No pain, no gain. This is the mantra of bodybuilders, extreme athletes, and other people who are engaged in a lot of physical fitness and exercise activities. Regrettably, it is also one of the most dreaded concepts of individuals who are considering on achieving a more ideal level of fitness. But the good news is that you don’t have to really push yourself to the hilt just to stay fit. Here are a number of ways you can maintain fitness with very minimal effort.
Start Your Day with Protein-Rich Foods
Did you know that proteins contain essentially the same amount of calories per gram as carbohydrates? But the real difference is that our body tends to process proteins a lot slower so you get energy that lasts longer. Start your day with eggs because this is rich in protein. As a matter of fact, eating two eggs for breakfast not only makes you feel less hungry throughout the day, you’ll feel a lot more energized, too. This shouldn’t be difficult, right?
Drink Before Meals
The amount of food that we eat is quite dependent on how fast our stomachs get distended to the point that it sends signals to the brain telling us to stop eating. One way to hasten this process is by drinking at least 2 glasses of water just before you take your very first spoonful of your meal. The water distends your tummy while also allowing food to be processed more efficiently. You will still get the right amounts of nutrients, but the good news is that you will never eat more than what your body needs.
Walk, Don’t Ride
The modern car is a convenience most of us are not ready to give up. That’s why we always take our car even though we’re just going to buy something from the next city block. Ditch the car keys and walk. If you don’t like to walk, how about you ride your bike? The important thing to remember here is to use those muscles to help you keep fit.
Use Smaller Plates and Bowls
Fine dining restaurants always serve their fantastic creations on very large plates, even though the meal itself only sits straight on the centre. This gives you the illusion that you’re eating less, so the natural tendency is to order some more. Reverse this by using smaller plates and bowls to give you the illusion that you’re eating a really hefty order. Simple!
Try Intermittent Fasting
Most of us are familiar with fasting, but not everyone is familiar with intermittent fasting. It is essentially the same thing. The only difference is that you observe a cycle of eating and fasting. So you eat today, then fast tomorrow; something like that. Not only will this help you lose weight, it can also improve your metabolic functions since your body will be on its toes trying to keep up with the changes.
Staying fit can be made hassle-free if you try observing these few tips. They’re not much, but if you do it consistently, then you can achieve the level of fitness you’ve always wanted.