of effort and most people just want results now. But I believe that if you’re truly interested in getting the best out of your health and fitness, then the second mindset is for you.
But before we begin, there’s something important that I need to tell you.
These tips and tricks don’t work if you’re just using them to look good. While they can certainly improve your physique, they work best when used to live a happier and healthier life. Many of these tips and tricks can be used in the short term to reach your aesthetic goals, but if you want to keep the results you’ve worked for and stay happy and healthy for the long term, then you need to embrace a new mindset.
We all have different upbringings and different forms of education. We all have different beliefs and different ideas of what’s right and wrong. Because of all these things, it’s very unlikely that we’ll all have the same mindset.
But there are some key ideas that nearly everyone agrees on and those are the types of mindsets I want to focus on. Those ideas are things like happiness, health, and success. No one is truly against those ideas. Even the biggest criminal recognizes the value of a happy life and even the most selfish person recognizes the value of their own health and success.
So if we can agree that these are good things, then it’s easier to get on the same page and start working towards a healthy and happy lifestyle.
If you want to master your health and fitness, then you must adopt a mindset of happiness, health, and success. But this is easier said than done. Just reading an article or two won’t be enough. You have to really commit yourself to this journey and make changes to your lifestyle.
Now I’m not a doctor. This isn’t medical advice and you should always consult with your physician before starting any new diet or exercise routine. What I’m about to tell you are simply the things that I’ve found to work best for me and many other people that I’ve suggested these ideas to.
So with that said, here are the 6 Steps to Mastering Health and Fitness.
Step 1: Eat Right
Eating right is more than just counting calories. It’s not even about eating a certain amount of protein, carbs, and fats. It’s certainly not about eating XYZ macro nutrient that will melt body fat while depositing muscle onto your frame. Eating right is much more than that.
Eating right is about finding foods that you not only enjoy, but are also healthy for your body. It’s about finding foods that will give you lasting energy, keep your muscles fueled, and keep your mind clear.
There are a lot of different diets out there and most of them have their pros and cons. There’s no “best” diet, but instead a series of compromises that each individual needs to make depending on their goals and lifestyle.
For years the standard “low fat” diet was recommended by doctors. This originally started because researchers noticed that people in lower socio-economic classes often had high cholesterol and heart disease. They wrongly correlated this to the fact that these people often ate a lot of high fat foods like meat and dairy.
With this new “discovery” in hand, the “low fat” diet was pushed on the entire population and food manufacturers quickly tweaked their formulas to remove all the “bad fats”.
The problem is that researchers failed to take into account several other important factors. People in lower socio-economic brackets often don’t have access to proper healthcare and this often times includes preventative services like routine physicals and checkups. They also often work physically demanding jobs and don’t have access to proper exercise equipment or places to workout. Last, but certainly not least, people in lower socio-economic brackets often have a great deal of stress in their lives. All of these factors can contribute heavily to heart disease and other health concerns, but none of these are related to fat consumption.
The low fat craze has slowly been coming to an end over the last few years and new studies are emerging that show that eating fat isn’t going to necessarily clog your arteries. In fact, certain types of fat, like those found in olive oil, can be beneficial.
Your diet should be focused on eating real foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. This means a lot of veggies and fruits with smaller amounts of meat and carbs. It’s perfectly fine to eat high fat foods like cheese, eggs, and avocado. They won’t “clog your arteries” but they still need to be eaten in moderation since they are high in calories.
Step 2: Get Your Sleep
Just like eating right, a lot of people seem to think that they can skimp on sleep. They’re convinced that they only need a few hours of sleep and can function just fine on 4 or 5 hours. Science has found otherwise.
If you don’t get enough sleep your body goes into a catabolic state, meaning it focuses on shutting down non-essential systems in your body. Your digestive system is one of these. Since your body can’t immediately use the nutrients from food while you’re asleep it instead holds on to them and doesn’t excrete them. This means that if you eat a meal right before bed you’re going to be more likely to put on fat and even more than you normally would.
