Imagine this: it was a beautiful day, and you took your dog for a walk. Your dog is still a puppy (in other words: he/she does not listen to you, yet), so he run away at one point, chasing other dogs, cats and birds. You did what every other person would do: run after your dog, yelling and calling him. And while you were running, you realized you are out of form, your heart started beating so fast, you got out of breath, and you run only for a while, and only 50 meters (barely). So you stooped, trying to catch your breath again, and started running again. You ended up stopping, catching your breath and running many times until you finally caught your dog, and in a way you wasted time and lost for about hour or more chasing your pet.
If you have ever experienced this, I hope you realized that even the activities such as walking, taking the stairs or lifting your children can benefit your health. You know it would benefit you to take metro to work, and leave one or two stops before your final stop and walk to work. Or, that it is beneficial if you once in a while use stairs, not the elevator.
If you have never experienced this, but have problems staying in form, try not to be the person who could hardly run for 50 meters, for any reason.
If you don’t want to be that person, and you have a hard time getting rid of those bad, non-healthy habits, the list of 15 ways for great figure and optimum health can help you significantly.
So, these are the ways to change your habits. The first 7 ways are the common causes for bad shape and form – they can give a deeper insight into things you should change or stop doing. The rest is the list of workouts and exercises you can easily do or start doing to regain your body’s health and get in form.
1. Respect your body
2. Combat the pollution in your body with cleansing process – detoxification.
Use antioxidants, (especially vitamin C), vegetable juices, essential oils, fresh fruits, minerals, proteins and fiber.
3. Do not do things that are unacceptable or impropriate for your body just because you saw someone else doing that.
4. Create immunity to illness and harmonize your body with the environment.
5. Minimize the stress and let go of the past.
If you hold on to memories of disappointment, doubt, stressful situations, rejection and similar, you will misbalance your mind and body, and create a “wall” between you and the environment and other people. This does not mean you should act as if nothing has happened, but you need to see and treat those situations with the detached observation.
6. Remember that healthy and positive thoughts create and maintain a healthy body, and vice versa.
7. Be determine and start having “me time”.
We all know the basic workout plan: pushups, squats, hip raise, jumps, exercises for arms and legs, and more. All the children are doing these exercises while playing, so did we. But what you do not know, perhaps, is that you need to warm up at least for 8 minutes, that you need to focus on form, not weight, and that you need to be devoted and to avoid distractions. Basis workout plan takes no more than 30 minutes, and those 30 minutes are “me time”.
8. Do 5 Tibetan Rites every day.
This is a set of 5 energizing exercises that rejuvenate the body and mind. These exercises are secret rites from Tibet used by lamas and Tibetan monks. You can see the video below on how to perform them. For these rites you will not need more than 10 minutes.
9. Dance is both fun and recreation.
If you like to dance, then it would be very easy for you to choose dance classes. If you, however, think that you cannot dance, this is your chance to prove yourself wrong.
10. Yoga is perfect for body and mind
Yoga is a very popular way of exercising, however, today many people claim to be yoga teachers, thus be very careful if you decide to take a class. On the other hand, there are many excellent books about yoga that you can do at home, and these books are for beginners. The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu-devananda is one of those books.
Pilates is mostly focused on so called body’ core muscles (abdominal, hip and back) but it is an excellent way to exercise. For Pilates you may need some equipment, a wooden bench, springs and sliding boards, but many exercises can be done on the floor and can be improvised. The benefits you can have from Pilates are improved lung and heart health, increased balance and flexibility, and mental benefits.
Zumba is disguised as an effective aerobic dance party. Zumba can effectively maximize body toning and sculpture, burn calories and shape core muscles. If you are new, ask about the beginner’s classes, choose the right teacher and always warm up and bring water.
Running may seem as a workout that does not have many benefits, however, running (indoor or out) get your whole body working. Moreover, running lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
14. Aerobic kickboxing
This workout is excellent for the entire body. It borrows moments from karate and other martial arts, and it is great for calorie burning and stress relieving, besides, it boosts balance, stamina, and physical condition.
Aerobic increases the energy levels, improves mood and metabolism, decreases blood pressure, and it strengthens heart and lungs. Aerobic exercising includes many different workouts: jogging, skating, cycling, rowing, swimming, walking, dancing, and skiing.
Get rid of those bad habits, choose a workout that fits you the best, and get back in form fast and naturally, and stay healthy.
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