Have you made the decision to embrace a lifestyle of health and fitness? Making this important choice to begin the journey is one you will never regret because it is the first step to enjoying the full benefits of vibrant health and renewed energy. As with any journey, there will be obstacles and challenges along the way.

To help you stay motivated as you work toward realizing your goals, here are four basic fitness tips to commit to and apply on a daily basis.

Keep Your Body Moving

Perhaps nothing is as potentially lethal as a sedentary lifestyle. When it comes to body maintenance, the old adage “use it or lose it” really is a true statement. Pick an activity of interest such as walking, hiking, bicycling, jogging, or any combination of these activities, and make it your priority to engage in it for 20 to 30 minutes per day, every day.

While that may not seem like a huge amount of time, it will allow you to create a habit of regular body movement. Over time, you can work to increase the daily time you devote to activity. To start, just get yourself moving! Your body will thank you.

Build Physical Endurance, Strength, and Flexibility

There are a multitude of workout plans on the market today, and it is important to select one that encompasses all of the pillars of good health. Beginning and ending your workouts with a few basic stretching exercises is essential to avoiding muscle pulls and strains, and will increase your range of motion.

In terms of a workout routine, combining regular weight training with body weight exercises such as push-ups, dips, and pull-ups is a great fitness strategy. Also, try alternating between light weight/high repetition workouts, and heavy weight/lower repetition strength training workouts. This level of variety in your training will keep you from getting into a routine rut, and you will find yourself gaining a combination of strength and greater endurance for daily life activities.

Don’t Try To Go It Alone

While solitude has its place and time, the consistent demands of rigorous workouts can rob even the most energetic person of motivation if there isn’t another person to give you that extra push. That is why it’s a good idea to have a workout partner to fuel motivation and accountability in helping you to reach your fitness goals.

Whether you work out at a gym around other fitness minded people, or you choose to do the home-based routine, get a friend or personal trainer involved with you on your fitness journey.

Fuel Your Body With The Highest Quality Calories

When it comes to diet, there’s no need to get too scientific. Limiting nutrition-empty calories from foods such as sugar laden sweets, and refined white flour-based breads and pastas is the best way to go. The same goes for those sugary soft drinks, and anything more than an occasional alcoholic beverage.

Fuel your body with plenty of protein-rich lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey, or high-quality beef. Other great sources of protein include eggs, cheddar cheese, and Greek yogurt. Include lots of vegetables in your diet, especially those of the green leafy variety.

Make sure your carbohydrate intake consists of mostly complex carbs such as oatmeal. And when you want a snack, reach for a piece of fruit or some nuts to ease hunger and provide extra energy. Remember, your body needs calories for fuel. Don’t starve yourself by avoiding food; just make sure you are getting the right kind of calorie intake.