Lockdown did more than make us anxious; it also made it easy to gain weight. In fact, if you didn't gain weight, consider yourself lucky. But in addition to that, your overall health may have taken a nosedive. Thankfully, there are ways to get things going in the right direction. Here's how you can get back on the fitness track with breaking a sweat.
Start Eating a Nutritional Diet
Managing your health should always begin with a healthy diet. This means cutting out anything that's unhealthy. Sugary drinks, chips, cookies or anything that has a higher-than-average calorie count needs to go. What makes them so unhealthy is that they increase the risk of various health issues like cavities, gingivitis, diabetes, heart disease and clogged arteries. Swap out fattening foods for fruits and vegetables to boost immunity and improve your overall health. You'll feel better and more motivated to workout out more too. Eating healthy can also boost your immune system, which is no more important than ever.
Become More Physically Active
While eating healthier foods is definitely a step in the right direction, you need to combine it with regular exercise as well. The best part is that you don't need to put yourself at risk going to a public gym. Exercise can be done anywhere and at any time. From simple yoga moves to lifting weights, you can safely get the exercise you need to keep yourself back on track.
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Keep Track of Your Progress
Tracking your ongoing record of improved living is what's ultimately going to motivate you to keep going. A great way to stay on top of healthy eating habits and exercising is to write in a journal. Log everything you eat and the types of exercise you do. If you need assistance with working out or following proper diet, working with a personal trainer or a nutritionist can be helpful. Another benefit of maintaining record of your accomplishments is that it teaches you to be more disciplined. As you continue to focus on bettering your health, it can be difficult to remember everything you've done, especially if you're trying to reach a certain weight. Keeping a log ensures you never lose track of your progress, which can help you measure how far you've come even when you feel like giving up.