For years so many of us have beaten ourselves up over our bodies and external appearance. Every day we are exposed to photoshopped advertisements of seemingly “perfect” people. Newspapers and magazines continue to push the agenda of beauty and fashion brands, encouraging self-doubt amongst us so that we buy more and more products to meet traditional standards of beauty. Social media has multiplied the problems tenfold, with celebrities, acquaintances and ourselves posting a highly edited showreel of the best parts of our lives. It’s not surprising that so many people are discontent within themselves. But no more! It’s time for us to put this to an end. It’s about time that we reach an era of body positivity and self-confidence. It’s time to start celebrating what we do have rather than mourning what we lack. So, where to start? The key to leading a truly perfect lifestyle is to ensure that you are healthy and happy. Here are a few changes to implement into your lifestyle that will help you to feel good in your own body.
Exercise is an absolutely essential part of everyone’s life. Why? Not only is it necessary to keep our bodies in good condition, but it releases endorphins and adrenaline that reduce our stress levels and fill us with feel good vibes. Perfect! So, how much exercise do you need and what type will suit you best? This, of course, will vary from person to person. No two people are the same and it may take a little while for you to determine the best kind of exercise regimen for you as an individual. But here are some facts and a few ideas to start you off.
How Much Exercise Do We Need?
It is generally recommended that the average adult engages in around 150 minutes of aerobic exercise every single week. So no slacking! This doesn’t have to be crammed into one massively intense workout. Instead, spread your exercise activities across the length of the week, opting for short, regular workouts over long, intense, one-off sessions.
What Type of Exercise is Best for Me?
The type of exercise that you will enjoy the most will mostly depend on your body type and your personality. If you are overweight or obese, you may find certain types of exercise cause you problems with your joints. You should generally opt for activities such as swimming, as the water helps to support your body weight, reducing the amount of pressure and impact placed on your joints. If you are underweight, you may like to start with aerobic exercise rather than weight training, which may put your limbs under excessive strain and result in pain or injury. If you are a competitive and social person, you should consider team sports. These allow you to bond and work alongside others as you experience a rigorous, full-body workout. If you are a more solitary individual and prefer to work alone at your own pace, you may perform better in the gym, where you can choose which machines you make use of and how often and when you get to work out.
A Healthy Diet
There are various diets on the market claiming to help you shed pounds fast. But be wary and do your research, as some may actually be more harmful to your overall health and well-being than beneficial. Here are a few popular options to consider and talk through with your GP.
Paleo diets are based on the belief that it is unnatural and detrimental for modern-day humans to eat anything that their paleolithic ancestors were unable to catch, grow, make or gather themselves. It’s a back-to-basics diet, centering itself around consuming “natural” foods. This is beneficial in that it cuts out many processed, genetically modified and chemical laden food sources.
If you are considering the differences that lie in keto vs paleo, it is important to first understand that the two diets are based on completely different premises. Though they are both popular options, they vary largely in their process and results. A ketogenic diet is focused on the health benefits of fasting without completely cutting out the nutrients that are essential to everyday survival. The diet consists of meals that are low calorie and high fat, encouraging the body to enter a state of ketosis and burn fat instead of stored carbs.
Making just a few small changes to your lifestyle can ensure that your body is healthy and functioning as it is meant to. This will boost your confidence and feelings of positivity and productivity. So start exercising and making small dietary changes today to ensure that you are the best that you can be.