There is no shortcut for health, no magic fruit that lets you hit your five-a-day target, and no single exercise that gives you a shredded physique in minutes.
It takes time and effort to get in shape and stay in shape. But if you follow these tips you’ll be able to reap the benefits (for they are legion) with a little less struggle. Health
1. Prep For Success
The fast track to a better diet is found by using your weekends wisely. Use the extra time you have on Saturday and Sunday to meal prep, making large batches of healthy meals that you can portion up to cover at least a couple of midweek lunches and dinners, avoiding the dietary perils of takeaways and meal deals.
2. Mix Up Your Exercise
Variety is – cliché alert! – the spice of life and many sports and activities support each other in ways you won’t realize until you try it. For example, strength training for your legs and core will make you a better runner, while those addicted to dumbbells will find Pilates works muscles they’d never even considered.
3. Adjust Targets On Trackers
If you invest in a fitness tracker, don’t just sit back and assume that following the preset targets will lead you to glory. Adjust the steps, active minutes, and calorie targets regularly to build on your progress, or make them more realistic if you never get close and have started to ignore them. If you don’t engage with your fitness tech, you’ll quickly discard it.
4. Add-In Short Bursts Of Activity
It’s the oldest quick fitness fix in the book: take the stairs not the escalator, or get off the bus a stop early and walk. Any activity is a good activity, and will only encourage you to do more.
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