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Top 5 Beginner Tips to a Healthier Lifestyle

Whether your getting started or getting back on the fitness bandwagon, there are a few things you should remember to help you succeed


1. STAY OFF THE SCALE!


So why is this one so important? On one hand, it can give you an alright metric to show whether or not your program is working. On the other hand, if your building muscle and losing fat at the same time, then the scale won't move and you are left feeling guilty over "perceived failure" that really isn't a failure.


2. CARBS ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY!


We hear it all the time, when people are ready to lose weight, more often than not, we're told, "I'm on a low/no carb diet". And of course, it works it the short term, but the long term issues are never addressed. When you cut out entire food groups this way, you set yourself up for the potential of yo-yo weight gain, benging, potential health implications, amongst other things.


3. GET PLENTY OF REST!


Anytime I use to hear that sentence, my first instinct was to roll me eyes and go "Yeah yeah yeah..." until I learn why. Everyone looks at the gym as the place to build muscle. That simply isn't true. The gym is where you tear the muscle up and sleep is where the body fixes it. You have to get plenty of rest to reap the benefits of all your hard work. Not to mention it helps with our daily focus.


4. DRINK WATER!


You body is made up of approximately over 50% of water. Your body needs water to stay hydrated and to function properly, to include its own internal detoxing capabilities depends on water. While a rule of thumb is to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water, a way to check if your hydrated is to check the color of your urine. It should be a light yellow, almost straw like color. If it is dark yellow, you need water.


5. JUST GET MOVING!


Whether your goal is weight loss, bulking, get stronger, or just plain get healthy, the most important part of it all is to get moving! Find something you enjoy and just do it. Whether that's hiking, running, lifting, or something else, the key is to just get moving!




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