In addition, sleep deprivation decreases your metabolism in an attempt to conserve energy. Your brain also doesn’t function as well and you’re much more likely to experience fatigue during the day.
Getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night is a great way to kick your fat burning into high gear. It may be tempting to pull an all-nighter before a final or to watch a late night movie, but you’re just hurting yourself in the long run.
Step 3: Get Your Reps in
Muscle burns more calories than fat and this is especially true when you have a good amount of muscle mass. You’ve probably heard the term “Use it or lose it.” This is especially true with muscle. If you don’t use your muscles they begin to deteriorate. As we get older we all lose muscle mass, but you can certainly slow this down by strength training.
This doesn’t mean you need to go hit the gym and spend 2 hours in the weight section. You can get a great strength training routine done in 30 minutes. What it does mean is that you need to pick up some sort of weight 3-4 times a week. Picking up your groceries or moving your couch are not considered strength training. You need to find something that has an equal balance of strength building exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench press, etc.
If you’re a beginner, don’t worry about getting all fancy with equipment. Just use your bodyweight for now and find something with variety so you don’t get bored. If you’re more experienced then use this routine to get you started: Beginner Strength Training Routine
Step 4: What You Eat (The Fun Part)
Now it’s time to eat! I’m not going to make any specific meal suggestions since that information is readily available on the internet. Here are a few tips though:
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Drinking your calories is probably the easiest way to gain weight, but this is done at the expense of your skin, organs, and pretty much everything else. It would be like adding a bigger engine to your car but not bothering to put in a transmission. Sure you’ll go fast but something else is going to give out eventually.
If you’re drinking several glasses of milk, gallons of vitaminwater, and eating canned food then you will definitely be getting enough calories but your body will suffer in other areas. If you’re going to drink something besides water do so sparingly and make sure it’s a full calorie soda (not the no calorie varieties) or milk.
Stop Eating Fruit
I’m not saying don’t eat fruit ever, I’m just saying don’t eat too much of it. There is a belief that because fruit has natural sugar in it, it’s better for you than processed sugar. This is not true. It’s just as bad for you and it’s putting your body into a similar state as drinking a coke.
While fruit will give you temporary quick energy due to the sugar, it’s not giving you the sustained energy that you need to get through the day. Stick with vegetables and everything will be just fine.
Eat When You’re Hungry And Stop When You’re Full
A lot of people these days try to ignore their bodies’ natural cues. If you’re hungry then eat. If you’re full then stop. It’s that simple. Your body is going to tell you exactly what it needs and when.
You need to learn how to listen to it.
One trick that has worked for a lot of people is to keep track of everything they eat and how they felt before and after. This allows them to see any patterns which can be very useful.
You can carry a notebook around or you can keep track on your phone. This is what I do since it syncs to my Google account and thus iCloud. Something like MyFitnessPal is also a good option if you want something a bit more extensive with the ability to scan barcodes of foods.
Step 5: Be Consistent And Stay Committed
This is where most people fall apart. Even if you’ve made it this far, the chances are good that you’re going to mess up and eat something you’re not supposed to or fall off the wagon entirely.
The key here is not to stress out about it too much and get right back on that horse. Literally all you have to do is start back at step one and keep going. Sooner or later you’re going to settle into a groove and find what works for you.
If you fall of the wagon and eat a bunch of candy, don’t worry about having ruined your diet. Just get right back on that horse.
I know I said it before, but it’s important so I’m going to say it again. Stay committed and stay consistent and you’ll reach your goals. It may not seem like it at first, but you WILL get there.
I have confidence in you! I hope you succeed.
If you feel like this guide hasn’t helped you at all then by all means find another guide to help you. I’d encourage you to stick with my tips though since they’ve worked for me and a lot of others.
Once again if you’re trying to lose weight, I highly recommend you check out the stuff I mentioned in Step 3. Everything on that list is awesome and has helped a lot of people. Trust me, it will help you too!
You can do this!
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