Exercise and Fitness for Your Health

Being physically fit is good for your overall health and well-being. You can begin an exercise program you develop yourself, join a gym, or hire a personal trainer. You can also participate in your favorite sport. Any of these activities done on a regular basis will provide you with the health benefits you need.

The benefits you receive from exercising for fitness include:

  • Maintaining and improving your health.
  • Increasing your self confidence.
  • Reducing stress.
  • Retarding the aging process.

If you have not exercised in a while, you should start slowly. Don’t push yourself. Instead of getting health benefits, you may injure yourself.

With your exercise program, you should be eating a healthy, nutritious diet. Seek the advice of your doctor and a nutritionist to develop a customized diet and exercise plan based on your needs.

Your diet should consist of foods from all the food groups. You need carbohydrates and fats. The source of your carbohydrates is fruits, vegetables, oats, rice, potatoes, and cereals. These foods will have the vitamins, minerals, and fiber you need. Your fruits and vegetables also contain enzymes and micronutrients for a healthy diet.

Animal fats should be avoided. You should eat foods that contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in vegetable oils such as safflower, corn, sunflower, soy, and cottonseeds. Monounsaturated fats include olive oil, peanut oil, and canola oil. High amounts of monounsaturated fat can also be found in avocados and most nuts. Another source of polyunsaturated fats is Omega-2 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel, herring, and other cold-water fish.

Polyunsaturated fats lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to be beneficial to the heart by lowering the risk of heart disease.

When you decide to make the change in your life to be physically fit, combine your exercise program with your diet and you will be able to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the chances of several diseases.