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5 Easy Tips for Smart and Sustainable Fitness

We all know we should be exercising, right. We also know that life is busy and we can always find a million and one excuses not to exercise. Exercise and being active is critical to our physical and mental health and with smart fitness it’s easier to make active living a lifestyle.

An active lifestyle is going to get you to your most vibrant, energetic and healthy self.

We know we should be exercising, right. We also know that life is busy and we can always find a million and one excuses not to exercise. Exercise and being active are critical to our physical and mental health and with smart fitness it's easier to make active living a lifestyle. An active lifestyle is going to get you to your most vibrant, energetic and healthy self. Pin it now and read it later. Click through to get the tips and let's get moving. Jill Conyers | Fitness Health & Happiness

  1. Give Your Body the Nutrition It Needs Eat to support your fitness. Not only what you eat, but also how much. Fueling your body with a combination of carbs, protein and healthy fats gives you the energy and the nutrients your body needs to feel good and stay active.
  2. Allow Your Body To Rest Include at least one rest day in your week and get enough sleep. Being sleep deprived wreaks havoc on motivation to move.
  3. Listen To Your Body It is important to be on the lookout for signs of overtraining and under performing and to make adjustments as needed. After exercise you should feel energized. If you’re feeling too exhausted to get through normal tasks for the rest of the day or you experience a severe energy crash within a few hours of exercising your body is telling you something. Exercise should add to your life. Not take away.
  4. Do What You Love For sustainable fitness it doesn’t matter if it’s kickboxing, swimming, walking or, my favorite, yoga if it gets your body moving. Moving in a way that doesn’t feel like a chore or a dreaded task on your to-do list. Love your whole life and that includes exercise.
  5. Make the Most of Your Time We don’t always have an hour to go to the gym or go for a run but that doesn’t mean it’s all or nothing. Research shows that about 30 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) improves heart health, improves blood-sugar levels and increases fat loss compared to traditional aerobic exercise. Or, go for a 20 minute walk.

If you’re just beginning your active living journey or if you exercise sporadically, start out slowly and work your way up. Your body and your muscles need to adapt to being more active.

Start [or continue] your fitness journey this summer with the HIIT Summer Workout Series.

We know we should be exercising, right. We also know that life is busy and we can always find a million and one excuses not to exercise. Exercise and being active are critical to our physical and mental health and with smart fitness it's easier to make active living a lifestyle. An active lifestyle is going to get you to your most vibrant, energetic and healthy self. Pin it now and read it later. Click through to get the tips and let's get moving. Jill Conyers | Fitness Health & Happiness

More tips and information to help support your active living lifestyle:

How To Create An Effective Workout Plan

10 of the Best Solutions for Exercise Excuses

Does Your Body Need to Rest?

How To Ease Sore Muscles After a Workout

I would love to chat:

How does your lifestyle support staying active on a regular basis? Are you just beginning your fitness journey (high 5 if you are!)?

If you have any question feel free to email me at jillconyers@gmail.com. I’m happy to help support your fitness journey.

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  1. Awesome post! I think that you hit a very crucial part of fitness by mentioning to listen to your body. That really is one of the biggest factors! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Great tips for healthy body! Really good advice of listening to your body. I believe in eating right thing at a right time. My dietician always instructs me to eat moderate and nutritional food.

  3. Vincent Bliss says:

    Such great advice! I will surely keep this in mind. My husband will surely love this. Can’t wait to share this blog with him. Visit also http://www.thehealthwire.com for more healthy tips. Thanks!

  4. My husband and I have decided to start putting our fitness first, because we have allowed our bodies to get a little bit fatter than we would like them to. I think that we are good about watching what we eat, but we just don’t get out and being active. We are going to start taking a class at a local gym, but I really like the idea of going swimming or kickboxing too. Maybe we will even go kayaking too, because we used to enjoy doing that back in the day.

  5. It is important to keep hydrated as well. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  6. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooo what great tips!!!! I will definitely be applying these to my fitness routine!

