Friday, September 01, 2006

Quick Tips to Stay Fit and Healthy

Strength Training: Try doing 3 sets of 12 reps for each major muscle group one to three times a week. Adding lean muscle mass is the best way to boost your metabolism and melt the fat. Every pound of muscle burns extra calories even if you're just sitting around doing nothing.

Cardio: Mix up your cardiovascular exercises with short/hard, moderate and long/easy sessions with various activities such as walking, jogging, running, swimming, biking, dancing and kickboxing or anything you like. Even house-cleaning and mall-walking count.

Nutrition: Eat 5 to 6 small meals and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Eat a balanced proportion of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and essential fats in the three major meals while eating healthy snacks in between.

Rest: Fully rest one to two days each week from your busy workdays and hard workouts. It's not a luxury, but a necessity. We need proper rest for our body to recover and repair from daily wear and tear, mentally and physically.

Win the Holiday Party: Don't skip meals. You can actually snack a bit with protein sources before going to the party so that you feel satisfied and less likely to binge. Also control your alcohol consumption, particularly calorie-loaded beverages.

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