What's the Secret to a Lifetime of Health and Fitness?

Staying fit and healthy these days can be incredibly frustrating and confusing. There are just too many health and fitness know-it-all's, supplements, gadgets, and fitness programs. Do this, not that. Take this, not that.  Watch this, not that. It's overwhelming at times. So what's the secret to avoiding a burnout and staying on top of your game for a lifetime? Apply the KIIS ("Keep It Simple, Stupid") principle. That's right: Simplify. Narrow it down. Focus only on what matters and works best for you. How should you KIIS?  Only you can answer that question.  But here are 5 ways to KIIS that work for me (at 51) and should work for you: 1. Do What You Love: This one shouldn't be too hard if you're watching TheDailyHiit or P90X videos because they're fun, interesting, and effective.  But if you're not digging a particular workout or its host, or it's not the right fit for you that day, do something else.  You're not a drone.  So don't torture yourself.  The expression "No pain, no gain" shouldn't apply to your choice of workouts.  If you do what you love, you'll perform at a higher level and are more likely to stick with it. 2. Sit Less, Move More:  Sitting is the new smoking. It really is. So get off your ass. Stand up. And move.  If you're too tired to complete a DailyHiit workout, no worries. Run instead. Or just walk.  Far too many people spend their whole day sitting on their butt and staring at a computer screen, mobile phone or TV.  In fact, a recent study in the UK found that a quarter of young adults aged 18 to 24 walk only an average of 5 minutes a day and only when necessary. It's no doubt just as bad in my beloved United States of Obesity. 3. Say No to Sugar: I almost made this #1 because it's so important. Diet accounts for at least 70% of your success or failure in health and fitness. That's huge. And your worst enemy when it comes to dieting is sugar. Not just the pure sugar you eat a doughnut or drink a Coke. You gotta keep an equally close eye on stuff that quickly turns into sugar in your body, like many kinds of bread and pasta. That sneaky stuff will make you fat and sluggish too.  So, just say no to all of it. After a while, it becomes a habit. 4. Sleep More: This has been a weakness of mine for years, but I'm doing my best to make up lost time by catching more z's these days. Your body grows and recovers during sleep. Moreover, a recent study shows that sleep helps your brain stay fit by clearing waste like a janitor sweeping the halls at night, and those waste products can lead to Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and other horrible things.  So don't shortchange your workouts - and your brain - by failing to get enough sleep each day. 5. Wear a FitBit: Finally, if you can afford it, buy and wear a FitBit. I love mine. It's like having a personal trainer on your wrist - all day, every day - reminding you to walk or run, drink more water, and sleep. (Yes, it even monitors your sleep). In no time, you'll be obsessed with keeping the darned thing happy, much like folks who show up to workout because they don't want to disappoint their personal trainers. Hey, whatever works! It's a timely push in the right direction. There you have it. Just remember: KIIS!!

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