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Spring Ahead

Katherine Ryder Published: April 1, 2012 1:40 PM

With spring, and even summer-like, temperatures approaching sooner than usual, people everywhere are getting in a certain mode of thinking.

Less layers often means more exercise and more dieting for many individuals, and although it's important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, we all need to be careful as we choose our regimens.

Extreme dieting and exercise in the hopes of fast results can often do more harm than good. We may not think it's fun to limit the things we eat or drag ourselves to the gym after a long day's work, but in truth, consistency and smart meal planning are the right ways to drop those unwanted pounds and tone yourself lean.

Most doctors recommend at least half an hour of activity daily, lots of water and a well-balanced diet.

A good way to start is by evaluating the way you buy your groceries, or more specifically, what you are buying. For small and easy changes to get you motivated focus on the foods you can add to your diet, rather than taking away.

These include brown rice, whole-wheat or multi-grain pasta (for starters try combining wheat and white pasta in your dishes), whole-wheat bread, nonfat Greek yogurt, fruits and vegetables (of course), fish (tuna, salmon, cod, etc.), beans and lots and lots of water.

These food items are loaded with important nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.

When it comes to shopping, it's helpful to plan your week's meals ahead of time, including snacks, and make a list for the groceries you need to make them. Also, keep raw vegetables and fruits washed and cut in easy to access places in your refrigerator or counter. If they are more convenient, you are more likely to eat them.

The truth is, we all want great figures and healthy bodies without having to work for them, but keeping yourself active and your body well-nourished will make you feel better (and stronger) in the long run.


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