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10 Fit Rules to Live By

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to give myself a break and ask FitSugar readers: what's the best health or fitness advice you've ever heard? As always, I appreciated the thoughtful, thought-provoking, and often amusing responses; it's always great to remind ourselves why and how to live healthy. Here are my 10 favorite pieces of health and fitness advice from Fit readers:

  • No one has ever regretted working out. — Hippiecowgirl
  • Don't eat any food that your great grandma wouldn't have recognized. — Spectra
  • Consistency is key. — Lizkiernan
  • Work up a sweat and make it an activity you enjoy. — Gothamgal
  • Crash dieting and restrictive diets rarely work and are difficult to maintain. Make changes that you can see yourself keeping up for life. — Yaliyah

To see the other five,


  • Eat a rainbow! Eat foods that are the colors of the rainbow every day. — Kate516
  • Get enough sleep. Without that, all your other good acts start off with a handicap. — Pixelhaze
  • Exercise is an investment, not a sacrifice. — Zuzanka
  • Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're content (not full). Food = energy. Fiber is awesome. — Lemuse20
  • Suck your stomach in when you're waiting in line. It tightens your abs and doesn't take up any time. — GenesisRocks


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Thanks Ladies!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
No one has ever regretted working out. brilliant!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
"Second, way back when, a lot of people didn't live long enough to die of heart attacks and strokes" What about the rising rates of people in their 30-40's having heart attacks. The case of huge amounts of kids as young as 5 being considered obese? The fact that physicians have prescribed statin drugs to 6 year olds? They may not have lived as long, but I think that is also in part to all these new drug-cocktails people are on (to reduce this or increase that or block another thing). The omega 3 levels are also way out of whack with omega 6 (and not too long ago, the difference between them wasn't as vast, partly due to grassfed beef and pastred poultry and pork having naturally higher occuring omega 3 fatty acids). I mention omega 3 and 6 info because too much omega 6 in the diet causes stickiness in the blood which is a contributing factor to heart disease and strokes. We may not agree, but I stand by my own opinion that all these new frankenfoods and industrial foods are pretty much evil.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
It seems like the grandma thing was just meant to be anti-processed junk, not anti-progress. We know so much more about nutrition now. Smacks83, you're missing a few important factors. First of all, the people eating tons of bacon, butter, and whole milk had to do the labor that produced them! Second, way back when, a lot of people didn't live long enough to die of heart attacks and strokes. Processed food isn't helping, but it's not "evil" or the only problem.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
Good tips! My favorite is consistency is key- I sometimes need to remind myself that I should keep going, even if I've slipped up a little. You know, to not let one slice of cake lead me on a sugar binge or one missed workout end up in not exercising the rest of the week.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Smacks--yeah, that's essentially what I was getting at. I didn't mean it as a super-literal term, but my great grandma would've at least recognized quinoa as a grain and say, edamame as some sort of bean. What I meant by not eating anything your great-grandma wouldn't recongnize was that we shouldn't be eating things like Go-gurt or weird frankenfoods that are full of added sugars and other overly processed ingredients.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
"No one has ever regretted working out." I DID! After you injure yourself trying to do it [even doing it wrong], it's kind of hard not to. Now that I'm exercising properly, I don't anymore...mostly. ha. :)
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I think the point of the great-grandma one (which, btw Spectra, I totally follow) is to avoid all these "new" foods because they are obviously not good for you. Think about it, way back when people ate bacon, drank whole milk (many times raw), ate eggs fried with butter (not these new veg-oils) and they didn't have nearly the amount of obese people or people dying of strokes, heart-attacks and such. Now we have low-fat cooking oils, margarine, skim milk and egg substitute and people are dropping like flies. Obviously people ate veggies and fruits before and now, but think about diet change overall in the last 100 years. Industrial foods are evil. Although, Spectra if my aasumption on what you meant is wrong please let me know and I will apologize. Your quote just reminded me of something I read in a book called RealFood:What to Eat and Why.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
I love the grandma comment. I great grandma lived through WW2 (where the action was actually taking place and bullet flying over her head) and lived to be 86 i think... And it's not dumb, I guess your grandmas were dumb (sorry). Mine new bunch of food I wouldn't recognise now :) Wish I ate as healthy as she did (apart from 40% fat soure cream which they made themselves from the cow that was 10 feet away).
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
My great-grandma loved KFC. And she lived to be 93!
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
"Don't eat any food that your great grandma wouldn't have recognized. - Spectra" I wish I could follow this ... except that my grandmother doesn't recognize half the things I eat just like I don't recognize half the things she eats. We're from two different cultures of eating. She is always grossed out by the sight of lasagna, and I'm always grossed out by shutki [dried fish that smells nasty].
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i agree, the grandma one is dumb. My great grandma would've recognize half the healthy foods out there right now.
NdHebert NdHebert 8 years
My grandma wouldn't recognize quinoa!!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I love all of the except for the grandma one.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
I use the 'no one ever regretted working out' to get me to the gym sometimes.
Poppie Poppie 8 years
I love the last one the true!!
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
A woman I know sucks in her stomach all the time! She swears she even does it while she's sleeping.She has flat abs and doesn't seem to work out otherwise but is v. active.
michlny michlny 8 years
Also a great idea to squeeze your butt muscles at your desk! Squeeze them, release, squeeze, release :)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I think I need to suck in my stomach all the time... good suggestion
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
"Suck your stomach in when you're waiting in line. It tightens your abs and doesn't take up any time." -- I also use this when i'm sitting at my desk to straighten my back. Suck in, then lift your chest up and push your shoulders down and straighten your back. It really helps me keep an eye on my posture. /pilates
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Some great ideas! :-)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
LOVE these!! I seriously should print these out, they're so simple but I know will make a good impact. except the great-grandma one... I eat lots of international food, so she probably wouldn't recognize all of that :)
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