2020 has come to a close, and maybe you still have some unfulfilled fitness goals.
Let’s not dwell too hard on these unattained fitness milestones.
aspirations are admirable, but it often falls through the cracks for university
students struggling to juggle their classes, social lives and jobs or other
extracurricular activities. This is why it’s so important to build sustainable
healthy habits that will withstand the twists and turns of everyday life.
many people start working out for the wrong reasons. A “new year, new me”
mentality won’t cut it because fitness goals should ultimately be centered
around loving yourself. I’ve seen first-hand so many people who work out
because they hate what they see when they look in the mirror. This only
negatively impacts their mental health and self-esteem. But there is a better
with this selfloathing mentality often resort to fad diets, quick fixes and an
unfeasible workout plan. The average couch potato can’t go from doing nothing
to working out six days a week. It’s just not realistic, nor is it healthy.
have done this yourself, then you’re honestly a machine. These changes cannot
usually be accomplished in a single step. They require patience, motivation and
same goes for a nutritional diet. A person seeking a healthier lifestyle needs
to make changes in small increments in order to ensure that they are
sustainable. For example, one might start working out three days a week and
cutting out junk food. These small changes are effective and leave room to
establish even healthier habits.
habits aren’t hard to start, but they are easy to quit. We’ve all been there,
haven’t we? I would personally recommend trying to increase your intake of
fruits, vegetables and protein. These foods are nutrient dense and keep you
full for longer periods of time while providing your body with the nutrients
it needs to function effectively.
best part is that eating healthy doesn’t mean restricting yourself from
enjoying the things that you love. Many fitness professionals follow the 80:20
rule where they consume healthy foods 80 per cent of the time and indulge for
the remaining 20 per cent.
to popular belief, carbs are not your enemy. In fact, you need them to function
properly. Think of it like this — all food is fuel, but a well-rounded
nutritional diet is like premium gas. All forms of food will ultimately sustain
you, but won’t necessarily be the best for your body
exercising should not always feel like a punishment. Don’t get me wrong — at
times it will absolutely feel like a self-inflicted form of torture. The good
news is that there are plenty of ways to work out.
the gym is a great option, but it isn’t always the answer. Swimming, biking
and every sport under the sun are also valuable forms of exercise. You need to
find what works best for you. At the end of the day, any form of exercise will
only serve to benefit you.
matter what your workout goal is, keep in mind that fitness is a journey. At
every point, it is important to remind yourself that you are doing this
because you love yourself. There will be ups and downs, but consistency will be
the key to your personal success.
People shouldn’t work out
because they hate their bodies — they should exercise because they love them.
Feed your body the nutrients it needs to fuel your day-today life. Exercise to
escape from reality or to release stress-reducing endorphins in an otherwise
Consistent exercise and nutritional eating will
improve an individual’s mental health. So get that workout in when you can and
eat in a way that honours your body. Do what works for you and makes you feel
like it’s a “new year” and an even better you.
This op-ed was written by a University of Saskatchewan undergraduate student and reflects the views and opinions of the writer. If you would like to write a rebuttal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.