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Fitness And Diet Tips

Using these simple fitness and diet tips will help you to not only lose weight and look terrific but your energy levels will soar . . .

" Need sugar? - Some people do get late night sugar cravings, its how they deal with those cravings which matter the most. Instead of reaching for the chocolate think "fruit" - fruit is packed with sugar and can satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Sliced apple with nut butter is a much better option than a chunk of chocolate cake and its guilt free.

" Fitness buddies - help you to keep motivated and make fitness fun. You've got to choose your fitness buddy carefully, it must be someone who will encourage and inspire you rather than nip off at the earliest opportunity. That special someone must be of a similar fitness level to you, be available to meet up regularly for your exercise sessions and be supportive. Does it sound like anyone you know?

Tip: Get toned triceps by performing modified push-ups. Rather than doing regular push-ups, you can spot-tone the triceps by rotating your hands inward 45 degrees; your fingertips should be facing those of the opposite hand.

" If you've put yourself through a particularly grueling exercise session you may be in need of a cold bath - seriously! Many top flight athletes use this trick as a method of reducing their soreness after a vigorous training session. Alternatively you could opt for a nice soothing massage which probably sounds more appealing.

" Wear comfortable shoes - your sneakers should be comfortable from the very moment you slip them on your feet. It's always the best idea to buy sneakers and shoes in the evenings because feet do swell during the day so it's important to buy them when you're feet are at their maximum. Make sure that there's plenty of room for toe wiggling.

" Music is a great stimulator so make sure that you've got some inspirational tunes on your iPod next time you hit the gym or go for a run. Some people like to choose "pumping" music to really get them going, others prefer to work out to more relaxing symphony style music when they are chasing their fitness goals.

Tip: If so, consider another option. Biking is another alternative you can try.

" Don't skip breakfast - this is a big mistake which many people make who are trying to lose weight and improve their fitness levels. You must eat a healthy breakfast to give you energy for the rest of the day and to kick start your metabolism.

" Make sure that you're well hydrated at all times - both before, during and after your fitness sessions. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

" Have fun with your food. Healthy eating plays an important part of your fitness program but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Boring food gets boring and increases the chances of giving in to temptation. Add plenty of fresh herbs, spices and lemons to your cooking for lots of fat free, guilt free flavor.

Tip: Goals are very important when you are developing a strength training routine. If you want your muscles to look bigger, you should schedule less strength training reps.

" Be realistic with your goals. If you start from scratch and vow to run 10K by the following weekend you're doomed to fail and nothing puts you off faster than failure. Small, achievable goals are the way to go and reach your fitness goals.

Follow these diet and fitness tips and you'll soon be feeling healthy, fit and energized.

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