As much as you may have heard that eating healthy and exercising go together many people just don’t put the two together. This is really a shame as the benefits you get from improving both aspects of your life improve tenfold when combined.
If all you change in your life is to take up walking or cycling you will still get some benefits, but not as many. Think about it this way. If you start walking thirty minutes a day but still continue to eat the same foods and drink tons of pop or beer, do you think you will lose weight or feel better? You may to some extent but you could feel so much better if you change what you eat as well.
It really isn’t that difficult to change what you eat. You don’t have to totally revamp your diet, just make some small changes.
To start off you can make the following changes:
Switch sugary drinks for water
Light beer for regular beer
Muffins for donuts
Fruit instead of cookies
By doing just one of the above changes you could easily lose 10 pounds in your first month. If you can’t quit one of these habits cold turkey then just cut back each day. It takes about three weeks to form a new habit so it won’t take you too long before you will automatically grab water instead of a can of pop.
When you eat correctly and this includes eating more fruits and vegetables along with lean meats you are fuelling your body. This aspect allows your body to perform an exercise better. For example, if you are walking or cycling you will find that you can cycle or walk further when you eat in a healthy manner.
Consuming too much fat or sugar makes you feel lazy and lethargic. In turn, this makes you not want to get out and exercise so your motivation will be lacking.
Try to listen to your body and see how you feel just by drinking 8 glasses of water each day for one week. Believe me, you will notice a huge improvement in your energy level. Plus you will also notice that you will be sleeping much better. Sleep is another huge factor in making your workout more effective.
Just try to remember that whatever you put into your mouth will have some type of impact on your body, good or bad. By being aware of changes in your mood and energy level you will see what foods help energize you, and you will know which foods to avoid. So now you have all the tools you need to get the most of your exercise routine.