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5 Ways to Maintain a Fit Lifestyle

Keeping yourself fit is one of the best ways for you to stay healthy for the long haul. Many of the chronic diseases that afflict most people are hinged on a lifestyle full of excess. While it's true that you only live once, your body can only take so much. But by making sure you pursue a more active lifestyle, you're helping yourself live longer to enjoy what life has to offer. Follow these five tips on how you can maintain a fitter lifestyle for years to come.

Always have a clear goal.

Ask yourself, why am I working out? Is it for health? Is it to look good at the beach? Is it to be stronger? Whatever your goal is, you have to define it so that everything you do can be geared towards achieving it. Once you reach it, always have a new goal to replace what you've accomplished. This way, you're always going to be motivated to sweat it out.

Have fun.

Sure, sports and workouts can be intense but it's important that you're having fun. When you love what you're doing, it won't feel like a chore. Admit it: It can sometimes be so difficult to drag yourself to the gym, especially if you don't like what you're about to do. Combat this by constantly finding ways to make sweating out fun. Try a new sport to meet different people or shake up your workout routine. Not only will you stave off boredom, you'll also challenge your body in the process.

Treat your workouts like an important appointment.

When your calendar says client meeting or date with the better half, you make sure that you make it on time and come in prepared, right? Treat your workouts the same. By giving importance to your exercise time and making sure you fit it into your schedule, you're building a positive habit that will eventually become second nature to you. Another upside: If you consistently workout, you'll see results faster, too.

Think of fitness as an investment.

Gym memberships, sports equipment, and healthier food ingredients can sometimes put a dent on your monthly budget. Instead of ditching your fitness-related expenses, think of it as a long-term investment you're making for your body. Medicines and hospital fees aren't cheap once you have a chronic disease. By spending a little on fitness pursuits now, you lessen your risk of getting sick later on.

Schedule cheat meals.

Nutrition plays a huge role in keeping your body lean. It’s also important so you can perform at your best for your chosen sport. But while eating healthily is certainly a must, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy and live a little. If you often shun sweets, alcohol, and other high-calorie foods, you'll end up feeling deprived. This can lead to binge eating or a general feeling of sadness. The wise thing to do? Schedule cheat meals during the week and allow yourself to have something high in calories or a few drinks. Doing so helps satisfy your cravings, which will help during days when you're eating healthier fare.

Trisha Bautista is a freelance writer, food and product stylist, social media manager, and violin teacher. She was formerly editorial assistant and social media editor for Women’s Health Philippines, and the assistant lifestyle editor and social media editor for Cosmopolitan Philippines. She enjoys discovering easy recipe hacks, working out by herself and trying out DIY workout programs, traveling outdoors, and enjoying wine and whiskey.