Fit, Foodie, and a little F***ed Up: FITNESS

If you read my first post, you understand what “Fit, Foodie, and a little F***ed Up” is all about. If you didn’t, the super short and sweet version is I like to talk about how fitness, health, and mental health all intersect in your life and make you the way you are.

So for my next step into this column, I want to talk about Fitness. This is just a basic introduction to what fitness is and some tips! Workouts, suggestions, and more will be coming soon!

No matter what level of fitness you are at, there are a few basic things you should know.

  1. The number you see when you step on the scale is all relative to your body. Your frame, build, genetics, etc. will determine what a healthy target zone is for you. And what is healthy for someone else may not be healthy for you and vice versa. Don’t feel like you need to weight 120 lbs to be “healthy”.

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*Consult a medical professional and do your research to find what a healthy goal weight is for you! For a basic reference, click the link below:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

  1. Before a workout, always warm up your muscles. This can be done by walking, jumping jacks, light jogging, etc. This will help prevent you from straining and/or pulling your muscles.

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  1. There is such thing as too much exercise. Over exercising can cause severe fatigue and wear and tear on your body. You need to balance your diet and exercise to ensure your body is receiving adequate nutrition to carry out its daily functions. Over working your body can lead to many severe health risks.

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  1. Building muscles helps burn fat. Cardio is important, but if you want to burn fat, you will torch more calories if you combine cardio with strength training.

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  1. And last, to tie fitness in with mental health, according to WebMD:

“Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function, says certified trainer David Atkinson.

“Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,” says Atkinson, director of program development for Cooper Ventures, a division of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas.”

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Make sure you are patient with yourself! Set realistic goals. If you’re just starting out, you might not work-out every single day of the week. Nor should you. Try planning to go 1-2x per week. Meet that goal. You’ll feel accomplished and ready to try 2-3x the next week and so on. Fitness is a lifelong journey. A helpful concept is to think of it more as creating healthy habits for your entire life, not simply reaching a goal weight!

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Until next time,

Fit, Foodie, and a little F***ed Up

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