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At some point in time, you have likely been told to avoid putting all of your eggs in one basket. Apply this concept to your health and fitness and it means you should avoid concentrating all of your efforts on one component of health and fitness, i.e. diet instead of exercise (and vice versa) or cardio training instead of strength training (and vice versa). While focusing on one component in the hopes of achieving a certain goal – i.e. diet instead of exercise for weight loss – may be easier and may actually appear to work for a time, it is not the answer to long-term health and fitness.

Consider, for instance, that you concentrate only on your diet (what you eat, how much, etc.) and don’t do any physical activity. While you may lose some weight, you will not see an increase in muscle definition (toning), which is often associated with a positive perspective of one’s body. Additionally, your body will not gain the benefits of physical activity that it requires as you age (i.e. improved bone density). Conversely, if you focus only on exercise, then you delay or hinder your ability to lose weight as weight loss requires a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat).

When it comes to your exercise program, you will want to focus on core work. Consider the various ways in which you can complete the typical plank! You can do a moderate plank or full plank version and can add to the series by dropping your knees and tucking your foot to the side while still in a plank position. It is important to use correct form so your knees are under your shoulders, your navel is toward your spine and your neck is relaxed and elongated.Talk to your trainer for tips on great core exercises you can do to work on your core!

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