Diet and Supplements
You are almost ready to start the wonderful adventure of home workouts! You have your goals in mind, and are willing to work toward them. You are making your plan for exercising, equipment you want to buy, and scheduling time into your day to put it all into practice. You are motivated, enthusiastic, and prepared! There is a little more which you must do before you begin.
When you are looking forward to that perfect body, strength, vigor, and all-around health are as important as your exciting new appearance. As you have already learned in this book, when home workouts are done on a regular basis, it can be one of the most positive factors in good health and a longer lifespan. However, if you want the very best results, some changes to your lifestyle are also necessary.
One lifestyle change involves your diet. Whether your diet has been relatively good, or whether you have spent years surviving on junk-food, planning your home workout program is the perfect time to implement some changes.
A healthy diet does not require a professional dietician’s input. All you really need to do is make a point of purchasing and eating healthy foods, and eliminating foods that are high in empty calories. If you want the perfect body, now is the time to give up carbonated soft drinks, alcohol, and other products which may taste good but do nothing for your body.
A healthy diet will make you healthier, of course. It also provides another benefit. Foods that are high in protein, and those that are rich in carbohydrates, provide long-lasting energy. When your diet contains plenty of these foods, not only will your workouts be easier, but your entire day will filled with natural energy.
Sweet foods and snacks give the opposite effect. They will cause your blood-sugar level to rise abruptly, and allow you to feel more energetic for a short period of time. As the effects of the sugar do not last long, your energy level will drop lower than it was before. Keeping your use of sugary snacks to a minimum will allow your energy level to remain consistent.
Dietary changes for the perfect body should include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grain products. You will be amazed at how great you feel when these kinds of foods are the main focus of your daily diet. Equally important, the nutrients they provide will make you healthier than you ever were before. Your body’s systems will work better, and you will feel great!
When you are beginning a new home workout program, do not underestimate your body’s need for fluid. While this is important in general, it is even more relevant when you are doing strenuous exercise. Fresh water, cool fruit drinks, and drinks which are specially made for this purpose, will keep your body hydrated. Sports drinks which are designed to replace and balance electrolytes are a good choice.
Exercise depletes the body’s natural fluids. It often happens quite rapidly. Losing fluid through perspiration can make you feel run-down and tired, as well as undermining your body’s overall health. Be sure that you have plenty of liquid on hand to drink during your workout, and to drink afterward. It is essential to replenish your body’s natural fluids.
Planning your home workout program to include lifestyle changes should also include the use of supplements. No matter how healthy your diet may be, the lack of any essential nutrients can impede your progress. For example, you might not be aware of how minerals can be lost through normal perspiration. This is especially true when you are perspiring excessively during workouts.
Multi-vitamin and mineral supplements are a positive addition to your home workout program. You do not have to spend a fortune on name-brand supplements. With a little comparison-shopping, you can less expensive supplements that provide all of the nutritional elements you need. Choosing a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement for your daily use is more than a good decision to add to your workout program– it is a healthy habit that will benefit you for the rest of your life.
You may be wondering why a home workout program contains so many more extras than you had initially considered. The reason for this is that a perfect body requires much more than some basic exercises and equipment. If you want your workout program to be truly productive, you must focus on your entire body as a whole. This means getting healthier, increasing your stamina, and making sure that your body has everything it needs for a rigorous workout and all the years ahead.
As you have learned in this book, there is much to do, and much to gain from doing it. At times, it may not be easy, but it is not complicated. When you know what you want, and are willing to do the work to achieve it, that perfect body can be yours!