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6 Ways to be a Functioning Fitness Fanatic

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6 Ways to be a Functioning Fitness Fanatic

Looking good is one thing, but feeling good is another – and it is so much better. We devote so much time to chasing a body image that we neglect the building blocks of a healthy image. By neglecting this foundation we start to develop issues, and these issues don’t make us feel very good.

Energy

As an avid exerciser, you may feel like you’re tired all the time. Whether you’re training 5 times a week or much less, you find yourself lethargic and lacking energy. If a walk up the stairs feels like a 5-mile run, this could be due to a lack of energy-releasing vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B and Iron. Try eating more white rice or dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.

If leaves from the wilderness just aren’t your cup of tea, you could try a Super Greens formula. With various energy-promoting greens in a single capsule, you’ll get all the green goodies you need to feel more like yourself. Most Super Greens will have a combination of Spirulina, Kale, Wheatgrass, and Alfalfa, so by taking this daily you’re going to get a boost in various areas of your well-being.

Digestion

Perhaps even worse than feeling lethargic is your entire living room hearing your stomach screech every 5 minutes, whilst watching you make 5 trips to the loo as they try to concentrate on the telly. If frequent stomach rumblings are more your thing, try to avoid high processed foods like processed meats and frozen dinners.

As an avid exerciser, it’s tempting to grab these easy, quick to prepare calories, but the level of trans fats and low fibre content can cause gut irritation, so try to opt for whole foods and, of-course, stay hydrated.

Although we would prefer the more natural methods, if you struggle to incorporate more whole foods into your diet, you can try a product like Acidophilus. This will actually introduce healthy bacteria into your gut, helping you to break down food better. There may be less of a concert in your stomach with regular usage of a probiotic like this.

Skin Health

For the more self-conscious, you may feel like the calorie requirements of being on a fitness journey will have a negative impact on your skin, or you may even feel like it already is. You spend so much time getting your protein and carbs that you neglect the healthier, less caloric foods, but you’re doing your skin a disservice. To protect yourself, and to contribute to the development of glowing, elastic, healthy skin, getting a healthy dose of Vitamins A, B, C, and Zinc will certainly help.

You’d be surprised, but fatty fish like Salmon, Mackarel, and Herring is exactly what your body is craving. The Vitamins and Omega-3 will pour into you the building blocks of healthy skin. Many people love fish, but if you can’t stand the taste of the sea you may prefer Avocados or Sweet Potatoes, and both will also do a superb job. Fish can be particularly satiating so it may be best to plan your meals accordingly.

Functional Muscles

Now, I’m sure this one is something we can all relate to. We’ve all had that month where we feel like we can’t lift anything at all. Although smashing weights in the gym, or setting new PRs with cardiovascular activity, our muscles just feel weak. Your muscles aren’t very functional.

Interestingly, we’d simply recommend that you sleep more. Although it’s a very simple recommendation, and probably something you’ve heard a million times, you need to recover, and right now, you’re not doing that very well. 7-9 hours is a good sweet spot. On top of this, ensure your water intake is optimal, and although this sweet spot greatly varies, this calculator can help you find yours.

If your weakness is accompanied by tenderness in the muscle, you may benefit from a CBD muscle balm. This is amazing at relaxing the muscle, and a more relaxed muscle is a more functional muscle, so you’ll be outworking everyone else around you soon after application.

Mental Health

Lastly, and to be honest, most importantly, cleanse your mind. Yes, there are a range of physical, tangible things that are proven to make a difference to your biology. However, none of those items are as important as what’s going on in your mind. Your mental health is so, so crucial to how you view the world, and, uncoincidentally, how you generally feel.

It’s so cliché, but the best advice we’ll ever give you is to live your life, full, and unconditionally. Building your body may be important to you, but it is not as important as making the healthy lifestyle choices that will brighten your daily life.

Envision your goals and ambitions, and devise schemes to pull yourself closer to them, making sure you understand Rome wasn’t built in a day. Focus on progression rather than your distance to the end of the road.

Surround yourself with people that love you and make you feel happy, included, and encourage you to feel secure. The individuals in your social circles have such an impact on your self-esteem, so just be mindful of how much you associate with different types of people.

Above all, enjoy yourself. Have hobbies that you genuinely enjoy, and regularly make time for them so you can escape the stresses of daily life. If you’re struggling to find some, maybe just try something new. Something you never thought you could like – you might just surprise yourself. When you find something you enjoy, it will hook you; you will become captivated in a very personal way.

Cleansing the mind is the largest part of feeling better overall, as you’ll quickly find that the stress you feel and many of its associated symptoms are actually triggered mentally.

Looking amazing but feeling like you can collapse at any moment isn’t a very nice way to live. By making healthier decisions both mentally and physically you can revolutionise your daily life. Filling your body with what’s missing can make a night and day difference, so we would love to hear how these 6 solutions affect you over a period of time. Good luck!

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