How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle – Tips to Help You Get Fit and Stay Fit

To maintain a healthy lifestyle exercise and proper nutrition must become a part of your daily routine. I don’t believe in diets. Whatever you eat is your diet. You either have good eating habits or bad eating habits. I feel it is very important to plan ahead so you are not waiting to the last minute and decide that you don’t have time to prepare a good meal. It makes it too easy to say “let’s just go to McDonalds or order pizza tonight”. When you plan your menus ahead of time and then go to the grocery store with a list of healthy foods and ingredients it is much easier to develop good eating habits. There are literally hundreds of healthy cook books out there so it is easy to find healthy meals you really enjoy. A little preparation goes a long way.I also believe high quality supplementation and daily vitamins are very important to achieve and maintain a healthy life. These products deliver essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to curb junk food cravings (binge eating), allowing your body to shed stored fat. Most of us don’t get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals in our diets. Many of the vitamins we need are flushed out of the body after a short time and need to be replenished. Some are difficult to get in the foods we eat. These products are easy to take and contain all of these essential ingredients so you never have to worry.My workout philosophy is also very simple. Get in and get out. I use high intensity weight training routines with high repetitions and little or no rest. The only rest I get is the time it takes me to get to the next exercise. I do not go to the gym to socialize or to hang out. My weight training routine usually lasts about 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes on the treadmill. I also like to do high intensity “boot camp” style routines to mix things up and keep me motivated.I believe that over training is highly detrimental to any fitness program. I could easily work out much longer and stay on the treadmill for 30 or 40 minutes but the key is not to burn out. You must do just enough and work out intensely enough to get results, but if you over train you won’t come back. Your mind will play tricks on you and you will not have the energy to stick it out.I try to keep a long term perspective knowing that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your routine must be one you know you can stick with month after month, year after year. You see that at your local gym. Every year in January people make New Years resolutions and quickly fade away. In the spring the gym is packed with people trying to get in shape for the summer. Short consistent training is the only way I have found to achieve sustainable results.These are a few of my philosophies about achieving and maintaining optimal health and fitness. If you keep these points in mind it won’t be long until it becomes second nature to you too. The results you will achieve will last for a longer, happier, healthier lifetime.

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