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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Mon Mar 17, 2014.

There has never been a better time to start getting fit since health information and products are so easily accessible. Simply incorporate the basics into your daily routine - good nutrition, adequate exercise and a daily supplement - and start down the path to better health. 

Plan a Nutritious Diet

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, whole grain and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It should be low in saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugar.

  • Warm weather makes fresh produce easily accessible. Eat more fruits and vegetables by setting freshly washed and prepared produce on the kitchen counter or at eye level in the fridge. At every meal, make sure half your plate is made up of fruit and vegetable servings.

  • One-fourth of your plate at every meal should be made up of grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal or barley. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

  • The remaining one-fourth of your plate should be lean or low-fat cuts of meat, plant-based protein or seafood.

Get Regular Exercise

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends everyone receive an adequate amount of exercise every day. Use this guide to find out the adequate amount of exercise to add to your schedule:

  • Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. Spread this out over several days each week.

  • You should do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weight builds muscle, which means the body burns more calories - even at rest.

  • It's important to keep in mind that when people are active or workout, they produce more free radicals. The antioxidants found in supplements buffer the negative effects of the workout.

Improving your diet, exercising regularly, taking a daily supplement and getting enough restorative sleep are all important steps to overall wellness. Work to incorporate each step into your daily routine until you reach your goal of good health.

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