- To improve your fitness, stay away from junk food and sugary food items
- Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch
- Take at least 10,000 steps every day
Weight loss tips: Did you know that just exercising for an hour every day is not enough for you to keep fit and healthy? Physical activity throughout the day is what you need to improve your overall health and fitness. Health experts are of the belief that no matter how hard you train at the gym for an hour or two, it is not going to improve your health and fitness level if you are sedentary the rest of the day. Sitting all day, smoking, regular alcohol intake, unhealthy snacking, not taking your meals on time and overeating are sedentary lifestyle habits that can affect your fitness levels despite exercising regularly.
Weight loss: Tips to improve your fitness apart from exercising regularly
1. Stand up straight in regular intervals
Sitting for long periods of time is an occupational hazard that many of us face today. But need not worry as there’s something fitting that you can do to avoid side effects of sitting for too long. Celeb nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recommends that for every 30 minutes of sitting, you should stand straight on both your feet (without leaning or taking any support) for three minutes. You can do this at your desk, or you can even go for a short walk. This is one effective way of avoiding sitting for long periods of time and being active all day.
2. Take the stairs instead of elevator
We bet this is one suggestion you must have heard many times, and its definitely effective. For being physically active and fit, you must climb four floors at one go, at least once a day. And if not four floors, you must not miss the opportunity of climbing stairs – which in fact is an effective cardio exercise – whenever you can. Stay away from elevators and escalators. Doing so can aid weight loss and improve your overall fitness.
3. Avoid junk food
Eating junk food, especially for mid-meal snacking, is the worst thing that you can do for your health, fitness and weight loss. Junk, deep-fried, sugary, processed and packaged foods need to be completely off the list if you want to get fitter apart from exercising regularly.
4. Practice mindful eating
Apart from keeping an eye on what you eat, it is also important to take note of your pattern of eating. Practicing portion control, avoiding overeating, eating without any distractions (like your phone, TV, laptop or book) and healthy snacking are some habits of mindful eating that can improve your overall fitness, apart from exercising at the gym.
5. Track your steps
Completing 10,000 steps every day is a task you must accomplish. “Ten thousand steps in a day is the basic requirement of the human body for maintaining mobility and fitness which is needed every day,” says fitness trainer Vinod Channa, who is known to train the likes of Shilpa Shetty Kundra, John Abraham, Shamita Shetty and Genelia Deshmukh to name a few. Walking 10,000 steps in a day cannot be considered to be equivalent of a workout, but is definitely a task you should aim at accomplishing every day, for your overall fitness.
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