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How to Hack Your Way to A Fitter You

With so many different training possibilities and diverse food choices, it’s very irresponsible of anyone to allow themselves not to be in shape and look amazing. All it takes for you to achieve your goal weight is some determination, a lot of effort and devotion. Add a bit of diet regulation and regular workouts to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for success right there. You are the only one stopping yourself from looking fitter than ever, so don’t wait for a second longer and check out how you can hack your way to a fitter you. 

 

Find reasons to be active more

Nowadays people are getting less active which is the main cause of weight gain. Why would you sit around, slouching in front of the tv when you can go outside ride a bike and enjoy a sunny day. Instead of spending your weekends at home, think about hiking with your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or an entire family. Organize sports weekends and have a game of basketball, volleyball or whatever game everyone likes to play and move around instead of lounging on a sofa with a bag of chips. Also, stop driving to the grocery store but walk or ride a bike to stay active. Walk more, use the stairs instead of the elevator and you’ll soon get accustomed to it while allowing your body to exercise throughout the day.

 

Embrace any form of movement every day

At least 60 minutes of exercise a day will help you get a lean figure quickly. That doesn’t mean you need to exhaust yourself with running, or swimming for an hour, but pick a few exercises that you enjoy and do your best to have training every day. An hour-long brisk walk or jogging with occasional sprint intervals will prevent burn out while building muscle, strength and endurance. Always warm up before the training and stretch afterwards to prevent sprains or more severe injuries. Keeping your body hydrated during the workout is vital because you’ll be losing plenty of fluids through perspiration. Therefore, always have a bottle of water with you to replenish the lost fluids and prevent your body from overheating.

 

Watch what you eat

A well-balanced diet is crucial on the way to lean figure, so you’ll have to cut back on unhealthy foods. Eat every 2.5 to three hours, to rev up your metabolism and allow fat to be burned quicker. This will also keep your mind sharp, and fuels you with energy throughout the day. Eat “raw foods” every day for energy. Have essential amino acids every day by eating protein-rich foods, such as legumes and meat and dairy products. BCCAs amino acids will decrease muscle soreness, improve protein synthesis, and help prevent the breakdown of muscle cells while you work out. Stay away from sugar and sweets, but opt for fruits and vegetables. Green beans and broccoli will keep the digestive system clean and running, while apples will keep you satiated for more than 3 hours. Turkey, chicken, seafood, such as shrimp, and tilapia are all good food choices to maintain a lean figure.

 

A full-body workout

A high-intensity full-body workout is another one of the great ways to work your way to a fitter you. Tabata exercises, for example, involve four minutes of very intense exercise, during which you alternate between 20 seconds of your maximum effort and 10 seconds of complete rest. You can do whichever exercises you prefer, be it elliptical, cycling, sprints, push-ups, squats, whichever. Tabatas will boost your metabolism while making you fit all at the same time. To bring your full-body workouts to an entirely new level try out Pilates Can program which combines body’s functional strength work with core intentions of Pilates allowing you to have a lean body mass as you’ve always wanted. To make your body progress as much as possible, change your routines every six weeks. Whether you decide to introduce a few changes, or completely swap exercises for new ones, you’ll avoid frustrating plateaus and allow your body to progress well.

 

Rest well

Aside from good nutrition and regular intense exercises, you should also have enough rest. Sleep is essential for body recovery, so make sure you have enough shut-eye every night. At least six hours of sleep is the minimum amount everyone needs to rest and recharge for the next day. However, if your work is too exhausting, taking a nap before your workouts can be beneficial and prevent injuries. Just make sure you don’t nap for more than half an hour or you’ll have trouble falling asleep at night. Lack of sleep can also weaken your immune system making you more prone to various infections and illnesses which can negatively affect your workout routine.

 

Final thoughts

Becoming fit has never been easier. All you need to do is stick to your decisions and be persistent in achieving your goals. With a balanced diet, strenuous workout and enough rest you’ll become fit and feel great in no time. 

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by MiannaK

Mianna is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She is a strong believer that both mental and physical fitness go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. Her aim is to inspire people to reach their potential, feel confident and to lead a happy life.

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