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Optimal health and fitness isn’t about just being active or just eating healthy. In order to excel in your  goals, it’s important that you commit your time and energy to both active living AND healthy eating. The two go hand-in-hand; a poor quality diet will likely result in a less active lifestyle. Consider how you feel after a well balanced meal compared to a greasy cheeseburger.

Always start slowly. If you push too hard too soon with your fitness goals then you are at a greater risk of injury. Additionally, if you jump right into a diet without considering your lifestyle or nutritional needs you are not likely going to stick with it long enough to see results.

Consult with actual experts. For some people, their goal is so alien to them that they don’t know how to begin, what they can or cannot do, etc. In the case of fitness, people often think that weight loss means only doing cardio (or focus only on calorie reduction), or that they can skip the cool-down and stretch component of their workout. If you are new to training, it is important to consult an expert to ensure you begin a program that is both safe and effective.

Hold yourself accountable. Achieving any goal depends greatly on your ability to commit yourself and hold yourself accountable. One great way to ensure you stay on track is by keeping a fitness and nutrition journal.

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