Dear Fitness Freaks,
You have no idea how much you inspire and motivate all those who sit on their couches, munching on a bag of chips and sipping cartons full of Coke, with your perfect abs, your toned calves and shoulders. Your motivation and your drive towards working out and getting that perfectly chiselled body leaves others spellbound.
We see how hard you work to achieve all that you have and we could not be more impressed. All the same, we also feel that along with working so hard you need to take more care of yourself, to stay in the pink of health. Here are some tips from experts, that we hope you will include in your routine, so that you can remain in the best shape to achieve all your fitness goals and keep on inspiring us!
Loosen up :
Experts all over the world advise that you stretch your muscles properly before starting your workout and even after you are done with it. It helps your muscles recognise their full range of motion before you start your exercises so that they do not overstretch and get injured while you are working out.
Watch your diet :
Your health and fitness and the amount of time that it takes for your body to achieve the zenith of fitness that you wish to achieve is directly proportional to the propriety of your diet. A healthy, balanced, nutritious and wholesome diet equates to adequate fitness and muscle strength that directly translates to your overall fitness. Following are some foods that you must absolutely include in your diet :
This is one component of the diet that most people ignore. Juices provide your body access to the necessary nutrients more easily. Fruit and vegetable juices are rich in nutrients and vitamins. Juices also help in protecting the body from chronic diseases by providing important phytochemicals and vitamins to the body that protect the body from diseases. Following are the three juices that have the most health benefits for the body and absolutely must be included in your diet :
- Aloe Vera Juice : All this involves is simply plucking a fresh leaf of aloe vera, scooping out some fresh pulp from the leaf and mixing it with water. It is recommended that you consume this juice twice a day - once in the morning after your wake up and once before going to bed. It has anti-inflammatory properties, thus helping reduce the inflammation in your joints after vigorous exercising. It also boosts the immune system, thereby improving the overall strength of your body.
- Karela Juice : karela juice is rich in antioxidants, which helps keep your body energised and revitalised. Hypoglycaemic agents in Karela help in increasing fatty acid oxidation which in turn helps in reducing weight.
- Jamun Juice : Jamun or black plum juice has numerous health benefits for your body and is recommended as a daily inclusion in your diet. Jamun has elements which make it a diuretic and anti-scorbutic which help increase the overall fitness and metabolism of your body.
Apart from the usual requirement of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fats, fibre and carbohydrates, protein is a very important element to be included in your diet, especially since you need a lot of energy to keep your body going during and post your vigorous workout sessions. Proteins also help in building your muscles as well as in strengthening your core. Foods such as soy, eggs, milk, meat and fish, along with nut butter, legumes and beans are rich in proteins and are a must include in your diet.
Here’s hoping you keep motivating and inspiring us, while also taking the utmost care of yourselves by following the above tips.
Awestruck couch potatoes