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Health and Fitness

Top tips for being healthy and fit

Every day, you get the chance to increase your health fitness. Making better lifestyle choices is easy when you know what can make a difference.

Following these simple, everyday tips can help you increase your health and fitness levels.

Womens Health and Fitness

  • Get some exercise! Even 20 minutes of cardio three times a week benefits your heart, bones and circulation. As women age, these are the areas that tend to break down, so starting an exercise program now can prevent problems down the road.
  • Work with weights. While it's important to get your heart rate up regularly, some weight training can increase metabolism and strengthen your muscles and bones. That means a leaner, slimmer and healthier you.
  • Make friends. An active social life can help keep you looking and feeling young, no matter what age you are. Positive interaction with other people is good for your mind and your heart. Double the benefits and join a fitness or yoga class so that you're socializing and working your body at the same time. Bonus points for the relaxing effects of guided meditation or yoga.
  • Get regular checkups. A good dialogue with your doctor will help you catch any medical problems before they go too far. Most illnesses are best treated early, so make sure you're getting into the office regularly, and as soon as possible if you're feeling off.
  • Follow the food guide. A healthy diet is important to your overall health fitness. Make sure you get all the fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein as recommended. You don't have to starve yourself – just feed yourself the right foods.

Mens Health and Fitness

  • Eat breakfast. Even if you're in a rush, grab a quick protein shake or a cereal bar. Eating breakfast will stimulate your metabolism to get going and help better process the food you eat the rest of the day.
  • Cut back on alcohol. There's nothing more packed full of carbohydrates and empty calories than a tasty beer. Don't cut yourself off or you'll end up craving – but make sure to do everything in moderation to keep the keg off your belly.
  • Exercise regularly. Just like women, getting even 20 minutes three times a week will up your general health and fitness levels, and protect your heart and bones. You don't have to become a gym junkie, but you may find yourself addicted after you see how good you feel after a workout.
  • Watch your blood pressure. High blood pressure is more commonly found in men, and can cause all kinds of complications with your heart and circulation if left untreated. Paying attention to long term conditions such as blood pressure and cholesterol can keep you going stronger for longer.
  • Maintain your lifestyle. Start making healthy choices when it comes to diet and exercise and work toward making it a habit. Many men start off strong but lose motivation as time goes by. Don't let daily life get in the way of feeling great – pay attention to what your body tells you.

Health Fitness Club

A great way to work health and fitness into your every day life is to join a health fitness club. Here are some etiquette tips for once you're in the gym:

  • Clean up after yourself. You have to remember that you're sharing equipment and you wouldn't want to grab onto a weight bar wet with someone else's sweat, so don't expect others to put up with your mess. Bring a towel with you if the club doesn't have any cleaning supplies ready to wipe down the machines.
  • Be clean. No one wants to deal with your ripe workout gear. Make sure your clothes – and your body – are clean.
  • Do not disturb. A lot of people consider their gym time a personal time. Conversations should be cautiously pursued and if someone seems disinterested you should respect their feelings and politely end your chat. If you want to listen to music, use headphones and keep the volume at a reasonable level.

Health Fitness Equipment

The health fitness club can be overwhelming, with all the machines and weights and different stations. Where do you start? Here are some of the most common pieces of health fitness equipment you might want to work into your day at the gym:

  • Treadmill. The old standby, a treadmill allows you to walk or run without suffering the elements. Most treadmills let you adjust the difficulty of your workout by changing speed and incline.
  • Elliptical Machine. The new favorite! You might find yourself waiting in line to get in some elliptical time. Similar to the treadmill, you can perform the same level of exercise as walking, running or skiing. The elliptical is a little easier on your body because it's low impact. Your feet are always on the skis, so you're not landing all your weight on your knees and ankles as you work out.
  • Stair climber. The stair climber is a real calorie burner. Depending on the speed and incline you choose, you can walk or run hundreds of calories off in one workout, all while working problem areas such as legs and butt.
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