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2 Top Physical Fitness Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

The one thing that most people get wrong about physical fitness is that it is all about achieving that perfect body with all the curves and those six-pack abs. In fact, this is the goal of many individuals who are new to healthy living and physical fitness. Fortunately, a lot of people see the error of their ways and slowly, they begin to understand the true goal of healthy living – and this is: to adapt a healthy lifestyle and feel better about your own body by being healthier, quicker, and feeling younger than you have ever been. This is why being healthy is a lifestyle and not a goal that you attain. As long as you are diligent, you may eventually achieve that dream body, or in some cases, you may not because of inherent differences in everyone’s physiology. Of course,  whatever your physique might turn out to be, you will definitely be healthier.

Therefore, if you are ready to start your journey into healthy living, here are some top tips to really get you started.

  1. Eat Well and Eat Right

This might seem like a simplistic tip, but it definitely not one to be ignored. In fact, a lot of people do not understand the true essence of this golden piece of advice. Basically, you need to eat the right types of food and in the right portions. If you don’t do both of these, then you are probably still eating an unbalanced and possibly unhealthy diet. This is pretty basic but you should stay away from sugary drinks and sweet treats like pastries and candies which are overloaded with sugar. A candy bar is ok for that quick boost of energy before a workout, but if you get used to snacking on them all the time, then you are developing some very unhealthy eating habits. Empty carbs from bread, biscuits and pasta are some of the worst offenders. If you really want to stay healthy and even get into shape, then stick to fruits and veggies. One apple, for example, makes for a tasty snack and leaves you feeling full afterwards so that you don’t go around craving for more food. Fiber-rich food help to cleanse and detoxify your body. Don’t forget to get some protein intake as well. Lean chicken meat, fish, and turkey make for some good, lean protein that help you build more muscle. Take in some protein rich food after you do some resistance training if you want your muscles to grow.

Also, forget about the three square meals a day thing. Try to eat in small portions frequently and you can program your metabolism to work faster.  You can eat as much as six snack-sized portions of fruits, vegetables, and lean meat daily. This way, you will be eating less in terms of quantity but you won’t go hungry because you will be eating so frequently.

  1. Exercise

Planning your nutrition is one thing, but your body has to stay active in order for you to be truly healthy and to get in good shape. Try getting in at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise every day. If you want to do intensive training, then just 20 minutes of vigorous exercise should work just fine.

Still, if you have the time, you can take it a bit easy and just exercise lightly for an hour. Walking at a brisk pace counts as exercise already. You can even sneak this into your daily schedule. For example, if you don’t work very far from where you live, why not leave your car behind and walk to and from work? Just remember not to overexert yourself.