With health and fitness becoming an even greater priority in 2021, what is really essential to achieving optimum wellness? Here we will breakdown six key things you need to get fit and healthy:
- 150 minutes of exercise per week. This can be broken down however your lifestyle allows. For many, this would translate into 30 minute sessions 5 days per week. Finding a good balance for you is key and always remember any exercise is better than none!
- Set a goal. Goals are beneficial in keeping you motivated and on track. Whether it be to lose weight, run your first 5k, build muscle/strength, or achieve better overall health, having a specific goal will give you something to aim for. You’ll feel pretty proud through the process as you see/feel changes along the way, too.
- Get a personal trainer. Similar to setting a goal, a personal trainer is there to guide you on your journey. They will keep you accountable, push you more than you might push yourself, and provide knowledge in helping you achieve your goals faster and more effectively. They are also there to instruct on proper form to prevent injury.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This may seem like a tough one for some but sleep is vital to both a healthy body and mind. Getting an adequate amount of sleep will keep your energy up, metabolism high, and help your body to recover from your workouts.
- Proper nutrition. Eating the right kinds and quantity of food is just as important as working out. You won’t see or feel results just by exercising alone. Find a registered nutritionist who is able to design a nutrition plan based on your goals and dietary needs. It’s important to focus on what you put in your body as well as out to achieve optimum health and wellness.
- Water intake. Just like food, water is essential in keeping you functioning. Just a few key benefits of adequate water intake include carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, flushing out bacteria, normalizing blood pressure, cushioning joints, and protecting organs and tissues. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. So drink up!