Tips to Improve Fitness and Diet

by Rachel Bouman

Follow these tips for an improved diet and better overall fitness.

Deny the sugar cravings.
Fruit is a great low calorie substitute at any time of the day or night. For example, Apple slices with peanut butter are a more healthy option compared to chocolate cake.

Designate a fitness buddy.
Someone to workout with by your side is a tremendous motivation. Be sure to select someone who is committed to exercising regularly and has a positive attitude. A friend who can keep up with you or even push your boundaries is a huge plus.

Throw vinegar, nuts, and yogurt in the cart during the next shopping trip.
Balsamic vinegar helps salads and vegetables pop with flavor. Nuts fresh from the shell also provide protein and fiber which will help to keep you feeling full. Lastly, fat-free yogurt that is plain is a good source of fiber.

Sore muscle relief is important.
Right after a workout, try sitting in a bath of cold water. By sitting in water between the temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, sore calves and thighs will find some relief. For those training for a race, massages may also be a helpful recovery tool. Twice per month is beneficial for athletes.

Purchase comfortable footwear.
Make your way to the store in the evening after your feet have had a chance to swell all day. The right pair of sneakers will feel good and allow enough room to move your toes. After the first 20 to 40 miles, the sneakers will even begin to feel more relaxed.

Select uplifting music to energize the workout.
If you are jogging, be sure to be aware of the traffic around. However, the selection that will motivate you the most is any music that makes you feel good. Anything from Lady Gaga to classical could be the perfect choice for you.

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