Nutrition and Training – Two Sides of the Same Coin
A successful fitness regime will involve more than just exercise. In addition, any weight loss programme will involve more than just dieting. Nutrition and training are not mutually exclusive: in fact, they both need to be incorporated into any fitness regime for successful long term results.
The right nutrition plan will give you the energy and motivation to perform at your best when you start training. Regular exercise will help to regulate your hormones, meaning that improved health and weight loss are natural results. Through effective training, you’ll also begin to improve your motivation and mood. Not only will this make it easier to keep exercising, but it will help you stay on track with your nutrition plan. Essentially, they will work together to help each other out.
If you exercise and don’t change your diet, you’ll struggle to maintain your regime. If you change your diet but don’t exercise, you’ll begin to slip eventually. They are both essential elements and need to be incorporated into your lifestyle side by side for long term success to occur.
Some practical tips
Planning is critical. Without a plan, you’ll have no chance whatsoever. This will involve both nutrition planning and exercise planning. Creating weekly diet plans and training routines will keep you on track.
Goal-setting is an important element as well. First, consider exactly what you are aiming to achieve. This might be weight loss, running a 10k, or simply improving heart function. Once you know what your goals are, insert them into your plan, set specific time scales, and monitor your progress as you go.
Seek support and advice whenever you need it. We can all use a shoulder to cry on when things get hard, and a pat on the back when things go well. Try finding someone to start a training regime with, or at least inform people of your goals and ambitions to make yourself accountable to someone other than yourself.
Stick with it
Most people give up with weight loss and fitness programmes soon after starting. A large part of this is down to poor planning, and not understanding what is really needed. Develop a plan that recognises the importance of both nutrition and training, and you’ll give your chances a real boost.
This post was written by Dane