Weight gain and obesity are two of the major problems affecting the health and lifestyles of our community. Mental and physical fitness increase confidence and this can be achieved through balanced nutrition and exercise. Here are some easy tweaks to make our lives better.

EAT SMART

Healthy Breakfast

Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Make smart choices for your meal ensuring a healthy balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats.

Say NO to Processed Foods

Processed foods are usually high in added sugars, added fats and calories. These are some of the primary things you need to avoid. What's more? Processed foods are engineered to make you consume them more. They are much more likely to cause addictive eating habits than unprocessed foods.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves periods of fasting between meals. There are a few different ways to do intermittent fasting. Generally, these methods make you eat fewer calories overall, without having to consciously restrict calories during the eating periods. This should lead to weight loss, as well as numerous other health benefits.

Eat Fiber-rich food

Foods that contain water-soluble fibre help increase the feeling of fullness. Conclusively, this makes us eat less naturally, without having to think about it. Moreover, many types of fibre can feed the friendly gut bacteria. Healthy gut bacteria have been known to reduce the risk of obesity. Make sure that you increase your fibre intake gradually to avoid abdominal discomforts like cramps and diarrhoea.

TRAIN HARD

Train With a Friend

Lack the spark for a morning workout? Find a workout buddy so both of you stay motivated and committed to achieving your goals.

Cardio Workouts

Doing cardio -- whether it is jogging, running, cycling, power walking or hiking -- is a great way to burn calories and improve both mental and physical health. Cardio helps in oxygen flow throughout your bloodstream, which keeps you fresh all day long. It also helps to reduce belly fat effectively.

Include Yoga in Your Fitness Routine

Aside from absolute physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, obesity and an inability to concentrate. Including yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life. Our sports hijabs and workout wear are designed to keep you cool while you train. So, don’t hesitate to train indoors or outdoors! Choose from our extensive range of products to suit your activity of choice!

MAKE WISE DECISIONS

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is incredibly important for weight loss, as well as to prevent future weight gain. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived people are up to 55% more likely to become obese, compared to those who get enough sleep. This number is even higher for children. This is partly because sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones, leading to poor appetite regulation.

Focus on Changing Your Lifestyle

Dieting is one of those things that almost always fails in the long term. In fact, people who "diet" tend to gain more weight over time. Instead of focusing only on losing weight, make it a primary goal to nourish your body with healthy food and nutrients. Eat to become a healthier, happier, fitter person, and not just to lose weight. Be fit, be you!