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There are lots of great, simple fitness tips you can utilise to make every day go smoothly. For example, people who start their day early in the morning tend to be happier and more optimistic about meeting their goals. For most fitness enthusiasts, waking up early means they have a chance to sneak in a run before work or take time to do some zen meditation to prepare for the day ahead. It’s important to stay motivated about fitness -especially when you have a lot to accomplish within a 24 hour period – and waking up early gives you time to plan and execute more effectively.

What else can you do to keep fit daily? Here are 6 more essential fitness tips that will help you stay strong and healthy so you can face every day with confidence.

Wake up and drink water

One of the best things you can do for yourself every morning when you wake up is to drink at least 16oz of water. It fires your metabolism and hydrates you at the same time, making it easier for the body to get rid of harmful toxins that may otherwise accumulate in your system. 

Drinking water also gives your brain fuel, and it helps the body get more nutrients from food. For improved results, add a slice of lemon to a glass of water every morning – and drink it on an empty stomach.

Workout in the morning

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We all know that exercise strengthens body and mind, but did you know that a morning workout session can improve mental performance for up to 10 hours? Research has shown that exercising early in the day can improve mental clarity for 4 to 10 hours, making people more productive during the day. 

In addition, morning exercise stimulates your metabolism so that you burn more calories throughout the day – even when you’re not aware of it! For anybody serious about accomplishing certain fitness goals, it’s more practical to start your exercise routine early in the day.

Find a fit friend

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Workout partners can help you stay committed to your fitness routine and more importantly, they’re fun to be with! Multiple studies show that people who have a support system are much more likely to accomplish their goals than people who set out on their own. 

When you connect emotionally with one or two workout pals, they will motivate you to go further, and each time you push your own boundaries, you become more confident in your strength and resilience.

Eat the right foods and portion each meal

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It’s easy to ignore food serving as inconsequential when you’re meeting your workout targets, however, this isn’t something you can ignore. Larger food portions have more calories (obviously) and they encourage people to eat more: this is a problem for anybody who’s working hard to stay fit.

To make sure you’re not adding more pounds than you’re losing, eat smaller portions and include a medley of sweet fruit such as mango, oranges, grapes, and pineapple for dessert. The more colourful your food is, the more likely it has good nutrients.

Walk where you can

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This is good news for people who don’t like intense exercise – you work out every time you walk! Not many people think of walking as a genuine exercise, but that’s exactly what it is. If you need an easy, low-impact method to burn some calories and keep your body fit, then find time to take long walks and bring a friend if you can. Keep in mind that no amount of walking will make you thinner if you’re constantly stacking up on junk food. If you want to slim down, switch up your sugars and fats with a healthier diet. It’s possible to lose up to 10 pounds a month simply by walking and eating healthy food.

Get to bed on time

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Routine is absolutely important in our daily lives. The human body craves consistency, and our internal clock needs regularity in order to keep a variety of body systems working at optimal levels. Maintaining a regular sleeping pattern also keeps the body stronger and makes it easier to manage hunger. Your metabolism gets thrown off track when you don’t get enough sleep, or when you can’t maintain a regular sleeping pattern. 

Another reason you need quality sleep is your immune system. Since you won’t benefit much from working out if you keep falling sick, it makes sense to strengthen your body’s defence mechanisms even before you set out to exercise.

Guest Post by Lydia Mattern, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Lydia is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer at fitnessgoals, with a passion for writing and a love for chocolate. She enjoys long walks with a breeze and finding ways to make dessert healthy.