  7. Jill, I love LOVE your images with the faded picture of you and the text overlay – so professional and show cases YOU 🙂 as far as fitness – I have definitely gone through many phases – from forcing myself to work out – to overtraining to running to insanity to now I do what I want when I want whenever I want 🙂

  8. I definitely need to learn to be more active. There are so many benefits, even beyond physical health. You’ve included so many great tips!

  9. As a chronic pain sufferer, I think the most important tip is to listen to your body. I have to know when it is better to rest than to push myself too far and suffer for it.

  10. Awesome tips, Jill! I’m glad you mentioned overtraining, I think that doesn’t get mentioned enough. Always important to give your body the rest that it deserves.

  11. I think that these are great tips! I definitely agree with Listening to your body, and doing what you love. I love yoga, so I tend to do a lot of that in my work out!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I think the sleep piece is key for me! I let busy replace “active” and feel like I’m running on empty a lot. I know it’s caused my body to show extra weight and stress.

  13. I think these are all great tips! It’s so important to do what you love and to make the most of your time, because you want to make sure you are reaping the benefits instead of wasting your time. Also, if you do something you enjoy, you’ll likely stick with it more!

  14. This is really great advice! I’ve been thinking about the “Do What You Love” tip a bunch lately. It’s always weird to me when I hear people complain that they *have* to run or *have* to do some other activity. If you don’t like it, why not find something else you might enjoy? Great post as always, Jill!

  15. It’s so easy with busy lives that revolve around a computer or something sedentary, to forget to move. It’s also hard to find the time, or remember to do it. But these are great tips.

  16. I love going for walks! I think that if I could get my kids to enjoy it more that would help. They are too big for the stroller, but too little to keep up my brisk walking pace 🙂

  17. Great tips, and all so very true! I’m very fortunate that my job as a personal trainer allows me to maintain an active lifestyle. The hours I spend in my desk chair writing, however, seem to negate that! So my solution this week was a stand up desk…so far I’m loving it, wish I started sooner!

  18. These are so equally crucial! I know too many people who give up on exercise because it bores them. What they don’t try is different exercises to find something that works for them and that they actually enjoy!

  19. Thank you. These are all great tips. Especially the last one. I’m a HIIT typa girl. Short bursts for 30min keep me going and I do see results!

  20. Great tips!

    I think I do not eat to fuel my body properly. I am working on that for sure.

    Love my active lifestyle! I am so much happier/nicer now because of it 🙂

  21. Listening to your body is probably the hardest thing! When you are busy running around you aren’t listening – and that is when you need to care for yourself the most!

  22. I’m very disciplines in my workouts…..can’t imagine a life that is not fitness based. I love the tip to do something you love. It’s the only way you’ll stick with it. Taking rest days are hardest for me.

  23. Yes! Doing what you love is so important. why run if you hate running? find something fun instead!

  24. I love the concept of doing things that you love. I think we often can get caught up in what we are supposed to do and for me, that inevitably feels like a chore. Sure, I do some exercises that aren’t my favorite but they don’t dominate my workout time. If I don’t enjoy a workout or a class, I know I will find excuses to not do it. I think having fun is also really important!

  25. I’ve been listening to my body a lot more, and it definitely responding. One days when I feel like I need a break, I take. When my body is feeling good, I push myself. When I need to modify I modify without guilty. I feel much healthier and stronger.

  26. This. For sure. Unless fitness works within your lifestyle it will never become your lifestyle. Its not an all or nothing game. Those lead to overtraining, fatigue, and well … giving up only to try starting over. These are great tips!

  27. Listening to my body was hard to figure out until I got pregnant! I got really good at it then and it’s carried over now. It’s an awesome tip to list for sure!

  28. Great advice! I definitely believe to live healthy is a marathon. No starving yourself or crazy workouts in the moment would help. Key word – sustainable. Love your post. Thanks!

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  29. These are great tips Jill! I like the “Making the Most of your Time” one — recently I was delayed at the airport. I saw an older friend (in her late 60s) who was also on the same late flight — she was just walking up and down the terminal rolling her carry-on behind. Iasked what she was doing — she said “getting in my 10k steps” , we I fived and I jumped in to join!

  30. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I am so happy that mentioned listening to your body. It will definitely tell you if it’s not happy with something you are doing or it needs a rest.

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