Exercise is all about keeping your body-well tuned. A well-tuned body can handle everything better, including everything that is happening in your body at a microscopic level. When one’s body is happy, so is one’s countenance.
Nutrition is about getting the right ingredients to your body to cook up optimum health. If money can’t buy happiness, health can…or at least, it can help you avoid unhappiness.
Both exercise and good nutrition help you feel energized, which is an important component in motivation, in extroversion, in feeling optimistic and in so many other key indicators of happiness. Happiness is about much more than fitness, but fitness should not be overlooked.
I asked Atlanta-based personal trainer Corey Ritter to provide a few fitness tips for increased energy and reduced stress, that I could share with my Daily Dose of Happiness newsletter subscribers:
Personal Trainer Fitness Tip #1:
Eat lean protein every three hours! Proteins main function: Help build and maintain healthy muscle. Which in-turn will help increase your metabolic rate to assist in burning body fat. Good sources: Egg Whites, Chicken Breast, Sirloin Lean Steak, Lean Ground Turkey, Fresh Fish, Protein Shakes.
Personal Trainer Fitness Tip #2:
Walk around the block. There are many benefits to be gained from walking. These can include more energy, deeper and more satisfying sleep, stronger leg muscles, lower body fat, higher metabolic rate, and reduce stress! Everyday for 20-30 minutes at a brisk walk. Preferably first thing in the morning!
Personal Trainer Fitness Tip #3:
Stretch, Stretch, Stretch. Anytime, but at least once a day one week before the wedding. Increases flexibility, reduces stress, improve coordination, increase circulation and it feels good, just to name a few benefits. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 10-30 seconds, repeat 2-3 times.
Personal Trainer Fitness Tip #4:
Avoid simple carbs! Their rapid absorption increases the chances of sugar converting to fat! Stay away from foods like: Bagels, pies, cakes, potato chips, many ready-to-eat cereals, white pasta, white bread, juice drinks with added sugar, alcohol, candy, soda pop, and syrup!
Personal Trainer Fitness Tip #5:
Drink plenty of fresh, clean water. Yes, I know that you have probably heard this one over and over again. But there’s a reason for that – it’s that important! It aids in fat loss, detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. It is recommended for best results to consume 8 10-ounce glasses of water per day.
If you follow these tips, you will be in better shape to defend against disease and disability than if you ignore the advice. They come from one of North America’s top personal trainers. Are the tips easy? No, especially not with billions of dollars of advertising telling us we can eat chips and soda pop, and pressure from all sides to cram more things into the precious few hours some of us might otherwise spend exercising. Do what you can. Any improvement is better than none, right?