Physically fit man doing push-ups at the park

Most people when thinking about how to become fit think of counting the number of calories in their diet which can be quite hectic. However, fitness is about the physical and mental health and has nothing to do with being thin or skinny. Eating healthy foods also should not be a burden, it can be easy and fun requiring a little willpower on your side.

First rule of fitness is nutrition. A good diet provides all the nutrients the body needs, vitamins, proteins, minerals and carbohydrates, don't overdo the calories counts and starve yourself because you also need those calories for movement and energy. But since an excess of calories leads to accumulation of fat, your source of carbohydrates should also be high in fiber. This means no cakes, ice creams and other finely processed foods, instead eat whole grains like oatmeal. Fruits and vegetables eaten in plenty will take care of your vitamins and minerals requirements, the popular colored fruits and vegetables are especially nutritious because they have antioxidants. Your body also needs proteins, you can easily get this from meat, legumes and soy, however, meat also has fat and cholesterol so you might want to use plant sources for proteins.fit2Then there is exercise, you need to stretch and pull your muscles and bones. Exercise will help you burn the extra calories and therefore no fat. Any kind of physical activity has additional advantages apart from burning fat, it lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol levels which prevents heart diseases. Exercise also helps in strengthening the bones by helping them retain calcium. Improvement of blood circulation is another result of physical activity that will help you sleep better and have a clearer mind. If your aim is to build muscles (great for fat burning) you will need to be disciplined and have a strict schedule of rigorous exercise. If your aim is being healthy and fit 3 days every week of any physical activity (sports, jogging, farm work) will do.

Exercise and eating healthy are the basics of healthy living, but there are other important points required for fitness. Rest, you need enough rest of about 7-8 hours which gives your body time to heal and to strengthen your immune system.fit3 Without proper rest you won't have enough energy to do the exercises or have the will power to say no to that yummy cup of ice cream sundae. Ever heard of you are what you think? Optimism is always important, positive thoughts will energize you and give you mental resilience to achieve your goals.

Most people think the process of how to become fit is tiring and boring, but it is just a simple lifestyle change like going to bed early, going to the grocery more often or playing soccer a couple of times in a week!