It’s been a few weeks since Christmas and we’re back out there, we’re going on long runs, we’re cycling, and we’re back into our work-out routine to make sure that we hit the ground running in 2021. We’ve all spent a lot of time inside over the past year, and we’re all a little rusty, but getting into shape and getting more active is easier than you think. If you’ve set yourself some achievable activity goals, then you’re well on your way to a great routine, but let’s face it: the exercise may be one of the most important elements of a healthier routine, but it’s not the only one.
Diet is obviously going to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind after the holidays and with good reason. What you put into your body has a huge impact on how effective any fitness regimen is going to be, so here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward as you face this year, and your opponents, head-on.
Simple Diet Tips For Physically Active New Year
1. Cut Out Alcohol
This is a big one, folks. The health benefits of cutting alcohol out of your diet go way beyond helping you towards your work-out regimen goals and include lowering the risk of serious heart problems, liver disease and cancer. You’ll also enjoy a better night’s sleep and increased brain power, and, yes, you will lose weight. When you consume alcohol, you are putting a huge amount of sugar in your body, loading up on empty calories that you won’t burn when you doze off on the couch after a few beers. Say goodbye to the booze, and you’ll be putting yourself in a much better position to achieve your goals and stay ahead of the competition.
2. Add More Antioxidants To Your Diet
If you work out seriously, then you will have come across the discussion over the benefits of antioxidants. They help to give your immune system a boost, they help fight disease, and there is research that suggests that they help you to fight oxidative stress during those long, intense work-outs. Many of the foods that are rich in antioxidants are ones that may be part of your healthy eating plan already, like kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds, and carrots, and high protein white meats like turkey and chicken are also great additions. For more information on the impact antioxidants can have on your fitness, Military Muscle has a wealth of details and tips.
3. Drink More Water
Everyone has their own personal theories about what drinks are the best fit for their work-out regimen. Some swear by green tea, others will hit the energy drinks, and the vending machines at the gym are loaded with a wealth of options that all scream about how essential they are. However, there is no getting away from the fact that nothing beats good old fashioned water. Studies have shown that drinking water can help the weight loss process for a number of reasons, but one of the simplest is that you are not putting any additional calories in your body when you hydrate with water. So, next time you head to the gym, take a water bottle instead.