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Fitness First Steps By Jim Harris, Master Trainer, President of Max Results Training, LLC

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”- Zig Ziglar

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You’ve read all the medical evidence with all the downsides to being overweight, and all of the advantages of being fit. Still, committing to the CDC’s recommended 150 minutes per week of exercise, along with healthy eating, seems to be a daunting task. Short of 100% buy in, what can you do to get your health trending in the proper direction? Here are some positive changes you can start with. 1. Make sure you get 2-3 servings of leafy greens each day. The anti-oxidants will benefit your immune system, and your body needs the nutrients, too. 2. Keep your sodium intake to 2,000 mg per day, to avoid retaining excess fluid and help lower your blood pressure. 3. Start walking. While less beneficial than more strenuous exercise, movement will get your body to begin changing. You can also start taking the stairs in your home or office 2-3 times each day.

4. Make sure you’re getting at least 64 oz. of water each day. It will make you feel fuller, your skin will look better, and your kidneys will be healthier. 5. Try and get as many meals as possible made from fresh ingredients. Fast food is usually high in fat, almost always high in sodium, and full of preservatives and other chemical ingredients your body can do without. 6. Reduce, or ideally, eliminate, soft drinks, energy drinks, sweet tea and other high sugar content drinks. You’ll reduce your calorie intake and lower your insulin production, which will help your body burn more fat. Try these few steps and you should see changes in how you feel in only a couple of weeks. Who knows, you may then decide an exercise program is the next step! Article submitted by: Jim Harris | Master Trainer, President of Max Results Training, LLC in Gainesville, GA MaxResultsTraining.com

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