LifeHack Critique: How to stay healthy in 2022 without letting diets get to your head and working your body too hard

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A big part of everyones New year resolutions every year is to stay healthy whether that be to diet or workout. In reality you can’t have a good diet without working out and you can’t “look healthy” without a good diet. Diets these days can be ridiculous with calorie count and telling you what you can eat and cannot. Really a good diet is what makes you not only look good but feel good. Everyone know that you have to take in a good about of fruits, veggies, protein, grains and dairy daily to fuel your body but that is also different for everyone because no two people are the same. I recommend going to your doctor and asking them what they recommend for a diet, supplements, and etc to keep your body healthy. On the workout side, there are tons of workouts online and I mean tons. As an athlete it is very important to stay psychically fit and healthy but also eat the best foods to keep you fueled all throughout the day. A lot of people think that loosing weight is just loosing fat but there is a difference in loosing fat and loosing weight. LifeHacker says “Your body contains different tissues. Fat is one; muscle is another.” and that is completely true. You need stay active and workout to build muscle which helps loose weight and also give the visual of looking more fit. You also need to eat the food and drinks to keep your body healthy, I think that LifeHacker said it very well when they said “When you don’t eat enough food, your body uses its own tissues to fuel you.” Meaning that if you don’t eat enough food your body will fight against you and make you weak. Personally I believe that you need to eat 3 meals a day along with healthy snacks, which can include protein shakes or bars. While watching calories is a big part of loosing weight it also doesn’t mean that you need to cut calories and or keep count of the, in many cases doing so can lead to eating disorders. A really good way to start and remain eating healthy is to make a meal plan. Basically you make a bulk of a few meals that have all the necessities that you need to intake like vegetables, fruits, proteins, grains, and of course daily. This way you have meals planned out and they are so much easier and healthy. Another large part of eating healthy is to avoid sugary drinks and instead stick to water along with eating smaller meals more often. When eating smaller meals more often this makes sure that you don’t over eat and also give your body time to digest.

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There are a lot of ways to boost exercise motivation but a few that I really try to stick to are the following. Number 1 would be to lighten up your goals, this is very important because you don’t want to start with hard goals, you want to grow your goals after you’ve reached one and make the next harder this way you don’t burn yourself out fast. Number 2 would be to track your progress, this way you can check your improvements whether that be running faster, doing more reps, or just working out more often and by seeing the improvement it will make you want to keep going. Number 3 would be to only focus on yourself and not others, this is not in a selfish way, but everyone knows it is very easy to compare yourself to others but really try not to. It is very hard not to compare your working out really try not to look at the people around you because there will always be someone that is fitter, faster, and more flexible than you so by comparing yourself to them does you no justice. Focusing on you is the only way to make you feel better. Number 4 is to find fun in working out, by having more fun it will make you more motivated. Everyone loves to do things that you enjoy, so always keep it fun and change things up here and there. Number 5 would be to reward yourself. Give yourself a cheat meal, give yourself a day off here and there, give yourself time to rest but even actively rest, buy yourself those new gym clothes, literally anything that will bring you joy. A big part to want to keep staying healthy and active is to have fun. By having fun you will want to stay doing what your doing, so keep working out, keep eating good and keep pushing yourself to be a better version.

Skwarecki, Beth. “How to Lose Weight without Buying into Diet Culture.” Lifehacker, 5 Jan. 2022, https://lifehacker.com/how-to-lose-weight-without-buying-into-any-more-diet-bu-1847818364. g

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