A day might come when you realize that you are abusing your body by over-eating or not eating the right food. Even your body starts showing signs of deteriorating, and that will be high time you need to follow fitness regime and a new lifestyle. And believe me it's not that hard to change, you will love your body and thank yourself for embracing this change earlier than never.
To tell you my story, I am a yoga person more than doing exercises/walking/gym. As I grew older, i got very less time to do yoga or meditation. I made my yoga regime very short day by day - ended up just doing Suryanamaskar in the morning for about 15 minutes. But seriously I did not do anything else to care for my fitness, and it started reflecting in other ways - you can call it putting on weight, medical check up results rising up my usual notch and what not! It was high time I had to start my fitness regime and care for my body. It's a long long way to go... more than half of my life to live.
Right food + Exercise = Fitness
Your daily food intake should consist of 3 basic energy components in the right proportion - Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat. Based on your body weight, BMR (Basic Metabolism Rate) and your daily activity level you can calculate your basic requirement of calories and proportion of each of the 3, to sustain or maintain your body weight. So if you need to lose weight, you have to reduce your calories thus creating a calorie deficit. Generally your Carbs (rice, white bread, refined or processed food) intake should be low, Protein (Lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, paneer) should be sufficient enough to build muscles and repair everyday damage, and a little of good fat (Olive oil, nuts and nut butter, avocado) to maintain.
Use this online calculator to have a rough estimate of your necessary calorie intake. Click here
Or go to a nearby hospital or gym and take a BMI test to figure out the exact values. It's nothing scary, you just have to stand on a machine and it gives you the result.
There is an amazing app called "myfitnesspal" - I'm loving it and using it to find the amount of calories I eat and to keep a track of my carbs/protein/fat proportions everyday.
And finally you need to do one more thing - you need to exercise!! Exercise regime should be a combination of Cardio + Strength training. You can top it with yoga and meditation to get the best lifestyle :)
Please follow a lot of fitness people on instagram, this will really motivate you everyday. I will be writing a lot of posts on fitness foods and exercise regimes going forward. Stay with me and post your comments to motivate yourself.
May be you are a yoga person and feel all of this is crap, I personally tell you yoga is for keeping yourself calm and stress-free, which in turn improves your health. And of course it will make your body flexible, but not to loose weight or become fit! So what are you waiting for? Hop on and lets rock the fitness world.