10 Fitness Tips and Simple Diet

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Ready to get strong and slim? Use these tips to lose weight and look great in no time.

Workout and Diet Tips That Work
We all want to be our fittest selves, but with so much advice floating around out there, it can be hard to hone in on what healthcare tips actually work. To make your life a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a number of our go-to healthy strategies, to help you reach your most ambitious fitness goals even quicker.

Drinking Water
Whether you’re heading off to spin class, boot camp, or any other exercise, it’s always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout. Electrolyte-loaded athletic drinks, though, can be a source of unnecessary calories, so “drinking water is usually fine until you’re exercising for more than one hour,”  At that point, feel free to go for regular Gatorade type drinks (and their calories), which can give you a beneficial replenishment boost. But worry not if you like a little flavor during your fitness. There are now lower cal sports drinks available, adds Newgent, so look out for ’em in your grocery aisles.

Find The Best Workout Buddy
A workout buddy is hugely helpful for keeping motivated, but it’s important to find someone who will inspire not discourage. So make a list of all your exercise loving friends, then see who fits this criteria, Can your pal meet to exercise on a regular basis? Is she supportive (not disparaging) of your goals? And last, will your bud be able to keep up with you or even push your limits in key workouts? If you’ve got someone that fits all three, make that phone call.

Take A Good Diet Recipes
While there are heaps of good-for-you foods out there, some key ingredients make it a lot easier to meet your weight-loss goals. Next grocery store run, be sure to place top three diet-friendly items in your cart: balsamic vinegar (it adds a pop of low-cal flavor to veggies and salads), in-shell nuts (their protein and fiber keep you satiated), and fat-free plain yogurt (a creamy, comforting source of protein). “Plus, Greek yogurt also works wonders as a natural low calorie base for dressings and dips or as a tangier alternative to sour cream,”

Relieve Those Achy Muscles
After a grueling workout, there’s a good chance you’re going to be feeling it (we’re talking sore thighs, tight calves). Relieve post fitness aches by submerging your lower body in a cold bath (50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. you may have to throw some ice cubes in to get it cold enough) for 10 to 15 minutes. “Many top athletes use this trick to help reduce soreness after training sessions,” An athlete training for an important race should consider getting one to two massages per month to help aid in training recovery,”

Perfect Music
Running with music is a great way to get in a groove (just make sure it’s not blasting too loudly, or you won’t hear those cars!). To pick the ultimate iPod playlist, think about what gets you going. “I know several elite athletes that listen to what we’d consider ‘relaxing’ music, such as symphony music, while they do a hard workout,” So don’t feel like you have to download Lady Gaga because her tunes are supposed to pump you up go with any music that you find uplifting.

Weigh To Go
You’ve been following your diet for a whole week. Weigh to go! Now it’s time to start tracking your progress (and make sure pesky pounds don’t find their way back on). “It’s best to step on the scale in the morning before eating or drinking and prior to plunging into your daily activities,”  For the most reliable number, be sure to check your poundage at a consistent time, whether daily or weekly.

Serving In Half
Does your steak take up more than half your plate? Think about cutting your serving of beef in half. That’s because it’s best to try and fill half your plate with veggies or a mixture of veggies and fresh fruit. So that it’s harder to overdo it on the more caloric dishes.

Cocktail Hour
Is it ladies’ night? If you know you’ll be imbibing more than one drink, feel (and sip!) right by always ordering water between cocktails. That way, you won’t rack up sneaky liquid calories (and ruin your inhibition to resist those mozzarella sticks!). But your water doesn’t have to be ho hum. “Make it festive by ordering the sparkling variety with plenty of fruit, like a lime, lemon, and orange wedge in a martini or highball glass,”

Fuel Your Fitness
Planning on picking up the pace tomorrow? Eat food that will help keep you going strong. For breakfast, opt for a high-carbohydrate meal one similar to what you’ll be eating on race day, so you can find out what foods digest best (for you!). Try a whole grain English muffin or a bagel with peanut butter or a low-fat cream cheese. Then, have a well rounded meal post workout to help with recovery.

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